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Instructional Design

Instructional Designer

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Mid   Senior  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range $7k/ month  

Req #: 233215

Department: School Of Social Work

Job Location: Seattle Campus 

Posting Date: 04/17/2024 

Closing Info: Closes On   05/01/2024

Salary: $7,000 – $7,600 per month 

Other Compensation: 

Limited Recruitment: Other

Shift: First Shift 

Benefits: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington School of Social Work, we commit ourselves to promoting social and economic justice for poor and oppressed populations and enhancing the quality of life for all. Recently ranked No. 1 in the world among social work schools for its influential scholarship and broad impact, we strive to maximize human welfare through education, research, and public service. We embrace our position of leadership in the field of social work and join in partnership with others in society committed to solving human problems in the twenty-first century.

The UW and the School of Social Work promote diversity and inclusivity among our staff, faculty and students; we seek applicants for this position who are committed to these principles and whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage with audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence has an outstanding opportunity for an Instructional Designer.  This Continuing Education Specialist position is an integral part of the professional development education and training system for public child welfare employees, foster and relative caregivers, and their community partners. This education and training system is a partnership between the University of Washington — School of Social Work, Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), Eastern Washington University — School of Social Work, University of Washington in Tacoma —Social Work Program, and the University of Washington — School of Social Work — Partners for Our Children. This position coordinates and works closely with the Alliance partners and works within the partnership to accomplish its vision, values, and guiding principles.  The success of the partnership is realized by utilizing effective working relationships with all partners.

This position works to integrate differences in individual, group, and office cultures; responds to questions and feedback; works cooperatively with peers and other managers to achieve organizational goals; conceives, plans, coordinates, and oversees projects; writes and directs the preparation of clear and effective reports and other documents. This position helps to ensure that the Partnership benefits from the expertise and resources from the University of Washington in the areas of: Online trainings via eLearnings and webinars; and human interfaces that require design expertise; Learning science and curriculum design that is required to advance the practice and effectiveness of training for social workers and caregivers. The Continuing Education Specialist – Instructional Designer will develop instructional in-person and computer-based teaching methods, for live webinars, simulations, gaming and/or eLearnings for child welfare professionals and child welfare caregivers. This position will need to be able to translate the complex learning needs of internal and external customers into web-based solutions that are understandable and useful to a variety of audiences.

This position represents the partnership and University of Washington School of Social Work to professionals in the field of social work as well as, DCYF staff, management, and caregivers.  This position works with the staff in the Alliance for Professional Development, Training, and Caregiver Excellence to support relevant online training and service to DCYF employees and caregivers, and to assure a success that is beneficial to all partners as well as being beneficial to consumers of the services provided by the Alliance.  The Instructional Designer will be one of the front linefront-line people in the development of the web-based curriculum, and will embrace and distill a magnitude of content to create engaging and interactive learning programs online.

Duties And Responsibilities

This position will have multiple areas of responsibility, in an environment of dynamic and sometimes changing priorities. The person in this position needs to respond quickly to emergent needs and work closely with the supervisor and with the rest of the team to support long-term and short-term efforts. This person will need to be able to work with the instructional design team to translate the complex learning needs of internal and external customers into web-based solutions that are understandable and useful to a variety of audiences. This person must be able to learn and understand the complexities of Child Welfare, Child Welfare Training, and the technological platforms that support the Alliance. This position will be one of the front-line people in the development of the web-based curriculum, and will embrace and distill a magnitude of content to create engaging and interactive learning programs online.       

  • Develop online course developmental projects – 80%
    • Provide expert guidance, leadership, instructional design, and project management for online projects such as eLearning projects or supporting webinar projects.
    • Participate in discussions with other Instructional design team members to design courses.
    • Take course content provided by curriculum developers, trainers, coaches, instructors, and other experts and shape it into online offerings.
    • Produce accessible eLearnings or update existing eLearnings to meet 508 compliance standards, such as: creating alt text for images; ensuring content screen reader accessible; working with providers for ensuring subtitles are included; revising graphics to meet visible accessibility standards.
    • Support curriculum developers to revise elements in live classroom/webinar curriculum to meet accessibility standards.
    • Plan, shoot, edit, compress, and integrate videos.
    • Narrate, record, and edit audio for eLearning projects.
    • Manage eLearning development process through iterations of the product.
    • Develop resource materials, online modules, online courses, and in-person training curricula.
  • Graphic Design – 15%
    • Design and produce informational charts and graphics for learning content, reports, websites, and social media.
    • Create custom illustrations or adapt stock images for learning content.
  • Other Duties as Assigned – 5%

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field.
  • Minimum of four years of experience designing and producing online learning solutions for adult learners.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Additional Requirements 

  • Proficiency in Articulate Storyline and the rest of the Articulate 360 suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, VideoScribe and other content authoring tools.
  • Working knowledge of web accessibility standards and how to implement them into eLearning and other online content.
  • Basic knowledge of video and audio production/editing.
  • Demonstration of strong visual design skills.
  • Advanced skills and experience planning, designing, producing and delivering education and training in a wide variety of online formats      
  • Experience with developing online eLearning courses and utilizing a variety of software, video, and/or media tools
  • Experience initiating and managing projects, as well as coordinating and managing project teams  
  • Strong customer service skills 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and facilitation communication skills and patience  
  • Critical thinker with demonstrated creative problem solving skills 
  • Can work independently and as ateam member                                                                                                       
  • Ability to track tasks to completion and ensure that they are carried out properly    
  • Ability to work well among diverse populations 

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced skills in Articulate Storyline strongly desired.
  • Experience with building and testing to WCAG standards is strongly desired.

Application Process: 

The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are access ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.