Instructional Design Specialist

Job Locations US-WI-Janesville
Req No.
Full-time Administrative
Anticipated Placement
USD $50,300.00/Yr.
USD $62,900.00/Yr.
Close Date


Under the direction of the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources, the Instructional Design Specialist is responsible for successful design of high-quality courses within programs at the college that encompasses multiple flexible-delivery models. The Instructional Design Specialist will partner with program faculty, academic leadership and staff, Teaching and Learning Resources team members and external consultants to successfully design high quality courses that will allow educational delivery in various flexible delivery models. Through the effective application of performance-based instructional design theories and application while working in a team environment, this position will assist faculty in the design of courses in multiple formats that support student success and retention. Focus will be to design programs and courses in flexible formats. The Instructional Design Specialist must be able to navigate successfully the demands of change in flexible education models as well as balance the requirements for course design measured through state and national defined measures.


  1. Collaborate with faculty and academic staff to inventory program/course learning objectives to match the needs of industry partners by clearly identifying the instructional goals and outcomes.
  2. Facilitate needs assessments to determine gaps in program/course competencies and student learning outcomes.
  3. Assess learner characteristics to determine what knowledge and skill needs to be delivered within various instructional content.
  4. Coach and guide faculty (in the adaption of) to adapt instructional content using teaching and learning pedagogy.
  5. In collaboration with faculty, develop performance objectives and guide the development of learning materials for course delivery in flexible formats.
  6. Research, recommend, plan and assist faculty to implement learner-centered methodologies for design, delivery and assessment of learning in flexible learning environments.
  7. Provide support in a one on one or group training environment for faculty and instructional staff on the college’s instructional/curriculum design system, Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS) and learning management system (Blackboard).
  8. Conduct quality assurance reviews of courses and other instructional materials.
  9. Identify, evaluate and make recommendations for new and emerging instructional technologies and advise the college on effectiveness of these technologies.
  10. Serve on the college’s academic technology and flexible learning task teams to support changes and enhancements to the format of the college’s online learning management system (Blackboard).
  11. Identify faculty professional development and technology training needs.
  12. Represent the Teaching and Learning Resources division on all long and short term teams in each Academic division and/or area of the college to assist with the development and advancement of flexible education models.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Project and process management capabilities with the ability to handle multiple short and long term projects at the same time.
  2. Strong visual, written and oral interpersonal communication and customer service skills.
  3. High level of creative problem solving skills.
  4. Curriculum development and lesson planning skills.
  5. Proficient in pedagogy, learning theories and instructional design models.
  6. Willingness to update and improve own knowledge, skills and attitude pertaining to instructional design, assessment and course/curriculum development in multiple formats
  7. Ability to apply fundamental research skills to instructional design projects.
  8. Ability to analyze problems and situations, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
  9. Proficient with current Instructional Technology, including learning management software, preferably Blackboard and Quality Assurance Design Systems, preferably Quality Matters; strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.


Education & Experience:

  1. Master’s Degree in Education, Instructional Design or Education-related field.
  2. Minimum of 2 years training/teaching experience.
  3. Experience working with diverse populations.


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