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Job Req ID:  4219

Instructional Designer


Classified Title: Instructional Designer

Role/Level/Range: ACRP / 4 / ME

Starting Salary Range: $59,159 - $81,406

Employee Group: Full-Time

Schedule:  37.5 Hours/5 Days

Employee Subgroup: Exempt

Department Name:   Office of Online Education   

Personnel Area: School of Medicine


General summary/purpose


The instructional designer is a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Office of Online Education. The instructional designer will design, develop, and deliver fully online courses and technology-enhanced instructional materials for courses delivered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (SOM). Additionally, will provide strategic input, support, and training for our portfolio of education technology platforms. The instructional designer will work closely with the director for online education and other members of the online education’s team, as well as faculty, staff, and vendors.  The instructional designer reports to the director for online education.


Specific duties & responsibilities


  • Coordinate the development of instructional materials that are functional, informative, and consistent with sound instructional design principles, including alignment of educational objectives with content, activities, and assessments.
  • Provide recommendations for interface design, sequencing of instruction, use of assessments, and online interactive activities.
  • Research and evaluate new and emerging technologies, instructional design theories, and approaches and policies for potential application to instructional opportunities.
  • Plan, develop, and deliver cognitively sound curriculum content.
  • Collaborate with teams of writers and subject matter experts to ensure instructional integrity of the course development projects through a method of systematic design and clear course standards and outcomes.
  • Track compliance with federal 508 disability regulations. (Section 508 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires that electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by the Federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.)
  • Provide substantive editing and formatting of electronic files to meet 508 disability regulations.
  • Manage project timelines and coordinate with team members and partners to meet project deliverables.
  • Utilize effective communication skills to communicate with various project collaborators.
  • Plan, develop, and teach faculty, staff, and associate workshops and other activities on the effective use of web-based resources and tools and multimedia technologies to implement in online and blended delivery.
  • Develop media products for use in online courses and websites including video, audio podcasts, and graphics.
  • As appropriate, evaluate the instructional effectiveness of programs, courses, and training products.


Minimum qualifications


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in educational technology, instructional design, instructional technology, curriculum design, or other related discipline.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience designing, developing, and managing online, blended or other technology-mediated instruction.
  • Additional education may substitute for some experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

* JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. *


Preferred qualifications

At least five years’ experience strongly preferred.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities


  • Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies and proven ability to adapt and learn new procedures and software programs required.
  • Knowledge of pedagogical issues related to online teaching and learning required.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies for online teaching and learning required.
  • Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:
  • Familiarity with graphic design elements appropriate for online instruction.
  • Basic knowledge of streaming audio and video, compression methods, file types, and formats.
  • Experience with web-based course management tools (such as Blackboard, Course Plus, LearnShare or other LMS) and online conferencing software (such as Adobe Connect).
  • Knowledge of SCORM and other standards for online course delivery.
  • Advanced Microsoft PowerPoint and Word skills.
  • Competency with Microsoft Excel, basic HTML editing software, and basic image manipulation software, such as Photoshop.
  • Experience with course authoring tool such as Articulate or Captivate.



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