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Job Req ID:  51403

Course Support Specialist


The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today’s brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We’re looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY’s diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve. In return, we offer employees the opportunity to be part of the Johns Hopkins community and to take advantage of our generous benefits package, which includes affordable health-care options and tuition assistance for employees and their families.


General summary/purpose:
This position is responsible for working with program managers across all subject areas to build, update and maintain K-12 curriculum and online courseware. 


Note: This position is not benefits eligible.
Note: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Multiple Positions Available



  • Works with the Program Managers to improve/create great online course experiences for CTY students.
  • Creates and revises K-12 courses within our LMS (Moodle) using multimedia development tools such as H5P, Adobe Connect, etc. 
  • Upgrade and update online educational resources and materials to better formats for optimized usability and accessibility.
  • Manages and completes complex, long-term projects which are core to CTY annual goals. 
  • Identifies and communicates opportunities for process and quality improvements, providing feedback on usage, defects, and suggested enhancements.
  • Acquires and maintains knowledge of current technology as it applies to LMS software and systems.


User Management:

  • Creates user logins as needed and assigns user permissions.
  • Creates and manages user structures including the creation of user groups and learning cohorts.


Course Management:

  • Publishes and archives online or blended learning solutions, manages curricula, and adds and deletes resources.
  • Creates and manages the overall course structure and sets up course programs based on specifications from the Program Manager.
  • Provide administrative assistance in the areas of course material production and Internet research. 
  • Builds online assessments and evaluations in LMS for courses.
  • Manages tracking of course revisions and history.


Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.  Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.
  • Three years related experience is required.
  • Technical skills including HTML, learning management systems, and general troubleshooting and understanding of directory, file structures, and systems
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues
  • Ability to collaborate with others at all levels of the organization 
  • Ability to gain new technical skills quickly
  • Customer service skills, responsive attitude
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate complex technical concepts in layman’s terms

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  


Required Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with learning management systems and online education technologies, such as Moodle and Microsoft Teams. 
  • Ability to quickly learn new software, as needed


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certification:

  • Coursework and/or certifications relating to learning management system administration preferred
  • Familiarity with course design and development
  • Working knowledge of multiple web design technologies, such as HTML


Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse pad and other office machinery
  • The incumbent will be required to communicate regularly via telephone and face to face with internal and external customers and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings
  • Position also requires a degree of mobility common to working in an office environment; bending, kneeling or standing during events and presentations may be required.


Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the US, or an area in which JHU has an authorized business entity.
  • The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
  • All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.

Classified Title: Academic Services Specialist 
Working Title: Course Support Specialist  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/02/OE 
Starting Salary Range: $17.42 - $23.95 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: hours vary 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: telework 
Department name: 10000110-Distance Ed and Info Technology 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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