Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) at Western Washington University expands and diversifies Western’s offerings throughout the Puget Sound region, the state of Washington, and globally to provide learning options for the contemporary student.
OCE connects diverse learners to the Western Experience by collaborating with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities —including international education opportunities—in support of the State’s education attainment goals and Western’s strategic goals.
OCE supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
For more information on Outreach and Continuing Education, please visit our website.
About the Position
The Educational Technologist provides technical training, planning, and guidance for Outreach and Continuing Education at Western Washington University, with a primary emphasis on the West Sound (Poulsbo, Bremerton, Port Angeles, and Online), and partner institution staff and faculty. This position will work with Western faculty and staff in the management of instructional technology projects, including aspects of assessment, analysis, design, development, delivery, and evaluation; provide guidance and support as it pertains to synchronous and asynchronous distance education solutions; provide instructional design and development support for programs supported by Outreach and Continuing Education; collaborate with units across Outreach and Continuing Education and the University to provide assistance with special projects; and support the general functions and operations of Outreach and Continuing Education, specifically pertaining to technology support and management for Puget Sound West.
Instructional Design and Development
Work collaboratively with academic programs and faculty to design and develop instructional content and media for programs and courses, following field-standard instructional design methods and practices and acknowledging university strategic efforts for program development;
Design and implement interactive, media-based instructional materials to address teaching and learning needs in collaboration with academic and outreach-focused units;
Follow and promote universal design for learning (UDL) guidelines and web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) standards in the development instructional materials;
Research, investigate, and present on instructional strategies, methods, and technologies to support the teaching and learning process;
Manage and maintain learning objects on course sites and across platforms, specifically for Western’s learning management system (Canvas);
Ability to conduct preliminary course review for faculty and academic units, following field standards or using a quality-review matrix (Quality Matters);
Program Management and Administration
Manage the ITV and online-synchronous support for academic programs in collaboration with EE’s Technology Services, other Western stakeholders, and partner institutions;
Manage faculty and program support pertaining to educational technology and instructional design for Puget Sound – West;
Represent Western and Extended Education at meetings;
Provide support with assessment and planning activities;
Collaborate with units across campus on special projects;
Media Management and Administration
Manage Outreach and Continuing Education operations for region with instructional media services, covering all aspects of development, production, and implementation;
Provide guidance to academic programs as it pertains to distance education technology solutions, including web conferencing, interactive television (ITV), and other media-based solutions;
Manage the ITV and online-synchronous support for academic programs in collaboration with Western stakeholders and partner institutions:
Communicate with cross-campus leadership on issues pertaining to problems, new opportunities, and best practices;
Identify new solutions and opportunities for media-based technologies to address current and future programmatic needs;
Staff and Faculty Professional Development/Training
Collaborate with supervisor, EE administration, faculty program directors, and cross-campus partners to identify training and professional development needs.
Identify key areas of training and processional development needs;
Develop training and instructional documentation for cross-campus audiences and needs;
Deliver training and professional development in accordance with the professional development plan to staff and faculty, specifically in the areas of online teaching and learning, educational technology, and instructional design;
Review and assess training programs, related to performance and alignment of trainings with strategic objectives;
Provide technical guidance for technology-based learning solutions, including one-on-one and small group trainings for Western’s learning management system (Canvas), educational media options, and other technology-based solutions.
General Technology Services
Provide general and specialized technical training;
Provide general technical support, referring issues to appropriate technology services unit;
Manage on-site and cross-campus technology-related needs and issues;
Provide educational technology support to the SEA Discovery Center, in Poulsbo, WA, including support with media exhibits and educational programming;
Work in collaboration with Western and partner entities on technology-related projects and issues;
Travel to Western sites and locations to support educational technology initiatives;
Represent Western and Outreach and Continuing Education at meetings;
Provide support with assessment and planning activities;
Collaborate with units across campus on special projects;
Engage in university activities, service, and professional development; and
Other duties and projects as assigned.
Three years of experience in a field directly related to position responsibilities
Experience collaborating with diverse individuals and multiple ideas on projects
Demonstrated experience working independently and managing projects
Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated strong organizational and project management skills
Ability to work across sites and locations, including travel to/from Western’s sites
Technical and Professional Competencies
Demonstrated understanding of instructional design and development models and theories (e.g. ADDIE, Backward Design, Iterative Design)
Demonstrated competency with media production tools, methods, and techniques
Demonstrated familiarity with curriculum design and instructional methods
Demonstrated familiarity with course/learning management systems or training delivery systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle)
Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new technologies
Demonstrated development and implementation of innovative and creative project solutions and ideas
Demonstrated understanding of technology literacy
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Master’s degree (preferred in Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Adult Education, Technical Communication, or a related field)
Demonstrated experience in management or leadership
Demonstrated professional experience working in instructional design in a higher education setting
Demonstrated experience in media production in educational settings
Demonstrated familiarity with synchronous media-based solutions (e.g. Zoom, Skype for Business)
Demonstrated familiarity with additional tools used to support the teaching and learning process (e.g. Banner, Camtasia, Drupal, WordPress)
Demonstrated understanding of universal design and experience working with accessible technology and developing accessible media
Additional relevant materials demonstrating competency in one or more required or preferred competencies (e.g. ePortfolio, Developed Media, Professional Development Artifacts)
New hires typically begin at $4,577/ month, including an excellent benefits package.
This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Posting will close on June 3, 2019.
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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