Instructional Designer III (Multiple Positions)

Tucson, AZ
Aug 31, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Instructional Designer III (Multiple Positions) Posting Numberreq2107 DepartmentCALS Career & Acad Svcs Department Website LinkLocationMain Campus AddressTucson, AZ USA Position Highlights

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will partner with the UA Office of Digital Learning in seeking one or more Instructional Designers (ID) to join a diverse, high-energy team that will produce several fully-online degree programs for inclusion in Arizona Online and UA Global degree offerings. This position will support CALS faculty and subject matter experts in the following four areas: Andragogical Support.
• Assist with the mapping of curriculum to online activities and assessments
• Establish interaction between students and the course content, their instructor and their fellow students
• Align design work to relevant research and proven best practices Leadership
• Leverage strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage projects
• Implement a well-defined instructional design practice that establishes faculty as the drivers of the design process
• Lead, with collegiality and an enthusiasm for collaborating, a diverse group of stakeholders (faculty, fellow instructional designers, graphic designers, and videographers) Technical Support
• Design and build interactive learning objects
• Create learning environments using a learning management system
• Assess and implement authoring tools, apps and other emerging technology Professional Development
• Instruct individual faculty on the methods and practices for maintaining course technology.
The ideal candidate will have strength in the aforementioned areas, and will be passionate about fully-online course design projects that allow them to apply these skills. Both CALS and the Office of Digital Learning support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate chosen for this position will be expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the academic department and college.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support faculty and subject matter experts inthe design, development and maintenance of fully online courses, assisting intheir effective translation of learning objectives into dynamic online content
  • Plan and map content for fully-online coursesthat promote interaction, social presence, and community among students, andbetween students and faculty
  • Design online activities and authenticassessments that encourage critical thinking skills and self-directed learning
  • Develop interactive learning objects usingauthoring tools, select video and multimedia, and assist in media production bycoaching and script editing
  • Assist faculty with the implementation ofinstructional technology applications for instruction, communication andcollaborative student engagement
  • Provide mentorship and support to otherinstructional designers, faculty, graphic designers and media producerscollaborating within and beyond UA Online
  • Engage in professional development to furtheracademic goals and pursue publishing and/or conference presentations to advancethe knowledge base of the research

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a highly-collaborative team environment
  • Exceptional project management skills and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines within a faculty-driven instructional design process
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in instructional design, educational technology or related academic discipline, with specific training or certification in instructional design or educational technology
  • 3+ years experience working directly with college faculty in the development of online courses
  • Expertise and working knowledge of the design of fully-online learning environments for adult learners
  • Experience implementing systematic instructional design processes for online learning environments
  • Experience with Course/Learning Management Systems
  • Experience teaching online as a way to inform instructional design practice

Preferred Qualifications

• 5+ years working directly with college faculty in the development of online courses

• Working knowledge of authoring tools (Storyline, Captivate) for the creation of interactive learning objects

• Experience with project-based learning, adaptive learning, micro-credentialing or gamification

• Demonstrated ability to assess and implement cutting-edge technology to support curricular outcomes

• Experience with the Desire2Learn (D2L) LMS

• Working knowledge of best practices for accessibility, copyright/intellectual property, and universal design for learning

• Experience with Quality Matters and the OLC Quality Scorecard

• Research background in a related academic discipline

FLSAExempt Full Time/Part TimeFull TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week40 Job FTE1.0Work CalendarFiscalJob CategoryInstructional and Assessment ServicesBenefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits Rate of PayDOECompensation Typesalary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Grade7 Career Stream and LevelPC3Job FamilyInstructional Design & Support Job FunctionInstruct & Assessment Services Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies2 Target Hire Date8/31/2020 Expected End Date Contact Information for CandidatesAshleigh Grogan ([email protected]) Open Date8/11/2020Open Until FilledYesDocuments Needed to ApplyResume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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