Open Educational Resources Coordinator

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Bozeman, MONTANA

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 19043
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Robin Francis

Classification Title Instructor
Working Title Open Educational Resources Coordinator
Brief Position Overview

Montana State University Library seeks a non-tenure track Open Educational Resources Coordinator to develop the Montana Board of Regents Open Educational Resources Initiative. This person will work closely with the Treasure State Academic Information and Library Services (TRAILS) consortium.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number TBD
Department Library
Division Library
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track
Contract Term Fiscal Year
Semester Fall or Spring
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Union Affiliation AFMSU
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Montana University System’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Coordinator develops the Montana Board of Regents OER Initiative, which is to be implemented by the Treasure State Academic Information and Library Services (TRAILS) consortium. OER are license-free textbooks and other educational resources, and the Montana OER Initiative is a cooperative effort that will encourage and incentivize faculty to create their own OER or modify or use existing OER. The OER Initiative is intended to encourage the use of open educational resources throughout the Montana University System, with the intent of reducing student textbook costs, improving student outcomes, and improving faculty and student experiences. The OER Coordinator will report to the TRAILS Coordinator and will work closely with the TRAILS OER Committee. Funded by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE), this non-tenure track faculty position will be reviewed for continuation after three years.
We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work collaboratively with the TRAILS Coordinator, the TRAILS OER Committee, the Open Textbook Network and other entities, to create and direct a statewide OER implementation plan.
  • Serve as an effective OER advocate and leader among faculty and students across the MUS.
  • Work with OER partners to develop clear definitions for OER to ensure consistent and clear messaging.
  • Schedule information and training sessions for faculty, students, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the mapping of Montana’s core curriculum to relevant OER material.
  • Help create a TRAILS OER website and a statewide OER portal to organize and provide access to relevant OER content for Montana faculty.
  • Establish a faculty incentive program in the form of a TRAILS OER Grant Program.
  • Use baseline data from a planned statewide OER survey to inform initiative efforts.
  • Track progress of the OER initiative through evaluative data and provide ROI information.
  • Serve as the Montana Liaison to the WICHE/WCET Z initiative.
  • Investigate standards for faculty OER creation (e.g.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating communications for projects with diverse stakeholders, including creating training programs and website development
  • Demonstrated project management experience or project management certification
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • PhD or EdD in relevant field
  • Five or more years of experience working with faculty or as a faculty member
  • Experience leading a statewide initiative
  • Knowledge of copyright, permissions, and appropriate attribution of Creative Commons Licensed materials
  • The Successful Candidate Will
    • Have a successful track record of managing and shaping change.
    • Thrive in an environment of ambiguity, risk-taking, experimentation, and change.
    • Have strong collaborative skills and experience managing human resources.
    • Have a passion for creating an intellectually stimulating learning environment and cultivating a positive high-service culture.
    • Have excellent communication skills.
    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding. Funded by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE), this non-tenure track faculty position will be reviewed for continuation after three years.
    * Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Any position that is .5 FTE or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30) days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at AFMSU or by emailing AFSMU .

    • Any position less than .5 FTE is not represented by the Union and is not required to pay dues.
    • If the FTE changes during employment, the representational status of this position could be impacted.
    • Exceptions: Anyone having successfully completed a PEI exam or any faculty working in Extension are exempt from the Union
      This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
    Physical Demands

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    The Program
    The Department
    The College

    The MSU Library is a dynamic, adaptive, and responsive research library. We aspire to build innovative digital and physical spaces where our diverse communities can access and apply information to grow intellectually, build meaningful collaborations, communicate ideas, and envision a better future for Montana and beyond. We are proud to serve the university and the people of Montana, and we strive to do so while embodying the core values of the profession of librarianship and MSU. Our values reflect how we carry forward our strategic and operational decisions: we aim to build a more informed, thoughtful, and just world while striving to cultivate an environment that supports the potential for finding joy and meaning in our work. In addition to books, electronic resources, and special collections, the Library has a full range of library services for students and faculty, including public computer workstations, printers, scanners, technology-rich group study rooms, and quiet study areas. The MSU Library has a staff of 55-60 employees, including approximately 18 tenure- track faculty and 35 classified staff.

    Posting Detail Information

    Number of Vacancies 1
    Desired Start Date February 1, 2019
    Position End Date (if temporary) 01/31/2022
    Open Date
    Close Date
    Applications will be:

    Priority date for applications is December 1, 2018. Screening of applications will continue until an adequate applicant pool is established or the position is filled.

    Special Instructions

    In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Please note that required documents include (1) Curriculum Vitae, (2) Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications, and (3) three professional references (to be included in the online application document).

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples .
    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .
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