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Job Title: Instructional Designer

Organization: California State University, Stanislaus

Job no: 497405
Department: Academic Affairs
Work type: Staff
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology

Position Summary
(Classified as: Information Technology Consultant - Career)

Full-time position available on or after September 14, 2020 in the Office of Academic Technology.

Under general direction of the Director of Academic Technology, this position will assist faculty with the design, development, and delivery of media-rich, fully online courses and degree programs, streaming video courses and/or courses taught using video conferencing technologies. Maintains both a broad and deep understanding of contemporary pedagogical issues. Applies concepts of universal design to course material development to ensure accessibility of persons with a variety of disabilities. Coordinates with other staff as necessary to assemble required course elements. Develops and delivers innovative training on new and effective course delivery methods with an emphasis on learning management system-based online instruction, universal access, technology integration, and copyright. Works one-on-one with faculty to develop and provide technical support and guidance for online course development. Advocates the use of technology to improve instruction and provides faculty with high quality multimedia services, instructional development, innovative technology development programs, hardware and software advice and recommendations, produces instructional media projects from script writing through post-production and compiles formative summary evaluations. Documents successful projects using paper, journal articles or conference presentations. Works with the Director of Academic Technology and OIT to coordinate learning management system activities and faculty training initiatives.

Job Duties

Duties include but are not limited to:


  • Instructional Design and Development for Online Courses - In collaboration with faculty, analyze instructional goals and objectives, and timeline, to design, develop, and implement media rich, online courses according to accepted instructional design principles, current research, and accessibility guidelines. Conduct formative and summative evaluations to further refine and enhance online courses. Advise on confidentiality, course management and testing strategies, integration of media into curricula, accessibility criteria, and teaching for real-time, asynchronous, synchronous, and face-to-face courses.

  • Accessibility Recourses - Educate and assist faculty with creating accessible new course materials or converting existing ones to meet government legal standards such as the ADA and Sections 508, as well as the CSU's Accessible Technology Initiative. Advise on course design strategies, principles of Universal Design for Learning, and work with Disability Resources Services office to ensure faculty are fully aware and responsive to students with special needs.

  • Training - Develop, coordinate, and conduct a wide variety of effective faculty technology training in both formal and informal settings, at various level of expertise to various group sizes, according to faculty needs; solicit written and verbal assessments to improve existing training and expand offerings. Translate technical concepts to a level appropriate to the user. Design and produce training documents, self-guided tutorials, informational flyers, user guides, manuals, media, etc.

  • LMS Support - Advocate integration of course material into the campus LMS for both hybrid and fully online courses. Provide training and consultation, and serve as backup system administrator. Assist faculty with course development and modification. Provide regular representation of CSU Stanislaus in any CSU system-wide LMS Common Interest Group.

  • Web Conferencing Support - In coordination with OIT staff, provide administrative and technical support for OIT's Zoom web conferencing service, including user support and training, managing LMS integrations, interaction with hosted technical support as required.

  • Technical Resource - Meet with faculty to evaluate instructional needs and conduct research on general and specific topics. Based on present and future needs, compatibility, and budget limitations, evaluate information and technology trends to recommend and advise faculty and campus administrators on hardware and software, equipment purchases, and technologies as appropriate to budget, use, compatibility, and level of expertise.

  • Media Production - In collaboration with Distance Learning and Media Services staff or other campus departments, create scripts, and storyboards, assist with the staging, recording, and editing of media productions, and editing for distribution in various media formats. Review final products with production staff and faculty clients to ensure that desired goals have been achieved, and may implement future revisions to include new or current information.

  • Maintain, diagnose and troubleshoot applications used in teaching and learning by faculty, staff and students. Maintain currency in the field of higher education in the areas of academic technology. Research and evaluate current and emerging educational technology for use in teaching, learning, and research.

  • Representing the Office of Academic Technology, regularly attend and contribute as a committee member and other university academic or technology committees as assigned.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Academic Technology.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in educational/instructional technology/design, computer science, information systems, communications or related fields, or similar certified coursework in applicable fields of study.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years of experience in instructional design, including the integration of technology preferably in a higher education setting or similar experience in private industry multimedia design production.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Educational Technology or a related field.

  • Thorough knowledge of LMS, such as Canvas or equivalent.

  • Thorough knowledge of desktop peripherals, mobile device hardware and software (cellular phones, smartphones, etc.) and computer and network-based multimedia devices.

  • Thorough knowledge of personal computer hardware and software including PC and Apple equipment, Microsoft, Windows, Apple OS, Linux, Microsoft office and other common personal computer software applications.

  • A thorough understanding of multimedia systems, digital production, and video/podcast creations.

  • Experience administering and training others on LMS and related software and applications.

  • Ability to assist faculty with face-to-face, hybrid and on-line instructions using LMS and related software.

  • Ability to assess user needs and provide appropriate technical support.

  • Ability to analyze and assist in finding solutions for issues related to the use of LMS.

  • Experience providing training in instructional design theories and methodologies and demonstrating practical approaches to apply them in a university environment.

  • Ability to communicate technical, production and instructional design concepts in understandable terms.

  • Current knowledge of copyright laws as they apply to classroom, hybrid, and online teaching and learning and the ability to convey the laws and their implications to faculty, staff and students.

  • Ability to recommend revisions and updates to LMS based on information gathered from users and other sources.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to stay calm and focused in difficult customer service situations.

  • Experience with Quality Matters software.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to apply consultative skills to assess user needs and provide appropriate support.

  • Knowledge of information technology systems and/or applications, including campuswide systems and multimedia environments, access procedures, networks, and/or databases.

  • Ability to integrate multiple applications and/or systems.

  • Proficiency using standard software packages.

  • Ability to analyze data requirements and research data availability and access methods.

  • Knowledge of data administration principles and techniques.

  • Knowledge of network administration.

  • Ability to coordinate and implement data exchanges and conversions.

  • Knowledge of training theory and practices demonstrated by an ability to develop and deliver technical training and user documentation.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills in working with users to interpret needs and provide appropriate solutions.

  • Knowledge of statistical and/or research databases.

  • Subject matter expertise in a specialized discipline or body of knowledge.

  • Ability to identify, develop, and coordinate plans for use of site resources, e.g. staffing budget, and materials) and to define site procedures for ongoing administration and maintenance.

  • Ability to maintain materials, inventory, and technical references and administer facility and system security practices.

  • Knowledge of system utilities, features, installation and maintenance procedures, and general operation.

  • Basic knowledge of data and file structures, database systems and related utilities, operating systems, and communication interface programs.

  • Ability to perform system, database and network maintenance tasks and to use standard software packages.

  • Knowledge of local area network system configuration, protocols, and/or transmission media.

  • Ability to analyze and troubleshoot system connection and interface malfunctions.

  • General knowledge of operating systems and hardware for problem identification and analysis.

  • Knowledge of copyright laws and industry standards.

  • Demonstrated ability to assist others in completing work assignments including the ability to provide basic work direction and training.

  • Knowledge of instructional design theories and methodologies and ability to apply them.

  • Knowledge of database sources and large-scale computing and information resource networks.

  • Knowledge of and ability to evaluate instructional software, courseware development, and multimedia applications.

  • Ability to perform research design using statistical methodology and application resources.

  • Knowledge of systems design and technology integration techniques.

  • Ability to provide software development and programming support for instructional applications.

  • Knowledge of user interface design principles and applications.

  • Ability to develop and create multimedia/video productions.

  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with users to effectively identify and efficiently meet their requirements.

  • Ability to design, develop, and implement instructional applications.

  • Subject matter expertise in a specialized discipline or body of knowledge.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to travel across campus between buildings several times per day.

  • Ability to work at a desk and operate a computer for up to 8 hours a day.

Salary Range

$4,372 - $10,792 per month plus excellent paid benefits. (Anticipated salary will be $4,372 - $5,416 per month, depending on the qualifications of the successful finalist.)

Compensation & Benefits
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to Benefits Summary:

How to Apply

To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resume. Applications are accepted electronically only. Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration. To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.

Applications will be processed in accordance with Article 9.3 of the CSU/CSUEU Memorandum of Understanding. Preference will be given to qualified individuals currently employed at CSU Stanislaus in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet the best interest of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from current employees.

Application Deadline

OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 4, 2020. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

Criminal Background Clearance Notice

Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Additional Information

Campus & Area
California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion - one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West's No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

Clery Act Disclosure

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:

CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.


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