Instructional Designer

Posting Details

Job # 036652 Department Code 22605-4417 Department University College Job Title Instructional Designer Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

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

The Instructional Designer actively collaborates and engages with faculty to design and build engaging online courses and instructional assessments and activities. Additionally, the Instructional Designer provides guidance and support to faculty through each stage of course development. The ideal Instructional Designer must have a proven understanding of adult learning methodologies, LMS administration, rapid eLearning authoring tools, course design, development and support, and the ability to thrive within a fast-paced, collaborative environment.


- 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

- Professional content production and/or project-management experience
- Technical proficiency and use of Google Suite and project management software
- Previous experience in course design, development, instructional design, and/or teaching intensity
- Working in higher education or other academic settings
- Proficiency in rapid courseware development tools (Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate)
- Experience working in cross functional teams- Formal training in instructional design or adult learning
- Experience developing and conducting instructor-led training (live and via webcast)
- Ability to develop workflows and business procedures;
- Experience taking, creating, or administering online asynchronous training
- 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


- Prepare for and lead organized yet adaptive meetings with faculty to gather information and buy-in on customized online course
delivery strategies
- Articulate and reinforce course development process and faculty responsibilities, as well as establish milestone deadlines and gain buy-in from faculty to meet deadlines
- Track and report frequently the statuses of courses throughout the development process
- Utilize eLearning authoring tools to design interactive learning solutions
- Manage intake and organization of digital assets throughout course development process
- Manage courses independently with continued support from the development team
- 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
- 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 course material
- Seek out and engage with opportunities to think creatively and find innovative solutions to online course delivery challenges — then doggedly see them through to successful execution
- Ability to articulate passion for driving positive learner outcomes through innovation in digital education
- 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
- Design and build graded assessments using provided content
- Reviewing course materials for quality and consistency
- Learning new and emerging technologies

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

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

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


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.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 04/07/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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