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Tennessee Wesleyan University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that celebrates the all-encompassing diversity of its student body. TWU is committed to sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for the campus community that includes a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences. TWU faculty and staff have a passion and desire to prepare students from a broad spectrum of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds towards personal and professional success. TWU encourages applications from candidates without regard to ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

 

DEPARTMENT: Information Technology Services
JOB TITLE: Instructional Designer
PAY RANGE: $35,000-$42,000
REPORTS TO: Instructional Technology Specialist
LOCATION: Athens and Knoxville campuses, some remote work possible.
SUMMARY: The Instructional Designer provides support for existing and developing online courses and programs and is experienced in instructional design, project management, and effective practices for teaching and learning in a variety of online environments (synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid/Hyflex, blended, etc.). Position is a one-year appointment with the potential for renewal based on funding and performance.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
•Work with academic and support units across the university to design, develop, support, and maintain new and existing online and blended courses and programs.
•Collaborate with faculty and content experts to evaluate and transform traditional, face-to-face courses into high-quality, online courses.
•Provide expertise and knowledge to support traditional, hybrid/Hyflex, and online course delivery.
•Serve as an innovative resource providing consultation, training, and support to faculty in their efforts to create and maintain instructional components to be delivered within an interactive online learning environment.
•Work with individual faculty members to create effective strategies in online pedagogy, including 1) use of educational technology tools within the learning management system, rich media, assessment systems, real-time platforms, and related systems; 2) design of learning objectives that lead to analysis, synthesis, and evaluation; and 3) creation of appropriately rigorous learning modules, resources, activities, and assessments, aimed at encouraging the engagement of students and other learners in knowledge acquisition.
•Demonstrate a high degree of collaboration and diplomacy as well as problem analysis and creative solutions.
•Solve complex content or delivery related issues in collaboration with technical teams. Interacts with senior internal and external personnel.
•Manage multiple projects involving different stakeholders to ensure timely development and delivery of courses and programs.
•Work with little direction for ongoing course development assignments.
•Design and conduct faculty development workshops, independently and in collaboration with others, in-person and online, on instructional design and various instructional technologies.
•Provide support for other University initiatives relating to online and blended academic offerings and remain current with research and emerging trends in distance learning, learning technologies, and instructional design.
•Maintain current knowledge of instructional design and effective teaching strategies with an emphasis on multimedia, interactive and online technologies for synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and equity-minded pedagogical practices.
•Gather, analyze, and present data that illustrate course design and instructional practices, inform training and support priorities and enhancements, and provide insights to support student success.
•Provide training, guidance, assistance, and technical support to faculty in the remediation of materials and courses to ensure accessibility compliance, independently and in collaboration with others.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
•Master’s degree in instructional design, educational technologies, distance learning, or related field.
•Strong knowledge of learning theories, effective online/blended teaching and learning practices, and instructional design models with an emphasis on active learning techniques and authentic assessment procedures.
•Thorough knowledge of instructional design principles and learning strategies, including needs analysis, backwards design and/or ADDIE Model, learning outcomes and assessment design, and instructional approaches including lecture, discussion, activities, projects, etc.
•Strong organizational skills, project and time-management skills, and attention to detail.
•Ability to build relationships, synthesize input from multiple stakeholders, and work collaboratively with faculty and staff across the University.
•Experience in partnering with higher education faculty to design, build, and evaluate courses using appropriate research-based instructional techniques and technologies.
•Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
•Experience with online teaching technologies.
•Strong aptitude for learning new technologies.
•Demonstrated experience working with learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Sakai).
•Visual and multimedia design skills, including the ability to storyboard.
•Experience with the use of technologies such as web conferencing; anti-plagiarism software; lecture capture; Office software applications; web page editors; collaboration tools; graphic software; mobile learning, basic HTML/CSS, etc.
•Ability to design course content for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
•Knowledge of ADA regulations for online education and copyright law.
•Knowledge of Accessibility Standards.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
•Master’s degree in instructional design, educational technologies, distance learning, or related field.
•Two or more years’ experience designing online and blended courses or training modules.
•Experience with industry-standard learning and/or design software tools: Adobe Creative Cloud, Articulate Storyline and/or Rise, Camtasia.
•Experience with Sakai LMS a plus.
•OLC and/or QM certification a plus.

To apply, please submit a current resume/CV, cover letter, list of three (3) professional references, and a link to your professional portfolio to kfulbright@tnwesleyan.edu.

The Executive Director of Admissions provides strategic leadership for the University admissions office and has broad responsibility and accountability for all Admissions functions. The Executive Director will be responsible for staffing, training, and leading a campus Admissions Team.  The Executive Director will facilitate the recruitment, selection and enrollment of qualified student applicants for admission. 

Essential Functions:
The Executive Director will provide education and training related to University educational programs, expected outcomes, student services, and financial considerations to students, parents, and University constituents.  

· Management responsibility of Admissions directors, assistant directors, staff and student workers.
· Serve on various University committees.
· Overall responsibility for Admissions data reporting to Administration.
· Key member of the strategic enrollment planning process. 
· Counsel parents, applicants, and Admissions counselors regarding the University’s admission policies and procedures.
· Assure prompt and effective contact with prospective and admitted candidates.
· Assure participation by the Admissions Office in off-campus events to move prospective students through the pipeline (including high school/community college visits, college fairs, and yield events).
· Evaluation of student undergraduate/graduate applications for admission based on the University’s recruiting goals and standards.
· Oversight of on-campus admission events (open houses, admitted student events).

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
·       Experience in the areas of strategic enrollment planning and admissions is expected, as is knowledge of broader higher education trends, knowledge of best practices in enrollment management and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
·       Must possess strong leadership and ability to prioritize and balance responsibilities.  Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important as well as dependability.
·       Effective analytical and decision-making skills. Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituents.
·       A proven track record in the identification, admission, recruitment and enrollment of prospective students, comprehensive and strategic enrollment planning, and shaping classes to meet the University mission.
·       Familiarity with and appreciation of traditional, nontraditional, transfer, graduate and non-degree seeking student recruitment.
·       Analytical, data-informed, and outcomes-oriented; experienced in data analytics and funnel management. Experience with enrollment management technology platforms.
·       The ability to engage current students, faculty, alumni, and parents in the recruitment and enrollment of all new students.
·       Familiarity with compliance of federal and state financial aid regulations, along with attention to adherence of budget guidelines.
·       Strong interpersonal communication skills required to interact effectively with all University constituents including Board of Trustees, donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and administrative colleagues in athletics and elsewhere on the campus.  
·       Ability to inspire, motivate and lead an energetic team; recognize the skill sets and talents of the staff and provide professional development opportunities to enhance them.
·       Personal strengths that include approachability, accessibility, energy, motivation, resourcefulness, and good humor.
·       Ability to handle information of sensitive and confidential nature in the utmost professional manner.
·       Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.

Qualifications:
·       Bachelor's degree and at least three - five years of progressive leadership experience in College Admissions, including recruitment and enrollment planning and program development.
·       Preferred qualifications of Master’s degree in a related field and five – seven years’ experience in a college admission setting.
·       Experience in developing and maintaining collaborative professional relationships; effective public speaking, verbal, and written communication skills. Experience in collecting and analyzing data for recruitment metrics; proven ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
·       Extensive hours and weekends will be required at times.
·       Pre-Employment screening is required including a criminal background-check.

Qualified applicants are asked to upload a cover letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and/or certifications, if applicable.  In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled. 
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to kfulbright@tnwesleyan.edu .