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Instructional Specialist, Senior Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75053
  • Pay Grade: P8
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior
  • Family: Academic Programs
  • Function: Instructional Services


Assist faculty through consultations, trainings, and referrals in learning and using instructional technologies such as learning management systems, collaboration software, digital images, video, audio, and classroom presentation tools.

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience.  Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Project management skills demonstrating strong conceptual and analytical skills, planning abilities, and sound judgment
  • Familiar with usability/accessibility requirements such as ADA Section 580, universal design strategies in online learning environments, and W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and Guidelines; student identity authentication; and technology issues specific to fully online education.
  • Ability to design and implement programs to ensure institutional compliance with federal, state, and university policies and best practices
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creative, practical problem-identification, reporting, and solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and maintain positive, collaborative, respect-based relationships with co-workers, customers, and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Experience teaching online higher education academic courses and knowledge of trends and future directions of educational technology related to online higher education.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Instructional Specialist, Senior must:

  • Assist with the creation and maintenance of tutorials, tools and templates based on quality standards and instructional design principles to accelerate the efficient and effective design and development of online courses and to meet the specific needs of the disciplines and programs.
  • Work with multiple deadlines and multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Work closely with the Faculty Development Coordinator and other stakeholders to provide quality customer service to faculty and staff dedicated to professional development related to online teaching and learning.
  • Serve as project lead for online course design and development projects, coordinating with stakeholders, including faculty developers and online program coordinators, to ensure project goals are met on time and within and departmental specifications.
  • Work with supervisor to identify the areas of most importance and best avenues to pursue.
  • Working a part of a team as well as individually, provide effective instructional design consultation and direct support to academic programs and faculty preparing to as well as teaching online.

35% of Time the Instructional Specialist, Senior

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Instructional Specialist, Senior

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Instructional Specialist, Senior

Career Path

Instructional Specialist, Principal

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.