Instructional Designer III

College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University

Job Title

Instructional Designer III

Agency

Texas A&M University

Department

Academic Affairs Recruiting Office

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Who we are

The Office for Academic Innovation is a new initiative within the Office of the Provost, created to centrally support Texas A&M University's strategic growth in online and hybrid delivery. TAMU currently offers 46 online degrees and 24 online certificates, and we are working in collaborative partnership with the 17 Schools and Colleges, Branch Campuses, and McAllen Higher Education Center to continue to expand the reach of the university. The Office for Academic Innovation is committed to inspiring innovation in line with Texas A&M University's strategic focus on transformational teaching and learning. We seek to impact student learning by creating: pathways for improved student retention in an era of digitally-native students; pathways for delivery supported by the diverse education technology landscape; and pathways for enrollment that are designed to be accessible to students across the state of Texas, nation and world. Our iterative philosophy allows us to learn our way forward while remaining grounded in Texas A&M University's traditions of excellence.

The Academic Affairs Recruiting Office assisted with the creation and posting of this job requisition for the Office for Academic Innovation.

What we want

The Office for Academic Innovation is seeking an Instructional Designer III (ID) focused on accessibility, who will contribute to creating engaging learning activities and compelling course content for face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. We are looking for an individual to work fluidly across a cannon of theories, industry standards, best practices, and emerging trends relevant to instructional design in a higher education setting. This position will necessitate the ability to collaborate with faculty, subject matter experts (SMEs), and members of the Office for Academic Innovation team on the design, development, and delivery of digitally-enhanced learning experiences that are accessible, engaging, and align with course and program objectives of academic units across Texas A&M University's Schools and Colleges, Branch Campuses, and Higher Education Center. While the Instructional Designer III will primarily engage with faculty, the ideal candidate will be adept at facilitating learners in acquiring knowledge, skills and competencies in an effective and appealing manner. In this role, the Instructional Designer III will also work with subject matter experts (SMEs) to identify their training needs so that the course instructor engages in both the design and delivery of courses. This position will particularly focus on the Office for Academic Innovation's commitment to an accessible digital learning environment and will take the lead on relevant projects and processes where accessibility is paramount. Our selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this description sounds appealing to you, we encourage you to apply to join us.

What you need to know

Salary:Compensation will be commensurate to selected hire's experience

Cover Letter & Resume: A cover letter and resume are strongly recommended

COVID-19 information: Texas A&M University monitors local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep students, employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. For the latest information regarding Texas A&M's COVID-19 response, please visit the University's COVID-19 website. For COVID-19 employment-related information, please visit the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness' COVID-19 website

Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Four years of related experience in instructional design
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to apply instructional design theories, principles, best practices, and trends to the design and development of digitally-enhanced courses in a higher education setting
  • Ability to create content using instructional technologies that scaffold the digital learning environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects while working independently and in a team environment
  • Knowledge of Canvas Learning Management Systems and a robust suite of instructional technologies that comprise a contemporary digital learning environment
  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others
  • Ability to present information clearly and concisely
  • Excellent editing, writing and communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Master's degree
  • Experience in the advanced involvement in supporting accessibility within a contemporary digital learning environment
  • Project experience applying accessibility standards to face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning assets
  • Experience in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices
  • Experience creating engaging learning activities and compelling course content
  • Experience creating digitally-enhanced content through the use of audio, video, graphics, simulations, and games
  • Experience creating engaging content that is accessible and aligns with quality standards
  • Experience creating digitally-enhanced content using industry standard technologies
  • Experience facilitating active- and project-based learning within the digital learning environment
Responsibilities
  • Instructional Design with Focus on Accessibility - Provides pedagogical and technical support to faculty to develop, design, and create digitally-enhanced content applying instructional design theories, industry standards, best practices, and emerging trends in the development process. Works with faculty and other SMEs to design accessible and engaging learning experiences that appropriately use the tools that make up Texas A&M University's digital learning environment. Contributes to the Office for Academic Innovation's campus and scholarly impact by engaging in research, publications, and other creative outreach. Stays current in instructional design software and strategies that enhances face to face, hybrid and online courses.
  • Accessibility - Leads staff within the Office for Academic Innovation on the design, development, and delivery of digitally enhanced learning experiences with a focus on accessibility and universal design for learning principles. Ensures course content is accessible and meets predefined quality assurance standards. Performs course reviews to ensure accessibility standards are met. Provides faculty and other SMEs with feedback and recommendations for improved accessibility.
  • Project Management - Contributes to planning of online course production with faculty, SMEs, and other project teams within the Office for Academic Innovation. Utilizes project management software to ensure courses and programs are designed in a timely manner with transparency to team member, faculty, and leadership within the academic units. Performs other duties as assigned.
Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University and TAMHSC, must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate, specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate and will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Posted: 01/28/2022