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Job Req ID:  39641

Sr. Instructional Designer

Purpose of Position:

The Senior Instructional Designer will provide vision, leadership, and coordination in designing, developing, and delivering courses and technology-enhanced instructional materials for intersession, pre-college programs, Summer term undergraduate, and graduate courses delivered by AAP. The Senior Instructional Designer will maintain AAP standards of excellence in course development and delivery, and act as a project lead in various assigned special projects necessary for the maintenance and development of online courses.


Knowledge and Skills:

Instructional Design

  • Must be service oriented, self-motivated, organized, and a detail-oriented team player who is capable of participating in collaborative instructional development processes and activities
  • In-depth understanding of learning theories and instructional design models
  • In-depth knowledge of multimedia (audio, graphics, and video)
  • In-depth Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to apply Instructional Design models/principles (Backward Design, ADDIE; etc.) to an online environment
  • Knowledge of various course assessment techniques and methods.  
  • Knowledge of cognitive theories of learning and motivation theories, (e.g. ARCS)
  • Ability to solve problems in enterprising and proactive ways
  • Ability to conduct quality reviews of existing online courses using Quality Matters rubric or other assessment tool
  • In-depth understanding of Section 508, UDL and applicable accessibility standards relating to online courses
  • Familiarity with copyright laws and creative commons



  • Experience with web-based course management tools (such as Blackboard) and online conferencing software (such as Zoom)
  • In-depth knowledge of course authoring tools (e.g., Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, etc.)
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, basic HTML editing software, and basic image manipulation software (Photoshop).
  • Experience on Mac and PC platforms.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to train one-on-one and in a group setting in a collaborative and professional way using multiple modalities



  • Ability to supervise casual IRC team members and mentor instructional designers
  • Excellent time management skills, organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks, and the ability to deal with multiple constituencies concurrently in a dynamic and fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to work independently to solve problems in enterprising and proactive ways 
  • Ability to monitor and report on status of assigned projects 
  • Ability to analyze data and communicate trends and issues
  • Ability to manage vendor projects



  • Communication skills (oral, written, and interpersonal) must be at a professional level
  • Must be able to work effectively with multiple constituencies in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment 
  • Requires a customer service orientation to work well with faculty, staff, and vendors 


Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification:

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Graduate degree in instructional design, instructional technology, education, or related field
  • Three years of professional level experience in course design and development, faculty training, or program/course assessment/evaluation required.
  • Significant additional related experience may substitute for advanced degree.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience should be demonstrated by 5 years experience in the field of higher education at a professional level in the areas of instructional design, instructional technology, or a closely related field is highly preferred.
  • Two to three years of online teaching experience at the higher education level is preferred.


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working with streaming audio and video, compression methods, file types and formats, and related software and platforms (i.e., Panopto, Camtasia Studio, Kaltura, etc.).
  • Proven ability to continually adapt and learn new procedures, systems, and software applications.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate using a variety of synchronous meeting tools (i.e., Zoom, Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience with learning management systems, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and course authoring tools (e.g., Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, etc.).


Internal and External Contacts: 

  • Quality Matters (QM)
  • Online Learning Consortium (Formerly Sloan-C)
  • Blackboard

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

10% of Time Spent - Performance Management

  • Supervise casual or part-time IRC team members.
  • Mentor instructional designers, including helping to allocate team resources and coaching team members to maximum efficiency.


10% of Time Spent - ​​​​​​​Project Lead for Courses, Services, & Projects

  • Collaborate and consult with stakeholders on the effective use of instructional design strategies, web-based resources, multimedia technologies, and instructional software and systems to improve teaching for course delivery
  • Serve as project lead, directing teams with technical trainers, instructional technologist, web developers, multimedia specialists, and external vendors for course development and other special projects
  • Research and evaluate new and emerging technologies, instructional design theories, and policies for potential application to IRC services
  • Provide recommendations on the strategic, tactical and operational issues associated with the adoption of instructional technologies and instructional design processes
  • Assist with developing budget projections
  • Conduct necessary project analysis
  • Evaluate the instructional effectiveness of instructional design processes
  • Coordinate student help desk support

​​​​​​​60% of Time Spent -  Instructional Design

  • Lead the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of complex courses, ensuring competency alignment among courses to achieve program objectives.
  • Consult with faculty to identify and integrate the appropriate instructional design and technologies needed to employ evidence-based instructional practices to enhance the learning process.
  • Collaborate and consult with faculty on the effective use of Web-based resources, multimedia technologies, and instructional strategies to develop or revise their courses
  • Provide recommendations for interface design, sequencing of instruction, active learning, and use of assessments activities.
  • Coordinate the development of instructional materials that are functional, informative, engaging, and consistent with sound instructional design principles, including alignment of course
  • objectives with learning activities, instructional resources, and assessments.
  • Create supporting material/media (simulations, role plays, games, case studies, etc.)
  • Utilize multimedia technology and authoring tools to develop interactive and engaging instructional resources including video, audio podcasts, and graphics
  • Research and evaluate new and emerging technologies, instructional design theories, and approaches and policies for potential application to instructional design.
  • Manage project timelines and coordinate with team members and partners to meet project deliverables
  • Collaborate with multimedia team to develop media products for use in online courses including presentations, video, audio podcasts, and graphics
  • Monitor and stay abreast of new and emerging technologies
  • Study and evaluate instructional design theories for application to a variety of program and department needs
  • Read and stay abreast of JHU and peer institutional best practices and evaluate them for potential application in instructional design at AAP


10% of Time Spent - Workshops

  • Plan, develop and implements workshops and other activities that will promote teaching, learning, and assessment in areas related to learning strategies, instructional strategies and technology, and student learning outcomes.
  • Conduct individual training and coaching for faculty to meet instructional design and development learning opportunities and needs


10% of Time Spent - Course Management

  • Manage intersession, pre-college programs and Summer Term undergraduate master course templates
  • Develop and maintain course site templates for intersession, pre-college programs and Summer Term undergraduate

Classified Title: Sr. Instructional Designer ​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/4/ME
Starting Salary Range: $83,865 - $106,780, annually
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department Name:  Advanced Academic Programs
Personnel Area: School of Arts and Sciences


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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