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Senior Instructional Designer

Posted: 10/16/2023

Senior Instructional Designer

TITLE OF POSITION: Senior Instructional Designer

PAY CLASSIFICATION: E2601-Professional Administrative II

STATUS: Full time (Exempt)

DEPARTMENT: Academic Systems / Global Campus


REPORTS TO: Director of Academic Success Services


The Senior Instructional Designer will partner with Faculty to create engaging courses that are designed around the Quality Matters rubric. This person will work with Faculty to ensure students are provided clear directions and guidelines for course requirements as well as consult with faculty for methods to assess student mastery of outcomes appropriately. As an Instructional Designer, this person will lead Quality Matters alignment during the development of courses. In addition to building courses, the Senior Instructional Designer collaborates with the Dean of Academic Systems/Global Campus and the Director of Academic Success Services to establish a vision for ID at DU, help select tools to be used in courses, and deliver a standardized user experience across online course shells. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University's mission, vision, and values which include diversity, equity and inclusion.


• Establish preferred course tools, layouts, interfaces for online course shells at DU in collaboration with Director of Academic Success Services, and Dean of Academic Systems / Global Campus.
• Manage course development projects from planning to implementation in accordance with instructional design principles including QM. Develop and manage course development workflow and status in accordance with tight deadlines.
• This position applies project management skills as it leads in the design, redesign, development and delivery of distance-learning courses; identifies problems and recommends solutions utilizing QM design principles.
• Provide one-on-one consulting sessions with Faculty through video conferencing, email, collaborative documents and face to face interactions.
• Work within the Blackboard Learning Management System to create courses and update existing courses for the delivery of quality instruction to learners. This will include troubleshooting issues, working with specific tools, and other educational tools.
• Edit instructional materials for grammar, clarity, consistency and accuracy of content.
• Remain current on technology and innovations in online learning, initiatives, and trends to provide ideas and recommendations.
• Understand and adhere to a student-centered philosophy of learning where the student learning experience is the focal point of the online educational delivery.
• Ensure ADA compliance (section 504/508 and WCAG 2.0) in all courses through the use of appropriate software and technology.
• Training of faculty while championing for the effective use of teaching and learning technologies.
• Understand and abide by all external and internal regulations and policies. This includes NCAA, GLIAC and national affiliations associated within athletics or other role specific regulations.
• Provides GREAT customer service, anticipating and exceeding the needs of our customers.
• Demonstrate and promote the University Cultural Values.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred (preferably in education, instructional design, instructional technology, business, or IT).
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in instructional design applying online instructional design principles, practices, and techniques to online learning design and development.
• Not required, but preferred - knowledge of the Quality Matters rubric.
• This position requires knowledge of online course delivery format, assessment tools, student needs, design format, and creativity.
• Requires knowledge of research skills, organizational skills to manage several projects simultaneously with collaborative team skills.
• An understanding of ADA compliance, Intellectual property and permissions issues.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, self-starter, flexible, and detail/results-oriented attitude.
• Requires a constant learning of new material, software, and processes.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment, spirit of cooperation and positive reactions to change and conflict resolution.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral which transcend diverse audiences.
• Business office environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain).
• Occasional travel between locations required (own transportation). No regular lifting requirements, occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.

Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:

• Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.
• A caring culture DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more…
• A Healthier U. Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP.)

Diversity and Inclusion:

At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.

About Davenport University:

At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. With over 155 years of providing quality education under our belts, thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.

Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here!

EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.


Revision Date: 10-9-2023

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