Instructional Designer, Int

Job description

Job Title: Instructional Designer, Int
Location: NAU Online
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605381
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information
  • Interested candidates are required to submit a complete application including a cover letter highlighting your qualification for the position, a resume, and three professional references. References will not be contacted without permission. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Position is based in Flagstaff, AZ.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

Responsible for the routine creation and support of learning experiences and materials in a manner that results in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, assessing needs, designing a process, developing materials, and evaluating its effectiveness. Draws upon one’s pedagogical expertise, creativity, and experience to partner with subject matter experts to design, plan and deliver technology-enhanced learning resources and courses to promote student engagement and retention and support the mission of the University.

  • Using data-driven and evidence-based teaching/learning methodologies, designs and develops high-quality, instructor-led, technology-enhanced, academically rigorous and engaging course learning experiences in support of face-to-face and online programs. Consults with subject matter experts to identify training objectives and develop training content.
  • Maintains fluency with current research in instructional design, learning theory, and learning practices in higher education, and related practices and processes.
  • Selects appropriate instructional procedures or methods such as individual training, group instruction, self- study, lectures, demonstrations, simulation exercises, role-play, and computer-based training helps to solidify the comprehension of material.
  • Identifies areas of weakness and/or gaps within the professional development programming that would provide a high-quality experience to students and faculty.
  • Ensures the quality and compliance of course development with industry standards, computing software and security requirements.
  • Helps to promote a campus culture that embraces high-quality teaching and learning by supporting and training faculty in online and hybrid course development and revision.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in education, educational technology, UI/UX design, psychology, instructional design, or related field, AND
  • 2-4 years of instructional design experience, or experience teaching in high school or higher education, OR
  • A combination of education, experience, and training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in education, educational technology, UI/UX design, psychology, instructional design, or related field.
  • 4+ years of instructional design experience, or experience teaching in higher education, or combined equivalent experience.
  • Endorsements, micro-credentials, or other evidence of skills and/or professional development experiences in Instructional Design.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Ability to identify and develop measurable student learning outcomes, and skill in designing and implementing valid tools to assess those outcomes.
  • Working knowledge of learning theory, effective pedagogical strategies in online instruction, including collaborative learning, use of rubrics, Bloom’s Taxonomy, critical thinking skills, etc.
  • Understanding of academic integrity issues in online courses, and strategies to foster academic honesty.
  • Understanding of copyright and intellectual property law as it relates to online courses, including Fair Use, Teach Act, cease and desist orders, etc.
  • Understanding of quality review of online course content, design, and instructional practices, including familiarity with QM program standards.
  • Working knowledge of higher education in the areas of instructional design, educational technology, or teaching, including the ADDY method, flipped classroom, backwards design, etc.
  • Working knowledge of universal design for accessibility, including ADA Section 508 guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of multimedia integration and optimization in online courses.
  • Working knowledge of university and college curriculum content and requirements.


  • Instructional design, development, and implementation.
  • Skill in project management including prioritizing and completing multiple tasks of varying complexity and urgency in a timely and efficient manner, and tracking/reporting on projects in progress.
  • Knowledge of TurnItIn, Safe Assign, and other plagiarism detection tools, and other monitoring tools involved in proctoring, such as Respondus Lockdown Browser, HonorLock, ProctorU, Proctorio.
  • Baseline knowledge of publisher platforms that integrate with the LMS, including Adaptive Courseware, LearnSmart, Pearson MyLabs, McGraw-Hill Connect, Open Educational Resources, MERLOT, etc.
  • Familiarity with implementing HTML and LMS features involved in design for accessibility, such as the use of the Ally tool, ALT-tags, iFrame embeds, text transcription tools, closed captioning tools, etc.
  • Familiarity with streaming media tools such as Kaltura, Tegrity, Panopto, etc., including basic video and audio editing for use in online courses with tools like Camtasia, Adobe Premiere, iMovie, etc.
  • High Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite, Microsoft Teams
  • Basic proficiency with live conferencing, tools such as Zoom, Collaborate Ultra, Adobe Connect, GoTo Meeting, Skype, etc.
  • Basic proficiency with HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript and ability to identify and correct code errors including unclosed tags, broken links, etc.
  • xperience with Blackboard Learn, Moodle (OpenLMS), or other popular Learning Management Systems such as Canvas or D2L-Brightspace, including SCORM import-export standards, API integration, etc.


  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Communicates effectively and tactfully in writing, in presentations, and in negotiations with faculty.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


The budgeted salary amount is $47,634 - $59,542.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

Open until further notice.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 4/30/2021
Application Due: 7/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time