Instructional Designer

Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ4.3

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Director and working cooperatively with the Instructional Design Group (IDG) and e-Learning Center staff, the instructional designer (ID) consults and collaborates with faculty and staff to design, produce, and support high-quality, instructionally effective courses to be delivered in-person, online, blended, and in adaptive learning formats. The ID also supports the design of in-person and online workshops for faculty on pedagogy, adult learning, course design methods, and use of and application of educational technology. The ID keeps abreast of current research, trends, and practices in instructional design and educational technology in higher education.

Additional duties include the following:
Assist faculty in writing clear, measurable learning objectives and in developing engaging learning activities and assessments that are aligned with the objectives and meet the needs of diverse learners.
Devise production schedules that ensure completion of instructional design tasks on or before project deadlines
Cultivate productive professional relationships with faculty, staff, and colleagues
Draw on accepted educational theories and instructional design best practices to promote creative and effective uses of educational technology and instructional media.
Guide, train, and support faculty in selecting and using instructionally appropriate techniques, tools, and media and implementing those online and in the classroom.
Conduct course quality reviews, emphasizing instructional soundness and clarity, and providing tactful feedback and suggestions on ways to improve courses.
When appropriate, recommend adoption of new tools, practices, and policies.
At least monthly, communicate with supervisor and colleagues about the status of projects in progress.
Adjust priorities as directed or as needed to meet deadlines.
When required, provide written documentation of project progress in a centrally accessible location, such as a project management database or shared cloud-based workspace.
Notify supervisor of needed IDG resources, such as training or equipment.
Provide proper documentation and archiving of instructional design work products and educational technology tools.
Attend and contribute to department staff meetings and cross-unit meetings.
Expected to contribute, either individually or in collaboration with peers or faculty, articles, FAQs, reports, literature reviews, podcasts, videos, or some other form of content about instructional design or educational technology.
With guidance from the Director, create and maintain an online library of examples, media, research articles, and other resources related to course design, good practices in teaching and learning, and innovative learning activities and assessments in various academic disciplines.
Develop expertise in all aspects of the university's learning management system and related educational technology, including web tools and online services, mobile devices, common office productivity software, and promising emerging technologies and be able to teach faculty and staff in their effective uses.
Advise and train faculty about accessibility, usability, and copyright requirements for technologies and materials used in courses.

Minimum Qualifications

Three or more years of technical training, K-12 teaching, or college-level teaching, AND
Master’s degree in hand or in-progress in a relevant academic discipline, AND
One year of experience designing and developing instructional materials for online, blended, or technology-enhanced in-person courses, AND
One or more years of experience in providing technical support for instructional technology, OR
Any equivalent combination of experience, training, and education.

Preferred Qualifications

Masters degree in instructional design, educational technology, education, communication, psychology.
One or more years of instructional design experience in higher education.
One or more years experience teaching online in K-12 or higher education.
Strong web design skills, and experience with good user interface design.
Strong technical support and troubleshooting skills.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills, including fluency in spoken and written English and ability to communicate diplomatically and persuasively with technical and non-technical audiences.
Knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models and methodologies.
Excellent customer service skills with emphasis on patience, helpfulness, and tactfulness.
Project management and time management skills, a results-oriented approach to work, and ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines while managing multiple simultaneous projects.
Ability to work productively and collegially in a team-oriented environment AND ability to work independently.
Ability to quickly learn new technologies, and sound judgment to gauge when — and when not — to use them for teaching and learning.
Comfort with Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps for Education
Experience with adaptive learning courseware and authoring tools.
Skill in using Mac and Windows computers, iOS or Android based tablets, smartphones, and related peripheral devices.
Experience designing in HTML and at least basic knowledge of CSS.
Experience using Blackboard Learn or other learning management systems; particularly Moodle, D2L, or Canvas.
Experience in the area of usability and good interface design.
Awareness of principles of Universal Design for Learning, ADA Section 508
Ability to work with a variety of people from educationally and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at: A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


$57,000 - $59,500

** The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available at

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service, which may be found at:

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. More information is available at:

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days ( If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years. In addition to the development classes offered in-person, every NAU employee receives a free subscription to From this site you can access more than 1,400 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video, home computing, and web design and development.

Application Deadline

Open until further notice.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.