Senior Learning Designer - Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship

Washington D.C.
Oct 05, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Learning Designer - Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) is the center for teaching excellence and innovation at Georgetown University. CNDLS staff members, in addition to faculty and graduate affiliates, are engaged in advanced research on teaching practices, assessment techniques, instructional and learning design, media development, and technologies to enhance student learning. Whether rethinking course design, assessing curricula, or creating a dynamic digital archive, CNDLS works to align teaching practices with student engagement and learning. CNDLS is an integral part of Georgetown's efforts to rethink the Future(s) of Higher Education and the Center has recently developed Georgetown's new Program in Learning, Design and Technology, a program at the cutting edge of the future of innovations in teaching and learning in higher education. Our mission to support teaching and learning at Georgetown means intentionally and explicitly supporting inclusivity in education, and we are similarly committed to an inclusive workplace.

The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship is at the heart of Georgetown's effort to combine the best of its educational traditions with the tools, resources and opportunities of the new learning environments of the 21st century. Our programs promote active reflection and the development of learning experiences that effectively use technology to achieve defined teaching goals. CNDLS is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employment.

The Senior Learning Designer (LD) supports faculty across Georgetown schools and campuses via a range of CNDLS programs and services. They will lead an assigned team per project to meet with faculty, design and develop blended and online courses, modules, and instructional materials. The Senior LD must thoroughly understand project design, and project requirements, serving as the day-to-day point of contact for stakeholders. In this work, the Senior LD serves as project manager, leading a project team to ensure that course materials are appropriately integrated into the design and tested for quality assurance.

The Senior LD works closely with faculty to formulate learning objectives, align course content with these objectives, and ensure that accessibility criteria and appropriate assessment methods are implemented. In collaboration with other CNDLS staff, the Senior LD designs training materials for faculty and assists in learning design research and presents findings in the form of conference presentations and papers. The Senior LD also stays up to date with instructional technologies and is able to make decisions about appropriate use of instructional technologies within the design of courses. Other responsibilities include managing and mentoring graduate assistants and providing ongoing support and evaluation of courses.

The Senior Learning Designer will be responsible for ensuring alignment of the course design (goals, objectives, content, assessment) and documenting the course design for online learning to determine; identifying the most suitable best technologies to support learner engagement online; determining, in consultation with faculty, the integration of the tools, use, and supporting within courses to ensure that technologies will not be a barrier to learner engagement; leading and participating in pedagogical and curricular discussions in a variety of contexts as they relate to online learning design. The Senior Learning Designer will be required to:
  • problem-solve and think critically about issues in teaching and learning and higher education within the online learning context.
  • work well in a team as well as independently while managing multiple concurrent project
  • interact effectively and appropriately with a wide range of colleagues in the academic community
  • plan and facilitate faculty development programs and academic courses in pedagogy.

The Senior Learning Designer will interact in a collaborative team-based fashion with Georgetown faculty, other CNDLS staff, Library and University Information Services (UIS) staff, and graduate students. Potential for membership on university-wide committees or interaction with university administration.

The Senior Learning Designer reports to the Director of Learning Design and Research. They work closely with the other members of the CNDLS course team, including managers, faculty development staff, web developers, video production specialists, as well as with members of UIS and the Library. This position may supervise a graduate student, mentor other instructional designers, and perform duties as assigned.

  • Master's degree in educational/instructional technology, education, or a related field.
  • Experience working with faculty from a wide range of disciplines and levels to design and develop online courses.
  • Working knowledge of web design principles and a deep knowledge of a range of technologies currently used in higher education.
  • Experience with designing for multimedia learning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learning theory, instructional design, and teaching methods applicable to a variety of disciplines, particular to instructional design/technology.
  • Teaching experience required

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in education and to faculty development; excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, research and organizational skills; and attention to detail and enthusiastic approach to a broad range of tasks and duties to contribute to project and department goals.

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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