Instructional Designer

St. Mary's University, Texas

United States

November 7, 2021


The Instructional Designer is responsible for collaborating with faculty members in the development of high-quality curriculum design for technology enhanced face-to-face courses, conversion of courses for online, and hybrid learning modalities including the selection of appropriate instructional, and technological strategies.


  • Provides learning technology resources, design educational programs, develop/deliver training for faculty, staff, and students and research, recommend and implement solutions to enhance the teaching and learning experience
  • Assists in providing a systematic method for planning, developing, evaluating, and managing the instructional process effectively to ensure competent performance.
  • Provides design and support in the conversion of targeted courses for online or multi-modal delivery.
  • Makes informed recommendations on changes and adjustments to learning experiences using performance data, quality review feedback, and instructor and student feedback as required. Provides timely formative feedback and assistance to faculty for the enhancement of hybrid and online courses.
  • Collaborates with faculty on developing instructionally appropriate rich media (video, audio, and/or interactive); Specifies instructional delivery methods to support instruction and learning activities. Assists with course development process including training and development programs.
  • Researches, evaluates and integrates new and emerging educational technologies for improving teaching and learning within online courses. Provides guidance to faculty on online teaching policies and course development standards (i.e., Quality Matters).
  • Assists the instructional development team in integrating instructional design components into the instructional delivery activities.
  • Creates online lesson materials using faculty content, other instructional content, software applications and Learning Management System (e.g., Canvas); Creates instructional objectives, and sequence content within each instructional unit to promote effective learning.
  • Collaborates with members of Academic Technology in supporting instructional strategies and evaluation instruments and conducting or assisting with faculty development. Works with department staff to identify instructional strategies and specific goals for online curriculum programs.
  • Monitors trends and changes to industry specific technology, including instructional technologies and curricular practices.
  • Leads targeted faculty groups in piloting and evaluating revised/new online courses.
  • Supports Student Accessibility Services to develop and to integrate technologies that support student needs and that comply with accessibility standards and meet and exceed compliance requirements.
  • Provides troubleshooting and other technology support for online teaching and learning products used by faculty, students, and staff.
  • Serves on assigned committees, boards, or commissions as appointed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Education Technology, or closely related fields; Master's degree or terminal degree preferred.
  • 1- 3 years instructional design, or similar experience.
  • Experience with video management platforms (e.g., YouTube, Panapto, or Kaltura) and video conferencing platforms (i.e., Zoom or Teams), web design and HTML 5 concepts is preferred.
  • Experience in teaching courses in higher education in multiple modes (Online, Blended, and Face-to-Face) and teaching in higher education with knowledge of teaching methods and pedagogy is preferred.
  • Must have valid driver's license, motor vehicle liability insurance and personal injury insurance; or have a self-reliant source of transportation to conduct business on a daily basis
  • Must clear and maintain a favorable background investigation and clearance
  • Must be or be willing to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by date of hire to be considered for employment, unless an accommodation is requested and approved
  • Must have the ability to demonstrate advanced skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint). Uses various software applications, such as Adobe Create Cloud, Mac & Windows OS, video editing and media production, Canvas, Blackboard, and media/education technology platform administration.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong public relations and customer service skills with an ability to implement diplomacy and discretion at all times; an ability to work effectively with communities across the university.
  • Must have a high ethical standards and a strong sense of confidentiality; ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines; thrive in a complex work environment; displays solid problem solving and interpersonal skills; works well independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have strong self-judgment abilities to assist in the preparation of department personnel policy information. Use discretion to complete work assignments. Initiative is frequently required to complete work assignments. Decisions are made regarding policy interpretation and individual work priorities
  • Must have the ability to demonstrate a capacity for leadership, and the commitment to work collaboratively with a diverse and dynamic community.

  • Must have a high attention to detail and be able to organize workflow, coordinate activities, balance simultaneous projects without loss of efficiency in a multi-tasked environment, and manage multiple priorities to meet deadlines.

  • May be required to work more than 40 hours a week and work a flexible schedule to accommodate for University events and projects.

  • Working conditions are in an office environment and university campus setting. Must be able to move across the university campus to conduct day to day business.
  • While performing this role, the employee will be regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk and hear, both in person and by telephone; and use hands repetitively to operate standard office equipment; and occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently communicates with others using approved technological resources; must be able to exchange accurate information through designated systems within a timely manner.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    St. Mary's University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages all qualified candidates apply.