The University of Texas at Austin Learning Specialist IV - Course Coordinator - Rhetoric in Austin, Texas

Learning Specialist IV - Course Coordinator - Rhetoric

Hiring department

Strategy and Policy

Monthly salary

$4,166+ depending on qualifications

Hours per week

40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number


Job Status Open

FLSA status Exempt

Earliest Start Date Immediately

Position Duration Funding expected to continue

Position open to all applicants

Location Austin (main campus)

Number of vacancies 1

General Notes

This position requires travel throughout the state of Texas, ongoing weekend and evening work to support instructors and course implementation, including during summer, spring, and fall professional learning institutes and enrollment deadlines.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply

  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.

  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To support efforts and ensure fidelity of implementation of the OnRamps Rhetoric 306 and 309K courses and to coordinate a high-level of instructional and professional development service and support to OnRamps Instructors and UT Faculty.

Essential Functions

Provide 1:1 instructional, professional development, and technical service and support to OnRamps Instructors across the state to ensure fidelity of implementation, teacher growth, retention, and satisfaction in the OnRamps four pillars. Using standardized service and support strategies, provide just-in-time support as needed and follow OnRamps observational protocols. Monitor, evaluate, and document course, student, and instructor outcomes through recurring issue tracking and reporting. Use standardized relationship building strategies to cultivate and lead a facilitated network of OnRamps instructors within the assigned course subject-area through yearlong, ongoing professional development activities by maintaining weekly engagement including virtual meetings, in-person site visits as needed, resource sharing, and weekly newsletters in close collaboration with the Course Manager and Curriculum and Instruction Manager. Execute course curriculum with fidelity. Identify challenges for implementing the curriculum with Lead Faculty and Course Development team and proactively offer solutions to improve the end user experience. Monitor curriculum implementation via the Canvas Learning Management system to ensure fidelity to the pillar of college-aligned content. Implement effective and consistent communication strategies and tools aligned with the OnRamps marketing materials to coordinate the delivery of the OnRamps course curriculum. Develop and maintain strong relationships by providing exceptional customer service with professionalism, positivity, tact and decorum. Co-develop and implement annual Professional Learning Institutes for the OnRamps course instructors in close collaboration with the course Faculty Lead Liaison, OnRamps Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Course Manager, and Curriculum and Instruction Manager, including coordinating Canvas training and support for OnRamps Instructors. Work in close collaboration with the Course Manager, the Instructor of Record, OnRamps Associate Director for Enrollment and Strategic Operations, and Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction to develop and/or enhance the curriculum and technology tools for the OnRamps course using data-driven strategies and via a continuous improvement cycle. Ensure the grading mechanism approved by the Instructor of Record is executed with fidelity, including grading and or supervising grading of college eligibility and college credit assignments, spot-checking, and other intensive assessment activities. Under the direction of the Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction, support designated special projects that advance the course-specific program using the OnRamps Project Management Methodology.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Develop Scope of Work with Faculty Lead incorporating additional duties as needed. Work in collaboration with OnRamps Coord. of Prof. Dev. and Research an OnRamps Associate Directors on tasks as assigned. Participate in weekly meetings, reporting.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Master's degree in English or closely related field. Proficient in Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) or another LMS. Exceptional customer service skills, with the ability to engage multiple internal and external stakeholders with decorum and tact. Ability to communicate technical information to lay audiences using a respectful, client-focused approach. Demonstrated understanding of high school teaching and learning in English Language Arts and Rhetoric. Five years of clinical or teaching experience at a high school or college level. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in English or closely related field. Experience developing curriculum, preferably for online delivery. Experience developing and delivering professional-development initiatives for high school teachers. Experience developing and maintaining online professional learning communities for students and/or teachers. Three or more years of teaching experience in English Language Arts, Rhetoric, or closely related content area at a high school of college level. Eligibility to serve as Instructor of Record according to UT Austin departmental requirements.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Climbing of stairs

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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