The Instructional Media Specialist manages the strategic and daily operations of the Media Suite, including the video and audio studios, multimedia and graphic design, equipment checkout and printing services for the University. The Instructional Media Specialist is responsible for training and managing graduate assistants and student workers in the Media Suite. The Instructional Media Specialist also facilitates the planning, development, delivery and maintenance of instructional materials for Alvernia programs and courses delivered in a web-enhanced, blended/hybrid and online formats.
Essential Functions (Media Suite):
- Supervise the daily operations of the Media Suite, including scheduling and managing the workload of Graduate Assistants and Student Workers.
- Provide personnel, equipment, recording, and post-production support for academic and university projects, particularly the Communication program.
- Cultivate student and faculty multimedia work by encouraging the Media Suite to be a positive, collaborative, creative space.
- Coordinate scheduling Media Suite resources including studio reservations, printing, equipment checkout, computer lab (specialized class sessions) and on-location video recording and streaming.
- Maintain equipment inventory and inventory/invoice databases.
- Manage recording and post-production editing for all video, audio and multimedia recordings, as well as audio/video storage and streaming services.
- Develop and implement policies and procedures for providing audio-visual technology and training for faculty, staff and students.
- Champion audio/video technology for the Media Suite by providing guidance on new technology purchases, priorities in technology refresh and replacement, and keeping current with the latest tools and trends in educational and instructional technology.
Instructional Support Functions:
- Assists faculty in the use of learning management system (currently Blackboard), along with associated software applications (Turnitin, Respondus, Zoom, McGraw Hill, Cengage, TK20, Online Testing, etc.)
- Assist faculty with selection, creation, application and evaluation of graphic, audio, video, multimedia and other learning technologies for on-ground and blended/hybrid and fully online courses.
- Maintain and learn new expertise in technology and techniques to support in-class and online learning.
- Pilot new technologies with faculty, staff and students to prototype prospective instructional applications to fit, or improve current or, pending institutional and accreditation requirements.
- Assist department director and other staff members in creating multimedia and learning modules for workshops, group/individual training, online/blended and other faculty, staff and student development programs.
- Develop or assist in development of educational, instructional and promotional guides and videos that show use of classroom and other spaces.
Additional Responsibilities and Requirements:
- Communicate and/or coordinate with members of the IT department and outside vendors about prospective products and service requests.
- Evaluate emerging media and instructional technologies and work with faculty and staff to determine suitability.
- Ensure Media Suite is represented at University hiring and other events that promote the use of the space.
- Conduct regular meetings with graduate assistants and student workers to provide information and training.
- Stay abreast of current media technologies that are relevant to academic and university use.
- Maintain Media Suite web presence and social media applications.
- Attend professional development webinars, conferences and workshops.
- Commitment to the mission statement, core values and goals of Alvernia University.
- Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in instructional design/technology, communications, multimedia, new media or other related field.
- Minimum of three years in education or other related field.
- Excellent knowledge of various traditional and electronic resources and software programs including streaming audio/video, web conferencing, classroom capture, Adobe Creative Suite, Camtasia and other programs used in the Media Suite.
- Previous management/supervisory experience is desired.
- Attention to detail, ability to compartmentalize tasks and to trouble-shoot emerging problems
- Ability to quickly master new and complex technology systems.
- Excellent writing and documentation skills.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and promotional skills with strong commitment to the users.
- Proactive mindset and excellent multi-tasking abilities.
Physical and Other Requirements:
- Attendance is required in order to perform the duties of this job. No work from home opportunities exist.
- This is a position that may be subject to varying and extended, non-standard work hours for special projects during the year.
- Occasional travel to other Alvernia campuses and facilities.
- Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
Contact: Human Resources
Posting Date: October 25, 2018