Sutter Health SMU-Instructional Designer in Oakland, California

Position Overview:

Job Summary:

The Instructional designer (ID) is responsible to work in teams of faculty and staff, students and University committees. The ID supports faculty, staff and students in face-to-face, on-line, hybrid and web-based teaching and learning. In consultation with faculty, best practices in pedagogy and teaching methodology are encouraged. Course objectives are developed, and subsequent teaching materials are prepared, delivered and evaluated by the person in this role. The ID works closely with Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Center of Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) to ensure that current standards and best practices in teaching and learning are supported. The ID combines learning theory with technical knowledge to advance student-centered learning at the university.

Job Duties and Accountabilities:

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  1. Coordinates instructional design projects from inception to completion; maintains files and records.

    • Consults and collaborates with faculty to analyze learning needs and plans for design/redesign of courses including outcomes, lessons, activities, assessments and learning resources.
  2. Assists in the development of instructional strategies, course materials, assessment techniques, appropriate integration of educational technologies and best practices.

  3. Designs and produces learning materials in a variety of formats including print, graphics, audio, video, animation and multimedia to support teaching, learning, and university’s information needs, and is able to integrate learning materials into the learning management system.

  4. Assists/supports faculty in technology tools and methods, use of instructional software, and effective uses of multimedia.

  5. Researches and makes recommendations on educational best practices, instructional resources, educational technologies and multimedia hardware/software to support teaching and learning.

  6. Designs, develops, and delivers workshops and training to faculty and staff in the use of educational technologies and educational best practices; maintains records.

    • Facilitates curriculum development sessions, documents findings, and writes reports.
  7. Other duties as assigned.


Education and/or Experience:

• Master’s degree or certificate in Instructional Design or related field preferred

• Bachelor’s degree required

• 3 – 5 years of experience in, or preparing for a similar position

• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills

• Demonstrated proficiency in both Mac and PC skills

• Experience working in higher education preferred

• Familiarity with teaching/learning modalities commonly utilized in on-line and hybrid instruction

Skills and Abilities:

• Effective use of interpersonal and communications skills.

• Effective use of organizational and planning skills.

• Project management and efficient use of resources.

• Research and analysis of complex information.

• Maintain confidentiality of work-related information and materials.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships

• Demonstrated competence in explaining and demonstrating ID-related concepts and processes to stakeholders

• Demonstrated proficiency in use of standard office software applications and web page editors, graphic software, and basic HTML.

• Demonstrated proficiency with on-line teaching.

• Demonstrate patience, compassion, humor, integrity, flexibility, creativity and proactivity.

The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.

Organization: Samuel Merritt University

Employee Status: Regular

Employee Referral Bonus: No

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Non-Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: None

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.