Senior Lead Instructional Designer, Prototyping
Company: Western Governors University
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: January 25, 2023
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.Current WGU employees must submit an internal application
before1/28/2023 to be considered.In conjunction with other
stakeholders, the senior instructional designer manages the course
development process and evaluates curricular materials (e.g.,
courses, technologies, modules) based on quality rubrics, providing
expertise on the instructional effectiveness of learning resources.
This individual works closely with stakeholders, researching and
incorporating proven learning strategies and quality practices into
the curriculum of each degree program. In addition, the senior
instructional designer collaborates with stakeholders to develop
course competencies and objectives. This position is responsible
for the success of several simultaneous projects, assessing risk,
reporting progress, and communicating effectively with internal and
external stakeholders to promote collaboration and
accountability.Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Manage the course development process for new, redeveloped, and
- Ensure academic and quality standards as well as WGU's vision
and mission are reflected in all aspects of the student
- Ensure course learning material, student engagement strategies,
formative assessments, practice activities, and feedback such as
knowledge checks result in student attainment of skills,
proficiencies and competencies.
- Seek and implement alternative and innovative student
engagement and learning modalities.
- Application of learner-centered design to design and
development of contextually rich, engaging, and objective-driven
courses that focus on applicable real-world/workplace skills.
- Design and create high-impact learning experiences for online,
CBE, and individually paced learning.
- Creation of learning through all stages of production from
ideation to scripting and storyboarding, to production
- Identify learning resources, manage and assist in the design
and development of curricular materials, and map learning resources
to course or program objectives and competencies in collaboration
with university partners.
- Develop and revise curricular materials, including competency
statements, learning objectives, and other relevant
- Review learning resources and assessments to ensure proper
alignment to the intended objectives and facilitate agreement for
- Collaborate with assessment portfolio specialist in designing
and implementing the assessment traverse design and collaborate
with assessment developers on the creation of formative
- Collaborate with the program owner and assessment developer to
ensure alignment of curriculum and assessments.
- Ensure course development is completed on time and within
budget and meets standards of quality.
- Conduct quality assurance reviews on courses and implement
- Performs other related duties as assigned.Knowledge, Skill and
- Thorough understanding of curriculum development, instructional
design, and assessment for learning (formative assessment)
- Experience with implementing Universal Design for Learning
- Demonstrated ability to design and create high impact pedagogy
for online, CBE, individually paced learning.
- Shepherding ideas from ideation to production and contributing
to the creation process.
- Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies, solve emergent
problems, and share learnings and suggestions with a team to come
to a quick, value-driven solutions.
- Thorough understanding of project management, needs assessment,
and risk management.
- Advanced technical writing and editing skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects at different stages while
meeting deadlines and quality standards.
- Ability to work independently, under minimal supervision.
- Advanced critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis skills
- Advanced skills in planning, organizing, and
- Ability to facilitate collaboration, support, and approval from
a variety of stakeholders.
- Problem Solving Skills: Investigates appropriate resources and
involves partners when appropriate; future-oriented; assesses what
will help/hinder achieving goals; focuses on what is
- Interpersonal Skills: Deals with others in a considerate,
respectful, and unbiased manner; approaches conflict proactively;
solicits and shares feedback openly; listens with empathy and
- Accuracy: Draws on information garnered from careful
cultivation of a broad knowledge of WGU's goals and processes;
investigates beyond assumptions.
- Adaptability: Course corrects behaviors and communication style
to meet the needs of a wide range of situations; tackles obstacles
appropriately; is comfortable with ambiguity.
- Reliability: Accountable to others; does what it takes to get
the job done; actions are consistent with words; follows through on
commitments; exhibits exceptional integrity.
- Attitude: Displays commitment to the organization and to
personal growth; self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire
others; asserts self appropriately to champion ideas; tells the
truth in a direct and constructive manner.
- Initiative: Self-directs with a strong bias for action; leads
the way in improvement of performance or processes; displays keen
interest in students and organization.Competencies: Organizational
or Student Impact:
- Accountable for decisions that impact the college or program
- Leads complex college/cluster initiatives to improve Key
- Is a go-to person at the college/cluster level; is well
networked in the college and (perhaps) in the university &
- May actively contribute to initiatives at the university
level.Problem Solving & Decision Making:
- Resolves problems that require broad-based consideration of
variables at the program/course level.
- Implements and supports the creation of new educational
methodologies at the college level.
- Supports implementation and assessment of processes that
reflect learning outcome achievement indicators at the college and
- Works with minimal supervision and operates collaboratively
with management in developing goals and objectives at the college
level.Communication & Influence:
- Communicates with students if/as appropriate to the teaching
- Communicates and collaborates with fellow faculty members
within and across discipline practice and college.
- This individual contributes to scholarly presentations and
publications within content areas and disciplines.
- Attends professional conferences and association meetings
focused on the faculty member's discipline or practice area(s) and
engaged in discourse with fellow attendees.
- Shares ideas for new and revised curriculum, learning
resources, and assessments with content area and discipline
leadership.Leadership & Talent Management
- A college leader and a source of advice, mentoring, and counsel
across the college /cluster.
- An innovative thought leader in discipline or practice with
college-level impact with measurable results.
- Innovates to ensure coverage within and between teams, enabling
teams to meet field or practice service level agreements.
- Leads and promotes exceptional change management.Job
- Terminal degree and all applicable licenses or
- 5+ years of relevant professional leadership experience.
- This role will serve as a demonstrated subject matter expert in
job-relevant content or practice area.
- 2+ years designing, implementing, and leading strategic
projects with data-informed decision-making and measurable,
- 2+ years contributing to the management of P&L
budget.Department Specific Minimum Qualifications:
- Master's degree in instructional design, educational
technology, comparable degree or bachelor's degree with related
areas of relevant work experience in instructional design, learning
sciences, and educational technology.
- Three or more years of online university course design
experience or curriculum development
- Experience in online learning technologies and pedagogies
- Experience with graphic design and multimedia content
- Experience with adaptive technologies (VR, mobile,
- Teaching experience
- Experience selecting, adapting, and using OER to support
learning outcomes.Physical Requirements:
- Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a
- Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.Disclaimer: This
Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature,
essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by
employees within this classification. It does not contain a
comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and
qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job.
Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time
with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a
contract of employment and the University may exercise its
employment-at-will rights at any time.#LI-TG1#LI-Remote
As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength
lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.
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