Instructional Services Manager

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Technology $49,031 to $70,000 yearly

Job Reference #: 19001647

Distance and Online Education (DOE) is seeking an instructional designer to assist faculty and course instructors in the design and development of online/distance education courses.

 A successful candidate will apply sound instructional design principles to: lead faculty in the process of creating new and transitioning on-campus courses to instructionally sound, engaging online offerings; (2) guide faculty in the process of organizing and/or chunking course content for online delivery,  recommend instructional strategies and media to support course goals and objectives; design and develop instructional materials, and setup and/or restructure course content and/or assessments on learning management systems.

Distance and Online Education is seeking to hire a Full-Time Lead Instructional Designer

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate instructional design projects from start to completion. 
  • Consult and collaborate with faculty regarding online pedagogy best practices addressing instructional needs, course learning objectives, curricular issues, and the application of instructional design and adult learning principles to the design/revision and delivery of online courses. 
  • Design, write, select, and adapt materials based on instructional objectives. 
  • Proof course materials at initial stages of development to ensure adherence to effective instructional and graphic design principles, provide constructive feedback, and recommend changes as appropriate. 
  • Define project timelines and manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Evaluate the instructional effectiveness of the strategies and pedagogical approaches used.
  • Design and lead training efforts relating to online teaching best practices.

All positions at the University of Iowa are required to meet expected proficiency levels within the Universal Competencies. This position is required to perform these competencies at an extensive level.


  • A Master’s Degree in Instructional Development or Design, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience (typically 1-3 years) in course design and development, as well as creating instructional and training materials for online delivery. Experience working with online instructional technologies.

Demonstrates working proficiency, knowledge of, and the ability to :

  • Evaluate academic assessment methods and activities, assess research and instructional programs, and review students' learning outcomes to ensure achievement of academic objectives and strategies.
  • Apply concepts and practices of adult learning and design in the development of distance learning courses.
  • Utilize distance learning tools and techniques for development and delivery of distance learning courses.
  • Execute relevant instructional design concepts and processes; ability to design instructional content to meet the learning needs of a target population.
  • Proficiently use standard office software applications, web page editors, graphic software, and basic HTML.
  • Work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner and effectively communicate using strong written and verbal English grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, and pronunciation.
  • Manage multiple concurrent projects or activities and effectively prioritize and allocate time and resources.
  • Use summarization and simplification techniques to explain complex technical concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience.

highly desired position qualifications:

  • Extensive experience (typically 3+ years) in course development and/or redesign, as well as creating instructional and training materials. 
  • Extensive experience working with online instructional technologies.
  • Experience with digital media solutions in creating interactive teaching and learning tools.
  • Experience working with instructional technologies such as course management systems, wikis, lecture capture, and virtual classrooms.
  • Experience developing rubrics to assess student performance and/or course development.

Note to Applicants: The qualifications of this position may be described as competencies or behaviors needed to perform the job duties of this position at a defined proficiency level/standard. A working proficiency level is required for this position unless noted otherwise in the qualifications. Please visit the Competencies website for additional information.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check and credential verification prior to beginning work.

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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.


 Regarding References: Five professional references will be required at a later step in the recruitment process. Please only send references if and when requested.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for interview, applicants must upload both a personal current resume and a cover letter that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position. Applicants who fail to submit the required materials are ineligible for interview.

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Job ID: 67542

Posted 16 days ago

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