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Instructional Designer

North Central Michigan College
Job Location:
Petoskey, Michigan
Instructional Technology and Design

Company Description:

Established in 1958, North Central Michigan College (NCMC) was created to ensure that education beyond high school be available, financially possible, and conveniently located for learners in Emmet County. Initially learners attended NCMC from Michigan's tip of the mitt, however, currently the population of student learners are even more geographically diverse. Over the next several decades, programs included liberal and studio arts, nursing, allied health, criminal justice, data processing and many more continue to evolve to the present day. A 207-acre campus was established in 1960 in Petoskey, and the first buildings were opened just three years later. In 1973, College education centers were added in Cheboygan and Gaylord.

The last two decades have seen the construction of the Student and Community Resource Center (SCRC), the Health Education and Science Center (HESC), and renovation of the Library/Conference Center. What's more, the spectacular Harris Sculpture Garden was built, featuring world-class art especially commissioned from across the country. During this time, University Center partnerships were formalized, the new mobile digital Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) launched, and the College garnered Achieving the Dream Leader College distinction.

In 2020 NCMC enrolled nearly 1800 students in credit-bearing courses, offering 24 Associate Degrees and 39 Certificates, leading to careers in business and industry, as well as the health, human services, and education fields. Other exceptional programs include the creative arts, natural sciences, and the social sciences. An Early College partnership with area high schools enables students to obtain their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. Life on campus is vibrant, led by Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Financial aid awarded in 2017-18 totaled nearly $6 million, with 80% of students receiving such assistance. Since 1960, NCMC has awarded more than 11,000 total credentials (degrees or certificates) to more than 10,000 students. Droves of other learners receive non-credit skills training through the Corporate and Community Education Division. With more than 230 employees and an annual budget of nearly $16 million, the College has a significant economic impact in northern Michigan. Building upon its solid foundation, NCMC strives to be impactful in the coming decades.

North Central Michigan College is poised to transform itself and the region providing exceptional, accessible, relevant education to students of all ages and all backgrounds. Having long been an essential part of the region's success, the College believes in a rapidly changing world, community colleges like NCMC have a pivotal, local role to play. With exceptional faculty, staff, and leadership teams, and a fresh strategic plan, NCMC seeks to create futures of meaning and purpose, strengthen the region's workforce, and enhance the quality of life in northern Michigan by offering vibrant educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for years to come.

Job Description:



Salary range: $49,000 - $67,000 per year

This position reports to the Associate Dean of Distance Learning and Instructional Design and works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. The person in this position provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the use of Open Education Resources (OER's) in the development and design of hybrid and online courses in the College's Learning Management System (LMS); provides hands-on, full-service instructional design support for faculty developing hybrid and online courses; and helps to develop and facilitate faculty training related to hybrid and online course design and facilitation. This position also helps to provide training and technical support in the use of distance learning technology in all learning environments.


  • Lead and support faculty through the course design and development process to create courses that utilize modern instructional design & adult learning theories, are in compliance with policies in North Central's Distance Education Handbook, adhere to federal regulations, and meet accreditor standards.
  • Provide consultation, technical support, and training to subject-matter experts, faculty, and staff who are participating in the development, deployment, of improvement of online, hybrid, or face-to-face classes that utilize distance learning or other instructional technologies.
  • Produce accessible digital instructional materials, including video, audio, graphics, and other interactive media elements using a variety of software and platforms.
  • Work with the college librarian and others to identify, recommend, and integrate OER's in distance learning learning environments.
  • Anticipate, identify, and resolve issues and inquiries related to instructional technologies in a timely manner, ensuring appropriate action to the satisfaction of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Assist the Associate Dean of Distance Learning & Instructional Design with maintaining and utilizing the college's LMS and other related platforms.
  • Research and recommend application of emerging technologies in learning environments to foster innovation and incorporation of best practices.
  • Produce and analyze different types of data to produce helpful reports, identify areas concern, and make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues, using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, accreditor requirements and/or government regulations.
  • Assist the Associate Dean of Distance Learning & Instructional Design with resolving Help Desk and other time-sensitive support requests.
  • Create a supportive & collegial working relationship with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Understand the importance of working with students from diverse populations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate with many individuals at all levels throughout the internal college environment verbally and in writing, as well as with external business and community partners, representing themselves in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to respond in an efficient, professional, and rational manner in stressful situations and handle challenging and sensitive situations using sound judgment.
  • Assists the Associate Dean of Distance Learning & Instructional Design with scheduling, purchase orders, and other tasks to ensure smooth functioning of the department.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task, work under strict deadlines, and re-prioritize projects and tasks effectively on short notice and with little-to-no supervision.
  • Meets deadlines with high levels of efficiency and accuracy.
  • Other related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in educational technology, instructional design, education/curriculum development, or equivalent.
  • Experience in higher education preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of modern instructional design, adult learning theories, universal design, and usability principles through the development of complete course shells in an LMS.
  • Experience evaluating and integrating Open Education Resources in the course design and development process.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, cloud-based technologies, basic graphic design tools, and basic HTML/CSS coding.
  • Understanding of how to create accessible digital instructional materials.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation.


  • Master's degree in instructional design, education, education technology, or related field and at least two years' experience in higher education, preferably at a community college.
  • Experience developing and assessing learning outcomes at the course and program level.
  • Ability to quickly locate appropriate instructional materials, including OER, that align with specific outcomes modern theories for adult learning.
  • Experience building or evaluating courses with the Quality Matters Rubric a plus.
  • Extensive experience with Learning Management Systems to develop online and hybrid courses from scratch in an LMS (D2L/Brightspace a plus).
  • Extensive technology toolbox of e-learning content development and assessment creation software.
  • Instructional consulting experience and/or experience working in a faculty support center.
  • Experience creating and providing faculty training on developing accessible instructional materials.
  • Considerable working knowledge of copyright and intellectual property standards for educational materials.
  • Knowledge of academic structures and values.
  • Web design, graphical user interface design development, and knowledge of usability principles a plus.

Additional Information:


North Central Michigan College is committed to broaden diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention and completion; and in employment and hiring practices. Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:


Complete applications will be given first consideration. A complete application includes 5 items listed below:

(1) cover letter

(2) resume or CV

(3) Application for Employment with all sections completed with requested information and signatures

(4) three professional reference letters

(5) copies of academic transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire)

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