Educational Development Specialist

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Education and Training, Academic Affairs, Mid-Level

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Provides faculty development support, consulting on effective and inclusive pedagogy, assessment, and/or course design, and assisting with strategies for student success.

Department Overview:

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is the nucleus of a university culture that values teaching and learning. We support, promote, and enhance inclusive teaching and effective pedagogical practice to positively impact student learning and success. CTL staff foster dialogue, scholarship, innovation, and excellence in learner-centered teaching, and promote inclusive teaching and scholarship that mutually enhance one another for the benefit of students, faculty, and the community. The CTL reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies in the Provost’s Office.

The Service-Learning Program (SLP) is a team within the CTL focused on community-engaged teaching and learning. The SLP connects courses with the community through capacity-building partnerships to enhance student learning, address critical community issues, and encourage students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

This job will require some physical presence on the Boise State University campus, but remote work options are negotiable.

Level Scope:

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.  Works collaboratively with other staff both in the unit and across campus.

Essential Functions:

The EDS will focus 60% of their time to:

  • Consult with individual instructors to analyze needs and determine goals for support of their development as effective teachers.
    • The specific focus is to consult with faculty and community partners to design and implement community-engaged learning partnerships and projects that meet both learning objectives and community need
  • Design and facilitate pedagogy workshops for educators.
  • Contribute to the delivery of educational development services.
  • Contribute to department communication of ideas to instructors; provide instructors with access to information via University platforms.
  • Collaborate with other units in support of campus initiatives in which the CTL is a partner.
  • Engage with current trends and technologies in the field of higher education through participation in conferences, professional organizations and/or professional development opportunities, as well as reviewing the literature.
  • Contribute to CTL report writing and communication to external audiences.

The EDS will focus 35% of their time to:

  • Cultivate, curate, steward, and assess community-engaged learning partnerships with community organizations, including managing risk management and negotiating student placements.

The EDS will focus 5% of their time to:

  • Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Experience with and knowledge of effective and diverse teaching strategies
  • Experience with tools or strategies in a particular area of teaching (specifically service-learning and community-engagement learning)
  • Basic understanding of the tenets of inclusive and equitable teaching
  • Ability to draw from the literature around effective teaching and faculty development to inform work
  • Ability to be both a collaborative, inclusive team member and to work independently
  • Strong verbal, written and visual communication skills
  • Effective facilitation and consultation skills
Minimum Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree and / or Certificate
  • Ability to facilitate professional development in various formats for professional audiences, including facilitating in-person and virtual events
  • Ability to build and manage constructive relationships with faculty, instructional staff, and other campus partners
  • Experience teaching in higher education settings
  • Experience working for or collaborating with community organizations
  • Knowledge of Treasure Valley nonprofit community networks
  • Project management skills
  • Commitment to fostering a sense of civic responsibility in students
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with working with diverse educators, students and community partners
  • Supervision experience
Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $51,896 - $60,000, commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Apply by selecting the “Apply Now” button on the job announcement. Include the following materials with your application submissions:

Cover Letter
*References for finalist candidates



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