University of Waterloo

  • Senior Instructional Developer, Emerging Educational Technologies and Communications

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    5620 - Centre for Teaching Excellence
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $77,049 - $96,311
  • Overview

    Term: 1 year


    The primary purpose of the Senior Instructional Developer, Emerging Educational Technologies and Communications, is twofold: 1) to inform the university community about and encourage use of new or emerging educational technologies by identifying appropriate technologies, developing relevant online resources, delivering workshops, and providing consultations; and 2) to provide oversight of CTE’s communications, social media, and website.


    Instructional Development involving New or Emerging Educational Technologies

    • Identify and assess the pedagogical potential and impact of new or emerging educational technologies
    • Develop and curate research-informed online resources to disseminate best practices for these educational technologies
    • Develop and deliver workshops and/or create learning communities about these educational technologies to support their adoption and use
    • Coordinate CTE’s annual Educational Technologies Week workshop series
    • Respond to requests for consultations and information from Waterloo instructors, CTE staff, and staff from other support units about new or emerging educational technologies
    • Spearhead and manage projects and initiatives regarding these educational technologies


    • Supervise and assist with the activities of CTE’s Communications Associate, including Centre communication projects and teaching award nominations
    • Liaise with University Communications
    • Work with the Communications Associate and Director to identify CTE’s communication strategy, including key messaging and communication initiatives that meet accessibility standards
    • Manage large-scale communication projects such as CTE’s Annual Report, which requires writing copy, editing copy written by others, acquiring and curating photographs, coordinating theseactivities to a tight deadline, and working with Creative Services with regard to visual design and printing
    • Provide feedback on documents developed by other CTE staff as requested

    Scholarly and Academic Contributions

    • Network with instructional/educational development specialists at other institutions
    • Engage in collaborative relationships with the Faculties and other academic support units on campus that work with educational technologies (e.g., Centre for Extended Learning, ITMS, Library)
    • Make scholarly contributions to the higher education field
    • Represent the University of Waterloo at regional, national, and international professional meetings and conferences (e.g., ELI, HETL)
    • Represent CTE on internal and external committees as required
    • Assist in other CTE programming as required
    • Seek opportunities to teach as appropriate


    • Master’s degree or equivalent education and experience, PhD an asset
    • 5+ years of experience in instructional/educational development involving educational technologies
    • 3-5 years of experience in a managerial/leadership role in an academic setting
    • University level teaching experience
    • Experience in an editorial role
    • Demonstrated knowledge of theories and practices used in educational development, including educational technologies, blended learning, teaching, course design, and assessments of learning
    • Demonstrated abilities with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
    • Solid managerial skills within an academic environment, including proven skill in staff development and relationship management and achieving results using a collaborative approach
    • Demonstrated success in contributing to change efforts while showing respect for and sensitivity to academic and disciplinary norms
    • Excellent verbal, written, presentation communication, and facilitation skills
    • Demonstrated knowledge of website and marketing communication strategies, including accessibility standards
    • Demonstrated high level of organization and ability to manage high volumes of activity and change
    • Proven analytical, strategic and systems thinking, and project management


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