Instructional Designer

Grand Forks, ND
Mar 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Description

The Teaching Transformation & Development Academy (TTaDA) supports faculty, staff and students by fostering an inclusive university community to enhance learning outcomes and retention.  TTaDA advances professional development and lifelong learning through evidence based practices, collaboration and responsive services.  

The Instructional Designer will support faculty using instructional design and high-impact best practices to develop quality teaching methods and courses in on-site, online, blended and hybrid learning environments. This position’s primary focus will be with online course development. This position will design and implement trainings to enhance faculty knowledge and enthusiasm regarding learning possibilities. This position will coordinate, with faculty, the development and improvement of courses ensuring that projects meet or exceed quality standards.

This position will work as part of a creative and talented team to support students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of innovation and excellence in teaching and learning with technology.  As a member of this team, this position will work with students, faculty and staff to provide support for various academic technology services for the campus. As the demand for technology increases, this position is imperative to the mission of the University of North Dakota.

Duties & Responsibilities

Work collaboratively with UND departments, faculty, and subject matter experts in the consultation and support of instructional pedagogy, design strategies, academic technology and various teaching environments

    Work with faculty colleagues who teach on-site, online, and/or hybrid courses to introduce them to and help them apply instructional design methods to the development and delivery of their courses and programsProvide pedagogical and technical support to faculty in the design, development and delivery of coursesWork with faculty to design and create engaging and interactive learning activities for on-site, online, hybrid, and blended coursesRecommend active learning strategies that address diverse learning styles, abilities, and backgroundsManage the development of on-site, online and blended/hybrid courses from conceptualization through design, ensuring courses meet or exceed quality standards and that development is completed on scheduleCollaborate with coworkers to develop services and programs that support teaching and learning online and on campus Collaborate with Academic Affairs to encourage, promote, and develop active learning and critical thinking strategies for increased student engagement and retentionEnsure accessibility standards that have been established for courses and programs are being met
  • Identify and help resolve ethical and legal implications of instructional design (TEACH Act, intellectual property, copyright, ADA-compliance, etc.).

Provide training through workshops, forums and/or demonstrations of course design, pedagogy, and technologies; one-on-one training and support for faculty, staff and students on LMS and related technologies

  • Work with TTaDA staff members to design and develop workshops, seminars, forums and tutorials (e.g. self-guided tutorials, online tutorials, other multimedia materials, etc.) to support faculty use of instructional design concepts, Learning Management System (LMS) tools, and other instructional technologies
  • Working together with instructional designers and other TTaDA staff, conduct workshops, seminars and forums as needed within academic departments and across campus

Research and Evaluate Current and Emerging Instructional Strategies & Learning Technologies

    Support and promote evidence-based best practices, following rubrics on quality teaching and course designResearch and evaluate new instructional technologies, LMS plug-ins, and educational applications. Remain current and have a working knowledge of the latest industry technology tools and trends in higher education.Keep up to date on Emerging Technologies and explore ways they can be used in Higher EducationPresent appropriate educational uses of emerging technologies to the campus and outsideProvide quality assurance and testing of various instructional technologies as needed
Other duties as assigned

    Actively participate in all TTaDA team meetingsParticipate in UND Online meetings as appropriateAssist with Help Tickets as they relate to BB, Academic Technologies, etc. supported through TTaDAOther duties as assigned
Required Competencies
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills, including collaborating with subject matter experts and instructional designers to help write, design and develop instructional content
  • Knowledge of pedagogical best practices and effective instructional strategies 
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment - collaborative, team-building, and collegial working style 
  • Ability to work with faculty members across disciplines
  • Ability to plan, manage and organize multiple projects at a time
  • Ability to enhance and improve efficiency in various teaching & learning settings (on-ground), online, hybrid, blended)
  • Ability to provide high level customer service with a positive, energetic outlook 
Minimum Requirements
  • Master's Degree in Instructional Design or related field 
  • A minimum of two years experience with design and delivery of instructional products
  • Experience with Learning Management System 
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing state-of-the-art instructional multimedia assets for learning environments. Instructional multimedia includes the development, production, and/or conversion of multimedia content, such as presentation and interactive media - video, motion graphics, animations, and other instructional media elements - creating visual communication and digital learning objects
  • Experience producing SCORM and 508 compliant web-based content
  • Proficiency using digital media development and authoring tools (examples include: final cut pro, adobe creative cloud, adobe captivate, and html5 and others)
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$51,500/annually, exempt

Work Schedule/Start Date

8-4:30 M-F; 40 hours per week

Candidate will start as soon as possible. 


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

This position is open until filled with initial review of applications on March 31, 2021.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

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