Learning Designer/Developer

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Learning Designer/Developer🔍School of Engineering, Stanford, California, United States📁Academic📅Feb 12, 2021 Post Date📅88456 Requisition #Learning Designer/Developer
Job Code: 4631
Grade: H

The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) is looking for a motivated and talented individual to join our Instructional Design team. We are a highly collaborative team, working with Stanford faculty and instructors to create effective learning experiences for a wide range of credit-bearing and professional education courses and programs.

SCPD is housed in the School of Engineering, but we collaborate with all seven university schools to design, develop, and deliver educational programs.

The School of Engineering

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

Stanford Center for Professional Development

The Stanford Center for Professional Development is a leader in global, online and extended education. Established in 1995, we are located on the Stanford University campus and work with Stanford faculty, departments, schools, and centers to design and deliver engaging, high-quality online, in-person, and blended learning experiences to both matriculated students and a global audience of learners.

SCPD operates and manages Stanford Online, Stanford’s online learning provider, and provides access to credit-bearing courses, certificates and degrees; professional education; group and custom programs, and free and open access content. We also operate and manage a number of technology-rich classrooms and studios as well as a variety of educational technology tools and platforms. We support Stanford teaching teams in the utilization of different pedagogical approaches and technologies to improve faculty impact and learner outcomes. SCPD increases access to Stanford teaching and research and fosters a global community of learners, industry leaders, and Stanford faculty & instructors.

The Learning Designer/Developer reports to the Director of Instructional Design and operates both independently and in multidisciplinary teams to design and develop learning solutions for academic and professional education programs at SCPD. The Learning Designer/Developer works with instructors to design and develop online courses; helps optimize and improve on-platform learning experiences; and contributes to the development of standards for online and instructor-led course development, participant and instructor materials, online performance support solutions, and learning evaluation.


  • Design and develop course content, instructor and participant materials, including performance support materials.
  • Implement, evaluate and maintain learning solutions.
  • Perform analysis of learning and business needs. Work with Stanford faculty and SCPD colleagues to understand the learning goals for new professional education courses and learning experiences.
  • Proactively consult with subject matter experts to identify and formulate learning objectives and content.
  • Design learning and performance support solutions.
  • Share best practices through cross campus collaboration and instructional design community.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in consulting with business partners and subject matter experts to assess learning needs and recommend sound solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying instructional design theory, models, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using instructional design tools such as learning project plans, design documents, learning hierarchies, storyboards, prototypes, etc.
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly convey learning content in a manner that engages learners and improves retention rates.
  • Demonstrated application of adult learning principles and methods.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in industry standard tools such as authoring tools, digital, graphics media, audio, animation and video production tools to create impactful courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate the effectiveness of learning materials.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.


  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative to solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to combine content-centered (Instructional Design) and human-centered (UX) approaches to develop highly engaging online learning experiences
  • Experience using Moodle or a similar Learning Management System
  • Familiarity with educational delivery in a commercial context

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a computer; use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, write by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Travel on campus to schools/units


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4631
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 88456




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Job No:
Posted: 2/13/2021
Application Due: 4/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time