Director, Instructional Design

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GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is a catalyst, a spark to generate new ideas and new possibilities. Responsive to the changing landscape of information and education, being sensitive both to traditional and emergent modes of communication, we bring together diverse constituents of faculty, students, and staff in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged intellectual community to support research, teaching and learning. As part of the larger George Washington University, we are a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens.

This position provides leadership and supervision in the design, development, implementation and continuous improvement of online/blended courses and multimedia materials. This role provides functional supervision of the instructional design and technology staff and related services, manages fiscal operations and the acquisition of software, learning resources, and other technological and non-technological resources, and assists faculty with instructional strategy and in the development of online course materials. This position also provides technical assistance to faculty related to the use, exploration, problem solving and experimentation using instructional technologies and promotes curricular innovation in instructional technology and online learning. This role may also coordinate and manage in-depth, team-oriented instructional technology development projects and impact evaluations in support of significant projects. This is a management position at the university that, in addition to leading a work unit, leads and supervises staff directly, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs. This position is typically enterprise-wide, and is single-incumbent if within a school.

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Innovative and Collaborative Pedagogy, the Director of Instructional Design will:

  • Oversee Instructional design program activities, including online and blended course development and revisions. Works with the Associate Dean, Innovative and Collaborative Pedagogy, in designing and developing instructional materials; provide technical leadership. Act as the lead instructional designer supervising others in the department and continuing to the design workload.
  • Establish and manage deliverables and deadlines for development of all courses. Support faculty in the development and design of appropriate teaching and learning strategies utilizing the latest instructional technology and design theories; evaluate and assess applicability to University systems/needs. Design, develop, and deliver workshops, training sessions, user guides, and other documentation to faculty and professional staff on instructional design topics and their often associated technologies.
  • Build a community of faculty interested in online pedagogy by working with returning Instructional faculty and other instructional designers at the University. Knowledgeable about accessibility issues and potential solutions. Maintain department budget: prepare annual report, budget forecasts, and report on program enrollment and projections. Serve as a point person for contracts associated with client schools.
  • Review and revise contractual agreements, policies, and procedures. Anticipate and monitor programmatic, administrative, and technical issues, recommending appropriate responses and strategies. Develop and analyze survey and evaluation data for continual course and program improvement.
  • Represent the University at select conferences. Research and integrate new technologies and best practices.
  • Serve as divisional oversight of the Instructional Designer Committee under the supervision of the Associate Dean.

Perform other related duties as assigned. The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. 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 8 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 6 years of relevant professional experience. 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:
  • Experience in educational program administration
  • Familiarity with Blackboard, interactive media and course design software
  • Experience teaching at the University level
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization, and communication skills
Typical Hiring Range $80248 - $116328 How is pay for new employees determined at GW? II. JOB DETAILS

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: University Libraries Family Academic Technology Sub-Family Academic Instructional Design Stream Management Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: M-F , 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM 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:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S008117 Job Open Date: 03/21/2019 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.

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    Posted: 3/22/2019
    Application Due: 3/30/2019
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