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Instructional Designer


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Instructional Designer

Department of Online Learning

College of Lifelong Learning (CLL)

Trevecca Nazarene University


University Mission Statement

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian community providing education for leadership and service.


General Summary:

The instructional design team will work with internal departments and individual stakeholders to create engaging and intuitive learning experiences for programs serviced by the Trevecca Nazarene University, which includes traditional, non-traditional programs comprised of adult degree-completion, graduate, and online programs for campus and off-site locations.  The Instructional Designer will be a regular full-time 12-month position with salary and fringe benefits to be established by the University.  Flexible hours required to accommodate recruitment and servicing of adult students. This position reports to the Director of Online Learning. 


Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Course Creation, Approval, & Revision
    1. Function as a project manager for the course development.
      1. Create and follow a process of course creation.
      2. Develop templates for rapid deployment of courses.
      3. Adhere to project timelines, managing the milestones of the project, for the rapid delivery of innovative programs, meeting critical deadlines for course developing, while also meeting quality standards.
    2. Provide support for faculty to assist with online, hybrid, and face-to-face course creation using Trevecca’s learning management system.
      1. Educate faculty about course development and design options.
      2. Work collaboratively with faculty to transform subject content into sophisticated online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses that engage learners in their courses and continue learning (and faculty) wants to return.
      3. Provide suggestions for course activities based in current learning theories that drive user engagement to facilitate the learning outcomes of the course.
      4. Provide guidance on use of media, social technologies, and other resources for course development.
      5. Create documents and templates (e.g. instructor guides, lesson plans, surveys, etc.) to assist faculty with course development and evaluation.
    3. Work with the Connect Administrator to build and code courses, proofread content, and make recommendations for revisions.
    4. Assist with the final approval of new courses
      1. With program directors and deans, develop an approval process for new courses.
      2. Make recommendations regarding the approval of new courses.
    5. Revise existing courses to meet standards.
      1. Create a schedule for the regular review of all active courses.
      2. Work with subject matter experts to bring substandard courses up to standards.
  2. User Experience
    1. Champion the value that design can bring to the learning environment.
    2. Work collaboratively with the Connect administrator, program directors, faculty, and others to ensure that the user experience design elevates our platform to deliver a world-class experience.
    3. Establish and implement best practices for design.
    4. Create intuitive architecture, user flows, layouts, and interactions.
    5. Continually evaluate the user experience and make recommendations for improvements.
  3. Quality Assurance
    1. Assist in the development of policies and processes for course/program development and revision.
    2. Work collaboratively with the academic affairs team, deans, and directors to develop standards for courses administered through the Online Department. These should include standards for course design, delivery, authenticity, learner engagement, and content.
  4. Leadership
    1. Learn continually about the needs of Trevecca’s administrators, faculty, students, and market.
    2. Become an expert in Trevecca’s context (the schedule, operational structure, and market) in order to provide leadership and to leverage expertise.
    3. Provide training opportunities for faculty on the principles of online and blended learning.
    4. Assist with the annual evaluation of instructors.
  5. Other duties as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree or certification in instructional design is required and a master’s degree in curriculum and instructional design is desired.
  • Experience with systems used for distance education and experience supporting instructors and users in an academic environment is required.
  • Three or more years of experience developing courses and curriculum for adult and/or online learning in a Sakai LMS is desired.
  • Knowledge of various learning theories and learning styles is desired.
  • Proficiency in HTML, graphic design, and/or mobile app development is desired.
  • Ability to create positive relationships with diverse University stakeholders across multiple fields and disciplines is required.
  • Commitment to the mission of Trevecca Nazarene University is required.


Required Job Outcomes

  • Demonstrate thought-leadership by developing and successfully implementing innovative solutions to identified needs in online, blended, and classroom education
  • Collaboratively develop courses in the Sakai LMS that are completed on time and with the highest quality
  • Develop an intuitive, engaging user experience in all courses and programs



Specific Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Attitudes Required:

  • Unequivocal commitment to the mission of the University, as established by the Board of Trustees.
  • A lifestyle in agreement with the Trevecca Nazarene University Statement of Mission, Faith, and Lifestyle Covenant.
  • Understands the structure of the Church of the Nazarene and the place that a regional university serves in the overall mission of the church.
  • A thorough knowledge of andragogy, including adult development, adult learning theories, and services necessary for adult student success.
  • Demonstrate a high level of and conceptual and strategic thinking to develop and deliver faculty development workshops in the areas       of instructional design, collaborative learning, facilitation skills, grading and student evaluation methods, and adult learning theory and practice.
  • Values and role models lifelong learning.
  • Effective leadership experience with business, education, and religion programs.
  • Capable of global thinking, sees the big picture, and understands how all the factors of a higher education institution fit together.
  • High level of analytical ability.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact and communicate with personnel and faculty.
  • Ability to convey a professional image and develop relationships with personnel and faculty as described above.
  • Working knowledge of personal software packages, as well as the Internet to prepare and/or enhance online and on-ground curriculum and training workshops and materials.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of and experience with learning management systems from a student services perspective.
  • Operational understanding of online/distance education.


Basic Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Committed to excellence in work done and passionate about giving quality customer service.
  • Goal-oriented individual, self-motivated, diligent, solution-oriented rather than problem-centered, and exhibits a high energy level.
  • Ability to direct or manage various projects at one time.
  • Ability to use logic and creative methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions, probe resources for answers, can see hidden problems, perform analysis effectively, and look beyond the obvious to seek additional solutions.
  • Dedicated to meeting the expectations and needs of customers/students/faculty
  • Ability to work with organizations, groups, and individuals of varying ages, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds in a sensitive and professional manner. Relates well with others, builds appropriate rapport, builds constructive relationships, uses diplomacy and tact, and is able to find common ground.
  • Concerned about others, genuinely cares, demonstrates empathy, and is available to help.
  • Maintain confidentiality with sensitive information.
  • Practices attentive and active listening, has the patience to hear people out, and can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.
  • Develops and uses collaborative relationships with internal and external colleagues and student clients to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Excellent communication skills, is customer-service oriented, and demonstrates a professional manner.
  • Experience using productivity technology (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database software) and social media applications.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students and to develop strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students, and the general public.
  • Personally committed to continuous self-improvement, understands that different situations call for different skills and approaches, and works to deploy strengths and offset weaknesses or limits.
  • Basic understanding of the particular learning needs of adult learners.
  • Flexible with an evolving dynamic work situation.
  • Has strong personal references.


Special Requirements:

To perform the duties of this job, the employee will:

  • Possess a valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
  • Be required to move about the campus.
  • Be required to interact via telephone, in person, and via electronic media.
  • Occasionally work evening and Saturday hours, when required.
  • Express a mature Christian testimony and understands and can communicate the merits of a Wesleyan theological heritage in Christian education.


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be:

  • Regularly required to sit at a computer desk and use a computer keyboard and mouse without discomfort.
  • Regularly required to see a computer screen without difficulty.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. 
  • Regularly required to stand and reach with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.



The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.  The principal duties and responsibilities enumerated are all essential job functions.




Christian Faith and Trevecca Employment:

Trevecca is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. It reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964). Top candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to the Christian faith, active participation in a local Church, and a philosophy of Christian higher education consistent with the University’s Wesleyan tradition.



Interested parties who are in agreement with the mission and values of Trevecca Nazarene University should send a cover letter and resume to:   

Please no agencies or telephone calls.