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Instructional Designer

Albany, NY - Posted on: Tuesday 06/14/16


About University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

The Instructional Designer, reporting to the Director of the Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership, is responsible for direct consultation with instructors to help design online courses reflecting pedagogy that engages students and fosters learning in online and blended courses.

The Instructional Designer works as part of the Teach Online team to consult with the faculty on instructional strategies for online and blended courses and to identify, evaluate, and recommend applications for new and emerging online instructional technologies.  The Instructional Designer takes initiative to investigate opportunities and challenges with existing and emerging online technologies, resolve problems, propose strategies, and develop action plans with a vision for quality and scalable support. The Instructional Designer collaborates effectively with multiple campus constituencies and participates in activities that support UAlbany's engagement across SUNY as it relates to online education.  


  • Provide instructional design consultation to faculty as identified through strategic initiatives to develop high-quality online and blended courses
  • Facilitate online course development programs and events, guiding instructors on a path to innovation with current and emerging technologies  
  • Participate in assessment and research of online learning projects and programs
  • Provide expert guidance on the use of Learning Management System (LMS) features and other instructional technologies
  • Assist and support faculty on design and development of multimedia course materials
  • Develop materials and resources such as tutorials, workshops, and webinars to engage faculty with instructional technology and online pedagogy  
  • Collaborate effectively with multiple campus constituencies and participate in activities that support UAlbany's engagement across SUNY as relates to online education
  • Coordinate and supervise student assistants in supporting faculty projects


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and minimum 3 years progressively responsible or expansive work experience in instructional design, instructional technology, web design, project management, or related field; OR Master's degree and 2 years related experience
  • Degree must be from a college or university accredited by the US Dept. of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization.
  • Experience supporting faculty in a teaching/learning environment
  • Experience developing online courses
  • Familiarity with theories of learning/instructional design and understanding of pedagogical issues related to technology-enhanced teaching and learning
  • Familiarity with instructional features of Blackboard Learn 9.1 course management system or similar (e.g. Moodle, Canvas, Desire2Learn, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills, including professional experience in the development and delivery of presentations, workshops and/or trainings in an educational setting
  • Strong organization, time management, and communication abilities to carry initiatives to success
  • Ability to successfully initiate, organize, lead/manage, and complete projects as part of a team
  • Understanding of multimedia tools in online teaching and learning, such as Photoshop, Captivate, Camtasia, mobile apps, lecture/screen capture, and video applications
  • Applicants must address in their cover letter their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, Information Design or a related discipline from a college or university accredited by the US Dept. of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Experience teaching in a formal educational setting (classroom and/or online), preferably using a course management system for instruction
  • Demonstrated use of development tools for creating interactive/eLearning content (e.g. Flash, Captivate, Camtasia, SoftChalk, Dreamweaver, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the use of programming/markup languages related to online learning (e.g. HTML, XML, CSS, Java, JavaScript, etc.)
  • Knowledge of universal design for accessible online courses and content

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Senior Staff Assistant, SL-3

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University's crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University's current campus security policies. The University at Albany's Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link http://police.albany.edu/ASR.shtml


To Apply:

Please apply online via http://albany.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=71469

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter addressing qualifications
  • List of 3 references with e-mails and phone numbers

Note: After submitting your resume, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter etc.).

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Closing date for receipt of applications: July 13, 2016