Instructional Designer

Northern Virginia Community College - Fairfax, VA4.3

Provide instructional design expertise for large distance learning program. Serve as part of instructional design team, focusing on assisting faculty in the design of online courses and instructional practices, creation of online learning resources, and piloting/implementing new technologies for teaching and learning. Work with faculty to design and develop quality online courses based on sound adult learning pedagogy and instructional design practice. Support faculty in ongoing course development, evaluation, and revision processes. Provide professional development opportunities for faculty such as course design seminars, software demonstrations, and best practice workshops. Maintain active engagement with the instructional design and online learning communities through publication, presentations, and ongoing professional development activities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under direction of the Associate Director of Instructional Design and Development, coordinate and manage course development and course revision projects from inception to completion. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Managing the course development process for new courses and courses that need to be revised/redesigned.
  • Providing instructional design consultation to individual or groups of faculty on optimal design of online courses and effective use of multimedia for online instruction.
  • Providing leadership to faculty to design and develop high-quality, contextually-rich, engaging, and objective-driven online courses.
  • Reviewing existing courses for quality, currency, and consistency and working with faculty to enhance courses.
  • Mentoring faculty as they revise/maintain existing courses.
  • Carefully tracking status of projects and maintaining appropriate files and records, including time tracking, project comments, and task completion.
  • Helping to refine and improve the instructional design/development processes and procedures.
  • Designing and producing learning materials in a variety of formats including print, graphics, audio, video, web and multimedia to support teaching, learning, and College information needs.
  • Researching and making recommendations on educational best practices, instructional resources, and instructional technologies to support teaching and learning.
  • Facilitating courses, workshops, and presentations to faculty and staff.
  • Participating in professional development to stay abreast of current research and best practices.
  • Participating in NOVA Online staff meetings and ID team meetings.
  • Contributing to special projects as assigned to support the overall strategic mission of NOVA Online.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in information technology or related field, or equivalent applicable experience and/or training.

Preferred Qualifications
Advanced degree in instructional design, educational technology, or related field, or equivalent applicable experience or training in coordinating and managing course development and course revision projects from inception to completion. Blackboard experience preferred. Experience teaching online. Experience with higher education especially community colleges.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent communication (written and oral), interpersonal, and user-support skills. Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, changing environment. Ability to work independently and with a team. Ability to balance attention to detail, attention to policies and procedures, consistency and logic with creativity, flexibility, and innovation. Comfortable working in partnership with faculty and skillful at successfully managing that partnership toward excellent course design outcomes. Ability to deliver a positive customer service experience. Thoroughly knowledgeable of pedagogy and best practices in teaching and learning online. Experience using a variety of technology tools to create multimedia content (e.g., Adobe Acrobat, Articulate, Camtasia, Captivate, SoftChalk, podcasting tools, Google Apps). Experience using Blackboard or other learning management systems to create, organize, and deploy instructional materials. Experience creating content for clients, preferably in the higher education environment.Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Understanding of distance learning and of community college faculty, staff, and students. Knowledge of and ability to train others in distance education tools, and the ability to work with staff, faculty, and students in an educational environment. Knowledge of and experience with the nationally recognized Quality Matters standards/program. QM peer-reviewer (PRC) certification preferred.

Operation of a State Vehicle No
Posting Detail Information
Open Date 10/19/2018
Close Date 10/25/2018
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants
Background Check Statement
The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of an extensive criminal background
investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of
education, credit checks (relevant to employment), and other checks requested by the VCCS and NOVA such as
I-9 and E-Verify requirements. Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth’s
Statement of Economic Interest.