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Instructional Designer

University of Denver
USA, Denver, Colorado

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The University of Denver is a top-ranked university that is dedicated to the public good. The institution provides hands-on learning experiences and is committed to a four-dimensional student experience base on exploring character, pursuing careers and lives of purpose, advancing intellectual growth, and promoting well-being. The University of Denver's college of professional and continuing studies, University College, is a leader in adult education, providing fully accredited and affordable educational experiences specifically designed for busy adults.

Position Summary

University College is accepting applications for an Instructional Designer position. This position engages in instructional design to support courses, in multiple modalities, including fully online, on-campus, hybrid, and hyflex modalities. This position is one member of a team responsible for course design and review to ensure the quality of the educational experience for students of University College.

Specifically, this position is responsible for engaging in course development and project management using University Colleges instructional design processes and templates to ensure that appropriate principles and best practices are incorporated into course designs. This position is also responsible for overseeing the creation of course containers in the University College learning management system (LMS), Canvas. Additionally, this position will be responsible for researching, integrating, and/or setting up instructional technologies in University College course designs and build-outs, as well as collaborating closely with other team members on vetting and training faculty and staff on said tools. This position may engage in duties related to ongoing course tracking and review to ensure University College courses are relevant and up-to-date in terms of both structure and content.

Applicants should strive to exemplify our values: Honor the individual, champion learning, transform lives, work together, and pursue excellence. The University of Denver deep values diversity, equity, and inclusion recognizing that its success is depending on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Denver, please visit University College builds an educational community that embodies values of inclusivity and diversity. We embrace a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by fostering a welcoming environment for out diverse students, staff, and faculty to learn and grow. We embed the values of diversity and inclusivity in all our program, lifeline learning opportunities and varied curricular offerings.

Essential Functions

  • Works with academic directors, other instructional designers, and subject matter experts using instructional design best practices to design, develop, and/or manage course development projects for University College programs.
  • Responsible for ensuring alignment among course content and learning objectives at the course, program, and College levels
  • Researches, integrates, and/or sets up instructional technologies for incorporation into course design
  • Develops multimedia components for course designs, including video production, images, and interactives
  • Ensures clear and streamlined building of designed courses in Canvas course containers.
  • Engages in duties related to project management of course designs, and course quality tracking and review.
  • Offers support for questions regarding the LMS platform and other educational tools and classroom-enhancing technologies from staff and collaborates closely with Teaching and Learning Specialists to ensure similar support for faculty.
  • Creates and delivers trainings for faculty and staff related to instructional design, technology-related tools, and other course design resources.
  • Engages in positive, productive, professional and interpersonal relations within University College and the University of Denver, e.g., meetings, task forces, focus groups, etc., including strategy formulation, problem solving, and future planning and direction for University College.
  • Engages in trainings, presentations, and conferences as a representative of University College.
  • Other duties as assigned including but not limited to: using database and survey software for tracking and feedback purposes, attending meetings and activities within DU; and engaging with professional organizations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent organization skills and strong attention to detail to meet project expectations and parameters.
  • Excellent project management skills, especially related to working in a team environment.
  • Ability to develop solutions for complex problems in order to improve processes.
  • Strong desire to learn and develop new competencies as needed.
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities while adhering to deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, including in cross-functional teams, to complete projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree.
  • Experience applying instructional design principles and best practices to course development projects.
  • Experience with online/distance teaching environments.
  • Experience working with an LMS.
  • Experience analyzing existing educational or training materials for rigor and quality.
  • Experience reviewing, curating, and/or creating course-design-relevant resources to support instructional design and technology projects.
  • Experience working in a support, consulting or advising capacity in which it was necessary to coach others toward quality outcomes and deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree.
  • 2-3 years of experience applying instructional design principles and best practices to course development projects.
  • Experience building course containers in an LMS Experience researching, integrating, and/or setting up instructional technologies in a course or training environment based on learner needs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with higher education in general and adult learners in particular.
  • Teaching or training experience in a formal setting, such as, but not limited to, an academic institution, corporate training environment, or non-profit environment.
  • Experience working directly with subject matter experts on course design.
  • Experience with Kaltura, Zoom, and/or the Canvas LMS.
  • Quality Matters Certification.
  • Experience with course development using Universal Design for learning principles.

Work Schedule
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 14, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 10.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $60,000-$65,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

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