Instructional Designer

Position Summary:

The Instructional Designer (ID) plays a crucial role at Sierra Nevada College by collaborating with many partners to provide engaging, relevant, and memorable learning experiences to students. The ID is also a significant business partner to academic operations.


General responsibilities include providing consulting to academic management and faculty for best practice with curriculum design, instruction, compliance (state authorization, ADA, etc.), and the effective use of teaching & learning technologies; ongoing development of online courses in a timely manner, one-on-on consulting and training to faculty, participating as a community member with academic departments, and providing administration of a LMS.

The position is full time and based in Incline Village, Nevada. The position reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Extension.

  • Identify and plan content design strategies and objectives, curriculum, learning activities, and assessments based on analysis of task, learner, relevant and current subject matter, and context.
  • Manage course development projects from planning to implementation in accordance with instructional design principles including QM. Develop and manage SNC course development workflow and status. This includes clearly developed processes that guide course development, and developed templates to provide scaffolding for design, and a consistent student experience.
  • Facilitate online course development using two models. 1. Instructional Designer as developer. 2. Subject Matter Expert (SME) as developer with designer as consultant. Emphasis is on online courses with both models, while applying sound online pedagogy and QM standards.
  • Lead efforts to develop an adjunct faculty support program including ongoing trainings, a web page with resources and other relevant information, semesterly orientation webinar, and semesterly newsletter, among other possibilities.
  • Co-administer SNC Canvas.
  • Create and deliver asynchronous and synchronous trainings for faculty; offer ongoing in person and webinar trainings on subjects such as Quality Matters, OSCQR, Canvas LMS, technology tools such as video, and so forth.
  • Provide one on one consulting sessions for Faculty in person and through video conferencing.
  • Develops materials for Faculty such as online course instructional guides, master training documents, and facilitator guides.
  • Confers with internal and external subject matter experts to identify and determine needs of the course and appropriate method of delivery based on what the end-users need to learn.
  • Assists subject matter experts in translating content knowledge into a course design map leading to the final product of an online, in person or hybrid course.
  • Develops and publishes interactive and engaging multimedia course content and instructional material for online delivery, including text, graphics, interactive elements, and rich media, using a variety of media and web content applications, audio, and video capture programs.
  • Demonstrate and utilize effective needs analysis, project management, course development, and evaluation skills, as well as knowledge of how people learn, to facilitate improvement.
  • Research and maintain an understanding of online design and teaching methods and tools. Explore knowledge of emerging technologies, tools, and trends in online education.
  • Occasional travel to Academic Extension centers and conferences is required.
  • Graduate degree in Education: Instructional Technology or related, from a regionally-accredited university, or graduate degree and related certificate. Learning theory should be part of the program of study.
  • High commitment to serving Faculty with patience, appreciation, and innovation.
  • Well-developed social skills and relationship building.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills; ability to manage multiple course developments simultaneously.
  • At least two years’ experience in instructional design, revision of online courses, and developing courses from master syllabus through duplication on a learning management.

Reports to: Vice President for Academic Extension
Pay Range: $55,000 – $60,000
Benefits: Competitive Health, Vision, Dental, Retirement, Vacation and Sick Benefits
Position Classification: Salaried Full-time, exempt
Other: Fingerprint check required as a condition of employment.

To Apply:

Please upload your resume, cover letter, list of at least three professional references, and any other documentation to our online application. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

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Sierra Nevada College is an Equal Opportunity Employer