Instructional Designers Association

Built by Instructional Designers for Instructional Designers
Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:17 -- MKaufman

Instructional Designer
University of Western States, Portland, Oregon
On Site, Full Time Position

 The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) staff collaborate with faculty and academic administrators to create high-quality, effective and evidence-informed learning experiences at UWS. Our primary goal is to support UWS faculty in their roles as educators and scholars. Instructional designers provide the following support: one-on-one or group level instructional design consultation; explore, advise on and implement educational software tools; provide new faculty support and training (and provide refresher training to existing faculty) related to the educational software tools; facilitate the new faculty orientation for both on-ground and online faculty; ensure course material compliance with ADA, copyright, and privacy laws and regulations; facilitate the new course development process; coordinate and/or give department or program-targeted trainings related to teaching and learning; support scholarly research related to teaching and learning; prepare all courses in UWS’s LMS each term; and administer the quarterly student course evaluations.


  • Collaborate with faculty to apply principles of instructional design to online and on-ground courses.
  • Assist in the design, development, evaluation, and revision of courses and teaching strategies.
  • Support faculty with integrating educational software tools into their on-ground and online courses.
  • Participate in the testing and piloting of new educational tools and features of new learning platforms. Make recommendations on applications of these tools.
  • Facilitate design and development of courses from planning to completion.
  • Working with the academic program leadership, onboard new faculty to UWS and facilitate new faculty orientation.
  • Assist programs with evaluating student achievement of learning outcomes at the course and program levels.
  • Develop and disseminate materials, trainings, workshops and resources related to current best practices in instructional design, emerging technologies, and andragogical practices to create effective, interactive learning experiences for health science degrees and programs.
  • Develop instructional, web, and media-based interactive tutorials, demonstrations, and training modules that help instructors, staff, and students use educational technology tools successfully.
  • Ensure course materials compliance with ADA, copyright, and privacy laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Maintains documentation for processes, policies, and procedures related to instructional design.
  • Keep abreast of current and relevant trends and best practices in a health science and graduate education.
  • Stay current on regulations affecting higher education and health science education (e.g. HIPPA, FERPA).
  • Project-specific assignments such as administering student course evaluations, enrolling students into Moodle or other educational software systems, etc.
  • Assume other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in instructional design or closely related field (e.g., education, education technology) from an accredited college, and at least two years' instructional design experience.
  • Experience with building on-ground and online courses using a learning management system such as Moodle, D2L, Canvas, etc.
  • Thorough understanding of instructional design principles such as writing effective learning outcomes & Bloom’s taxonomy, course outcome alignment with course content and assessments, developing effective lesson plans, sourcing and writing course content, designing assessments and evaluating student achievement of learning outcomes.
  • Technical aptitude for a variety of educational software tools such as Zoom, Panopto, eMedley, Learning Space, iClicker, VeriCite and others.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills including: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Minimum of two years of experience conducting individual and group training.
  • Ability to manage and organize multiple projects simultaneously to meet production schedules.
  • Appreciation for institutional and programmatic accreditation requirements, especially as they relate to measurements of student success.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to proactively and creatively solve complex problems.
  • Ability to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality.
  • Make effective decisions in matters requiring an immediate response.
  • Ability to recognize need to seek guidance and approvals when circumstances call for it.
  • Ability to effectively communicate issues and resolutions to all levels of the organization.


  • Master's degree in instructional design or related field, and four years' experience.
  • Instructional design in a medical or science education environment.
  • Knowledge of competency-based learning & teaching methods.
  • Classroom and online teaching experience.
  • Experience with Moodle LMS.
  • Working knowledge of SCORM, reusable learning objects, HTML, and media creation applications.
  • Knowledge of educational applications of social media.


Screening of applicants will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

University of Western States conducts background checks for the finalist or finalists of staff and faculty positions. The type of background check will vary by position type.

University of Western States is an equal opportunity employer.

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