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University of San Diego
  • Position Number: 1724199
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Instructional Technology and Design

Instructional Designer; Learning Design Center

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Department Description:
The Learning Design Center (LDC) was formed to promote, enhance and support the design of innovative learning experiences that extend beyond the physical classroom. The LDC collaborates with faculty members and subject matter experts to design quality online and hybrid course curricula that is modern, impactful and representative of the University of San Diego's commitment to academic excellence.

University Description:
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity's urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
The Instructional Designer (ID) is responsible for curriculum design, development, implementation and maintenance of online and hybrid courses for the University of San Diego. The ID will collaborate with faculty and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and other key stakeholders (internal and external) to create high quality, academically rigorous, and engaging online courses across multi-discipline. ID's will utilize expertise in Universal Design for Learning, adult learning theory, and online pedagogy to develop curriculum for courses and program level alignment and with adherence to USD's standards of quality. In addition, ID's will conduct thorough reviews of academic courses and providing evidence-based recommendations in consultation with academic leads. ID's will demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods, technologies and standards of practice for designing meaningful learning experiences (i.e. lectures, interactions/activities, assessments, etc).They will utilize an iterative process and receive general instructions and guidance in an open and collegial manner. ID will work collaboratively with internal teams and cross-functional departments to ensure high-quality student-centered learning.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Leads curriculum and instructional design for new programs and course revisions in consultation with faculty and SMEs
  • Designs course content (lectures, activities, discussions, assessments, etc.) in alignment to module, course and program learning outcomes.
  • Consults and trains SME's on supported technologies and curriculum design in alignment with department and University online quality standards.
  • Performs quality standard reviews of course offerings and utilizes student feedback and LMS data to provide department leadership with comprehensive course enhancement recommendations as part of their continuous improvement processes.
  • Provides clean, accurate, professional quality course content that is ready for deployment in a learning management system. Reviews all online content for accuracy and logical flow.
  • Production Coordination and Tracking
  • Coordinates the collection of lecture, text, graphics and other learning materials by the subject matter experts and their assembly by Instructional technologist.
  • Reviews individual course updates and development needs during the entire course development proces -
  • Provides training and mentoring to online Instructors and SME's
  • Assesses Faculty/SME course design knowledge and preference for learning. Selects and delivers appropriate training for faculty and SME's on available and supported technologies, online pedagogy and best practices.
  • Advises faculty SMEs and other stakeholders on best practices in instructional design, online pedagogy, Backward Design, adult learning theory, UDL, accessibility standards, etc.

    Job Requirements:
    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in educational technology, instructional design or related area required. (Substitution: Bachelor's degree with 2 additional years experience in Instructional Design)
  • One to two years of demonstrated work experience as an instructional designer in a higher education or related institution/environment required and/or a portfolio of instructional design work that demonstrates ability to do the job.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, developing, implementing, and revising for-credit online courses and course materials in a higher education environment
  • Demonstrated experience consulting on adult learning theory, online pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning and/or Backward Design.
  • Demonstrated technology skills (LMS- Blackboard, Synchronous learning tools - Zoom/Bb Collaborate, Rapid eLearning Tools- Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate Storyline and graphical layout, digital audio and video, HTML coding and editing, etc.) required
  • Strong command of academic-level writing. With experience editing and writing clear, engaging, and compelling content in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences required.
  • The ability to organize and manage multiple concurrent projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively through various formats/modalities (e.g. email, in person, video conferencing, etc.)

    Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of and skill in delivering online educational programs
  • Knowledge of instructional design pedagogy (i.e. adult learning theory, universal design for learning, backwards design, etc.)
  • Thorough knowledge of design best practices for multiple online modalities, (synchronous/asynchronous, online, hybrid, etc.)
  • Thorough knowledge of current higher educational programs and online learning trends.
  • Thorough analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Thorough and effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation.
  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines. Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and/or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the campus message.
  • Thorough skills to conduct needs assessment and development of new presentations/courses to meet organizational needs.
  • Skill in using business software systems in the completion of work assignments; i.e. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.
  • Thorough attention to detail, project management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated technology skills (LMS- Blackboard, Synchronous learning tools - Zoom/Bb Collaborate, Rapid eLearning Tools- Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate Storyline and graphical layout, digital audio and video, HTML coding and editing, etc.) required

    Special Conditions of Employment:
    Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends in order to meet project deadlines. Must be able to work with all required technologies and tools.

    Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

    Posting Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

    The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.

    Special Application Instructions: Resume and Cover Letter Required
    Visit to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers' review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

    Additional Details:
    Hours: 37.5 hours per week

    Closing date: Open until filled

    Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

    The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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