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Instructional Designer

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Department: Academic Affairs
Work type: Staff
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology

    • Position Summary
    • (Classified as: Information Technology Consultant, Career) 

      Full time position available on or after August 3, 2020 in the Office of Academic Technology.

      Under the general supervision of the Director of Academic Technology at the Office of Academic Technology (OAT), the Instructional Designer incumbent is accomplished in instructional design principles, universal design concepts and practice, and collaborates in the development and delivery of professional development opportunities across a spectrum of services for faculty and the institution. The incumbent will support the university community in the design of accessible instructional and informational materials for courses and general publication through workshops, trainings, and collaboration with staff and faculty governance. The incumbent also collaborates with other technology support staff members and campus service providers such as the Disability Resource Services (DRS) to create an innovative and comprehensive accessibility support infrastructure at Stanislaus State University. The incumbent will also ensure the compliance and documentation of Accessibility Conformance Report (formerly VPAT) filing, and Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP) documentation for the university along with other involved constituents.

      Working with a dynamic and growing Instructional Design staff, this position supports teaching and learning in course design, implementation of innovative technology/pedagogy in all aspects and modalities of learning, and universal design for learning. Works one-on-one with faculty to develop and provide technical support and guidance for online course development. Advocates the use of technology to improve instruction and provides faculty with high quality multimedia services, instructional development, innovative technology development programs, hardware and software advice and recommendations, produces instructional media projects from script writing through post-production and does formative summary evaluations. This position is required to collaborate with other technology support staff members and campus service providers to create an innovative and comprehensive accessibility support infrastructure at Stanislaus State University.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Plan, develop, and implement approved recommendations for improvement.
      • Responsible for the planning and documentation of processes, guidelines, workflow, and policies for the instructional materials.
      • Collaborate with campus community to implement accessibility best practices.
      • Collect, analyze, and disseminate data to appropriate committees to refine current planning and facilitate continuous improvement.
      • Serve as first point of contact for ACR Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR - formerly VPAT) filing and Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP) documentation for the university.
      • Coordinate and complete required executive level written reporting in relation to accessibility efforts on the campus.
      • Coordinate professional development opportunities for the institution in support of the ATI through various modalities, including Face-2-Face (F2F), self-paced, department and program oriented, and others as identified.
      • Track and document information between multiple parties;
      • Schedule and prioritize work in order to meet deadlines;
      • Design, develop, and implement media- rich online courses according to accepted universal design principles, current research, and accessibility guidelines in collaboration with faculty, instructional goals, objectives, and timeline analyses. Conduct formative and summative evaluations to further refine and enhance online courses. Advise on confidentiality, course management and testing strategies, integration of media into curricula, accessibility criteria, and teaching for real-time, asynchronous, and face-to-face courses. Convert analog sources (after diligent copyright investigation) to digital image audio, and video files suitable for incorporating into accessible web-based special needs.
      • Educate and assist faculty with creating accessible, new course material or converting existing ones to meet CSU accessibility and government legal standards such as the ADA and Section 504. Advise on course design strategies and works with Disability Resource Services (DRS) office and the Accessibility Technology Initiative (ATI) group to ensure faculty are fully aware and responsive to student with special needs.
      • Develop, coordinate, and conducs a wide variety of effective faculty technology training in both formal and informal settings, at various level of expertise to various group sizes, according to faculty needs; conduct written and verbal assessments to improve existing training and expand offerings. Translate technical concepts to a level appropriate to the user.
      • Provide technical advice, training, and support documentation for the use of accessibility software such as Ally, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat and others used at the university.
      • In collaboration with ID staff and accessibility specialist, assists in the creation and retrofit of instructional content in coordination with faculty.
      • Use technology to create and facilitate innovative course design in all modalities (e.g. face-to-face, blended, and online only), including content development, assessment practices, feedback mechanisms, and demonstration of student outcomes through the use of technology.
      • Develop and provide training to users and support for instructors using the LMS and other applications in facilitating sound course design, including workshops, online support, and self-paced training.
      • Use technology to create and facilitate innovative course design in all modalities (e.g. face-to-face, blended, and online only), including content development, assessment practices, feedback mechanisms, and demonstration of student outcomes through the use of technology.
      • Develop and provide training to users and support for instructors using the LMS and other applications in facilitating sound course design, including workshops, online support, and self-paced training.
      • In alignment with the university strategic and academic plan, assist colleges, departments and individuals in developing academic technology requirements, skills development/support resources for students, faculty, and staff, and conducting professional development and training activities.
      • Acquire, maintain, and expand a solid understanding of broad accessibility and instructional materials through research, self-study, and participation in formal and informal training/conference programs.
      • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education:  A combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in instructional design/education, computer science, information systems, educational technology, communications, or a closely related fields, or similar certified coursework in applicable fields of study.

      Experience:  Two years of experience or similar field that would provide the skills and abilities to fulfill the requirements of the position.

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • A Master’s in educational/instructional technology or education.
      • Strong knowledge in the application of current copyright laws and industry standards as applied to instructional materials and assistive software.
      • Strong professional and advanced interpersonal and communication skills in working with users of varying skill levels to interpret needs and provide appropriate solutions.
      • Knowledge of current accessible technology concepts and practices, accessible technology requirements (Federal, State, and CSU) and Web Content Accessibility (WCAG), accessibility software and assistive technologies, data collection and analysis, and archival data maintenance and change management.
      • Thorough knowledge of project management methodologies, tools, resource planning and change management principles, data and file structures, database systems and related utilities, operating systems, and communication interface programs, including hardware for problem identification and analysis.
      • Ability to produce or retrofit content for accessibility, using modern electronic document publishing tools, and audio and video transcription/captioning.
      • Strong ability to determine needs/problems, analyze and provide appropriate solutions within operational guidelines, effectively document and communicate relevant information, and recommend changes, solutions, and procedures to facilitate continuous improvement.
      • Demonstrated experience and skill consulting with and teaching those who may be unfamiliar with the assistive technology needs of users with disabilities.
      • Ability to work within a team or independently, demonstrating strong personal initiative and ability to work reliably with minimal supervision and to communicate and collaborate with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and members of the community in one-on-one or group settings.
      • Demonstrated record of a strong customer service orientation with a high level of planning and organizational skills, including the ability to follow through on assigned tasks and to complete projects on time.
      • Ability to work effectively in a diverse university environment with persons of all races, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.
      • Ability to independently handle multiple work unit priorities and projects.
      • Exceptional ability to communicate in a professional, persuasive, and tactful manner both verbally and in writing.
      • Demonstrated knowledge of electronic access initiatives as they relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, including technical standards/guidelines related to academic and work environments (e.g., ADAAG, Title 24, Section 504, etc.); and software applications such as: Ally, MS Windows, MS Word, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook Web Applications (OWA), SharePoint, Visio and Outlook.
      • Demonstrated expertise in assistive technology functionalities, including but not limited to hardware and software technologies used to deliver accessible Instructional Materials (IM): JAWS, ZoomText, MAGic, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Duxbury, media captioning software, Braille embossers and displays; electronic text delivery devices, and Assistive Listening Devices (ALD's).
      • Ability to develop and maintain accessible web pages according to current accessibiilty guidelines (e.g. ADAA, Section 508, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
      • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision; work effectively as part of a team and to give and receive constructive feedback; draft and deliver technical processes, reports, presentations, and correspondence.
    • Required Qualifications

      • Ability to apply consultative skills to assess user needs and provide appropriate support.
      • Ability to integrate multiple applications and/or systems.
      • Proficiency using standard software packages.
      • Ability to analyze data requirements and research data availability and access methods.
      • Ability to coordinate and implement data exchanges and conversions.
      • Knowledge of training theory and practices demonstrated by an ability to develop and deliver technical training and user documentation.
      • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills in working with users to interpret needs and provide appropriate solutions.
      • Subject matter expertise in a specialized discipline or body of knowledge (accessibility, UDL).
      • Ability to identify, develop, and coordinate plans for use of site resources (e.g., staffing budget, and materials.
      • Ability to maintain materials, inventory, and technical references.
      • Ability to analyze and troubleshoot software packages and Learning Management Systems (LMS).
      • General knowledge of operating systems and hardware for problem identification and analysis.
      • Knowledge of copyright laws and industry standards.
      • Demonstrated ability to assist others in completing work assignments including the ability to provide training.
      • Knowledge of instructional design theories and methodologies and ability to apply them.
      • Knowledge of and ability to evaluate instructional software, courseware development, and multimedia applications.
      • Knowledge of systems design and technology integration techniques.
      • Ability to provide software development and programming support for instructional applications.
      • Knowledge of user interface design principles and applications
      • Ability to develop and create multimedia/video productions.
      • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with users to effectively identify and efficiently meet their requirements.
      • Ability to design, develop, and implement instructional applications.
    • Salary Range
    • $4,372 - $10,792 per month plus excellent paid benefits.  (Anticipated salary will be $4,372 – $5,684 per month, depending on the qualifications of the successful finalist.)
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to Benefits Summary: CSUEU (Unit 9)
    • How to Apply
    • To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only.  Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.


      Applications will be processed in accordance with Article 9.3 of the CSU/CSUEU Memorandum of Understanding.  Preference will be given to qualified individuals currently employed at CSU Stanislaus in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet the best interest of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from current employees.

    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN MAY 29,2020 (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)
    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



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