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ACADEMIC COACH/TEACHING ASSISTANT (ONLINE, PART-TIME, NURSING)

Company: Instructional Connections, Inc.
Location: Dallas
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Job Description:

Instructional Connections, LLC is a fully integrated provider of high quality instructional support services to colleges and universities that offer online courses and degree programs. Universities work collaboratively with Instructional Connections to deliver high quality courses at an affordable cost. Within the online course, students are assigned an Academic Coach (sometimes referred to by a different title for different programs - Teaching Assistant, Instructional Associate, etc.). We are currently working with 35 public and state universities (over 50 programs) and were expected to add several others in the coming year. These positions are virtual and do not require residence in a particular city or state. We are unable to hire applicants that are not US Citizens or who not already authorized to work in the US. ABOUT THE POSITION: Academic Coaches are highly qualified, experienced practitioners (minimum of a Masters Degree or greater) who most frequently serve as the liaison between the university faculty of record and students within the assigned course. The exact qualifications and requirements of an Academic Coach are tailored according to individual university and program needs. Often the Academic Coach is the student's initial point of contact, and acts in much a similar fashion that a traditional teaching assistant does in a university. (See Minimum Job Requirements for specific credentials and experience required). Academic Coaches grade assignment per faculty directions, monitor discussion threads, answer inquiries/emails within 24 hours, monitor student engagement, provide online student support, and regularly collaborate with university faculty of record. Academic Coaches serve as facilitators and graders, while university faculty are the teachers of record. Compensation is based on a per-student-per-course formula. About 75% of the courses are 5 to 9-week course cycles and the programs are year round, with 4-6 course start a year. The average is approximately 10-25 minutes per student per week; however this can vary on the level of the course, the course you are assigned and the number of open-ended assignments within the course. Academic Coaches who consistently complete coach assignments with quality will be considered for additional sections or responsibilities. We do not want to over extend a coach's responsibilities to such a degree that this negatively impacts their ability to serve students. In a first assignment, the practical limit is 50 students, with 30 being more typical. A highly proficient coach with ample time may be assigned up to 120 students but this is the upper limit. If selected as an applicant, you will be required to complete an Academic Coach Pre-Employment Screening course. Participants can expect to commit 4 to 6 hours to the self-paced screening, accomplished over one week. The screening includes detailed of the role and expectations of an Academic Coach, introduction to the learning management systems (LMS) and best practices of online education, FERPA, etc. If a participant does not complete this screening session in the allotted time, he or she may be rescheduled for a future session. The sessions are only offered twice times per month and always start on a Monday. Upon successful competition of the screening (active participation, passing of all graded assignments and working through all modules), you will be advanced to the contracting phase. The contract is dependent on the success of the background check and the screening. All of the Academic Coaching positions are considered part-time work (as an independent contractor). Once your contractor package is complete, your name will added to our pool of vetted and qualified Academic Coaches ready for an assignment. Academic Coaching assignments will be based on approval by the university and are made in consultation with Lead Coaches and/or Program Assistant. She/he will guide the Academic Coach in a short orientation to the assigned program and course. Actual course assignments are made near to the course start date and are dependent on many factors including: area and level of graduate study, university approval and student enrollments. MIN. REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSING AND OTHER HEALTHCARE RELATED PROGRAMS: A current and valid RN license and a minimum of Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) or greater is required. PhD Nursing Science or DNP (doctorate/terminal degree) is STRONGLY PREFERRED for MSN and NP programs. Nursing degrees must be from CCNE or NLNAC accredited institutions. Minimum of 3 years of nursing practice experience required; prior experience teaching experienced is desired. Family & Adult Nurse Practitioner (MSN in NP REQUIRED with NP License with prescriptive authority, DNP strongly desired) Nursing Education (MSN REQUIRED; PhD or Enrolled in PhD Program AND Certified Nurse Educator Strongly Preferred) Nursing Informatics (MSN REQUIRED with concentration in Informatics; PhD or Enrolled in PhD Program) Nursing Management & Administration (MSN REQUIRED; PhD or Enrolled in PhD Program AND NEA-BC Strongly Preferred) Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice (MSN & PhD in Nursing or Enrolled in PhD Program REQUIRED; Preferred with Work Experience in Research) Resumes/Applications received that do not meet the minimum requirement stated above will not be considered or contacted. If you wish to be considered for an Academic Coach position and start the process, please complete our online application. Visit our website at instructionalconnections dot com to complete the online application. All email inquiries will be redirected to apply online to be considers. To complete your applicant package, please complete and submit the documents and/or information identified below: Online Application Cover Letter/Letter of Interest Resume / C.V. Unofficial Transcripts (Official Transcripts for all degrees earned will be required later if selected to advance) An Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V Instructional Connections, LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Instructional Connections, LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Instructional Connections, LLC expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Instructional Connections' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Keywords: Instructional Connections, Inc., Dallas, ACADEMIC COACH/TEACHING ASSISTANT (ONLINE, PART-TIME, NURSING), Education / Teaching, Dallas, Texas

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