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University of Washington SENIOR INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 187629


Posting Date: 02/23/2021

Closing Info: Closes On 03/01/2021

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Limited Recruitment: Open to Department employees only

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. (

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Work is ordinarily performed in an office environment but may be performed remotely depending on health and safety requirements under the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

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 enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them – in Washington State and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professional the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.

At Cultivate Learning, we are champions of service and align with partners and initiatives that foster positive outcomes for children, families, and educators. We commit to equity by working to remove systemic oppression and institutional racism, so each community member can reach their full potential. We build environments of belonging and diversity where we communicate openly, support each other, and value the contributions of all identities. We practice innovation and quality by actively seeking creative ideas from multiple perspectives to evolve and inform the resources we develop.

Cultivate Learning has an opportunity for a Senior Instructional Designer. Position Purpose: Reporting to the Assistant Director of Integrated Learning, the Senior Instructional Designer is responsible for developing, maintaining, delivering, and supporting evaluation of online higher education courses and learning modules for early care and education faculty and providers from across the nation. This position requires independence and will be responsible for the production of instructional design materials, clear communication skills to provide updates and design ideas, updating of course content and technology, and collaboration with course design teams across the center. Collaborators might include subject matter experts, content specialists, course developers, graphic designers, instructional designers, media specialists, web application developers, and UW technology units.

A successful candidate must be able to take the instructional design needs from several projects and apply best instructional design practices to help complete the projects. The candidate will bring good working knowledge of the production aspects of creating online courses and training (such as, LMS production and learning content design), as well as an understanding of the higher education learning ecosystem. In addition, this position will design instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse group of learners, adopt the Intentional Teaching Framework, collaborate to bring content from in-person to online delivery formats and manage timelines.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Instructional Design and Content Production (100% FTE) INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN (40% FTE) • Develop online courses and trainings following the Intentional Teaching Framework to course and module development. • Produce instructional materials and interactions that account for diverse groups of learners, adult learning theory, and effective instructional design models. • Curate existing e-learning interactive content to reflect project specifications. • Aide in formatting content in the LMS for easy to use course navigation. • Address instructional design and learning technology issues found in existing courses. • Review for quality assurance to ensure courses do not have functionality or navigation issues. • Apply current research and theory to instructional design of higher education courses and modules. • As requested, design instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse group of learners and adult learning theory. • Collaborate with content experts to apply a variety of techniques in transforming from in-person higher courses to online and hybrid delivery formats. • Ensure appropriate tools and resources are in place for course and module transformation and redevelopment. • Ensure all online content meets accessibility standards.

PRODUCTION (40% FTE) • Prepare instructional materials for deployment on learning management systems, ensuring consistency of style, design, and learner-centered focus. • Collaborate with content experts and media team to apply a variety of techniques in transforming educational content into effective online learning experiences. • Collaborate with project team to design learning experiences that support learning objectives and outcomes. • Collaborate with course project manager to establish production timelines and report on progress. • Collaborate with design and media teams to create animations and video that support instruction. • Collaborate with course developers, design team, and media team to prepare storyboards, design interactive media, and create interactive assessments. • Manage against multiple competing priorities and deadlines ensuring all targets are met. • Manage quality assurance phase of online development. • Develop documentation for students, faculty, and staff related to online courses.

COMMUNICATIONS (20% FTE) • As requested, participate in the development of marketing plans and aides with recruitment for increased partnerships and overall program growth. • Participate in course design team meetings.

REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, education, communications, or a related field, AND, at least 4 years’ experience in the design, development, and deployment of online courses. • Working knowledge of e-learning authoring tools (such as Articulate, Captivate, and H5P). • Experience working with academic learning management systems such as Canvas. • Experience designing e-learning interactive content that support adult learning principles. • Working knowledge of HTML and CSS. • Familiarity with FERPA compliance requirements and standards. • Familiarity with Accessibility guidelines. • Excellent written and oral communication skills. • Highly organized with a great attention to detail. • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as an individual contributor and member of multiple teams. • Ability to take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-driven environment in an organized and professional manner. • Ability to think strategically, problem solve, and suggest creative solutions.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.