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Instructional Specialist Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75537
  • Pay Grade: P6
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Academic Programs
  • Function: Instructional Services


To promote the usage and development of quality materials across fully online programs and responsible for the planning and deployment of adoption/change management strategies to ensure the successful implementation.

Level Scope

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity.  Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience working with a content management or other information systems.
  • Experience with metadata, tagging, or other organization tools
  • A strong understanding of research related to the use of Open Educational Resources
  • Working knowledge of accessibility standards
  • Working knowledge of research design and processes (Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed-methods)

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Instructional Specialist must:

  • Work closely with online faculty and programs, eCampus instructional designers and staff, the Albertson Library staff, and other academic and technology teams across campus to support the integration of open educational textbooks and materials.
  • Collaborate with faculty and instructional designers and the program’s library liaison as they design/develop online courses to assist with finding, adapting, curating, and integrating high quality OER textbooks.
  • Build / maintain the organizational structure of the system
  • Manage roles and rights within the OER system
  • Serve as a liaison with other units across campus to facilitate the implementation and adoption of OER
  • Work with eCampus finance manager to document student and program savings/benefits of using OER materials
  • Develop and maintain positive, collaborative, respect-based relationships with co-workers, clients, and stakeholders within and outside of Boise State.
  • Provide effective customer-service and to actively listen and appropriately respond to colleague, stakeholder and supervisor needs/requests.

35% of Time the Instructional Specialist

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Instructional Specialist

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

Career Path

Instructional Specialist, Senior

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.