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Lead Instructional Designer
Title:Lead Instructional Designer
Department:Division of Learning Resources
Location:Van Ness

Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Position Status: Full-Time, Regular

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: 0058/301/4

Salary Range: salary commensurate with experience up to $81,103

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties

Leading within the Center for the Advancement of Learning, the Lead Instructional Designer will be responsible for creating and overseeing the process of building and reviewing online and hybrid courses for departments and centers across the university. The Incumbent will be responsible for creating a streamlined process to build rigorous, innovative, accessible, and student-centered courses.


The Lead Instructional Designer will work under the supervision and will report to of the Director for the Center for Advancement of Learning (CAL). The position will supervise and collaborate with part-time and/or full-time center employees that function as course builders and reviewers, as well as mentor faculty becoming course builders.


The successful applicant will be a self-motivated, organized, outcomes-driven individual with a deep understanding of learning in online spaces, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The successful applicant will be able to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, such as a variety of university departments such as CAUSES and community organizations such as D.C. Public Schools. This position will provide mentorship to faculty and staff with a variety of backgrounds and ability levels. They should be able to work well under the pressure of deadlines and be excited to continue to learn and grow in their areas of expertise.    


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the CAL team and faculty to design, develop, and deliver effective online, and blended courses.
  • Works with Academic Affairs and individual departments to strategize, plan, and develop scalable solutions for building courses.
  • Trains, mentors, and manages faculty affiliated with the Center in the creation and design of rigorous online and blended courses.
  • Creates and deliver training and provide support to faculty and staff across the university.
  • Project management, maintaining records, and coordination while considering existing processes.
  • Assess QA options and implement, possibly serving as a reviewer, to ensure courses are high quality and include Universal Design for Learning principles and are fully accessible.
  • Supervises, manages and evaluates assigned staff.
  • Manages and mentors the Faculty Fellows program or similar faculty learning communities.
  • Provides recommendations to faculty for a variety of technological and technique-based strategies for online learning and online course management.  This includes instruction sequencing, implementation of multimedia elements, converting analog activities and resources to digital formats, online learning and group collaboration activities, assessments, assist faculty in identifying ways to leverage asynchronous and synchronous approaches
  • Works with departments to analyze learning objectives, design digital content and learning activities, and create and implement strategies for online program creation.
  • Assists in the assessment of teaching/learning challenges and provide tools, resources, and training to the faculty that will help address these challenges.
  • Creates professional development opportunities and resources to help faculty and staff build quality online courses.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • PhD in Curriculum and/or Instructional Design, Educational Technology or related fields
  • Five (5) years' experience with course/curriculum/instructional design in higher education
  • Four (4) years’ experience teaching online, preferred.
  • Two (2) years’ experience managing a team, staff and/or projects
  • Experience working within a Learning Management System building courses as a faculty or administrator
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating the shift of an entire program online
  • Demonstrated success working with faculty, teaching assistants or instructional staff to improve teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating and delivering professional development and event organization, design and implementation
  • Quality Matters certification, preferred.
  • Experience using Web 2.0 tools, and other relevant technology applications
  • Additional online course design certifications, preferred.

Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.  

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business,  or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference:  Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: A person applying for a position who is a bona fide District resident at the time of application for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation.  The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia.  The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Talent Management only.

Contact Information:  All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Talent Management at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: .

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