Subject Tutor: Business Studies Kaplan Open Learning Full-time, based in Leeds £25,000-£28,000 per annum Kaplan Open Learning (KOL) delivers online degree courses for the University of Essex under the brand name University of Essex Online. The University and Kaplan have been working together since 2007 to offer high quality online courses. University of Essex Online offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses online to both UK and international students that enable them to benefit from a flexible approach to study. Our structured distance learning courses allow students to work towards their degree in a unique virtual learning environment and still have access to all the support and facilities they would expect to receive on campus. KOL success is directly related to our ability to recruit and retain highly qualified and motivated individuals who are rewarded for individual and team-oriented accomplishments. The KOL work environment is entrepreneurial in spirit and offers the excitement and creativity of a fast-paced culture with the respected reputation and reliability of a blue-chip company. The role This is a new role which has been created due to continued growth in student numbers. The purpose of this role is to deliver highly effective modules to online learners within one of the specialist subject areas listed below and contribute to the teaching of other modules as appropriate. Specialist subject areas: Business Economics Business Finance Marketing HRM Project Management Operations Management Main responsibilities Based in Leeds and reporting to the Head of Business and Technology, the Subject Tutor will be responsible for the following: Tutoring modules on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in their specialist subject area plus occasional tutoring on Fundamentals of Effective Learning (FEL) modules. Preparing assessments for modules (formative and summative), marking and providing feedback to students Providing, when required, academic leadership, management and coordination for a designated number of modules in the role of “Module Co-ordinator”; this includes: o preparing and updating module-related information for an agreed suite of modules, o leading and coordinating module teaching teams, where appropriate Reviewing and assisting with updating module material; new module content creation as required Implementing quality assurance procedures at module level and contributing to the annual monitoring and review of modules and programmes Maintaining an accurate and up-to-date record of student performance Assisting with the production of reports for students studying on relevant modules Providing, when required, academic learning support to designated students Working with the Admissions and Student Support teams in the delivery of induction programmes to new students Participating in regular meetings with academic and student support staff and representing KOL on internal/external committees and boards as and when required Any other duties as required from time to time by the Department Head Candidate profile You will have a passion for helping students to succeed, be customer orientated and performance driven. In addition you will have: A Masters degree in business or a related subject area Significant business-related teaching or training experience within a UK Further/ Higher Education or a commercial setting Ability to develop and update teaching material Fluent spoken and written English Competence in teaching and administrative IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, etc.) Strong record-keeping skills Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing Flexibility and willingness to work under pressure to deadlines In addition it would be desirable for applicants to have: A teaching qualification such as PGCE, PGHE or equivalent Experience of contributing towards the development of and working with, a Virtual Learning Environment Experience of working with some, or all, of the following student groups; o mature students o international students o part-time learners Enthusiasm and motivation to be a performance-driven team player Key Competencies Communication – Articulates a clear and compelling message both verbally and in writing; Facilitates effective meetings; Has good listening skills; Influences, persuades and negotiates effectively; Uses business communication skills and etiquette based on audience. Problem Solving and Execution – Anticipates and avoids problems; Manages risks; Establishes priorities and measurements; Holds self-accountable for problems in own area of control; Plans and executes projects effectively; Understands underlying issues. Results Focus – Accepts accountability; Overcomes obstacles; Prioritises tasks; Sets challenging goals; Targets and achieves results. IT Focus – Takes ownership for solving IT issues; Confidence to self-teach and naturally inquisitive about developments in IT; Appropriate knowledge and vocabulary to articulate issues with Learning Technologists; Able to support others in the wider tutor pool on technology issues. Change Agent – Adjusts plans to meet changing needs; Embraces innovation; Handles pressure effectively; Helps support others through change; Participates in and drives change in the organisation. Customer (Student and Partner) Focus – Assumes responsibility for solving customer problems; Builds customer confidence; Ensures commitments to customers are met; Is knowledgeable about products and services; Is responsive to internal customers. Teamwork – Helps line manager meet goals; Knows when to take a leadership role and when to follow; Listens to others and values opinions; Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities; Welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere. Application method Please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to Donna Ineson at [email protected] st highlighting why you believe you are suitable for the role. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.
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