Instructional Designer

Washington, DC
Apr 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

It is the academic mission of the George Washington University's School of Business (GWSB) to be a preeminent business school recognized for scholarly research, teaching excellence, innovative curricula and focused on the responsible management of organizations in the global environment.

As part of its mission, GWSB's "lasting intellectual impact" arises from "quality education through innovative programs." Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and media, GWSB has offered courses and programs online for more than twenty years. Currently, approximately 1500 students participate in courses in this modern mode. In support GWSB is searching for an Instructional Designer. This individual will play a key, broad role in supporting the School's online programs and the efforts of the Senior Instructional Designer.

This position reports to the Senior Instructional Designer and will also work with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, and the Dean's Senior Advisor. The position has no direct reports but may schedule, train, and supervise student workers in their roles as instructional design assistants.

The primary focus of this position is to help faculty conceptualize, design, develop, and produce new online and hybrid courses, and improve existing ones.

Key responsibilities:

Work closely with the Senior Instructional Designer to maximize teaching effectiveness for faculty using modern learning theory and educational technology.

Maintains a high degree of knowledge about instructional design theories, the rapidly improving understanding of human learning, and advances in hardware and software that can be used to improve teaching and learning as well as the production of modern online media, e.g., video recording.

Assist the Senior Instructional Designer to implement application of new knowledge and improved methods in course development.

Assist in the concrete production of the courses by recording video or producing animated explanatory modules.

Collaborates with faculty for continual improvement of extant online and hybrid courses and the creation of online components for on-campus courses.

Evaluates online courses for compliance with industry standards (e.g., the Quality Matters rubric).

Assists faculty in developing assessment measures to evaluate the instructional effectiveness of different design approaches.

Designs, develops, and delivers occasional workshops and training sessions to faculty and professional staff on instructional design topics.

Performs other duties related to supporting the online infrastructure that furthers quality teaching and learning by our instructors and students.

Conceptualize instructional strategies and build digital materials that promote active learning, with instructional activities linked to explicit learning objectives.

Along with the Senior Instructional Designer, serves as an in-house resource to approximately 120 faculty in the GWSB.

Performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of andragogical methods and their practical applications.

Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

Knowledge of the Quality Matters, Quality Scorecard, or a similar rubric is a plus.

Experience with course design software, interactive media, and other instructional and production technology.

Experience with a Learning Management System for the development of learning content; familiarity with Blackboard preferred.

Experience with course authoring tools such as Storyline 2, Lectora, or Captivate.

Experience with video editing software such as Premiere Pro, Camtasia, or Final Cut Pro.

Master's degree preferred, but not required.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: School of Business (SB) Family Academic Technology Sub-Family Academic Instructional Design Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9AM-6PM; some nights and weekends Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006262 Job Open Date: 04/11/2017 Job Close Date: 04/25/2017 If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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