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Instructional Designer

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033801
Department Code 22605-4417
Department University College
Job Title Instructional Designer
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range commensurate with experience
Salary Grade S5
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours:

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

This position is required to effectively staff the Syracuse University Center for Online and Digital Learning. The Instructional Designer will work with faculty to design and build online courses. The Instructional Designer provides guidance and support to faculty to include collaborating to build courses; designing and building instructional activities and engagements. The Instructional Designer will work with faculty to develop and deliver online and technology-mediated course content. The Instructional Designer will work with faculty to understand online course plans including necessary materials, teaching approaches, and student assessment. In addition the Designer will manage course materials on the LMS, monitor deployment and delivery of course materials, and troubleshoot problems as they arise with the LMS and course content. The Designer will also monitor online course forums and communications, and help identify and resolve technical problems that occur while the course is active.


• Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
• 5-8 years of instructional design and course building experience in a University setting.

Job Specific Qualifications

Formal training in instructional design or adult learning; Experience developing and conducting instructor-led training (live and via webcast); Strong written and verbal English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage; Knowledge and application of adult learning principles; Ability to develop workflows and business procedures; Strong interpersonal skills in both client interactions and team interactions and a willingness to interact with faculty on a regular basis; Experience taking, creating, or administering online asynchronous training; Ability and experience:
• Delivering research-based, learner-centered course development support for instructors teaching in blended and online formats
• Assisting in planning for constant quality improvement and assessment in blended/online teaching and learning formats
• Leading or collaborating on projects, initiatives, and external grants that require learning design expertise
• Building active learning strategies that address diverse learning styles, abilities and backgrounds in blended and online environments
• Designing, delivering and evaluating professional development for faculty
• Advising on best practices and instructional support for instructors using the university-supported learning management system


• Develop content in collaboration with faculty
• Build new courses in LMS
• Review and reformat course content before course materials and content is added to LMS
• File and organize reviewed course content and other curriculum related materials
• Update content for existing courses in the LMS
• Provide maintenance for existing courses as needed
• Monitor ticketing system for maintenance issues
• Build quizzes in current quizzing software using provided content
• Define objectives for courses/curricula.
• Outline concepts for courses/curricula, defining (needs for) the course medium, content delivery, assessments, accompanying materials, and complementary learning approaches.
• Synthesize and create course content based on input from faculty, written material, previous training courses, interviews, etc.
• Design assessments and meaningful course interactions to increase learning and retention.
• Work with video production and graphics sources to produce draft and final versions of each course.
• Provide quality control by completing checklists related to the build phase
• Contribute to the overall quality assurance process
• Assist with special curriculum projects identified by the Academic and Instructional Design teams

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter and resume.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 08/07/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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