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Instructional Designer

Simpson College
Job Location:
Indianola, Iowa
Instructional Technology and Design
Instructional Designer
Simpson College: Academic Affairs
Location: Indianola, IA
Open Date: Sep 6, 2021


The Instructional Designer is responsible for designing and creating highly interactive online, blended, and face-to-face learning content for academic courses at Simpson College. The designer will provide course design support and guidance to full-time and part-time Simpson faculty, working directly with faculty to collaboratively plan, design, develop and revise course materials. The designer will assist faculty with academic technology related questions and with the re-visioning of courses for alternative delivery methods. The designer will prioritize and handle multiple projects at one time, working collaboratively with staff and faculty across the institution. Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Support full-time and part-time Simpson faculty with the course design process, creating engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhance student learning and retention. Course design duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Working with subject matter experts to identify learner needs
    • Helping faculty define desired learning outcomes and creating content and assessments that match them
    • Applying tested instructional design theories, practice and methods
    • Visualizing instructional graphics, the user interface and the ultimate design of the finished course product
    • Creating supporting materials/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games etc.)
    • Using the OSCQR rubric to assess course quality for all online/blended courses to which the instructional designer has been assigned
    • Maintaining project management documentation, as well as frequent communication with faculty, during the course design process
  • Support video production, closed captioning, and needs across campus. Supervise team of student workers to help with these tasks.
  • Sit on various campus wide committees to represent academic computing needs including committees such as: Online Advisor Committee, Learning Management System, IT committees, and others.
  • Support Simpson in its investigation, design, and deployment of instructional technologies.
  • Support faculty in designing, testing, and integrating instructional application of technology that authentically supports learning both in the classroom and online.
  • Design and assist in updating technology related resources in Moodle and on Simpson’s Teaching & Learning Center webpages.
  • Collaborate with The Center for ADA compliance, student accommodations, and UDL design.
  • Develop and provide training both face to face and online for Simpson’s academic software platforms.
  • Bachelor’s degree, 
  • Maintain high level of confidentiality.
  • Broad experience providing instruction online
  • Knowledge of teaching in various modalities of blended and online instructional environments
  • Strong interpersonal skills, courtesy and tact to communicate effectively with faculty and staff
Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, name and contact information for three professional references, a statement addressing how your experiences and/or interests contribute to promoting diversity and inclusivity to Human Resources. Interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION: Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Simpson College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, veteran or veteran disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic in admission, access to, treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any persons having inquiries concerning Simpson College’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504 or Americans with Disabilities Act are directed to contact Mary Ellen Bartley-Nancarrow, Director of Human Resources, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, Iowa 50125-1299, (515) 961-1511. Persons may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504, or Americans with Disabilities Act.

TITLE IX: Simpson College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. Simpson College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about non-compliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy, more information, or to report an instance of sex or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Title IX Coordinator ( and/or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

The College is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include but are not limited to criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history. Simpson’s annual security compliance document is available on the Simpson Security website. To comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, you will be required to, upon being made an offer of employment, produce documents that are specified by the federal government to establish your identity and right to work in the United States. These documents must be produced no later than seventy-two (72) hours after beginning paid employment. Questions? Contact the Human Resources department at


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