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Instructional Design

Instructional Designer II

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Mid  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range TBD  

Job Summary

Provides instructional design expertise and technology support and guidance to Faculty in the design, development, and continued improvement of courses.

Essential Job Tasks

Additional duties may be assigned.

  • Designs elements of online courses by applying best practices to achieve engaging and authentic learning experiences through objectives, assignments, learning activities, and assessments.
  • Provides guidance to and collaborates with Academics (Course Writers, Faculty, Lead Faculty, and Program Directors) through regular communication in order to design, develop, integrate technology, and plan for curriculum and instructional implementation.
  • Ensures the application of appropriate standards to online courses and programs in areas such as outcome assessment, assistive technologies, accessibility, and copyright by utilizing current trainings and guidelines to create an exceptional student experience and meet institutional needs.
  • Analyzes student feedback as well as researched data by utilizing analytics provided by the institution to determine recommended and/or necessary curriculum refinements.
  • Collaborates with all members of the course development team by actively communicating to ensure desired project outcomes.
  • Incorporates engaging learning strategies into course material by utilizing learning-centered and emerging technology to increase student achievement, engagement, and interaction.
  • Promotes, maintains, and enhances workplace culture within IDT and the university.
  • Completes four hours of professional development training per year that focuses on instructional design and career growth.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Instructional Design – Knowledge of instructional design principles and diverse learning styles, theories, and methods.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.  Academic Processes – Knowledge of university guidelines, course descriptions, and academic terminology
  • Clerical – Knowledge of office administrative procedures including word processing, managing files and records, typing, and other office procedures
  • Computer – Knowledge of basic computer processes including word processing, web browsing, and Microsoft Office including Basic Microsoft Excel


  • Project Management – Proficiency in developing realistic project plans, prioritizing and planning work activities, coordinating projects, communicating changes and progress, and completing projects on time and within budget.
  • Communication – Proficiency in speaking/writing clearly in any given situation in both group settings and one-on-one. Listens and seeks clarification when necessary, responds well to questions, and actively leads and participates in meetings. Tailors communication styles to different audiences.
  • Teamwork – Proficiency in building morale and a positive team spirit. Balances team and individual responsibilities while exhibiting objectivity and openness to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback.
  • Quality – Proficiency in accuracy and thoroughness with an attention to detail. Finds ways to improve and promote quality by utilizing their knowledge of instructional design principles. Applies feedback to improve performance and sets high standards of production.
  • Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Research – Locates key facts and information in order to learn more about different types of information
  • Time Management – Manages one’s own time to accomplish assigned tasks


  • Judgment – The ability to exhibit sound and accurate decision-making and problem solving in a timely manner while including the appropriate individuals in the process. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.
  • Interpersonal Skills – The ability to resolve conflict, maintain confidentiality, keep emotions under control, and remain open to others’ ideas.
  • Adaptability – The ability to manage frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. Manages competing demands and changes approach or method to best fit the situation.
  • Selective Attention (Vigilance) – The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted

Education & Experience

Master’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, curriculum development, or a closely related field required. 3+ years of experience in instructional design, instructional technology, distance education, education, educational psychology, or related field required.

Equipment Used

  • Office equipment includes computers, telephones, printers, faxes, and copiers.
  • Software used includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Blackboard, Adobe Creative Cloud, and internal database software.
  • Reliable and secure internet is required for this position.

Work Environment

The position is remote and should have an established office with secure and reliable internet. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities

There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position. 


About Organization

At Columbia Southern University, we truly believe in offering students flexible, affordable online degree programs with exceptional service. By giving our students the tools they need to succeed, we provide them with an opportunity to take charge of their education in a way that no other university offers.