Instructional Designer | Posting #326619

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 12, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Instructional Design
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health Office of E-Learning Services is a dynamic, experienced, and collaborative team that provides support for a large and growing number of fully online academic courses, participates in school-wide e-learning initiatives, and coordinates with other units at the University that support teaching and learning efforts. (

The Instructional Designer will be responsible for the collaborative design and development of SPH online academic courses by developing strong working relationships with SPH faculty, bringing both technical and instructional knowledge to each course development project, and applying this knowledge to building courses in the LMS. The ELS team works closely together, balancing individual development with our goal of providing consistent learning experiences to SPH students. Our online instructors include research faculty, teaching teams, and adjuncts with expertise in the content areas they teach, and our instructional designers adapt to the unique needs and goals set for each course.

Highly competitive candidates for this position will demonstrate an established track record of successful instructional design projects including a portfolio and description of specific roles taken on in these projects; have experience with and a commitment to working in a team environment with shared accountability for project outcomes; communicate a passion for higher education; and demonstrate an ability to thrive in a rapidly evolving field. We encourage both early career and experienced candidates to apply.

Type of Appointment

This is a full-time academic professional position (Professional and Administrative, Class #9790T2), reporting to the director of the SPH Office of E-Learning Services.


Instructional Design and Course Development

  • Create instructionally effective and engaging online courses across a variety of public health subject matter areas.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with SPH faculty and external collaborators.
  • Guide course development through all phases of the instructional design process.
  • Working closely with the Project Manager, act as project lead for assigned courses, identifying and communicating project scope, timelines, and expectations to staff and faculty in a clear and concise manner, and meeting course launch dates.
  • Cooperate and communicate effectively with the core E-Learning Services team throughout all phases of course development.
  • Ensure the quality of courses, adhering to established ELS standards and templates.
  • Manage multiple deadlines effectively and efficiently.
  • Follow ELS processes and procedures for media development.
  • Stay current on software and technology tools used in SPH course development and delivery.
  • Engage in continuing education to further instructional design and course development skills for graduate and professional education.
  • Participate in core team meetings, University-wide meetings, and professional development groups.
  • Integrate evaluative and quality improvement data into the design and implementation of learning activities.

Other Duties

  • Participate in department instructional design and course development process and tool selection as requested.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

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Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.