Curriculum Designer

Azusa Pacific University College
San Dimas, California
Mar 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

POSITION: Curriculum Designer
APPOINTMENT: Full Time, Regular Status
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled​

Job Description

The Curriculum Designer works under the supervision of the Manager of Learning Design to promote best practices in andragogy, active learning and instructional design methodologies in the design of online and on-campus courses. This role collaborates with internal partners and subject matter consultants. Main responsibility is to produce curriculum design documents using established templates and best practices through a systems perspective.

Required Experience / Education

  • Christian Commitment: Vital Christian faith and lifestyle
  • Supportive of the evangelical mission and purpose of UC and the Azusa Pacific University System
  • Master’s degree - instructional design, curriculum and instruction; Bachelor’s degree with equivalent years of experience minimum, plus samples)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in higher education:
  • Collaborating in an educational curriculum development environment
  • Researching subject matter resources
  • Collaborating to design learning engagement that reflects adult learning principles
  • Experience in an elearning or curriculum design and development environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of adult learning theory, application of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Kolb’s experiential learning model


Desired Experience / Education

  • Doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, education, or organizational development
  • Experience with academic institutions, adult learners and higher education faculty, a plus
  • Experience (or familiarity) working with textbook publishers and open educational resources
  • Experience in storyboarding for elearning or interactive or narrative instructional/training media
  • Experience using a learning management system for course edits, updates, quality checking
  • Familiarity with copyright, fair use and creative commons licensing desired

Primary Duties

  • Supports instructional design of courses for online and on-campus modalities
  • Develops and aligns learning objectives, methods of assessment and learning activities with established course learning outcomes based on input from subject matter experts and internal academic partners
  • Liaises with academic leadership, curriculum team and manager for input, feedback and approvals at specific process milestones during the design and development process
  • Collaborates with elearning team members to meet deadlines for course development and deployment
  • Contributes to workflow, process and procedures for implementing instructional design plans
  • Quality checks course design documents for adherence to best practices through systemic perspective
  • Applies systems perspective in learning design approach based on academic levels
  • Incorporates faith orientation to curriculum
  • Writes instructional media scripts and copy for curriculum details as required
  • checks course design guides for accuracy, adherence to best practices and to provide feedback
  • produces design documents (course vision)
  • plans learning media resources
  • adheres to best practices for UC's instructional design
  • Researches subject matter sources for use in learning activities or learning media
  • Works with publishers and distributors of instructional/learning resources, etextbook options, digital course pack solutions and learning media for use in online courses
  • Researches and identifies open educational resources within online courses, where applicable
  • Liaises with university copyright expert to investigate copyright clearance
  • Secures copyright clearance of instructional content within courses
  • Checks for quality and compares new/updated course shells against approved course development guides
  • Analyzes course and learning data to inform continuous improvement of instructional design efforts
  • Additional duties assigned by Director of Learning Design & Engagement

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including copy editing, copy writing for learning and storyboarding
  • Experience in an online learning (elearning), or training environment, preferred
  • Expertise with office applications: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, charts and/or forms
  • Familiarity with copyright, fair use and creative commons licensing, as well as processes and practices for clearing, documenting and reporting copyright
  • Experience in utilizing a learning management system (Moodle preferred) for course content uploads/ edits and/or course facilitation
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to maintain high levels of creativity and quality
  • Ability to be flexible in work assignments that may require changing priorities regularly
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, production environment that requires flexibility and adaptability to change
  • Ability to stay on top of assigned work priorities checking in with eLearning leadership to clarify, confirm and strategize about priorities, workload and workflow
  • Experience with academic institutions, a plus
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet project deadlines, stay on track, and communicate workflow obstacles while working on assigned projects with efficiency and attention to detail
  • Self-starter with the ability to work in a team-based, fast-paced atmosphere with high standards for quality, accuracy, and innovation
  • Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures in a complex university setting
  • Ability to be proactive, take ownership of assigned responsibilities, and work with little supervision
  • A positive, cooperative, Christ-like attitude supportive of the University and its mission
  • A “servant’s heart” that delights in providing the highest quality academic support services

Mental Demand

  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Ability to investigate, analyze information, and draw conclusions
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking, exercise independent judgment, set priorities, and solve problems
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information

Physical Demands

This position typically includes the following physical demands. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time
  • Sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment
  • Visual acuity to read words and numbers
  • Speaking and hearing ability sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone
  • Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force and occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds


  • GoogleApps / Gmail (desired)
  • Office applications software—Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel (required)
  • Digital design software – (desired, but not required) any of the following Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Captivate; Adobe Acrobat
  • Learning Management System—Moodle (preferred)
  • Web technologies – Experience with searching, navigating, online account access and uploading/downloading from Internet

This job description is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and University College reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the University may deem appropriate.

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