The Ohio State University
DoDVLS Content and Research Specialist
Associate, 1+ Years
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DoDVLS Content and Research Specialist
EHE | Human Sciences Administration
The College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) at The Ohio State University is looking for a DoDVLS Content and Training Coordinator to support the Department of Defense Virtual Lab School team within the Department of Human Sciences.
About the Virtual Lab School
Created by experts at The Ohio State University, the Virtual Lab School (VLS) addresses a critical need for an easy to navigate online professional development and resource system that empowers professionals to build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child care and youth development. Supported by an extensive repository of professional development videos, research-based content, and relevant, interactive learning materials, the VLS simulates the enriching learning experiences found in university lab school settings.
The VLS system offers distinct tracks for center-based professionals including direct-care providers (infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age), training and curriculum specialists (coaches), and management personnel, as well as a track for home-based care providers who typically care for mixed- age groups. Anchored by 15 Core Content courses that include the 13 Functional Areas of the Child Development Associate competency standards used in early care settings around the world, the Core Content covers research-based developmentally appropriate practices for working with children from birth to age 12 across all the functional roles in child and youth care and education settings.
In addition to the Core Content, the VLS features a series of special topics and other resources that support the development of a highly trained and effective workforce.
The DoDVLS Content and Research Specialist will research, update, review, edit and write content, activities, and related materials for the DoDVLS project and work to keep the DoDVLS up-to-date with the latest child development research and early care and education best practices. This will include conducting relevant literature reviews to inform content development and maintenance as well as editing or writing, and revising narrative content, preparing new or modifying existing activities, and updating materials as needed to ensure information remains relevant and accurate. Additionally, this position will be responsible for updating the DoDVLS to ensure that materials are accessible to both military-affiliated and public users by clarifying language, activities and policies relevant for military-affiliated and public users. This will include identifying improvement opportunities, updating current content, and writing new language and terminology in support of both groups. This position will also assist with website maintenance by entering relevant information (e.g., assessment questions), finding and replacing broken links, updating relevant attachments, helping with minor grammatical edits, and responding to user comments regarding the content. In addition, this position will support the program evaluation and research efforts of the DoDVLS by supporting recruitment for relevant community-based pilots, data collection, data organization, working with others on the project to establish and execute protocols for gathering and maintaining quality information.
The DoDVLS Content and Training Specialist reports to the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Training. The position is also an active team member and works closely with other Content Coordinators as well as Research Staff. This position will work with child, family, and youth programs serving the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. This is an opportunity to build and maintain a training platform to better serve teachers, trainers, and program directors working in the military child-care system. This position will work from Bevis Hall on the university’s West Campus.
In the first 60 to 90 days of employment, the successful candidate for this position will accomplish the following:
A long-term goal of this role is to maintain the quality and relevance of the DoDVLS website to ensure an effective, current and research-based user experience.
The selected candidate for this position will have demonstrated success in several areas, including:
Desired requirements include:
Responsibilities (Percentage Time)
55% Help to keep the DoDVLS up-to-date with latest child development research and early care and education best practices by editing, writing and revising narrative content, preparing new or modifying existing activities, or by updating any additional related materials; update the DoDVLS to work well for military affiliated and public users by identifying and writing new language and terminology that appropriately supports each group; conduct relevant literature reviews to inform content development and maintenance
25% Assist with DoDVLS program evaluation and research efforts by helping to recruit community-pilot participants, collect data, clean and organize data, participate in protocol development and execution;
15% Assist with website maintenance by entering relevant information, finding and replacing broken links, updating relevant attachments, helping with minor grammatical edits, and responding to user comments regarding the content.
5% Other projects as assigned relevant to stakeholder priorities
We are an equal opportunity employer.
The College of Education and Human Ecology values learning as a lifelong process. The educators, researchers and professionals we help grow are critical to shaping academic success and health and wellness for generations to come. EHE embodies the mission and goals of OSU, and is committed to:
We are led by our core values of excellence; diversity in people and of ideas; inclusion; access and affordability; innovation; collaboration and multidisciplinary endeavor; and integrity, transparency and trust.
The Targeted Hiring Range for this position is $39,000-$42,000/YEAR
Bevis Hall (0307)
Term (Fixed Term)
A&P Hourly 63
Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.
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