Technical Developer and Instructional Designer

Employee Services provides the CU community with services from recruitment to retirement. The office provides technical expertise while administering benefits, professional development, payroll, individual tax management, and strategic HR programs. The functional areas of Employee Services include payroll, technologies, benefits, retirement, financial education, learning and development, international tax and human resources.

The Technical Developer and Instructional Designer will support the design and development of learning programs for employees at the University of Colorado (CU). To thrive in this position, individuals must have a well-rounded background in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, still and timeline-based media editing, and be able to apply e-learning principles and methodologies that create effective learning solutions for different university groups. This individual must be highly organized, creative, self-directed, and able to respond efficiently to rapidly changing priorities. Periodically, this individual will be customer-facing and must be able to communicate effectively to identify and apply success criteria associated with a learning project. The ability to manage multiple projects at the same time is important and, collaboration with team members is expected. This individual must be able to accept and provide appropriate constructive feedback. The position of Technical Developer and Instructional Designer for the Office of Employee Learning and Development reports to the Director, and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining technical tools and templates that comply with the SCORM environment used to run online compliance courses for CU employees.
  • Using eLearning authoring and multimedia tools to create production-ready content for video or web-based courses.
  • Incorporating accessibility compliance (Federal Law sections of ADA 504, 508 and Title II) into course development tools and templates.
  • Applying adult learning principles to instructional design when creating and sourcing engaging and effective learning content.
  • Performing needs analysis to define scope and sequence of instructional content and strategies, ensuring it meets learning objectives and outcomes.
  • Working with a diverse group of stakeholders across the university to understand learning needs and measure effectiveness of learning solutions.
  • Communicating effectively to stakeholders and collaborating with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to create high quality learning products within the scope of the project agreement (SOW).
  • Working with subject matter experts (SMEs) to assist with the sequencing and development of content that supports what students need to learn.
  • Writing and editing technical instructional documents to support the use of university enterprise systems.
  • Creatively using instructional design, learning methods, and appropriate technologies to enhance learning and engage learners.
  • Using instructional design methodology to design and develop interactive e-learning curriculum.
  • Developing assessments that measure learner outcomes and continuously evaluate curriculum for quality, business impact, scalability of practices in adult learning, as well as current practices with accessibility, web based technologies, and tools.
  • Managing projects and processes in a team environment that requires strong multi-tasking and collaboration abilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To be successful in this position a candidate will need the following:

  • Knowledge of SCORM technology and the associated coding and programming standards that allow for the deployment and tracking of online training on a learning management system.
  • Ability to apply innovative and effective approaches, methods and techniques in online learning including development, delivery, and evaluation of learning events, as well as the latest information trends in Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Knowledge of selection and application of most appropriate methods based on the subject matter, size of group and intended learning outcome.
  • Knowledge of the principles of adult learning in order to create, facilitate, manage and evaluate employee development and learning events
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal communication abilities
  • Skilled in explaining complex topics to novices and collaborating with subject matter experts
  • Mastery with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Skilled in collaboration and team building
  • Knowledge of Web 2.0 applications, online collaborative tools, and the application of accessibility standards (WCAG 2.0) in the development of learning products
  • Propensity to learn new web applications, desktop tools, and eLearning technologies

Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with an office in Broomfield and a few smaller offices located on the campuses. This position is located in Denver. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary has been established at $50,000.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Disability, Vision, Life and Wellness
  • Retirement: 10% Employer Match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Benefit
  • ECO Pass

For more information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education (education requirement may be substituted by professional experience).
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in the field of instructional design, including experience designing and delivering e-learning solutions.
  • At least two (2) years of work experience developing web or e-learning content using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery.
  • At least two (2) years of experience with the analysis, design, and development of instructional and informational materials including courseware, online tutorials, and other training materials.
  • At least two (2) years of project management skills including planning work, managing details, keeping multiple tasks/projects on track, and doing whatever it takes to deliver reliable results.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in development with eLearning tools such as Dreamware, Captivate, Articulate Studio/Storyline, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, Animate CC and Software technologies such as HTML5, and jQuery for e-learning portal design.
  • Experience working with Learning Management Systems and SCORM.
  • Master's degree, or evidence that a degree is in progress, in a field that shows a strong background in adult learning and instructional technology.

Special Instructions to Applicants:This position will be open until filled. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.*

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:You must attach a cover letter, resume, and references to your application as three separate documents. Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter. Also, ensure you check the "Job Specific Attachments" box next the each document on the "Required Documents" page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.

Job Category: Business Services

Primary Location: Denver

Department: S0001 -- System Administration - 51000 - Employee Services

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 21, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Janet Lowe

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00002055