Instructional Technology Project Leader
National Science Foundation - Arlington, VA

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Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The Division of Human Resource Management (HRM) promotes a culture of continuous learning within the NSF by providing the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure excellence in fulfilling NSF’s statutory mission. HRM creates new initiatives, programs, curricula and processes to support the professional development of all staff to enhance their skills and strategic understanding. The Instructional Technology Project Leader will report to the Instructional Technology Officer and provide professional expertise in a variety of learning initiatives that may include, but not be limited to, development of business process training as enabled through electronic systems; integrating classroom-based instruction with various online learning tools; implementing distance learning tools and video conferencing solutions; providing recommendations related to the use of social media tools in training and professional development programs; and further developing and refining online collaborative systems.
DUTIES: Coordinate strategies to achieve a robust and high quality education system that meets NSF’s needs. Lead projects relating to the design, development and implementation of learning programs that support NSF strategic initiatives. Specific initiatives may require coordination with NSF stakeholders, contractors, other government entities, colleges and universities, as well as other certificate-granting institutions. Programs should add value to NSF learning initiatives, be measurable in terms of performance improvement, and offer accountability measures to management.

As an advisor and consultant to the Instructional Technology Officer, provide expert guidance on the design, development, implementation and enhancement of state of the art electronic learning systems for the NSF. Test and recommend new, emerging and/or upgraded presentation technology solutions. Provide recommendations related to the use of social media tools in training and professional development programs for agency leadership. Develop best practices for the use of presentation technology in the NSF’s learning programs. Benchmark various methods, coordinate with NSF stakeholders and HRM staff, develop recommendations on proposed strategies, and implement agreed-upon enhancements. This project may require working with contractors to develop a robust, agile system to meet NSF needs.

Provide leadership in analyzing and advancing the NSF learning initiatives in the development of blended learning and use of social media tools, as well as the promotion of cross functional/inter-disciplinary initiatives. Maintain quality control of NSF online courses. Assess the learning needs of NSF employees and the sufficiency of existing courses and modes of instruction in meeting those identified needs; develop and implement cost-effective recommendations for addressing any gaps. As needed, support the needs of end users in video-teleconference, distance education, and lecture capture/recording technologies.

Represent the program, Division, and Foundation within the community, with other NSF Divisions, and with other appropriate agencies and organizations, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions. Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission. Collaborate with educational technology and information technology specialists across the Federal Government and in the University system to identify and adapt new technologies in the employee development process.

Represent HRM in meetings with officials of NSF, other agencies, vendors, and members of external organizations to present results of assessments, and influence approval and implementation of NSF-wide instructional technology business solutions and system plans that accommodate objectives of the NSF strategic plan, Administration or legislative objectives, E-Gov programs, etc.

Engage in general and focused market research into existing and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on balancing the use of commercial products with open source, collaborative web technologies, and open educational content.

Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in instructional design and/or technology and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.

Additional duties may be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Masters Degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate field plus two years of successful research, research administration, and experience in one of the following courses of study: Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, Emerging Technologies in Education, or a related field, such as Human Resource Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Communications, or Computer Science in an Educational Environment. The course of study should have offered training and expertise in critical areas that would support initiatives sought by HRM as described in the duties section. Experience in educational technology or developing blended learning curricula and programs is required.

The incumbent should have recent experience with adult learners in either a college/university, business, non-profit, or government setting. Additional experience in a corporate university environment is desired, but not required. Professional experience should include adult learning technology, curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and follow up with stakeholders.

Necessary qualities include excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels, ability to manage projects, and the ability to achieve results both as an independent project leader and as part of a team.

The incumbent will be expected to have demonstrated skills and experience:

• in web design, video editing, html5, and Adobe Creative Suite (CS6);

• using the instructional systems design process for the design and development of e-learning materials;

• managing learning management systems (e.g., Success Factors, Plateau, Moodle,Sakai, and/or Blackboard);

• developing materials for use with Web 2.0 technologies (Facebook, blogs, wikis, twitter, etc.);

• in the use and management of web conferencing or academic presentation technologies (e.g., Camtasia Relay, MediaSite, Echo 360, Cisco WebEx, Jabber, Tegrity, MediaCAST, Matterhorn, and/or Crestron); and

• in managing projects and schedules.

This position will be filled under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). For an IPA assignment, the individual remains on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. NSF will reimburse the institution for NSF’s negotiated share of the costs. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers and qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about IPA assignments, visit our website at .

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors
1. Demonstrated experience relevant to instructional technology, learning management systems, and the development of electronic educational programs.

2. Experience using E-learning technology assessment and evaluation tools.

3. Demonstrated experience managing large, complex projects and project schedules.

4. Demonstrated proficiency to anticipate, design, plan, coordinate and manage complex portfolio and program deliverables to achieve organizational objectives in developing, implementing and managing a learning center, and implementing eLearning, Mobile-learning, and blended learning courses.

5. Ability to communicate effectively and present and advocate NSF policies and plans convincingly to peer groups and high-level decision-making and policy groups, both inside and outside the agency.

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BENEFITS: Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits. NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations. Under the provisions of the IPA, non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution. For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website .

OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses will be paid subject to funds availability.

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