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Instructional Designer (Full-time, Temporary, Non Tenure-Track Faculty Position)
San Mateo County Community College District in Redwood City, California
Date Posted September 10, 2020
Faculty-Education-Instructional Technology & Design
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number


Position Title

Instructional Designer (Full-time, Temporary, Non Tenure-Track Faculty Position)


Cañada College


Academic Support & Learning Technologies CAÑ (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time

The work year is 175 days (10 months of service).


Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year


Salary Range

Initial placement with a Master’s degree can range from $71,328 up to $89,496 per year; and a Ph.D. can range from $81,732 to $95,544 per year.

Position Type

Faculty Positions

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

Cañada College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 11,000 students each academic year. Cañada College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Cañada College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;

(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and

(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

The Position

The College seeks a full-time, temporary, non-tenure track faculty member in Instructional Design. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population The Instructional Designer provides pedagogical and educational technology support for face-to-face, hybrid and online courses and is a college-wide position, housed in the Academic Support and Learning Technologies Division. This position reports directly to the Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s)of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Provide hands-on consulting with faculty on course design, course development, learning objectives, classroom management, active learning, assessment methods and teaching strategies for face-to-face, hybrid and online courses

2. Present on-campus and online structured professional development training and learning opportunities for faculty and classified staff through individual consultation, programs, and workshops. Through professional development training activities, promote mastery of technology skills and pedagogy to design and deliver successful online courses and support services

3. Participate on department, College, District, and regional consortium committees as appropriate

4. Participate in assessment of online courses to ensure regular effective contact between instructor and student is included in all distance education

5. Maintain currency regarding copyright, accessibility compliance (Section 504 and Section 508) regulations for all instructional materials, state authorization for distance education, and student authentication for online and hybrid courses

6. Implement creative approaches and innovative uses of technology and pedagogy to address different learning styles, diverse student populations, variety of course content, and accessibility guidelines

7. Create partnerships and provide leadership and support for faculty and classified staff in implementing effective pedagogy and use of technology to support teaching and learning

8. Maintain currency in knowledge and trends related to teaching and learning and application of technology to enhance teaching and learning of diverse populations

9. Opportunity to teach an online course once a semester to stay up-to-date on current student needs and classroom trends

10. Contribute to and maintain an inventory of resources of potential interest to faculty

11. Assist the campus community with emergent technologies and their relationship to teaching and learning, such as social media, non-linear editing, web design and desktop publishing

12. Participate in the assessment cycle for the Distance Education including writing and evaluating program outcomes for online courses, services, and professional development opportunities for online faculty

13. Coordinate with counterparts at the District colleges and District Office

14. Must be flexible and be available to support evening and weekend instructors

15. Perform broader instructional design and support projects as needed and assigned

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree or above in instructional design/technology or educational technology OR the equivalent (see below)

• Three years of relevant experience working with instructional design and technology including familiarity with learning management systems and content development applications

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as these factors relate to the need for equity minded-practice both within and outside of the classroom

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications

For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application choosing one or more of the following:

Degree Equivalence

The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.

Academic Background Equivalence

Related to disciplines in which a Master’s Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:

i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree, and

ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.

Professional Achievement Equivalence

The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of learning theories, instructional design theories and instruction systems. Understanding and demonstrated application of sound pedagogy and instructional design practices for traditional and non-traditional students

2. Mastery of online instructional and web-based graphic design principles

3. Demonstrated ability to assist faculty in transitioning courses from face-to-face to distance learning

4. Demonstrated ability to or formal training in research based practices on teaching adult learners designed to help faculty improve student success and retention in online courses

5. Experience with evaluating programs and evaluating online learning

6. Experience assisting faculty with creating new and revised courses that reflect effective teaching and assessment strategies

7. Experience assisting faculty with creating instructional materials and courses that follow compliance guidelines, including copyright, accessibility, regular effective contact, and student authentication

8. Demonstrated facility with educational platforms and LTI (examples include: Canvas, Moodle, Cranium Cafe, iLearn, LibGuides, etc.)

9. Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools and strong desire to share this knowledge with others

10. Should have excellent and flexible communication skills, both oral and written, that match message to audience needs; and the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with diverse communities

11. Excellent interpersonal skills, leadership in working within teams to analyze and improve instructional design

12. Experience managing and working on multiple projects synchronously, including prioritization of need, accessing support structures, and team-engagement strategies

13. Demonstrated skill in project and team management. Ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders with diverse interests and needs.

14. Demonstrated formal teaching experience, including in an online environment

Preferred Qualifications

• Recent experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately-impacted students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes

• Willingness to examine and remediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students

• Experience and skill with addressing inequity in the classroom and on campus

• Experience and expertise in culturally-responsive technology-assisted teaching

• Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within technology-assisted courses and classrooms

• Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices

• Experience in qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods data collection, aggregation and analysis

• Experience teaching a variety of learners in an online environment

• College classroom training and teaching experience

• Understanding of compliance regulations regarding online instruction

• Bilingual/bi-cultural skills

Faculty Benefits

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date


First Review Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position)

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience

3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted)

Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of the interview.

4. Your cover letter must include discussion of the following questions:

• What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?

• Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for racially-minoritized and other underserved disproportionately disadvantaged students?

• How is your teaching approach culturally-responsive to the students you serve?

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574
Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2019 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2019 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2019 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2019 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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