Instructional Designer

Sep 28, 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 online courses offered through the School of Business.

In furtherance of our mission, the person hired for this position will possess 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.

Along with the Senior Instructional Designer, this position serves as an in-house resource to approximately 120 GWSB faculty. The position is in Foggy Bottom located in the heart of Washington DC. This position reports directly 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, or supervise student workers in their roles as instructional design assistants.

Working in tandem with faculty, the Instructional Designer hired for this position will apply knowledge of learning science and instructional design models to design and develop high-quality learning experiences for GWSB students.

Specific Responsibilities

Collaborate with the Senior Instructional Designer, faculty and other stakeholders to design, develop, and support high-quality online, hybrid and on-campus courses.

Assist faculty members in creating course goals and measurable learning objectives.
Implement instructional concepts to build digital materials that promote active learning.

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

Review existing online courses to identify and suggest design revisions to promote active learning.

Support faculty with the integration of learning technologies in their instruction, to include the GWSB One-Button Studio and Lightboard.

Design and deliver faculty development workshops.

Provide consultations to faculty members on course design and course revisions.
Evaluates online courses for compliance using the Quality Matters Rubric.

Assists with project management to include maintaining accurate records and updating project management software.

Perform other duties related to the support of teaching and learning within GWSB.

Perform 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:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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

Bachelor's degree in instructional design, learning science or related field or the equivalent combination of education and comparable skills.
Master's degree in instructional design, learning science, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and comparable skills is preferred but not required.

One year of professional experience using course design software and other types of interactive media.
One year of experience designing courses within a higher-education setting.

Experience designing courses within a learning management system (preferably Blackboard), using video editing software such as Premiere Pro, Camtasia, or Final Cut Pro, working with course authoring tools such as Storyline 2 (Articulate 360) and with project management and project management software.

Experience working closely with University faculty and working with them in a higher-education environment to design courses in online and blended formats.
Experience with best-practices for making learning accessible to students with disabilities and experience with open educational resources.

Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
Strong analytical skills to process complex academic and real-life information and translate and incorporate this information into effective, engaging courses.
Knowledge of Quality Matters, Quality Scorecard, or similar rubrics.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. 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: S006661 Job Open Date: 09/12/2017 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. * Describe your experience designing courses within a higher education setting.
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Describe your professional experience using course design software and other types of interactive media.
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * What is your desired salary range?
    (Open Ended Question)

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

    Documents needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents