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Instructional Designer

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Working Title Instructional Designer
Brief Position Overview

The Instructional Designer will provide leadership with assisting and supporting faculty in the development of appropriate teaching and learning strategies and applications utilizing instructional technologies, including web-based applications and digital/social media.

Position Number 3C0425
Department eLearning
Division eLearning & Library Services
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
Benefits Eligible
Compensation Annual
Salary Salary range of $38,000 to $45,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type External

Position Details

General Statement

Instructional Designer provides leadership with assisting and supporting faculty in the development of appropriate teaching and learning strategies and applications utilizing instructional technologies, including web-based applications and digital/social media. This encompasses a broad range of technologies including the Desire2Learn Learning Management System, interactive video, live online courseware and other emerging technologies to support all aspects of eLearning. The Instructional Designer participates as a team member in the Division of eLearning and Library Services and reports to the Division Director of eLearning and Library Services.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Work collaboratively with faculty to design, lead or participate in the development of dynamic instructional materials for online, hybrid and face-to-face courses;
• Provide first line of support for faculty through chat, phone, e-mail, web-conferencing and drop-in consultation. Acts as a point of contact to assist faculty in maintenance, technical design and course content issues;
• Create course design templates and modular support materials as needed;
• Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies and tools and make recommendations for use; assist faculty in integrating technological innovations into the course development process;
• Lead, assist, develop and model effective design practices and implement technologies to support eLearning and the integration of educational technology on campus;
• Participate in evaluating and assessing instructional effectiveness and continuous improvement of course materials in collaboration with faculty. Conduct online course audit observations/evaluations for adjunct faculty;
• Represent department on committees or task forces dealing with online or technology-related activities on campus as needed;
• Design, present or publish appropriate training and support resources, workshops or courses to faculty and adjuncts both face to face and online;
• Creates and updates the faculty resources portion of the eLearning web page;
• Assist faculty in implementing changes to course material based on faculty feedback and course evaluation processes;
• Collaborate with the MSU four campus Desire2Learn team on upgrade decisions, troubleshooting issues, and other related areas;
• Works closely with the Director of eLearning and Library Services and other division staff in strategic planning;
• Serve as the primary campus liaison for designing, troubleshooting and maintaining the learning management system faculty training course; and
• Collaborate with department team members in work assignment or project completion and in other areas as needed to support Great Falls College MSU eLearning efforts.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

• Master’s Degree in instructional technology, education, information science, or a related field;
• Experience as a teacher, trainer and/or professional development instructor for adult learners;
• Experience designing instruction for online learning environments;
• Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design principles and practices;
• Experience interpreting student and instructor needs to produce effective instructional materials and technologies to support teaching and learning;
• High-level office software skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software;
• Experience working with design software such as desktop publishing, photo/audio/video editing, web design and emerging web 2.0 technologies;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in teaching and training situations; and
• Experience using a course/learning management system.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

• Desire2Learn experience as a student, instructor, help desk support, and/or system administrator;
• Demonstrated experience working with people of varied technological skills;
• Experience working with educators using a variety of approaches to teaching and learning in a variety of curricular areas;
• Two or more years of professional teaching experience in an educational setting; and
• Advanced skill in using or deploying a learning management system.

The Successful Candidate Will
Special Requirements

Some evening/weekend duty required.

Physical Demands
This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Announcement Number S00059P
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date 06/06/2017
Close Date
Open until filled Yes
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Diversity Statement

Great Falls College Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the College does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the College’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Great Falls College Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, GFC MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405; 406-268-3712;

GFC MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the GFC MSU Website:

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript
  4. List of References
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