Instructional Designer

Oct 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Instructional Designer

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The Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) is a top ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 8,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.

As a key member of the Graduate School of Education Innovation and Technology Office (GSE IT), instructional designer/developer will work with the Digital Learning team to design, develop, and implement online courses, online professional development courses, trainings, workshops, and/or blended courses for faculty, students, and staff.


Operate independently to design and develop learning solutions to support overall curriculum. Contribute to the development of standards for online and instructor-led course development, participant and instructor materials, online performance support solutions, and learning evaluation.

  • Perform analysis of learning and business needs.
  • Proactively consult with subject matter experts to identify and formulate learning objectives and content.
  • Design learning and performance support solutions.
  • Draft storyboards and prototypes.
  • Design and develop course content, instructor and participant materials, including performance support materials.
  • Implement, evaluate and maintain learning solutions.
  • Develop and deliver Train-the-Trainer or faculty development programs.
  • May participate in extensive user acceptance testing and quality measurement for newly created courses and web materials.
  • Interact with vendor during design, development and implementation process as needed.
  • Share best practices through cross campus collaboration and instructional design community. * - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in consulting with business partners and subject matter experts to assess learning needs and recommend sound solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying instructional design theory, models, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using instructional design tools such as learning project plans, design documents, learning hierarchies, storyboards, prototypes, etc.
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly convey learning content in a manner that engages learners and improves retention rates.
  • Demonstrated application of adult learning principles and methods.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in industry standard tools such as authoring tools, digital, graphics media, audio, animation and video production tools to create impactful courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate the effectiveness of learning materials.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently. Certifications and Licenses:
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a computer; use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, write by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Travel on campus to schools/units WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.

    This position is fixed-term through December 15, 2018, and is renewable based on performance and funding.

    Visa sponsorship is not available for this position; all candidates must be eligible to work in the US.

    Job: Information Technology Services

    Location: Graduate School of Education
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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