Educational Developer – HigherEdJobs

March 27, 2024

Job Description

School: Academy of Future Education

Department: Educational
Development Unit (EDU)

Position: Educational Developer

Location: Suzhou, China

Contract Type: Fixed-term, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended

ABOUT XJTLU

In 2006 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was created by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University
– a top ten university in China. Offering a unique international education experience, XJTLU brings together excellent research
practice and expertise from both institutions and gives students the skills and knowledge they need to secure careers in a global
marketplace. XJTLU now has over 25,000 enrolled students in both Suzhou and Liverpool in the UK, with plans to grow to about 28,000 students
by 2025. There are currently about 2,000 staff, among which about 1,000 academic staff, with an almost even split between citizens of the
People’s Republic of China and international passport holders. XJTLU offers our undergraduates and postgraduates over 100 programmes
with a diverse spectrum of courses.

XJTLU is entering a new and exciting phase of its development as part of its strategic priorities
for the next ten years. Adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE), XJTLU is currently
opening a new Entrepreneurial Education site in Taicang, part of wider Suzhou, where the Entrepreneur College (Taicang) is located. The
Taicang site will be a pioneer of, and educational model for, the future campus in addressing challenges arising from the 4th Industrial
Revolution. Other new initiatives include new working partnerships with Xi’an Jiaotong University, the continued development of the
four new Academies, and exploration of further potential locations to develop the SE model.

With a focus on innovative learning and
teaching, and research, XJTLU draws on the strengths of its parent universities, and plays a pivotal role in facilitating access to China
for UK and other institutional partners. At same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the educational theory, best practice
and culture from west and east.

For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn.

ABOUT ACADEMY OF FUTURE
EDUCATION
(AOFE)

The Academy of Future Education
of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is an educational innovation ecosystem that focuses on research, exploration, support, and
dissemination of philosophy and best practices for future education. The core mission of the Academy is to impact education innovation and
reform in China and beyond through a variety of projects and programmes, based on fundamental approaches in educational innovation and
systemic development designed to contribute to the future of education. The Academy supports individuals and institutions at all levels,
including all the K-15 schools as well as vocational education and higher education institutions.

Four units make up the Academy,
namely the Department of Educational Studies (EDS), Institute of Leadership & Education Advanced Development (ILEAD), and Educational
Development Unit (EDU), Learning Institute for Future Excellence (LIFE). Key projects of the Academy include the following programmes:

· Master’s and doctoral degree programmes in education

· Research projects on future education

·
Education innovation community

· Professional development programmes for educational practitioners

· Student
learning excellence support programmes

· Online-onsite hybrid learning environment and resources.

EDU is a unique and
leading institution in China for educational development, innovation, and education of educators (short courses and professional development
communities). Its key customers include XJTLU staff as well as educational developers around the world.

ROLES
OVERVIEW:

The broad mandate of the Faculty roles in EDU are to support the professional development of XJTLU staff as
well as the production of publications and artefacts (websites, development materials) associated with educational development. The core
mission of the roles in EDU is dual: 1) to support the implementation across XJTLU of learning and teaching; 2) to support and advance XJTLU
Learning & Teaching Strategy, with a focus on innovation in learning and teaching. This is mainly achieved through the delivery of
institutional academic development programmes; primarily, the PGCert programme, and other Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
programmes. Other areas of support include providing assistance and guidance on peer review, and curriculum and assessment design, as well
as collaborating with departments to develop specific learning and teaching strategies, events, or activities. A specific focus on
XJTLU’s Research-led Learning and Syntegrative
Education
are also desirable.

As appropriate, the Educational Developer will conduct research on teaching and learning, develop
pedagogical resources, and lead workshops and other events for faculty, students and staff. Supporting the teaching and learning
practices of XJTLU staff are the primary responsibility and this position is open only as a teaching and practice position, not a teaching
and research position. 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Support the implementation, across
the institution, of the University’s vision for Learning and Teaching.

· Delivery of modules on the PGCert
programme.

· Support the development of an institutional CPD framework and ready relevant documentation for approval by the
respective committees at XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, as well as accreditation by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

· Provide expert and specialist advice and guidance to academic staff in developing excellence in teaching with a primary view of
enhancing the student learning experience at XJTLU.

· Develop collaborative networks to identify and disseminate good
practices in teaching and learning and evaluates their effectiveness.

· Recommend, lead and facilitate the effective sharing
of good practices in assessments and other student evaluation.

· Act as a consultant/coach to academic staff seeking to
enhance the quality of their teaching.

· Maintain and develop resources, including websites and other tools that facilitate
national and international good practice in learning and teaching.

· Work closely with staff in other professional services to
promote the use of appropriate technologies, facilities and methods in learning and teaching.

· Work collaboratively with
departments, schools and centres, to contribute to achieving the strategic ambitions of the University in relation to academic enhancement
and excellence in learning, teaching and research, and to contribute to achieving the University’s ongoing operational objectives.

· Keep up-to-date with changes and developments in related policies and procedures.

· Reflect on personal
professional practice and keep abreast of current developments in learning and teaching through engagement with the wider community via
subject associations, attendance and presentations at conferences, colloquiums and personal development days.

· Willing to
engage in personal development and training and change the focus of the role, where appropriate, to meet the changing needs of the
University.

· Engage with relevant university and departmental committees, working groups and forums to raise awareness of
pedagogic principles, share examples of best practice and highlight developments in the field.

· Carry out any other duties as
required, commensurate with the role position.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

· A collaborative and
collegial sprit.

· A flexible approach to working and agile problem solving abilities.

· Proactivity and the
ability to work independently and also as part of a team.

· A commitment to lifelong learning and development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

· A minimum of 5
years’ experience in post-secondary education, and 3 years’ experience in educational development.

· Excellent knowledge
of current theories and practices in education, particularly with respect to post-secondary teaching and learning (e.g. student-centred
active learning, large classes, small groups, team-based learning, blended and online learning, flipped classrooms, transnational education
etc.), and educational development.

· The ability to create and deliver programming (informal and formal stand-alone or
embedded activities) for teaching development.

· Collegiality and a willingness to work with others.

· The
ability to effectively lead and collaborate on cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams, multi-tasking and establishing priorities and
meeting deadlines with minimal direction.

· Knowledge of and experience in Quality Assurance processes including accreditation
requirements of professional bodies, and understanding of approaches to quality enhancement.

· Strong computer skills,
including a high degree of facility with the use of all Microsoft applications and the use of Web 2.0 technologies for educational purposes
using a VLE (Moodle preferred).

· A Masters in Education or related field, PhD in Education, EdD or related field
preferred.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:

Membership of and engagement with a relevant
professional body such as SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association), Education Development Centre (EDC), or the Professional and
Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) is preferred, though not essential.

Fellowship of the Higher Education
Academy is preferred, though not essential. Senior and Principal Fellowship are more desirable.

CITIZENSHIP AND VISA
REGULATIONS

Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply
with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining
work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 65 may be not eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.

CAREER
DEVELOPMENT

1. Clear career development path with annual review.

2. Professional development trainings are
provided.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

SALARY: Competitive salary in the market

BENEFITS

1. Allowance: XJTLU provide various month/annual/one-off allowances as

o Housing allowance

o Travel allowance

o Kids’ education allowance

o Relocation allowance

o Etc.

2. Commercial insurance:
international insurance plans customized for XJTLU staff and family members. (details refer to the University Policy)

3. Paid
holidays:

o Statutory Holidays (11 days)

o Annual Leave (36 days)

o Family Matters Leave

o Paid Sick Leave

o Marriage Leave

o Paternity Leave

o Parental Leave

o Etc.

4. Working visa and residence permit in China:

5. XJTLU sponsors working visa and residence permit in China for the staff.

RESEARCH FUNDING SUPPORT

The university provides every new faculty member with Research Development Fund to encourage them to initiate research projects, and
Research Engagement Fund provided to support their continuous research activities.

The university will also support all faculty
members to apply for national, province and city level programs. These programs aim to support excellent scientists, both Chinese and
non-Chinese-citizen, to work and carry out research in China.

Some of the programs are listed in the table below. Successful
applications are based on the applicant’s educational background, academic/research field, research achievements, working experience,
etc. The university will provide full support on the applications.

Talent/Research Program

Fund

Outstanding Youth Science Foundation Project (Overseas)

RMB 1-3 Million

Innovation Leading
Talent

up to RMB 2 Million

Outstanding Leading Talent of International Discipline

50% of Annual Package

Young
Leading Talent of International Discipline

50% of Annual Package

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit
your application on our university website [HERE]. Applications must be
submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

• A cover letter

• A current CV,
including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level

• Contact Details for Three References

For
specific enquiries relating to the position, please email the Director of EDU Rebecca Wakelin at Rebecca.wakelin@xjtlu.edu.cn Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR at juan.chen@xjtlu.edu.cn.