[DG: Teaching & Learning] Instructional Designer position

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[DG: Teaching & Learning] Instructional Designer position

March 23, 2015




Wellesley College is hiring an Instructional Designer. This three year position--funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support blended learning--will improve our student experiences, and help us better understand how online technologies enrich learning. Working closely with faculty, the Blended Learning Initiative at Wellesley College, and institutional support teams, this position will design, deliver and assess courses and course materials for an online environment, and will provide assistance to faculty in understanding effective course and curriculum design for technology-enabled learning.




Reporting to the Associate Director of the Blended Learning Initiative, the Instructional Designer designs, develops and supports high­-quality, customized instructionally effective solutions for online, blended and traditional classroom courses. This position also provides faculty and student support alongside research and instruction colleagues for standard and innovative instructional technologies; collaborates closely with Library & Technology Services (LTS) colleagues and the Blended Learning Initiative to conduct needs assessment and usability analyses; leads and participates in instructional/multimedia design projects; and develops the efficient and reliable use of licensed and custom developed instructional solutions. Specifically, the Instructional Designer will:


  • Design, develop, and support customized instructional solutions, including edX and other online course modules, for use in the College curriculum.
  • Assist faculty in developing engaging learning activities and assessments that are aligned with the objectives and meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Collaborate with LTS colleagues and the Blended Learning Initiative to conduct needs assessment and usability analyses, and develop metrics to evaluate course design impact and success.
  • Collaborate with LTS colleagues and the Blended Learning Initiative to conduct workshops for faculty related to effective teaching strategies.
  • Lead/participate in interdepartmental teams and projects requiring technical expertise, particularly in the areas of instructional/multimedia design.
  • Communicate regularly with faculty, on/off campus partners, the Blended Learning Initiative,  and LTS colleagues to develop and ensure the efficient and reliable use of licensed and custom developed instructional solutions.
  • Provide technical support, instruction, and consultation one-on-one with end users,  through the ITIT support phone line, and at the Clapp Library Service Desk.  





  • B.A./B.S. degree in relevant field.
  • M.A./M.S. degree in relevant discipline (Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Education Technology) strongly preferred.




  • 3-5 years of related work experience in an information services or discipline-related field (academic setting preferred).
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience working with course management systems (e.g. Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, Desire2Learn/Brightspace, Sakai, edX, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, developing and producing successful online course materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty and staff from a diverse set of disciplines, teaching philosophies, and desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of instructional design theory, instructional design principles, learning theory, instructional technology, and adult learning theory.
  • Demonstrated success in utilizing technology to enhance and expand learning.
  • 3-5 years of teaching individuals and groups, responsible for curriculum development and planning, and creation of examples and materials.
  • Demonstrated work experience leading and managing instructional, information and/or technology projects.




  • Excellent customer service skills with emphasis on patience, helpfulness, and tact.
  • Project management and time management skills, a results-oriented approach to work, and ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines for multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Ability to work productively and collegially in a team­-oriented environment, as well as ability to work independently.
  • Evidence of ability to quickly learn new technologies, and sound judgment to gauge when—and when not—to use them for teaching and learning.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students on a daily basis.
  • Independent decision-making balanced with regular review and collaboration with supervisor.
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated use of required image, audio and video software.
  • Skill in using OS X and Windows computers, tablets, smartphones, and related peripheral devices.
  • Expertise with standard office applications, and HTML. Scripting or programming expertise (e.g., Python), or XML a plus.




  • Projects fulfill specifications and are completed according to established schedules. Clear communication with stakeholders is maintained throughout the duration of the project.
  • Customized learning solutions are maintained, reliable, and meet faculty expectations and the instructional needs of the College.
  • Productive and collaborative working relationships are built and maintained across LTS and the college to deliver a cohesive and timely program of services to the community.




Job Description: https://career.wellesley.edu/postings/772

Postal Address:
Human Resources
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 781-283-3202
Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX College. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they will contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.-- 
David O'Steen
Associate Director, Blended Learning Initiative
Wellesley College
781 283-3322

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