Instructional Designer

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7055646
Posted: January 30, 2019
Application Deadline: February 23, 2019

Job Description

Instructional Designer

Salary: $0.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 2015-1602129

Location: CA 94556, CA


Closing: Instructional Designer


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


The Instructional Designer is primarily responsible for providing a full range of learning design services for the EdTech Center in collaboration with faculty, ITS, and CTLS in the following areas: prepare courses for the Moodle learning platform, research and develop innovations to the online learning portion of the Digital Literacy Program for faculty, and enhance the competency of faculty and students in using online learning technologies. Additionally, the Instructional Designer will work with SMC faculty at-large, providing consultation, training and support for adoption and use of technology to support the College's curriculum and academic delivery, both in the classroom and hybrid environment. Such work will often include analysis, development, and implementation of instructional design strategies as a complement to the effort faculty put forward in development of their curriculum and course content.

1. Identify and prepare all courses for the course management system: Moodle learning platform. This includes, but is not limited to, creating a course shell in the course management system (Moodle), copying over the last version of the course, updating and revising course dates, content, syllabus, checking links like eRes and others, etc. Maintain a standardized look and feel for all courses. Work is highly collaborative with faculty, as well as with ITS and CTLS. Consult and partner with faculty to design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-enhanced education teaching and learning initiatives, particularly in a hybrid environment.

2. Enhance the competency of faculty and students in using online learning technologies. Available for faculty and student questions, especially for those struggling with Moodle. Conduct in-person Moodle training/webinar for students and online or in-person training for new faculty, for example. Develop tutorials that are available online for all faculty and students. Orient, train and support faculty in the use of current and emerging educational technologies.

3. Research and develop innovations to the Digital Literacy Program for faculty. Help faculty with new and improved ways of presenting information. Stay current on the latest trends. For example, this might include how to do a video/Tech Tip weekly announcement, a talking PowerPoint, recorded mini-lecture, or the most effective way to track student engagement. Offer regular skill-building trainings (in-person and via webinar) to put these innovations into practice. Maintain, diagnose and troubleshoot applications used in teaching and learning by faculty, staff, and students.

4. Explore and recommend innovations for the Digital Literacy Program - Coordinate the planning, efforts, marketing, promotional materials, outreach, and dissemination of the large Digital Literacy Initiatives such as the Book Club, Speaker Series, Roundtable Discussions, and Webinar series.

5. Work with the other EdTech team members on Center Teaching Learning Scholarship (CTLS:EdTech Center) events to promote faculty learning communities across SMC Campus.

6. Provide administrative support for academic systems, such as the learning management system (Moodle). Serve as the liaison between departments and IT Services for the course and program review.

7. All other initiatives related to the development, promotion, and advancement of the Digital Literacy Program as a part of the college's Strategic Plan as directed by the Manager of Educational Technology.

Experience and Qualifications:


REQUIRED: Bachelor's Degree or 5 years of pertinent professional experience

PREFERRED: Master's Degree, preferably in the field of Instructional Design/Educational Technology or similar

Experience: 5 years work in an educational IT setting. Knowledge of contemporary teaching, learning and scholarship methods and expectations.

Skills/Abilities: Looking for a candidate who is a flexible self-starter with a passion for technology and continuous improvement who is able to work in a highly collaborative environment and can engage faculty participation in innovations. Must have evidence of exceptional instructional design competency. Desire a candidate with tech experience in higher education; a plus if s/he has experience outside higher education as well. Desire a candidate with Moodle experience. Desire a candidate with QM certification. Must have excellent project management skills. Helpful if the candidate has teaching experience. Excellent oral and written communication and collaboration skills highly desired. Experience and skill with Turn-It-In, a plus. Needs an understanding of some digital design, marketing, and graphical skills. Experience with social media tools highly desirable. Proficiency with a broad (and expanding) array of educational/instructional technologies, along with a keen aptitude to keep pace with faculty adoption and use of these technologies; ability to work well individually/autonomously, and also solidly in support of team effort.

Supplemental Information:

Application Instructions: Please apply online at

Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College
• A resume
• The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
• In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

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