Instructional Designer/Developer

Cornell NYC Tech

United States

February 8, 2022


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The Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) is a unit in the Office of the Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation (VPAI). The CTI's mission is to partner with the Cornell teaching community to explore and foster inclusive, evidence- based teaching practices. We facilitate the development of vibrant, challenging, and reflective student-centered learning experiences. Our vision is a Cornell teaching community that embraces the research on learning, catalyzes innovative instructional practices, and creates learning environments where every student can thrive

The focus of this role is on the design, development, production management, and support of face-to-face, online, and blended courses and innovation projects. This will include providing support to instructors to develop comprehensive strategies for applying best practices related to technology in teaching. This position will also work closely with learning technologies support staff to identify, deploy, and evaluate appropriate technology for teaching and learning. This person will collaborate with internal and external units to identify and deploy appropriate technology for online, blended, and traditional courses based upon pedagogical goals. This may include resolving issues related to technology, guidance in course design and assessment, and leading and communicating project scope including planning, implementation, tracking and reporting innovation and related projects. This person will be responsible for establishing clear stakeholder expectations, prioritizing tasks, and developing project goals and outcomes.

The Instructional Designer/ Developer will collaborate with faculty to assess course needs and incorporate appropriate, sustainable instructional technologies using sound design methodologies. This person will provide advice and guidance, along with technical and design instruction to faculty and instructors. He or she will identify needs, develop, design, and implement innovative solutions with faculty and staff, including the development of customized solutions and technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

  • Consults and supports faculty in the planning, design, assessment, and development of face-to-face, online/blended courses and teaching innovation projects. Provides instructional design expertise in planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Assist faculty with the improvement of instructional strategies, development of course materials and assessment techniques, and appropriate integration of instructional technologies and best practices.
  • Deliver optimal customer service, protect institutional data and privacy, and deliver excellent solutions and services by following departmental and University policies, procedures, and processes.
  • Coordinates with a team to complete course projects and explore options to further develop digital innovative solutions.This requires a deep understanding of instructional design and learning theories, baseline developer/programmer skills to build and integrate technical options and a creative approach to solving complex problems.
  • Assists faculty with the enhancement of instructional strategies, design, and development of course materials and assessment techniques, and appropriate integration of instructional technologies and best practices.Partners with course faculty to:

  • Identify desired course/component outcomes
  • Develop appropriate learning activities
  • Develop appropriate assessments
  • Design and develop course, components, and media
  • Coordinates and facilitates interactions with faculty to prepare course content in preparation for integration and development into various learning management systems and innovation projects as assigned.

  • Assist with the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of faculty professional development resources and workshops for faculty and staff on pedagogical best practices and appropriate integration of instructional technologies.
  • Please note, this position is located in Ithaca, NY. The successful candidate will be expected to work on the Cornell campus.

    Required Qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree with at least 3 years of instructional design experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

  • Experience with instructional design and development of online, blended, and face-to-face courses.
  • Ability to work with senior faculty members and senior University administrators in a research university.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging learning technologies.
  • Must have sophisticated project management skills including problem- solving abilities, facilitation, analytical thinking, and sound judgment skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a dynamic, deadline-driven, complex, team-based environment with multiple competing priorities.
  • Well-developed multi-tasking and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and exercise independent judgement.Demonstrated resourcefulness.
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and to learn new skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Highly experienced and proficient with common desktop applications and learning technologies, such as presentation, multi-media, and web technologies.
  • Developer skills:

    Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and/or other visual design tools. Knowledge of Storyboarding, creating imagery out of ideas, and presenting facts in an interesting way is desired. Some baseline knowledge of programming in HTML & CSS is highly desired.

    Collaboration and Teamwork:

    The person in this position will have the ability to:

  • Contribute to a dynamic team environment in the CTI
  • Understand and listen to other team members and foster/encourage cooperation through influence.
  • Recognize the value of diversity and a commitment to inclusive practice.
  • Recognize different points of view, brings them out into the open, and build on areas of agreement.
  • Exercise influence in ways that enhance the support needed to advance initiatives.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree preferred.
  • More than 5 year and less than 7 years' experience or equivalent in higher education.
  • College teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience in developing multi-media and web solutions for teaching.
  • When applying to this position, please include a cover letter and resume; both should be attached in the resume section of the application.

    This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship.

    University Job Title:

    Instructional Tech Spec III

    Job Family:

    Information Technology



    Pay Rate Type:




    Contact Name:

    Brenda Joly

    Number of Openings:


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