Instructional Design Consultant

Bellarmine University is a dynamic, growing university with a strong liberal arts focus in the Catholic higher education tradition and a bold vision for the future. Bellarmine has undergraduate and graduate enrollment of nearly 3,500 students, and continues to add new academic programs while maintaining small class sizes and personal attention to students. Bellarmine is listed in the Princeton Review's Best 384 Colleges, is one of the top 20 Southern regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2019 college rankings, and is a top university in Forbes' list of America's best colleges. In a survey by The Princeton Review, students praised Bellarmine as a place that is "welcoming to every single person and makes an effort to include everyone." Bellarmine students, faculty and staff engage in more than 25,000 cumulative hours of service each year, in Louisville and around the nation and world.

Bellarmine is located on a scenic 145-acre campus in the Highlands neighborhood and 46+ acres off-campus in Louisville, KY, which Forbes recently recognized as a "Top 15 City" for affordable living and National Geographic calls one of the "Best Small Cities in the U.S." Louisville is within a day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Bellarmine is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Office of Faculty Development of Bellarmine University is seeking an instructional designer to play a vital role in advancing its educational mission and strategic plan by supporting faculty in the development of robust, innovative, experiential, and student-centered digital courses and materials that align with the University's standards of excellence.

The instructional designer will provide consultation and hands-on support to faculty, programs and schools in development and conversion of courses and programs to innovative online and other technology-assisted educational venues, utilizing cutting-edge technologies, creative design, and a variety of strategies for delivery. This individual will be responsible for consulting and working with faculty to create effective, engaging, and dynamic learning materials and environments in Moodle, Bellarmine's learning management system, utilizing appropriate instructional technologies. This will involve curating third-party resources, as well as creating interactive media and activities first-hand, through the use of industry-standard eLearning authoring tools. The instructional designer will also manage the institution's review process for new online courses, as well as other duties and projects as assigned by the Director of Innovative Learning Systems.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative, creative, and tech-savvy course designer who can effectively work with diverse constituencies and manage multiple projects at once. Outstanding organizational and communication skills are a must, as is expertise in visual communication, digital media, and project management.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information to the attention of Adam Elias by clicking on the appropriate link in this posting. The letter of interest should clearly connect applicants' experiences with the qualifications identified in this posting.

Further, if selected for an interview, candidates will be asked to share samples of their work in visual communication, preferably in an instructional context. While this is not required prior to being selected for an interview, if applicants do include such samples in their application materials, those samples may be considered when selecting candidates for interviews.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline is required.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with particular expertise in visual communication and digital media
  • Expertise developing innovative, engaging, and accessible educational materials and experiences for electronic delivery; examples of work will be required
  • Experience applying knowledge of instructional design theory and best practices
  • Expertise with eLearning authoring tools, media production hardware and applications, and best practices in accessible course design
  • Experience developing courses within a learning management system
  • A demonstrated aptitude for team-based project management

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in relevant field
  • Professional experience teaching online in higher education
  • Experience assessing the quality of eLearning courses or instructional materials, utilizing industry standards such as Quality Matters

Additional Information:

As directed by the Director of Innovative Learning Systems, the instructional designer will:

  • champion substance, quality, accessibility, and engaging design in all aspects of electronic course content;
  • proactively consult with faculty to identify learning objectives and content;
  • work with faculty and subject-matter experts to write, convert, produce and develop content and media for online, hybrid, and blended courses;
  • track and coordinate all assigned online/blended course development projects;
  • manage the institution's quality assurance process for online courses and programs;
  • work collaboratively across the University to promote innovation and effectiveness in instructional design.