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Lead Learning Designer (Remote)

City University of Seattle
Job Location:
Instructional Technology and Design

Company Description:

City University of Seattle (CityU) is a distinguished and comprehensive private nonprofit university and an affiliate of the National University. We serve students regionally, nationally, and globally, reaching across borders to impart knowledge and empower individuals. With a focus on adult learners and online students, we provide flexible, accessible programs tailored to meet the needs of the modern learner. Offering over 60 academic degree programs, we are committed to expanding our student's knowledge, skills, and possibilities. Our mission is deeply rooted in the belief that education can improve lives. We invite you to join us in our commitment to fostering community, promoting diversity, and providing an environment where every student can thrive and achieve their educational goals.

Job Description:

Job Summary:

Leads team in implementing university course design standards and related processes. Oversees course development and consultative projects and quality assurance reviews across the learning design team. Collaborates with faculty on revising courses to align with university standards. Adopts and promotes accessibility standards and academic technologies to enhance student learning. Identifies training needs. Assists in training faculty and staff on effectively using the learning management system (LMS) and associated technologies. Contributes to a culture of innovation, teaching excellence, and collaboration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead team in administrative reporting, planning, communicating, and implementing university course design standards and related processes.
  • Collaborate with program directors, faculty, subject matter experts, librarians, and other stakeholders to design high-quality courses incorporating interactive and engaging learning materials for a variety of delivery modes.
  • Incorporate backward design, adult learning theory, best practices for learning design, instructional strategies, and assessment into course development.
  • Oversee course development projects, distribute projects across the learning design team, chair course development meetings, establish production schedules, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and provide follow-up on tasks.
  • Lead the process for quality assurance reviews of courses, learning activities, and academic technologies to ensure alignment with learning outcomes and university standards.
  • Utilize LMS features and relevant authoring tools to create learning materials, graphics, images, and instructional support materials.
  • Lead regular communications among learning designers and with academic department leaders, program directors, and other stakeholders regarding course design processes, project status, and system and departmental updates.
  • Research, evaluate, analyze, and recommend relevant learning technologies, strategies, and pedagogical approaches to enhance learner engagement and retention.
  • Utilize system data to inform continuous improvement of course design and course development processes.
  • Identify training needs associated with learning design and lead training and mentoring activities.
  • Assist in identifying, testing, implementing, and maintaining learning management solutions.
  • Promote the adoption of Universal Design principles, ADA, and copyright compliance in the design of courses and training resources.
  • Participate in academic committees and task forces as needed.
  • Maintain knowledge of policies, issues, and laws affecting learning design.
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends and developments in academic technology and course design.
  • Participate in professional development and continuing education activities to support personal and departmental growth.


Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Master's degree in Adult Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and education.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in instructional design. Team-leading experience is desired. Must maintain an active portfolio of course design/implementation projects.
  • Knowledge of current and innovative trends in academic technology and instructional design principles in face-to-face, online, and mixed-mode environments.
  • Demonstrated understanding of adult learning theories, instructional design methods, Universal Design for Learning principles, and ADA compliance.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment, taking and giving constructive feedback.
  • Experience with supporting learning management systems (preferably D2L Brightspace) and academic technology tools.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, interpersonal, customer service, presentation, and communication skills in support of a diverse population of faculty and students.
  • Proven time management skills, ability to adjust to changing workloads and priorities, and ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot.
  • Ability to promote the effective use of systems and academic technology to support teaching and learning.
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency with software tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Express and Premiere Pro) and MS Office 365.

Additional Information:

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, and perform repetitive motions of the hands or wrists.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, grasp or handle, stoop or bend, and reach.

Working Conditions:

The working conditions described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Work is performed remotely.
  • Some evening and weekend hours are required in this position.
  • Travel, including overnight travel, may be required.

Salary information:

$70,000 -- 80,000/year

Benefits information:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and paid time off; medical, dental, and vision insurance; health savings accounts (HSA/FSA); many types of voluntary insurance; retirement benefits with employer matching; tuition benefits; and other workplace perks such as flexible work schedules, anniversary rewards program, employee recognition program, etc.

Application Instructions:

CityU of Seattle only accepts application materials through this online application process. Please submit a complete application to be considered for this position. A complete application includes:

  • Completed Electronic Application Form
  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter

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City University of Seattle is an equal opportunity employer and is continuously working to build a diverse faculty and staff. City University strongly encourages inquiries from all qualified individuals interested in becoming part of the CityU team, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

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