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Instructional Design

Instructional Designer (Contractor)

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Mid  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range TBD  
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The Instructional Designer will partner with Harmony Academy staff (content and instructional designers) to support a series of high-priority projects, including creating content and building modules and courses for the proposed Teacher, Leader, and School Certificates in D2L Brightspace for both asynchronous learning.

This is a full-time contractor position.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with Content team leaders and Technology team to finalize key features and a structure for the format of modules and courses.
  • Use knowledge of specific audiences for modules and courses to recommend appropriate language and voice.
  • Offer suggestions for content items as it relates to presentation in a multimedia format.
  • Make note of any errors on the Harmony online portal content.
  • Attend content check-ins to ensure consistency and adhere to tight timelines for delivery.
  • Participate in project management meetings as needed.
  • Translate content into learning activities and assignments, using adult learning principles and instructional design best practices.
  • Create learning activities and assignments that are engaging and useful for users.
  • Ensure that assessments and assignments are aligned with the appropriate rigor based on the course numbers that they are aligned to within National University.
  • Partner with the Content team to ensure course design aligns with the Academy’s goals and mission.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A

Requirements:

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in education, instructional design, or related field required, master’s degree preferred
  • Three (3) years’ relevant instructional design experience.
  • Three (3) years’ experience in adult learning, preferably within educational publishing; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Analytical and strong organizational skills, with excellent verbal and written ability. Preference given to candidates with a background in copyediting or training or experience in technical writing.
  • Thrives in collaborative and team environment, but also works well independently or with limited oversight.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and has flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy and follow-up.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills with attention to time constraints for deadlines.
  • Preferred:
    • Knowledge and understanding of the academic environment within PK-12 education contexts for teachers and leaders (preferred).
    • Content knowledge of social and emotional learning
    • Project Management experience
    • Experience in educational publishing
  • We are hiring more than one position, please note in your application if you have expertise in any of the following focus areas: D2L administration or course building; Articulate, Camtasia, or other rapid authoring tools or software, multimedia development or editing, graphics design or development.

Competencies/Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individual of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Accepts personal accountability, proactively seeks resolution for personal limitations head-on; and supports honesty and respect towards others, the company and oneself.
  • Must be able to adapt to situations and different leadership styles.
  • Thrives in collaborative and team environment, but also works well independently or with limited oversight.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and has flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.
  • Critical thinking and independent problem solving skills with the ability to work independently and foster a cooperative spirit within a large and/or small team of diverse cultures, while working in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines and frequently changing priorities.
  • Working knowledge, principles and practices of office management/systems within a higher education environment, preferred. Demonstrates an understanding of underlying organizational issues.
  • Familiarity with theoretical and practical project management best practices and tool.
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy and follow-up.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills with attention to time constraints for deadlines.
  • Familiarity with web design best practices, or basic HTML experience, or other technical skills that demonstrate strong quality control ability and eye for detail.

Location: Remote

Travel: No Travel

Candidate receiving offers will be offered a salary/pay rate commensurate with experience that vary based on a candidate’s qualifications, skills, and competencies.  Absent exceptional circumstances, candidates will be offered a salary within this range for this position. The minimum salary will be offered based on the minimum exemption threshold based on state of residency. Base pay is one component of National University’s total rewards package, as we are dedicated to supporting the needs of the “whole you” with our holistic approach to employee benefits by offering comprehensive well-being benefits for you and your family.  For full details about our benefit plan offerings, please visit benefits.nu.edu. For Part-time benefits, please click here.

About Organization

Since 1971, we have supported working professionals who want to be a powerful force for positive change. That’s why we make education accessible to adults who live and work in the real world. It’s why we were the first to develop a flexible, one-class-per-month format. It’s why we offer more than 120 graduate and undergraduate degree programs. And it’s why we will continue to innovate and leave a mark on people who will one day leave their mark on the world.

We embrace diversity. Because it brings a new perspective to every industry. Our classes and faculty are made up of an eclectic mix of people who reflect our different communities and have the influence to shape where we’re headed.

We do all this because we care. About our students. Our staff. Our supporters and our community. We are a private, nonprofit institution that does not answer to shareholders. We invest our money back into making improvements so that the people who come here can do the same.

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