Instructional Designer

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-16
Req: JR04679
Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department3034102 Bus-Faculty And Educ Services

About the UnitThe University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job FamilyAcademic Affairs

Responsible for campus academic affairs functions, including general administration, administrative support, academic planning and analysis, academic programs, faculty affairs, faculty research and development, institutional studies, off-campus programs, teacher credential programs, and academic information systems.

Career Track and Job LevelWriting Program Support

Develops teaching materials and researches new practices to incorporate into current courses. Develops and teaches free-standing writing courses and workshops on special topics to advance writing skills or undergraduates, graduate students, and instructors. Represents the Writing Program in meetings with faculty or University administrators and maintains writing program publications.

P4: Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external University issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead cross-functional or divisional teams or projects.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job uses expertise in writing to incorporate new practices into current teaching materials and courses. Designs and teaches free-standing writing courses and workshops on special topics to advance writing skills, for students and instructors. Creates specific writing materials upon request from different people in the University. Leads the Writing Program in meetings with faculty, divisional, and University administrators and maintains writing program publications.

1) Utilizes deep specialized knowledge to develop teaching materials and offer writing courses and workshops tailored to the specific needs of the requesting unit. May also provide confidential individual consultations about writing and/or writing pedagogy., 2) Designs and improves procedures for supervising, mentoring, supporting, evaluating training student instructors. Uses expertise to develop and teach writing pedagogy courses for graduate student instructors. Recommends process improvements and best practices to current writing programs., 3) Supports development of higher level staff and faculty into advanced writers and competent teachers of writing. Periodically reviews and improves complex communications to ensure they promote the program's mission and communicate effectively with Writing Program constituencies., 4) Interprets and reviews course evaluations as well as Writing Program practices in mentoring, technology, and supervision. Compares current practices with those of peer institutions, and develops improvements in program practices., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Additional Responsibilities

1) As a member of the Instructional Design team in Faculty Services, the Instructional Designer (ID) works with faculty and program staff to develop online and hybrid courses for graduate, undergraduate, and Executive Education programs.

2) The ID will use their skills to guide faculty through the online course design process by matching the instructor’s subject matter expertise with best practices for course development and learning technologies.

3) Additionally, the ID will deliver presentations, create documentation, and provide consultations on new learning technologies and delivery strategies.

4) For some projects, the ID may act as a project manager for the development of content or blended learning engagements.

5) In this role, the ID will collaborate with the Instructional Design team to support faculty, and work creatively and strategically to further the mission of the school.

6) Collaborates with instructors on the pedagogical design and development of curriculum content by identifying existing content and developing a strategy to convert it into an online or blended environment.

7) Consult with faculty to elicit their instructional goals and intended outcomes in order to offer pragmatic options for course or academic-related activity development and design.

8) Ability to draft storyboards, coordinate video shoots, or write scenarios, as faculty navigate and implement new learning activities.  Comfortable giving faculty feedback related to these items, as necessary.

9) Promote new learning technologies, delivery strategies, and pedagogy options to faculty.

10) Works with faculty to recommend, develop, and implement learning assessments and testing strategies. Provides ongoing feedback and identifies opportunities for improvement.

11) Collaborates with faculty on the adoption of appropriate learning technologies to advance educational goals.

12) Works with faculty to experiment with emerging instructional technologies and teaching methodologies.

13) Works with faculty in developing and implementing evaluation criteria and success metrics for online and hybrid courses.

14) Investigates innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning to promote the use of specialized applications, equipment, and services, including face-to-face interaction as well as group, seminar, and online interaction.

15) Develops resources and services, including tailored training programs, documentation, online reference materials, learning modules, and seminars ranging from basic online course management skills to the advanced application of technology in teaching.

16) Maintains a thorough knowledge of instructional design research, principles and emerging applications of instructional design theories and instructional technology applications.

17) Maintains professional expertise in online teaching and learning, electronic pedagogy, and technology-based course delivery, including: learning management systems (LMS), multimedia and instructional course software, adaptive learning tools, multimedia presentation, web conferencing, and classroom technologies.

18) Monitors trends, identifies opportunities, and explores innovative solutions to teaching and learning problems.

19) Maintains a network of relationships with colleagues across campus, other institutions, and professional affiliations on an ongoing basis.

Unit-Preferred Competencies

1) Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

2) Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, to take initiative, and adapt to dynamic and ever-changing environments.

3) Good organizational skills and high attention to detail.

4) Has flexible work schedule with availability to work some evenings and weekends.

5) Ability for some limited international travel to Booth’s global locations. 

6) High level of proficiency in adult/online learning theory and principles and the ability to teach this information to others.

7) Comfortable interacting with and using consultative skills with a diverse group of faculty.

8) Comfortable and skilled communicating with a non-technical audience.

9) Expertise with one or more digital authoring tools (Camtasia, Captivate, Knowbly, Articulate).

10) Expertise in Canvas educational platforms.

11) Expertise in web conferencing software (WebEx, Zoom).

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Master's degree or PhD in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology or related field.


1) At least three years of professional work experience in an instructional design/development position, or relevant experience.

2) At least two years of experience developing online and hybrid courses.

3) At least two years of experience creating documentation and delivering workshops to faculty in the use of educational technologies. 

4) Experience working with faculty in a higher education environment.

5) Experience with hybrid and online instructional design in higher education.

6) Experience with Learning Management System (LMS) and other instructional technologies to further the teaching and learning processes. (Experience with Canvas, Coursera and NovoEd.)

7) Previous experience writing and developing instructional materials.

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-04-16-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-10-16-07:00

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Posted: 4/17/2019
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