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Instructional Designer

State University of New York at Oswego
Oswego, NY

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Category:: Professional
Department:: Division of Extended Learning
Locations:: Oswego, NY
Posted:: Aug 28, 2019
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time

About SUNY Oswego:

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News "America's Best Colleges" in 2010, a Kiplinger's "Best College Value" for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College's success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

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Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing [email protected]

For Campus Safety information, please click here to see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery).

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Click here for further policy details, including education and cessation resources.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

Job Description:

Description of Department: The mission of the Division of Extended Learning is to expand access to the SUNY Oswego experience through the creation, delivery and support of innovative and responsive credit and non-credit programming for diverse audiences via multiple locations, modalities and services. We cultivate collaborative partnerships and provide superior customer service to ensure high quality, lifelong learning opportunities. The office coordinates offering of a variety of credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses and programs for both nontraditional and traditional students at the Syracuse Branch Campus, Online, during Summer and Winter terms and at offsite locations. The Extended Learning Division is the home to the SUNY Oswego in the High Schools and Oswego County New Visions programs where eligible high school students are able to concurrently enroll in SUNY Oswego courses for college credit. Extended Learning also coordinates the offering of an "Intensive English" program each summer for students from around the world and English for Academic Purposes courses during traditional semesters. Professional development programs are available by contract, on site, or online. The Division is proud to have received numerous Veteran Friendly designations and provides services to active duty military and veterans online and face to face as a partner at the Jefferson Higher Education Center in Watertown, on Fort Drum and on main campus. We also provide services such as Testing and Proctoring, International Student Services, Non-Traditional Student Services and Room Rental at our Syracuse branch campus.

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The Division of Extended Learning at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a full time Instructional Designer position.

Posting Date: August 28, 2019

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefit Information: Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here for more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff or click here for a benefits summary.

Date of Appointment: As early as October 7, 2019

Description of Responsibilities:

As a critical member of the Distance Learning Team, the Instructional Designer collaborates with and advises faculty in development and revision for online, blended and web-enhanced courses, modules and instructional assets. This includes consulting with faculty in the design of appropriate online instructional strategies to ensure alignment of assets and assessments with course learning outcomes, monitors course development progress and course delivery and assists with problem solving.

The Instructional Designer reports to the Senior Instructional Designer, and works in tandem with the other Instructional Designers and Distance Learning Team staff in the Division of Extended Learning, Campus Technology Services and Library to ensure a seamless and comprehensive support model for faculty and students engaged in online and hybrid course development and delivery.

The Instructional Designer conducts workshops and assists faculty individually and in groups for course design and management, promoting best practices in online teaching and learning. Additionally, will be expected to remain current with emerging technologies, new products methodologies and pedagogy, and communicate, design and implement training resources to enhance Oswego's technology based learning initiatives. Duties also include engagement in professional networks on campus, within SUNY and nationally.

This is a full time position based in Oswego NY with some regional travel and evening/ weekend work as required.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( As such, the Information Instructional Designer will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:

  • A BA or BS in instructional design, instructional systems, education, adult education, educational technology or related field at time of application
  • 3 years professional work experience in higher education, public education or corporate training
  • Experience with learning management systems
  • Expertise in managing multiple projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated skill in written, oral and interpersonal communication
  • Teaching training or staff development experience
  • Ability to travel and work evening and weekends as required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in instructional design, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, adult education or education
  • 5 years of experience in instructional design, distance learning or corporate training
  • Prior experience with Blackboard Learn 9.1 (or higher)
  • Familiarity with Section 508 Accessibility standards and Universal Design for Learning principles
  • Experience with other tools to support online learning such as web conferencing, multimedia applications such as podcasting and authoring tools for instructional purposes
  • Familiarity of course quality metrics such as Quality Matters or OSCQR
  • Previous experience teaching or learning online
  • Knowledge of principles of best practice related to online learning and teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to support and troubleshoot software problems
  • Experience in Higher Education

Additional Information:

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Sandy Bargainnier, Professor of Health Promotion & Wellness & Search Committee Chair, 315-312-2162, [email protected]

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered. Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Application Instructions:

Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, copies of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically by clicking on the APPLY NOW button.

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Oswego is one of 13 university colleges in the SUNY system.
Continuing a commitment to comprehensive, high quality education, research and service, Oswego now offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide array of disciplines, from the liberal arts and sciences to business and education.

Some 365 faculty members -- 75% of whom hold doctoral degrees -- teach over 4,000 sections of classes each year to almost 8,000 full- and part-time students. In addition, nearly 800 students annually take advantage of "real world" internships that enable them to focus their career goals and enhance their employment potential.
Oswego is consistently listed among the highest rated colleges and universities in the Northeast. Oswego is ranked "highly competitive" by the prestigious Barron's Guide and is included in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges edition.

College of Arts & Sciences
This is our biggest school, not only in number of students, but in number of curriculums. It offers 47 undergraduate majors in everything from American Studies to Zoology, 44 minors, eight cooperative degree programs, pre-professional advisement, several special-interest tracks and five graduate programs.

School of Business
To keep pace with a rapidly evolving business world, programs in the School of Business integrate classroom learning with advanced computer applications and various forms of applied education, such as case studies, simulations, group projects and internships. Seven majors include a five-year, combined B.S./M.S. accounting program -- the first in New York State -- and a graduate MBA program.

School of Education
Innovation in teaching methods has been a hallmark of SUNY Oswego since our founding as a teachers' college in 1861. This creative spirit still thrives in our School of Education, where advanced techniques and early experiences in the classroom help students become teachers ready to meet the expectations of today's students.

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