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Instructional Designer 1 (2 openings)

St. John's University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 11, 2024

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Instructional Designer 1 (2 openings)

St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. Our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.


Online Learning & Services/Distance Education (DE)

Specific Job Title:

Instructional Designer 1

Reports to:

Assistant Director, Digital Learning



Job Summary:

This fully on-campus in-person position is in the Office of Online Learning & Services/Distance, the central instructional design service provider for St. John's University under the Executive Director for Distance Education and the Office of the Provost. The instructional designer I reports directly to the Assistant Director of Digital Learning, who is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the instructional design team.

The Instructional Designer 1 (ID1) contributes to the success of technology-enhanced, online course delivery by providing advice and experience in the use of innovative learning design, educational technology applications, and applied pedagogical practices under the direction of the Assistant Director for Digital Learning. The Instructional Designer I is capable of producing courses that employ recognized best practices in the field. The incumbent in this position can complete multiple design and faculty development projects under the supervision of the Associate Director. As part of their professional practice, the ID1 is expected to develop a thorough understanding of best-practices in the design and instruction of online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced pedagogies.

The Instructional Designer 1 should have professional experience and/or graduate coursework in distance education and adult-learning pedagogies and a desire to develop as a professional in the field of learning design. This team member is a willing collaborator with faculty across campus and is willing to work with faculty to create quality instruction in the online learning environment, most particularly in the asynchronous learning modality. The incumbent in this position is comfortable working with and contributing to a team-based environment.

The ID1 works with faculty and administrators across the campus, including the five colleges and the University Libraries, to ensure student success in the delivery of technology-based online learning. Under the guidance of the Assistant Director and the more experienced instructional designers, the ID1 will work closely and partner with faculty to create engaging, interactive, and pedagogically sound online course design by adhering to best practices and standards in the fields of online learning and distance education. In addition to having experience collaborating on projects in a team-based environment, the ID1 is expected to solidly understand and remain current with emergent pedagogical practices and evolving approaches to teaching online and distance education in the higher education environment as well as a working knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Inclusive Design principles.

Essential Functions:
  • Instructional Design (80%) - Provide instructional design support to University faculty, departments, programs, colleges, and related academic units.
  • Faculty Development (20%) - Design, develop, and deliver faculty development trainings, workshops, courses, and projects relating to online learning, distance education, instructional design, and related online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced distance education topics. This may include the administration of OLS/DE faculty-development offerings and recommendations regarding existing and new initiatives.

  • Working knowledge of best practices in instructional design and current pedagogical theories.
  • Working knowledge of the learning theories and strategies that support best practices in online and technology-enhanced teaching, particularly in the asynchronous modality.
  • Show experience with a learning management system (i.e., Canvas) and a range of learning technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or coursework in the delivery of faculty training and development specifically for online courses (facilitated and non-facilitated), workshops, and online resource repositories for instructors.
  • Ability to work as a contributing and collegial member of a team.
  • Willing to support and foster equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as a member of the St. John's community.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Project management
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft and other related technologies.

Work Environment:

This position operates in a professional office environment that utilizes a combination of individual and team-based approaches to achieving outstanding outcomes. The use of standard office equipment, such as personal computers, printers, copy machines, etc., is required.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, move about, sit; carry work and use controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, and communicate effectively.

Environmental Conditions:

Possible exposure to typical office dust and noise.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This administrative position is full-time, on-campus, Monday through Friday and the hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To accommodate special events, work hours may be adjusted occasionally, including earlier start and end times, evenings, and weekends.


Travel is primarily local and may include visits to the other NY campuses.

Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in academic technology or education.
  • One (1) - two (2) year(s)' experience supporting and/or collaborating with faculty in their teaching and/or related demonstrated experience or coursework.

Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Masters' Degree, preferably in academic technology, education, or related fields.
  • Two or more years' experience as an instructional designer, educational technologist, course builder, or faculty trainer.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual salary range for this position is $62,400 - $65,000. St. John's University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

This position may be relocated to any of St. John's University's physical locations at any time.

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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