| Advertised Summary Job Description: The Director of Instructional Design will oversee the design and development of a portfolio of face-to-face (f2f), online and blended curricula for a growing suite of rigorous programs offered across a variety of disciplines and audiences at the School of Professional Studies. The Director of Instructional Design will collaborate closely with Academic Directors and senior leadership at the school in new program development, curricular renovation, faculty development and the design of f2f, hybrid, and online courses. S/he will identify the pedagogical best practices and supporting educational technologies needed to effectively execute curricular mission, and work with faculty to articulate the goals, assessments, activity paths, learning objects and content for each new course. S/he will also oversee the work of assigned Instructional Designers and Course Developers to ensure the production of courses that are both aligned with programmatic outcomes and established design values for online programming. This position will oversee end-to-end development of designated programming areas. |
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Curricular and Instructional Design
Works with Academic Directors, faculty, and other online team members to:
-Manage the course development calendar and assign instructional designers and course developers to course and project design initiatives.
-Support the Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction in the development of curricular models for f2f, hybrid, and online delivery.
-Partner with faculty to identify course outcomes and clearly articulate course objectives, requirements and assessment criteria.
-Identify instructional approach(es) appropriate for targeted course outcomes and requirements.
-Identify an instructional content mix that is appropriate for pedagogical aims and that fully leverages affordances of the online/blended context.
-Identify educational technologies (native to the SPS platform or ancillary) to support approach and content mix.
-Develop the course map or activity path (the course "design theory").
-Deliver the course syllabus, schedule and instructional design "blueprint"
Course Development and Project Oversight
-Oversees designated curriculum and course development projects and ensures the timely and successful launch of high quality programming.
-Ensures that the work of Instructional Designers and Course Developers maintains the integrity of the initial design blueprints, the design values of the school, and the established timelines for the project.
-Ensures strategic communications with internal and external stakeholders on curriculum and course development projects.
-Oversees the team's course authentication phase and approves final versions for readiness to "go live".
-Assists in envisioning the strategic assessment planning for online and hybrid course delivery.
-Oversees the roll-out of the course pilot and related assessment plans.
-Assists faculty in considering and implementing in-flight changes to pilot version courses.
-Reviews course analytics on a regular cycle to assess course design theories as they play out over time, to identify creative solutions for course improvements, and to recommend need for revision (re-entry into the development cycle).
Faculty Development, Scholarship, and Service
Works with Academic Directors, faculty, and senior leadership to:
-Identify opportunities to improve faculty preparedness for f2f, hybrid, and online teaching
-Design and execute strategic faculty training initiatives that include both self-access resources and online learning communities.
-Identify and execute applied research projects that inform ongoing design and administrative practice.
-Consults with stakeholder groups across the school
General Minimum Qualifications: -A minimum of five years of related experience is required.
-Bachelors degree is required.
-Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design and educational technology best practice in the context of higher ed online and/or blended programming.
-Demonstrated experience developing team-based, collaborative and/or project-based courses and curricula
-Demonstrated experience developing online and/or blended programming that creatively leverages new-technologies.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: -Strong creative and process thinking abilities
-Ability to solve complex problems under time pressure
-Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders who often hold competing interests
-Excellent organizational and management abilities
-Ability to manage multiple projects and communicate effectively with stakeholders on a cross-functional team and deliver results under prescribed deadlines
-Ability to define and manage his/her own work processes towards specified team objectives
-Publishing experience for print- and technology-based products
-Ability to evaluate content to determine its appropriateness for target audiences
-Ability to read, comprehend, analyze and interpret concepts, documents, and data
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word and familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat
Preferred Qualifications: -Master's degree preferred
-Experience as an instructor in the context of higher education degree programming
-Experience teaching online
-Demonstrated research interest in a field(s) related to education, curriculum and instruction and/or educational technology
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.