Instructional Designer

Washington, D.C.
May 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is a catalyst, a spark to generate new ideas and new possibilities. Responsive to the changing landscape of information and education, being sensitive both to traditional and emergent modes of communication, we bring together diverse constituents of faculty, students, and staff in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged intellectual community to support research, teaching and learning. As part of the larger George Washington University, we are a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens.

Reporting to the Director of Instructional Design, the Instructional Designer will assist and support University faculty in the conceptualization, design, and development of online and hybrid courses, utilizing the latest instructional technology, design theories, and teaching strategies. The incumbent is responsible for the following duties.

  • Works with University faculty to assess and analyze course needs, teaching style, Program or School policies, students and other factors that may shape the design of online courses.
  • Collaborates regularly with University faculty to plan for and design online courses, including, but not limited to, finalizing course goals and learning objectives, course alignment and outline, and plans for the use of media in the course.
  • Develops and facilitates the development of all course content, including course media, assessments, grading tools, learning activities, readings, and other course materials.
  • Consults with eDesign Shop media team to develop high-end media and assists with script writing, video shoots, and media production where needed.
  • Participates in course review process, ensuring that all courses meet quality standards and that these standards are incorporated into the design of each course.
  • Maintains a high degree of knowledge in existing and emerging innovations in instructional technologies and is able to assess and envision how these tools can be applied to course development efforts.
  • Abides by University's guidance on accessibility and designs courses to comply with accessibility standards.
  • Collaborates with eDesign Shop team and other online course design professionals around the University on instructional design and faculty development-related projects, including but not limited to facilitating training for faculty, developing online course design resources, and participating regularly in a University-wide instructional design group.

The position is based at GW's Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related 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.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree preferred but not required
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Experience with university faculty
  • Knowledge of teaching and of adult learning theories and concepts
  • Demonstrated experience using instructional technology and a Learning Management System for the development of learning content
  • Experience with multimedia production within an educational context


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: University Libraries 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 through Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm 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:

In order to gain a better understanding of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006335 Job Open Date: 05/12/2017 Job Close Date: 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.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Does the professional experience section of your resume include months?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * What is your expected salary range?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

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    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents


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