EMSLRC Instructional Service Specialist

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Student Services
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22004193 Requisition #

Within the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC), provide instruction and support to faculty, staff,  and  students  for  the  purposes  of  training  and  educating  basic,  intermediate  and  advanced-level  emergency medicine courses (i.e., BLS, ACLS, PALS, EMS initial education).  Instruction and support include, but is not limited to the design, development,  selection,  adaption,  maintenance,  and  knowledge  of  current  classroom/online  assessment, curriculum, and presentation for all programmatic-related elements. Instructional activities may occur on the UI Health Care campus or at offsite locations throughout the State of Iowa. Typical duty hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday although instructional activities may require work during night and weekend hours.

Position Responsibilities

Instruct, Train, Consult, Support:

  • Coordinate the operation of and/or serve as the primary or secondary instructor for EMS initial education programs, EMS refresher programs, American Heart Association (AHA) and other nationally recognized course(s) as assigned.
  • Consult and collaborate with faculty, staff and external agencies regarding instructional needs and the application of instructional design and tools in the delivery of instruction.
  • Schedule adjunct faculty, staff instructors, and contract instructors as needed for courses in the area of responsibility.

Evaluate/assess student skills:

  • Provide consulting and instructional services for classroom, skills labs, and simulation activities.
  • Evaluate candidates participating in state and national certification psychomotor examinations.
  • Provide the EMSLRC Director and Medical Director with regular updates regarding student progression.
  • Respond to all questions/inquiries in a timely and effective manner.  Includes but not limited to applicants, course participants, faculty, UI Health Care and University of Iowa staff, and external customers and agencies.
  • Assist the EMSLRC Director and Medical Director in coordinating the efforts of hospitals and field agencies serving as affiliates to the EMSLRC EMS education programs.

Design and Create Instructional Materials:

  • Design, develop and evaluate instructional materials. Evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies and educational approaches used.
  • Assure course curricula is consistent with AHA, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the National EMS Education Standards.
  • Develop, prepare, assemble and distribute handouts/materials for course participants updating and editing as necessary.
  • Consult and collaborate with the EMSLRC medical director to ensure current, evidence-based emergency medicine standards of care, literature, and practices are utilized.

Facilities/Technology Management:

  • Manage the instructional facility including the classrooms, labs, and mobile equipment.
  • Administer, operate and manage courseware management systems  (i.e., ICON, Canvas). 
  • Support the application of technology within the teaching facility.
  • Operate and maintain complex equipment, requiring specialized knowledge or skills such as trainers and simulation manikins.
  • Assure facilities are compliant with federal and state regulations and accreditation standards.
  • Provide routine cleaning and preventative maintenance of training equipment.

Operational Management:

  • Provide guidance regarding teaching materials and presentations.
  • Oversee, manage and maintain approval and data for EMS Continuing Education Programs.
  • Manage student applications, interview processes and general course information.
  • Develop, prepare and monitor course enrollments and generate enrollment, completion, and course-related outcomes measurement reports for administrative review and to meet accreditation and regulatory requirements.
  • Evaluate and implement changes to EMSLRC educational programs to support the mission, strategic plan and financial integrity in accordance with overall departmental objectives.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Education Requirement:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Master’s degree in education or an EMS-related discipline is desired.
  • Current knowledge of emergency medicine standards of care, literature, and current practices.

Experience Requirement:

  • Minimum three (3) years of prehospital EMS or related public safety experience.
  • Previous experience providing adult instruction or health care education with distance education experience preferred.
  • Previous experience in the design of curriculum or course construction.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines, conduct follow-up and multi-task within a changing environment, under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills with students, professional health care staff, and interdisciplinary team members as demonstrated through written and verbal communications/interactions.
  • Working knowledge of computer software applications such as Microsoft Office and Canvas.

Certification/Licensure Requirement:

  • Nationally certified (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) Paramedic. Nationally certified EMT or Advanced EMT applicants may be considered with Paramedic certification required within two years of appointment.
  • Iowa EMS provider certification or reciprocity-eligible at the level of national certification
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor
  • American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor (Paramedic)  
  • American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor (Paramedic)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field required (i.e. Nursing, Education, Criminal Justice, Fire Science).
  • Five (5) years of experience performing direct patient care as an EMS provider in an urban EMS system
  • Fire service or EMS leadership experience at the company officer or field supervisor level
  • National certification as an EMS educator (NCEE) or Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)
  • Experience precepting EMS students during field internship

Application Process: In order to be considered applicants must upload a resume and cover letter clearly addressing how the required and desired qualifications of this position have been met. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on September 2, 2022. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization. Contact information: UIHC-EMS-HR@healthcare.uiowa.edu or jenelle-sisneros@uiowa.edu.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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