A New Chapter (Personal)

Hi everyone! For some of you, I have not been in touch for a while so I thought I would share the news with everyone “all-in-one-shot”. First of all, I would like to provide some background information. For those of you who don’t know, I have had issues off and on for many years with my employment at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). For obvious reasons, I don’t care to share the details. Needlesstosay, the situation was becoming less beneficial for me. I discussed my position with my supervisors and admins many times over the years only to be met with resistance because… “I was needed to stay where I was at b/c of a deficiency in another area”, “my position is part of the union and increases are granted to union members (as a whole) via negotiation”, “our hands are tied…it’s a budget issue”, or “the process is lengthy and difficult to change your position and Human Resources is difficult to deal with.” At a certain point, it just felt like I was beating a dead horse at getting any kind of advancement. Even though I was able to complete my Masters Degree, there still didn’t seem to be much enthusiasm to consider my efforts to advance my education and skills (until I personally arranged a meeting with them months ago). So recently, to my amazement, I had several job opportunities present themselves to me…the most beneficial which was an Instructional Technology Specialist position at Lincoln Land Community College, i.e. LLCC (community college here in Springfield) located “next door” to UIS. Several months ago, I was invited for an interview with their IT dept (which consequently turned out being a 3 hour interview with three members). The interview went quite well and had a fairly good feeling that I had a shot at the job. Three days after, I received a phone call from LLCC’s HR department…extending me an offer for the position. 🙂 I told them that I would need a couple of days to talk things over with a few people (including my current employer) and think things over. I met with my supervisor, director, and CIO and discussed the situation with them. They expressed their disappointment with my departure and the inability to “match” LLCC’s offer.

Therefore, the BIG NEWS is that I have accepted the position with Lincoln Land Community College. Most of you are somewhat familiar with Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) and its location but for those who don’t, I have included an attachment to help out. My responsibilities for this position would be:  Lincoln Land Community College is currently accepting applications for this full-time position reporting to the Director of Instructional Technology Services. This position provides direct support to the college’s instructional technology operations and delivery of services. Duties include, but are not limited to, supporting faculty in the development of online courses and web-based supplemental instructional materials; developing and delivering instructional technology training and workshops; developing instructional web and media-based interactive learning objects; and assisting in the development and maintenance of the department’s web presence. Job requirements:  A bachelor’s degree in Instructional Technology or related field is required, consideration will be given to an individual who is making significant progress towards a bachelor’s degree and possesses relevant work experience. Additional position requirements include at least 3 years of experience working in the instructional technology field; experience providing technical training; knowledge and experience supporting an online learning management system, Blackboard preferred; knowledge of web and media based technologies for education; experience using Final-Cut Pro, or similar software; experience working with graphics production software, Photoshop preferred; knowledge of web design and delivery tools; and the ability to work with and train in both a PC and Macintosh environment. Experience working in a team based project development environment; working in higher education and in direct support of college faculty; and with online course development standards and procedures are preferred.

With this position, I will be getting an 25% increase in pay from what I am making now. This position works under the same retirement system and health benefits (mostly) as I have now. I will get a payout for my vacation time but nothing for my sick time. No probationary period. No parking fees. No union dues. During Spring Break, the campus closes down (i.e. free week off). They work 4 days a week during the summer.So, the original start date for the position was April 16th but they kindly offered an option for me to complete the semester at UIS (which I have accepted) because of the variety of roles I play. So my last day at UIS was scheduled to be May 11, 2012 (only to find out later that for insurance purposes, I needed to extend my last day to June 1st) and starting my position with LLCC on May 21, 2012.Needlesstosay, making the decision to leave UIS was a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions for me but since I made the decision, I think that I have been able to come to terms with the fact that I have made the right decision. It still feels a bit weird for me because I think in the back of my mind, I truly felt that I would never leave and would be retiring from UIS in another 13 years or so. Never would I have thought that so many opportunities would present themselves so soon…and all at one time.

So before my last days, I will document my job thoroughly and work with admin & staff to help them in the transition of my absence. I have already met with a few people within the department as well as university colleagues who know of my intentions and who have sincerely expressed their displeasure about me leaving and yet supportive of my future endeavors. It feels dumb to say but I know when it came time to clean my office area, it was a little emotional for me because I truly knew that after 17 years of service my time at UIS was at an end….and to see an area I’ve surrounded with my work over the years (as well as various personal items that I have kept there) stripped down to bare walls and bare shelves was a sobering moment for me.Well, enough rambling for me. Once again, I wanted to let you all know! I hope things are going well with you all in your own lives.
Gary

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s