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Tools for Teachers Coordinator

Company: University of California Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz
Posted on: January 15, 2023

Job Description:

Tools for Teachers Coordinator

Location: Remote
Job ID: 47559


This position works remotely requiring a telecommuting agreement and adherence to the UCSC Telecommuting/Remote Work Guidelines. The employee shall be available in a full-time capacity during assigned telecommuting work hours (specific hours to be discussed with supervisor). While telecommuting/remote working, the employee is responsible for ensuring a worksite environment suitable for accomplishing their regular job duties during scheduled hours of work and, if applicable, arranging for dependent care just as they would if they were working at the regular UCSC worksite.



UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.


UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 02-12-2023


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a public agency supported by 15 members (13 states, one territory and the Bureau of Indian Education). Through the work of thousands of educators, Smarter Balanced created an online assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as tools for educators to improve teaching and learning. Smarter Balanced is housed at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Silicon Valley Extension.

Our work is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed - regardless of disability, language or subgroup. We involve experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers, and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.

Smarter Balanced staff have a profound commitment to UCSC's Principles of Community including embracing diversity, equity and inclusion.

UCSC Extension provides professional training that reflects the academic rigor of the University of California and the hands-on, roll-up-your-shirtsleeves practicality of Silicon Valley culture. Developed with guidance from key industry leaders and academic experts, our certificate programs match the economic demand of your industry, from engineering to business, education to bioscience. The University of California reviews and approves UCSC Extension courses and programs for academic content, merit and instructor qualifications. Many of our courses may be applied toward degree programs, or may be eligible for professional certificates and licenses.

More information can be found here:


Uses skills of instructional design and multimedia development as an experienced professional to help shape K-12 math and English language arts curricular and formative assessment content into coherent instructional modules for educators in using best practices in classroom instruction. Uses a deep knowledge of K-12 instructional pedagogy, excellent writing / editing skills, and technical skills related to learning management systems, assessment systems, communication tools, streaming media platforms, and multimedia creative applications to create teacher resources that serve as the "what's next" answer to Smarter assessments. Demonstrates high degree of collaboration and diplomacy, as well as problem analysis and creative solutions, in supporting our educator-managed resource writing processes, reviewing resources, and writing new resources. Solves complex content or delivery related issues in collaboration with technical teams and Director of Tools for Teachers. Interacts with senior internal / external executives and customers / members to identify and respond to educator needs. Requires ability to analyze and understand content standards and adhere to curriculum development best practices, including aligning organization's goals on equity and inclusion. Understands concepts of learning design of resources (repeatable formats for ease of use) and develops material creatively within established designs, as well as proposes new ones. Collaborates closely with Tools for Teacher team, Accessibility & Inclusion, Content team (assessments) and technology team.


Salary Information: Salary Range: $61,800 - $110,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:
Full-time, Fixed
Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: Remote

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 006148 (INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER 3)

Travel: Up to 25% of the time


65% - Educator Resource Development
Creates, reviews and edits educator resources, including lesson plans, professional learning resources, multimedia content, including interactive learning activities, video and other media.
Applies professional instructional design skills to articulate learning design, contribute to prototypes / quality guidelines, apply learning objectives / outcomes, include supportive learning activities and assessments and select appropriate tools to achieve organizational goals.
Reviews member-managed and contractor-written educator resources for adherence to quality guidelines, standards alignment, developmental appropriateness and instructional best practices with an eye towards producing high-quality materials. Provides diplomatic feedback and problem-solves potential solutions.
Works in a collaborative manner with others in a diverse environment and at all levels in the organization with diplomacy and tact to prioritize work assignments, conduct analysis, participate effectively in cross-functional workstreams and develop recommendations.
Deploys content on learning management platforms according to training guidelines.
Trains educators in Smarter Balanced authoring systems, best practices and quality guidelines in order to support the member-managed writing process.
Monitors and reviews vendor work products related to writing, editing and producing online educational resources.
Attends member-managed writing workshops and committee meetings with the purpose of managing membership input, guidance and feedback for Tools for Teachers.

35% - Educator Resource Design and Planning
Consults with Tools for Teachers leadership to incorporate strategies that promote accessibility and inclusion, student engagement and deeper learning that embraces the full breadth and depth of content standards.
Provides support for tracking and monitoring the diversity of literature selection, documenting copyright and sourcing media.
Conducts appropriate job and task analyses in the context of instructional design in order to contribute to project plans.
Actively seeks out knowledge of new and emerging learning technologies.
Evaluates current Tools for Teachers educator resources to identify future development needs, alignment to guidelines and learning design, and propose new resource types.

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Demonstrated experience in providing instruction to students in elementary, middle, or high school or equivalent training.
Strong written communication skills with outstanding editing skills.
Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Thorough knowledge of K-12 pedagogy and ability to apply concepts to learning designs and teacher resource development.
Experience in creating content in an online learning management system.
Thorough knowledge of the workflow of an educator's day and ability to articulate how materials best meet educators' practical needs.
Thorough analytical skills to conduct analyses of current Tools for Teachers offerings, standards alignment, and resource gap with an eye toward developing recommendations.
Outstanding collaboration and negotiation skills that support cross-functional workflows; managing resource writing and editing; and successful interactions with customers / members.
Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills that support analysis, work prioritization, and content development tracking.
Thorough knowledge of industry policies and procedures, including policies regarding online materials development and supporting a diversity of learners.
Thorough knowledge of instructional design principles and learning strategies, including needs analysis, backwards design, learning outcomes and assessment design, and instructional approaches including whole class, small group, and independent learning modalities, as well as online interactive functionality.
Thorough knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required to achieve the delivery of engaging and media-rich online learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and learning.
Knowledge of basic tenets of professional learning for educators.
Thorough knowledge of e-learning strategies including interactivity types, item types, and best practices in designing downloadable materials.
Advanced level skills in application of planning, resourcing, and monitoring of effective learning design life cycle educational solutions.
Knowledge to conduct appropriate job and task analyses in the context of instructional design of technical or specialized training.
In your most recent position, engaged in work necessary to address the terms of a contract either as a direct service provider or part of an organization that provides products and services.
Experience ensuring that organizational practices, services, and behaviors support and promote diversity among staff.

Experience in implementing contracts with state education agencies and/or school districts.

Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
Must be able to work remotely from a home office and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
Ability to work overtime including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs, and work an alternate work schedule shift as required.
Ability to travel nationally.
Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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