Online Learning Specialist: The Atlantic Institute

Oxford, Oxfordshire (GB)
18 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
02 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Online Learning Specialist: The Atlantic Institute

The Atlantic Institute

The Atlantic Institute, created with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies and housed by the Rhodes Trust, serves as a central convening and knowledge-sharing hub for the network of Atlantic Fellows, from six Atlantic Fellowship Programs located around the globe.  The Online Learning Specialist position offers a unique opportunity to play an active role in the start-up and development of this newly formed Institute. 

The mission of the Atlantic Fellows programs is to empower a new generation of catalytic and collaborative individuals working to realize fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies. The Fellows are a global community of leaders – activists, artists, journalists, health professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, lawyers, and others – working together across disciplines and borders to advance equity, justice and human dignity.  They are dynamic individuals with innovative ideas and the courage, conviction, and capacity to bring lasting improvements to their communities and the world. Through a global and interconnected set of Atlantic Fellows programs, the Atlantic Fellows collaborate with one another to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems: socio-economic and racial inequality; barriers to full participation in democracy; and critical health challenges, including dementia and a lack of access to quality care.

The post

The Institute seeks to appoint an experienced and flexible Online Learning Specialist, who will be the key support person for the IT systems, over and above those supplied locally by each node, that service the Program-related needs of the Fellows of the Atlantic Fellows Programs, together with the professional and academic staff in the Programs. These systems include a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a Video Conferencing System (VCS), a Collaboration Environment (CE) and File Sharing System (FSS).
The successful candidate will be expected to take responsibility for this complete area, working closely with other staff appointed specifically for the Atlantic Fellows Program, in particular the Inaugural Director Dr Penelope Brook and a new pedagogic post. It will be expected that the successful candidate will also forge good relationships with relevant staff at Oxford University Computing Services and other nearby centres of expertise in the IT systems chosen to support the Atlantic Fellows Program. They will report to Dr Penelope Brook.

The VLE has been chosen as Canvas by Instructure.
The Collaboration Environment will be initially Yammer.
In addition all Atlantic Fellows will have a modern version of the Microsoft Office Suite (precise version depending on their employing institution).

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have a first or higher degree in a subject related to computing and substantial skill in web development and support of web-based systems.

He or she will also be able to demonstrate:

  • Flexible team working including outside the Atlantic Institute;
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Several months’ experience supporting Canvas

An application will be strengthened by

  • Experience in an education environment;
  • Experience in an international environment, either outside the UK or in an internationally-focussed UK-based organisation
  • Experience with professional video conferencing solutions (such as Lifesize, Zoom or Skype for Business)
  • Experience with Collaboration Environments (such as Yammer, Slack, FirstClass, ELGG or Apereo OAE)
  • Experience of File Sharing Systems (such as Dropbox, Box or OneDrive)

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support of VLE;
  • Support of VCRLS;
  • Support of CE;
  • Support of FSS
  • Support of Microsoft Office and G-Suite
  • Handling of user registration for these systems;
  • Updating of these systems;
  • Liaison with 2nd line tech support at the suppliers and hosting providers;
  • Assistance with support of web site, blog (WordPress), admin systems and email activities;
  • Ad hoc project development as required by the Director of the Atlantic Institute.

Salary and Hours of Work

This is a permanent full‐time post. The starting salary will be in the range of £35,000 to £40,000 per annum according to qualifications and experience.
Normal working hours will be Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.30 pm with one hour for lunch. However all of the Trust’s staff are expected to be flexible in the number of hours worked to allow for the requirements of the job.

There is a probationary period of six months.

For this post in particular there will be some evening working in order to synchronise with US, South African and Asian/Australasian nodes in their working hours, in particular for remote lectures and Program-wide videoconferences.

Travel will be required to meetings at one or more of the six nodes each year.


Holiday entitlement is 25 days, plus 8 days bank holidays, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service.

Restrictions may apply when holidays cannot be taken and 3 days are required to be taken as holiday between Christmas and New Year when Rhodes House is closed.


  • Membership of the University Superannuation Scheme (pension), with the Trust currently paying 18% of gross salary into the Scheme. 
  • Optional private healthcare scheme (after the successful completion of probation).
  • Staff development where relevant to the role.

Closing date: Noon on Tuesday 2 May 2017

Application Process: To apply, please send:

1. a covering letter (no more than 2 pages), clearly showing how your qualifications, skills and experience relate to the job description and person specification
2. your CV (comprising no more than 3 pages),
3. the names and contact details of two referees, including your most recent line manager, to   Referees will not be approached without your prior permission.