Instructional Designer

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
$48,000 plus/year
Mar 13, 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Hiring Department UND Online
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification:  $48,000+ per year, Exempt, Full-Time, Benefitted
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave.  Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans. 
Standard Work Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Position remains open until filled with review of applications beginning November 15, 2018.
Qualified internal applicants will recieve first consideration.


Position Details
:   A Complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

The Instructional Designer will support faculty using instructional design and high-impact best practices to develop quality teaching methods and courses in online learning environments. This position will coordinate, with faculty, the development and improvement of courses ensuring that projects meet or exceed quality standards.
Duties include: 

  • Work with faculty colleagues who teach online hybrid courses to introduce them to and help them apply instructional design methods to the development and delivery of their courses and programs
  • Provide pedagogical and technical support to faculty in the design, development and delivery of courses
  • Work with faculty to design and create engaging and interactive learning activities for online courses
  • Recommend active learning strategies that address diverse learning styles, abilities, and backgrounds
  • Manage the development of online courses from conceptualization through design, ensuring courses meet or exceed quality standards and that development is completed on schedule
  • Collaborate with coworkers to develop services and programs that support teaching and learning online
  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs to encourage, promote, and develop active learning and critical thinking strategies for increased student engagement and retention
  • Ensure accessibility standards that have been established for courses and programs are being met
  • Identify and help resolve ethical and legal implications of instructional design (TEACH Act, intellectual property, copyright, ADA-compliance, etc.)
  • Support and promote evidence-based best practices, following rubrics on quality teaching and course design
  • Research and evaluate new instructional technologies, LMS plug-ins, and educational applications
  • Remain current and have a working knowledge of the latest industry technology tools and trends in higher education
  • Keep up to date on Emerging Technologies and explore ways they can be used in Higher Education
  • Present appropriate educational uses of emerging technologies to the campus and outside
  • Provide quality assurance and testing of various instructional technologies as needed
  • Participate in UND Online meetings as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Collaborate with Teaching Transformation and Development Academy instructional designers as appropriate

Required Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including collaborating with subject matter experts and instructional designers to help write, design, and develop instructional design content
  • Ability to generate creative ideas and transform those ideas into quality course design
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Proficient at organization and time management
  • Ability to plan, manage and organize multiple instructional design projects
  • Ability to provide high level of customer service with a positive, energetic outlook


Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Higher Education, Communication or related field; knowledge of web design software/HTML, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Learning Management Systems, and best practices to support teaching and learning
  • Master’s degree in instructional technology, instructional design, higher education, communication or related field)
  • Two years experience designing and developing instructional materials and content in higher education
  • Experience and knowledge of pedagogical best practices in instructional design to support teaching and learning
  • Successful completion of criminal history background check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications

  •  Additional professional development in instructional design experience
  • 2+ years’ experience in College or University setting
  • Experience with learning management system
  • Experience with instructional design and accessibility requirements for successful student learning experience
  • Experience with HTML, Javascript, CSS
  • Experience producing SCORM and 508 compliant Web-based content

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Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.
EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process.  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application. 

ND Veteran’s Preference
North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
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