Senior Instructional Designer

Denver, Colorado, USA
Apr 25, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

The Senior Instructional Designer position engages in on-campus and online course design and instructional design execution to ensure the quality of the educational experience for students of University College. This position is the lead member of a team that reviews courses and provides recommendations to deans, directors and supervisor regarding curriculum within University College; specifically, this position is responsible for engaging in course design creation and management, with an emphasis on ensuring that current technology, tech tools, and/or innovative design approaches are incorporated into course designs. Additionally, this position engages curriculum tracking and review, managing all ongoing course development, and continuous course review to ensure University College courses are relevant and up-to-date in terms of both structure and content. The primary focus will be on course development, design, and assessment.

Essential Functions

  • The on-time production and development of high-quality online courses using the most effective and appropriate technology and media paired with best practices in online instructional design and teaching.
  • Work with academic directors, course developers, and subject matter experts to design, develop, and/or manage course development projects to craft courses for University College programs, including development of effective learning outcomes, assessment procedures and techniques.
  • Engage in effective project management tactics to manage/oversee the entire course development process to ensure projects are on track, and communicates with the other members of the team with regard to project status.
  • Ensure that courses developed across various programs align with University College program content and learning outcomes.
  • Design and develops online and multimedia elements as well as course and module templates in multiple subject areas; works to ensure that all new course developments meet agreed-upon standards for innovation in technology.
  • Work closely with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on curriculum quality and related strategies.
  • Work closely with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and all Academic Directors to manage the University College Assessment reporting.
  • Collaborate closely with the Senior Instructional Support Specialist to ensure efficient communication and processes among all members of the Academic Quality Development Team.
  • May be called upon to create and/or deliver trainings for faculty and staff related to instructional design, tools, and resources.
  • Engage in data management duties related to curriculum tracking and review.
  • Offer occasional support to faculty questions regarding the LMS platform and other educational tools and classroom-enhancing technologies.
  • Engage in positive, productive, professional and interpersonal relations within University College and the University of Denver, e.g., meetings, task forces, focus groups, etc., including strategy formulation, problem solving, and future planning and direction for University College.
  • Engage in trainings, presentations, and conferences as a representative of University College.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of instructional design principles and best practices, teaching principles and best practices, course development skills, multimedia integration, and learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to select the most relevant instructional multimedia and/or tech tools, and write effective copy, texts, audio and video scripts.
  • Knowledge of and experience with higher education in general and adult learners in particular.
  • Knowledge of learning management tools and HTML.
  • Proven excellent project management skills, information analysis, and management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to work independently and in groups. Strong desire to learn. Ability to adapt priorities and focus.

Required Qualification

  • Master's degree or equivalent education and work experience.
  • Instructional design experience, in particular utilizing and applying multimedia to course designs.
  • Experience analyzing existing educational materials for rigor and quality.
  • Project management experience in a variety of contexts, including with a team.
  • Experience with online teaching environments.
  • Experience providing support to others such as, but not limited to, a help desk or customer service type of position.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. For questions about this position, please contact Allison Friederichs at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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