Instructional Designer

South University Pittsburgh, PA, 1250 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Aug 28, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Apply Now Instructional Designer South University Pittsburgh, PA, 1250 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaReq #39 Thursday, September 26, 2019 Established in 1899, South University ( is a private, non-profit academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.

The University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah, Georgia. Over the past century-plus, South University has experienced continued growth transforming from a two-year college into a university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. South University’s approach to higher education, and the resulting varied academic experiences, provides students with the pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment.

South University provides a learning environment, both on-campus and online, that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. With this philosophy in mind, students can learn by interacting with a community of faculty, staff and administration dedicated to South University’s academic purpose. South University offers more than 50 academic programs across its nine campuses and through online programs.

The University’s academics are organized across five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health, Theology – and a School of Pharmacy. With the introduction of South University, Online Programs, students can pursue both undergraduate degree and master’s degree programs ranging from the areas of Criminal Justice to Business – giving South University students more opportunities to make a difference, both personally and professionally.


The Instructional Designer functions as part of the Digital Resources Team to manage the creation of online courses. Responsibilities include: Designing and planning development of online courses; monitoring the course development process to meet course offering deadlines; monitoring curricular integrity as it relates to subject matter and program outcomes; reviewing course design documents; reviewing online courses for subject matter, usability, and alignment with brand standards; collaborating on revisions and continuing course development and maintenance. Incumbent must assure that the university philosophy is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.


  • Develop school-based curricula, applying a systematic instructional design and development model in real world settings. Remain current with and have a thorough understanding of the latest industry technology tools and trends in education, and implement improvements.

  • Appraise course design quality; Identify areas of weakness in created courses, and employ strategies for improvement.

  • Identify and acquire resources for projects in conjunction with other Digital Resource team members. Monitor and provide feedback on the work of subject matter experts and other contractors in the completion of course creation duties.

  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • 3-5 years’ experience in the field of instructional design and/or training.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with student and staff populations.

  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.

  • Strong computer skills. MS Office Suite.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. High level of skill and experience using a variety of digital communications tools for timely and effective communication with academic and administrative stakeholders, co-workers and vendors.

  • Knowledge of online learning technologies. Experience with one or more LMS preferred.

  • Apply the appropriate learning theory, instructional theory, and/or applications of media to instructional scenarios.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

Other detailsRequired EducationBachelor’s Degree
  • South University Pittsburgh, PA, 1250 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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