Instructional Designer

Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts-based University built upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ as evidenced historically and revealed in the Scriptures.  

Job Title:​ Instructional Designer​​​​​​​​

Department: Office of Online Learning ​​​​

Reports To: ​Dean of Online Learning ​​​​

Location: Remote

FLSA Status: Exempt

Time Requirements: Full-time, 40 hours per week, 12 months​​​

Supervisory Responsibilities: None​  

Summary Description: The Instructional Designer works to enhance the Carson-Newman educational experience as part of the Office of Online Learning. Whether a course is 1% or 100% online, this individual supports the planning, designing, and developing of effective learning experiences. This position actively collaborates with individual faculty, programs, and departments to support their online and innovative learning needs. The Instructional Designer is an integral online learning team member within the Office of Online Learning that is engaged in learning design, learning multimedia, learning technology and support for a growing portfolio of innovative programs. The individual in this position brings to it (or demonstrates the potential to learn) knowledge of pedagogical theory and best practices that empower effective use of technology in learning. 

Essential Functions

• As an intentionally Christian academic community, Christian employees are hired to advance the mission of Carson-Newman as expressed in our strategic plan, Acorns to Oaks.

• Communicate and collaborate with faculty in planning programs and courses, selecting appropriate educational technology, and course delivery strategies.

• Apply instructional design theories, practice, and methods.

• Create engaging and effective learning activities and compelling course content in collaboration with subject matter experts.

• Analyze and apply trends in learning technologies and instructional design.

• Plan faculty development and support faculty in effectively utilizing technology in teaching.

• Prepare training and support resources as needed for a variety of instructional technology tools.

• Coordinate with academic departments in supporting program design, development, and effectiveness.

• Complete learning design and development projects.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred (master’s degree in education, communication, instructional design, business, marketing or relevant field preferred).

Experience: A minimum of two years of experience in or related to education curriculum design and/or educational development.

Required Skills: – Demonstrated ability to work with multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, – Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with others to accomplish goals, – Ability to organize and pay attention to details.Desired Qualifications: – Demonstrated experience in building online or hybrid courses, – Knowledge of and experience in education, – Teaching experience, online, hybrid, or face-to-face, – Ability to train one-on-one and in a group setting, – Advanced experience of skills in learning design, learning media, learning innovation, or learning technology and support.  

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. 

General Information:  This description is designed to describe the general nature of the job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and duties. It is the responsibility of the supervisor for this position to formally outline in writing any performance expectations including specific duties for which the employee assigned to this position will be held accountable in terms of performance evaluation.

Employee Expectations:  The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian institution and to be worthy examples in moral conduct and behavior for the students of the University and fellow employees.