Professional Learning Design Coach - Michigan Virtual

Friday, November 10, 2017
Michigan Virtual
Position Details: 

Position Title:   Professional-Learning Design Coach
Reports To:  Professional Learning Services Manager
Department/Team: Professional Learning Services (PLS)
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Lansing Office, Lansing, MI with occasional telecommuting options
Starting Pay: $60,000 per year (negotiable based on education & experience)

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The Professional Learning Design Coach’s role is to work directly with the Professional Learning Services (PLS) team, supporting online and blended professional learning initiatives. In this role, the professional learning design coach will act as a change agent by promoting, developing, and helping to build and implement blended and online learning opportunities with professional learning providers, districts and education associations. The coach supports administrator, teacher and staff professional development by providing direct support to professional learning providers who serve K-12 students. The professional learning design coach will provide outreach, professional development and conference presentations for the K-12 community in Michigan. The coach will be responsible for the development of online professional learning courses and experiences that support strategic professional learning initiatives both for school districts and for partners throughout the nation.

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in applying instructional design principles.
  2. Demonstrated ability to manage a course development process.
  3. Knowledge of assessment methodology and experience with online assessment.
  4. Instructional design coaching and consultation with K-12 professional learning providers, administrators and teachers.
  5. Lead the design of professional development experiences for online, blended and face to face delivery for the K-12 ecosystem.
  6. Produce outreach materials for PLS programs including blog posts, videos and podcasts.
  7. Collaboration with the PLS team on development of new products and services.
  8. Guide and assist MICHIGAN VIRTUAL team members and external consultants in the content development process (analysis, design, production, implementation and evaluation) in a manner that promotes the use of sound instructional principles.
  9. Production of instructional elements using multimedia and technology tools.
  10. Consultation and collaboration with subject matter experts to identify and obtain instructional and learning objectives and content.
  11. Serve as a resource in identifying appropriate instructional strategies and interventions to improve professional learning.
  12. Conduct support visits in conjunction with members of the team, observing experiences in order to assess program implementation and future professional development solutions.
  13. Provide backup support to IPD instructional design staff as needed.


  • Master’s degree in Education, Educational Technology, or Educational Leadership is highly desirable, Michigan Teacher Certification highly desirable, Bachelor’s degree required.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE (minimum requirements):

  • Five years or more of professional development experience.
  • Experience as an instructional designer.
  • Experience working in an online learning format.
  • Experience with a major CMS or LMS (prefer knowledge of Brightspace).
  • Experience with Web 2.0 applications including social networking, blogs, wikis, etc.
  • Experience in designing and providing professional development opportunities for K-12 educators


  • Experience with developing online and/or blended professional development courses is highly desirable.
  • Experience with agile models of project management.
  • Experience with design thinking.
  • Experience with smartphones and mobile applications for learning is highly desirable.
  • Experience with multimedia, graphic creation and content development applications such as Articulate, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver), Lectora, Camtasia, Audacity, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and SoftChalk.
  • Experience with building SCORM-compliant courses is desirable.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in applying instructional design principles.
  • Knowledge of assessment methodology and experience with online assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload and aggressive schedules, to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to take ownership of assigned tasks.
  • Detail oriented, assuring everything is done and correct.
  • Demonstrated writing skill in producing design specifications, course content, and project proposals.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of stakeholders, students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Develop, lead and guide professional development.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of stakeholders, students, teachers, and staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
  • Ability to work a standard forty-hour week in the Michigan Virtual office in Lansing, MI. 


  • Ability to work with content experts on determining learning outcomes and objectives.
  • Create relationships with interested parties to inform about online and blended professional learning.
  • Knowledge of the school improvement context, and of current, effective innovations in education.
  • Develop a common language and common vision around the idea of high-quality online and blended implementation of professional learning.
  • Identify the systems-level policies, practices, and structures that must change in order for professional learning to impact student achievement.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others to meet ambitious goals.

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

  • The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
  • Sit in a normal seated or standing position in front of a computer for extended periods of time.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
  • Ability to see and hear within normal parameters.

This position description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis; it is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  This position description does not exclude other duties as assigned.

A successful candidate may be required to:

  • Submit to a criminal background check, if requested (conducted by outside party).
  • Submit and pass pre-employment substance abuse testing, if requested.
  • Provide a photocopy of their valid driver's license for tax purposes.
  • Present a Social Security Card for name veritification and payroll purposes.
  • Sign a copy of the Michigan Virtual Non-disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement and Michigan Virtual Acceptable Use Policy for Computing Resources.

Michigan Virtual is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

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