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INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

Employer
Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa)
Location
Rwanda
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Dec 19, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Purpose

Carnegie Mellon University is seeking a professional Instructional Designer for its location in Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa). This position will work with faculty to repurpose and repackage existing and/or new graduate courses in Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into a format that is suitable for online education delivery. This is a new and exciting position that requires expertise in both education and technology. They will work on a mix of independent and team-based projects, so we require strong communicators who are comfortable working with others, as well as self-motivators who can tackle projects on their own.


About CMU-Africa
Established out of a partnership between Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Government of Rwanda, CMU-Africa is addressing the critical shortage of high-quality engineering talent required to accelerate the economic development and digital transformation of Africa—home to the fastest growing workforce in the world. CMU-Africa was established in 2011 and is the only U.S. research university offering its master’s degrees with full-time faculty, staff, and operations in Africa. CMU’s presence in Rwanda provides a platform to engage in Africa’s most significant opportunities and challenges across the continent through world-class education and contextually relevant research.

Our vision is to educate and empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators by delivering a world-class educational experience. CMU-Africa’s mission is to produce creative and technically strong engineers, who have been trained in the African context, and prepared to make transformative impact in their communities and the world.


We are a fast-growing campus with about 230 enrolled students, aiming to grow to 400 in the next couple of years. Our size and exponential growth create a sense of camaraderie and excitement, with strong community ties and a compound sense of accomplishment in our team members.

The role
As Instructional Designer, you will work closely with subject matter experts to design and develop engaging and interactive online education programs, which focus on engineering and technology in Africa, while creating learning experiences tailored to the unique needs of CMU-Africa’s target audience. You will manage the entire process of online program development from idea conceptualization to program launch. While specific responsibilities will vary, they will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

Responsibilities
• Collaborates with faculty subject matter experts to design content curated for the training needs of CMU-Africa target audiences
• Partners with faculty to design and develop engaging and interactive online education programs which focus on engineering and technology in Africa
• Plans, develops, and implements innovate online learning programs which are marketable across Africa and align to the vision of empowering and driving inclusive digital transformation across the continent • Creates supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games etc.)
• Consults with program directors and faculty program chairs in partner institutions to review curricula and make redesign recommendations to the director of knowledge creation and education networks
• Works with the Associate Director of Impact to develop KPIs and other criteria to measure impact of the online certificate programs
• Partners with CMU main campus and education alliance stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of the online certificate program
• Identifies opportunities for new program development in specializations related to technology and/or engineering
• Performs related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

• A Master’s degree in instructional design, educational technology, learning methodologies, education and technology design or related field
• 5+ years of experience in instructional design with instructional technology, and/or implementation of online courses, blended courses, and/or instructional components/assets (an online portfolio demonstrating related work/past projects)
• Fluency in both spoken and written English required and fluency in French a plus

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
• Excellent knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models
• Lesson and curriculum planning skills
• Basic HTML and Flash programming knowledge
• Solid knowledge of course development software and at least one Learning Management System (e.g., Canvas)
• Exceptional creativity, with visual design skills (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator) and ability to storyboard
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts/video scripts

• Highly developed critical thinking skills, with ability to solve complex problems in innovative ways
• Broad project management skills, with demonstrable ability to handle multiple concurrent projects in a deadline-driven environment, work under pressure and with frequent interruptions
• Demonstrable ability to work with faculty and with other colleagues to achieve results
• Excellent analytical skills, with meticulous attention to detail; keep and maintain accurate and detailed reports and records
• Agile learner with the ability to adapt and thrive in an evolving, diverse environment
• Proven ability to exercise sound judgment, excellent discretion and maintain confidentiality
• Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
• Highly developed research skills, with demonstrable ability to work independently and take initiative
• Demonstrable ability to get things done and produce results quickly—whether the tasks are large or small
• Sensitivity to the teaching and learning needs of a research university

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