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Instructional Designer (Multiple Vacancies) (UPDATED)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please note that there are two positions available - one working primarily with STEM courses, and another for primarily Humanities and Social Science courses. Both positions will have the opportunity to work on both credit and non-credit offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon submission of your cover letter, please specify which position you feel you would be better suited for and what in your background prepares you for it.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Instructional Designer (Multiple Vacancies) (UPDATED)
Department Academic Inits & Stdnt Success (9932)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please note: the following updates have been made to this position:

  • The position is no longer UA Internal Only.
  • The position summary has been slightly modified.
  • The review date was extended to 11/03/2017.
  • Four supplemental questions have been added.
  • The position will no longer require applicants to upload a Writing Sample.

The Office of Digital Learning is seeking two Instructional Designers (ID) to join their diverse, high-energy team in the design of fully-online degree programs for UA Online. These positions will be responsible for supporting faculty and subject matter experts in the following four areas:

Andragogical Support

  • Assist with the mapping of curriculum to online activities and assessments
  • Establish interaction between students and the course content, their instructor and their fellow students
  • Align design work to relevant research and proven best practices

Leadership

  • Leverage strong interpersonal skills and the ability to project manage
  • Implement a well-defined instructional design practice that establishes faculty as the drivers of the design process
  • Lead with collegiality and an enthusiasm for collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders (faculty, fellow instructional designers, graphic designers, and videographers)

Technical Support

  • Design and build interactive learning objects
  • Create learning environments using a learning management system
  • Assess and implement authoring tools, apps and other emerging technology

Professional Development

  • Instruct individual faculty on the methods and practices for maintaining course technology
  • Teach online courses as time allows to better inform instructional design practice

The Office of Digital Learning supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate chosen for this position will be expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Support faculty and subject matter experts in the design, development and maintenance of fully online courses, assisting in their effective translation of learning objectives into dynamic online content
• Plan and map content for fully-online courses that promote interaction, social presence, and community among students, and between students and faculty
• Design online activities and authentic assessments that encourage critical thinking skills and self-directed learning
• Develop interactive learning objects using authoring tools, select video and multimedia, and assist in media production by coaching and script editing
• Assist faculty with the implementation of instructional technology applications for instruction, communication and collaborative student engagement
• Provide mentorship and support to other instructional designers, faculty, graphic designers and media producers collaborating within and beyond UA Online
• Engage in professional development to further academic goals and pursue publishing and/or conference presentations to advance the knowledge base of the research
• Assess and implement authoring tools, apps and other emerging technology
Instruct individual faculty on the methods and practices for maintaining course technology

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Knowledge in mapping of curriculum to online activities and assessments
• Ability to foment interaction between students and the course content, their instructor and their fellow students
• Demonstrated ability to align design work to relevant research and proven best practices
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to project manage
• Demonstrated ability to implement well-defined instructional design practice that establishes faculty as the drivers of the design process
• Collegiality and an enthusiasm for collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders (faculty, fellow instructional designers, graphic designers, and videographers)
• Ability to design and build interactive learning objects using authoring software (Storyline, Captivate, etc.)
• Ability to create learning environments using a learning management system

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in instructional design, educational technology or related academic discipline, with specific training or certification in instructional design or educational technology
• 2+ years experience working directly with college faculty in the development of online courses
• Expertise and working knowledge of the design of fully-online learning environments for adult learners
• Experience implementing systematic instructional design processes for online learning environments
• Experience with Course/Learning Management Systems
• Ability to work independently as well as in a highly-collaborative team environment
• Exceptional project management skills and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines within a faculty-driven instructional design process
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
• Experience teaching online as a way to inform instructional design practice

Preferred Qualifications

• 5+ years working directly with college faculty in the development of online courses
• Working knowledge of authoring tools (Storyline, Captivate) for the creation of interactive learning objects
• Experience with project-based learning, adaptive learning, microcredentialing or gamification
• Demonstrated ability to assess and implement cutting-edge technology to support curricular outcomes
• Experience with the Desire2Learn (D2L) LMS
• Working knowledge of best practices for accessibility, copyright/intellectual property, and universal design for learning
• Experience with Quality Matters and the OLC Quality Scorecard
• Research background in a related academic discipline

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $50,000-60,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22145
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Angela Gunder
agunder@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 10/17/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 11/03/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note that there are two positions available – one working primarily with STEM courses, and another for primarily Humanities and Social Science courses. Both positions will have the opportunity to work on both credit and non-credit offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon submission of your cover letter, please specify which position you feel you would be better suited for and what in your background prepares you for it.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Quick Link for Internal Postings http://uacareers.com/postings/22681

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have more than two years experience building fully-online courses for adult learners?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience creating online courses using a learning management system?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience building learning objects using authoring or eLearning tools?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a Master's Degree in instructional design, educational technology or related academic discipline, with specific training or certification in instructional design or educational technology?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have 2+ years experience working directly with college faculty in the development of online courses
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Describe your experience providing andragogical support (curriculum mapping, establishing the three modes of interaction into online courses, creating alignment, etc.) for online course design work.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * What leadership roles have you held in the past related to instructional design?

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Provide examples of your experience working with technology for online course design.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Share any professional development that you have created or led related to digital learning.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents