The primary purpose of the Instructional Design Specialist is to develop new, and modify existing, curricula for the Indiana Department of Child Services. This includes being familiar with the child welfare competencies, utilizing needs assessment data, conducting needs assessments when appropriate, conducting research, developing learning outcomes, writing curricula on specialized topics, training staff to use the curricula, evaluating, and finalizing all curriculum projects. Adhere to federal, state, and university policies and protocols for developing curricula.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with Training Partnership management to develop new, and modify existing, curricula for the IN Department of Child Services. This includes all aspects of instructional design as noted below:
Initial and on-going assessment - assess initial and on-going instructional needs of the training system, curricula content, and learner competencies. Utilize existing data to assess needs and conduct learner needs assessments when necessary.
Initial and on-going instructional design - design, develop, and/or modify curricula content across areas and audiences to reduce duplication of effort and to provide training content that is well integrated over the range of delivery methods (video-conference, classroom, and web-based training). Ensure that content is vertically aligned and adheres to the basic principles of Bloom's taxonomy and appropriate adult learning theories.
Conduct research identifying evidenced-based practice principles and best practice guidelines that support identified training needs for the Indiana Department of Child Services/Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership. The curricula will be consistent with State, Federal, and Indiana University policies and protocols.
Stay abreast of federal and state child welfare policy changes, assess curricula impact, modify content to reflect current policy, and communicate policy changes in curricula to the training staff.
Design and write traditional classroom and web-based curricula, including learning outcomes and supporting activities, utilizing Microsoft Office and FS Pro software technologies.
Evaluate curriculum implementation, modify as needed, and submit for finalization when curriculum projects are complete.
Administrative management including:
Plan, schedule, and facilitate various meetings related to the curriculum development process from the beginning of development through product finalization, including but not limited to planning, facilitating, and managing curricula work group meetings with diverse stakeholders.
Plan, schedule, and facilitate training of content sessions with training staff to ensure there is effective curriculum delivery. Monitor delivery of content during pilot phase and provide feedback to training staff to ensure effective implementation.
Provide administrative support to the curriculum team by filing content in the curriculum catalog, processing curriculum package requests, creating and disseminating curriculum update memorandum, and monitoring the electronic versions of curricula used by the production team to print trainer and participant manuals.
Work independently and as a part of a team with the production, training, evaluation, data management, and executive teams within the Training Partnership.
Collaborate with the evaluation team to align curricula and assessment tools.
Analyze trends in training needs and delivery by reviewing the organizational evaluation reports (level I - IV evaluation), feedback from training staff, individual training needs assessments, and any other data that helps inform the curriculum team.
Perform other duties as assigned.
There is a structured curricula development and review process that all curricula staffs are expected to follow. In addition, there is an approved curricula format used when developing training and participant materials. Both of these procedures provide structure that includes a number of review and approval actions. The responsibility of this position would be to manage curriculum projects in accordance with the process. This includes assessing learning needs and competencies, facilitating curriculum workgroups, conducting research, writing content, implementing, evaluating, and finalizing curricula projects. An example would be as follows. Whenever a new curriculum is developed, the Instructional Design Specialist is expected to conduct a needs assessment including looking at existing curricula, interviewing stakeholders, convening and facilitating meetings with subject matter experts, and developing a curriculum outline. Once the outline is approved s/he is expected to conduct research, develop learning outcomes, and write content including a variety of learning activities to achieve the learning outcomes as well as meet adult learning needs. Then the draft curriculum is implemented, evaluated, and revised as needed. Once it has completed this process it is submitted for review and finalization. Included in this process includes the ability to manage multiple curricula projects at the same time, coordinate multiple meetings, work with a production, training, data management, and evaluation team to ensure that all of the elements related to the curricula are aligned and in place for full implementation.
Scope and impact:
The level of complexity and scope of influence related to this position includes completing work on all assigned curricula projects related to the Training Partnership. There is a high level of knowledge and expertise related to this position that will be influential because of the amount of content/curricula contained in the Training Partnership library. An example of this position responsibility is as follows. There is currently a curricula library that contains 50 different trainings with a variety of content topics as well as diverse participant audiences. Each year we plan and develop new curricula to meet the learning needs of the Indiana Department of Child Services staff, nearly 1500 people. When new training needs are identified it is important that we know what curricula we already have in the library, the level of learning it addresses, and if we need to either revise or develop new curricula to meet the identified needs. This position would be expected to have knowledge about all of the curricula assigned, perform the needs analysis, and make sound recommendations for revision and/or development to the management team.
Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Education, or a related field and two years of instructional design or teaching experience.
Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
At least 18 years old.
Knowledge of instructional design concepts and principles. Knowledge of teaching and/or training techniques and strategies, and of online teaching and learning methods. Ability to build, maintain, and encourage positive professional relationships. In-depth knowledge of instructional systems and blended learning programs. Ability to work independently and with a team. Effective time management skills. Project management skills including ability to assess, plan, and manage multiple projects at the same. Strong communication skills including the ability to understand and communicate concepts quickly and accurately. Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Ability to maintain a high attention to detail. Ability to act decisively and exercise sound judgment to make effective, timely, and informed decisions. Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve problems. Understanding of organizational goals and vision. Ability to assess strengths and challenges. Ability to manage conflict, including proactively anticipate, manage, and constructively resolve conflicts and disagreements. Web-based course development skills. Traditional classroom course development skills. Familiarity with adult learning theories. Knowledge of general computer and training equipment and software, including Microsoft Office Suites, Adobe Captivate, On-Course/Blackboard, FS Pro, and others.
Master's degree in Instructional Design, Education, or a related field. Familiarity with child welfare.
Working Conditions / Demands
Remaining stationary and keyboarding for extended periods of time. Must be able to operate a vehicle.
Equipment utilized includes: computer/laptop, LCD, video camera, tablet, vehicle.
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Salary Plan: PAE
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