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Job Title: Instructional Designer - Learning Platforms and Universal Design

Organization: Colgate University

Colgate University
Instructional Designer - Learning Platforms and Universal Design
Requisition Number: 2023S019Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the Faculty
Department: Information Technology Services - Learning and Applied Innovation

Department Statement:

Colgate Information Technology Services (ITS) is a dynamic organization that serves the diverse technology needs of the University community. ITS prides itself on exceptional customer service and building creative solutions to meet the unique needs of our liberal arts campus. ITS endeavors to foster an inclusive environment that values diversity, professional development, creativity, and innovation to support the growth of individuals and the organization. Under the leadership of the CIO, ITS is embarking on a strategic planning process to align services and resources with several exciting new initiatives identified in Colgate’s Third Century Plan.


We are seeking a creative and collaborative Instructional Designer to join our team. The ideal candidate will be passionate about creating engaging and effective learning experiences and will thrive in a team-oriented environment. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the intersection of teaching, learning & technology, and to advocate for digital accessibility.
The individual in this position will be accountable for developing, implementing, and assessing projects and programs related to the thoughtful and innovative use of digital technologies to support teaching, learning and research in a residential liberal arts setting. This position is also accountable for serving a central role in supporting the application of universal design for learning (UDL) principles in support of inclusive pedagogical approaches and guiding the learner-centered use of accessible technology tools. In addition, this role serves as a technical and pedagogical expert in the use of supported learning platforms, including course management technology (e.g., Moodle), web-based collaborative tools, and interactive classroom technologies. The position works in close collaboration with key partners within ITS, the Center for Learning, Teaching and Research, and the Office of Disability Support Services to ensure the alignment of resources and needs.

Specific accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

• Participate in the conception, development and implementation of new initiatives supporting the University's and ITS department's strategic mission and plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Assist in the identification, implementation, and use of accessible technology tools (including enhancement of existing technologies), and related pedagogical resources to support learning.
• Serve as a primary point of support for the instructional use of Moodle and provide guidance on enhancing the accessibility of course sites.
• Collaboratively design and facilitate learning opportunities / programs for faculty and students focused on the effective use of digital technologies, including the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
• Develop instructional materials and support resources for meaningful use of digital / instructional technologies in a variety of learning contexts.
• Engage in ongoing needs assessment that can inform educational development programming, capacity building and alignment of resources to support inclusive pedagogy.
• Support, guide, and model incorporation of research-based best practices in learning platforms when planning learning experiences.
• Regularly engage in outreach and consultation with faculty members to develop a grounded understanding of instructional approaches, course design challenges and support needs.
• Manage and participate in team-based project work that involves faculty, staff, ITS colleagues, librarians, and student media consultants.
• Build strong collaborative partnerships with colleagues in ITS, the Center for Learning, Teaching & Research (CLTR), and Disability Support Services to align resources and coordinate services. Stay abreast of current research in the general area of educational technology, and participate in relevant professional communities through attending and presenting at conferences.

Professional Experience/Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience assisting and supporting faculty use of learning management system technology (preferably Moodle), including the effective use of educational
technology in traditional and technology-enabled learning environments.
• Knowledge of and experience with applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles in course design and instructional practice in education settings.
• Deep understanding and knowledge of teaching and learning — demonstrated teaching experience highly preferred.
• Working knowledge of instructional design principles / practices (e.g., needs assessments, task analysis, activity design, prototyping, evaluation).

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience using (accessible / assistive) technologies to support inclusive pedagogy.
• Demonstrated ability to consult with faculty members to identify and implement technologies to assist students with diverse learning needs.
• Experience designing and facilitating workshops / training sessions for faculty and students.
• Five (5) or more years experience working with clients in instructional design or educational development in a university setting.
• Demonstrated knowledge and skills in project management.
• Demonstrated Knowledge of managing a learning management system.
• Experience designing and conducting program evaluations and/or research studies.
• Experience participating in large initiatives across an entire organization through consultation, facilitation, and training.


Master’s degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to education, instructional design, educational technology) OR a bachelor’s degree with an equivalent combination of relevant professional experience.

Other Information

Cover Letter Requirement
In your cover letter, please describe how your experience meets the qualifications for this position.

Diversity Statement Requirement
Colgate values the individual and intersectional diversity of its student, faculty, staff, and alumni populations representing a variety of abilities, races, gender identities, religion, social economic status, sexual orientations, languages, and national origins. Our presents a framework for continuing the creation of an inclusive campus and engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead.Please describe how you would connect and work with a diverse community. The statement can be any length (e.g. paragraph or page). You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading. For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday.Normal schedule is weekdays coinciding with the operating hours of Colgate University. This position will be required to work on campus, with occasional remote work in accordance to the University policy.

Job Open Date:


Job Close Date:


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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