Instructional Designers Association

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Wed, 03/06/2019 - 15:52 -- MKaufman

Senior Instructional Designer
UW Continuum College, Seattle, WA
On Site, Full Time Position

Two Positions Available
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

UW Continuum College expands the reach of the University of Washington with programs like UW Professional & Continuing Education, International & English Language Programs, Summer Youth and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW that meet the needs of various learners at all phases of their lives. We’re focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we’re creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.

UWC² has an outstanding opportunity for TWO Senior Instructional Designer to join their Academic Excellence (AE) team.

The Senior Instructional Designer is responsible for developing, maintaining, delivering, and evaluating formal online and multi-format educational programs and courses for the general public. This individual utilizes instructional design knowledge and skills to collaborate with University and community faculty who are content experts in their field. This position requires instructional technology skills to provide faculty and administrators with a clear perspective about the options for delivering online courses.

This position provides full-scope ADDIE/Instructional Design support without guidance from management. A successful candidate must have the ability to train faculty regarding online learning environments, must have project management skills, and be able to provide pedagogical support for content and curriculum. 



  • Work directly with faculty to define educational needs, design course specifications and analyze various options to meet instructional goals of course development projects; participate actively and influence the direction of formal project teams; establish production schedules.
  • Lead and/or direct work of other instructional design or technical staff.
  • In collaboration with UW Continuum College Program Managers, University and community faculty, identify audiences and needs; determine learning outcomes, design learning assessments, design learning activities, write text, and create simple graphics and tables for units of instruction for publication in Web-based learning management systems; handle various assignments or project tasks increasing in complexity.
  • Advise program managers, advisory boards, faculty and department chairs about the design of online and hybrid degrees, programs and courses, including technologies to support production and deployment.
  • Prepare instructional materials for publication and deployment on University websites, ensuring consistency of style, design, accessibility, and learner-centered focus; involve or coordinate others in developing procedures to accommodate changes for new initiatives or improvements.
  • Chair meetings of online course development teams for degrees, programs and courses.
  • Plan or initiate improvement ideas that extend beyond the scope or control of current assignments.
  • Participate in taskforces; may serve on Continuum College or University-wide committees.
  • Research advances in course authoring tools and technologies.


  • Provide pedagogical and technical assistance to developers and instructors using selected tools for creation of online course content.
  • Develop documentation for students, faculty, and staff related to online and multi format degrees, programs and courses offered through various learning technologies. Design and conduct training sessions as necessary.
  • Prepare weekly and/or monthly reports on projects, assignments, and tasks.
  • May participate in grant or research projects.


  • Coordinate with other departments to ensure clear communication; review documentation developed by other departments to ensure consistency of information to students, instructors and developers; modify documentation and training materials as necessary.
  • Contribute to the overall department goal, mission, and administration by participating in weekly planning meetings, regular staff meetings, and working actively with department staff to keep them informed and seek their input.
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary by the Director. 


  • Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Education or related field AND three years of relevant work experience to include:
  • Excellent writing, editing and documentation skills.
  • Experience in the analysis, design, development, deployment and evaluation of online learning materials using digital media, e-Learning authoring tools, and emerging learning technology.
  • Familiarity with university-level curricula and traditional instructional methods and goals.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage projects


  • Experience creating Web-based interactive instructional materials and creating online courses.
  • Experience teaching in a formal educational setting.

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