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#97736 Digital Learning Senior Instructional Designer

Extended Review Date: Tue 2/19/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/31/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/11/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled.


The Teaching + Learning Commons (the Commons) is the campus-wide innovative infrastructure for comprehensive faculty and student support. It is the executive branch of the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) for advancing teaching excellence and student success.

The mission of the Commons is to advance student success through teaching excellence and comprehensive academic student support; be an incubator for student academic success innovations; increase access to education on campus and beyond: and, actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through its programs and services.

Through six unique but integrated hubs, the Commons’ work encompasses four areas: instructor support to enhance their teaching (inside and outside the classroom, in traditional as well as in digital teaching and learning settings); support undergraduate and graduate students to advance their success at UC San Diego and beyond; support graduate students to develop their professional development as instructors; and actively promote equity and inclusion within its organization and through its programs and services.

The Digital Learning Hub (DLH) is part of the Commons. The DLH advances teaching and learning excellence and increases access to education on the campus and beyond using digital technologies.

The Hub's goals are to:
• advance UC San Diego's vision to innovate and enrich education and promote digital technology to enhance learning.
• enhance the university's reputation locally, nationally and globally.
• provide support to faculty for online course delivery.
• leverage digital technology to increase access to UC San Diego's research and scholarship.
• contribute to research and assessment to advance knowledge in digital learning and inform new pedagogical approaches.

At the Commons we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling our mission.
As such, we are committed to recruiting, advancing, and supporting a diverse team who:
• will contribute to our mission by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
• will actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through our programs and services.
• are dedicated to continuous learning.

This position is responsible for providing instructional and program design expertise for the design, development, and support of online courses and specialized educational programs. Responsible for assisting faculty in the design of online coursework/programs and instructional practices, development of learning resources and re-visioning of courses and course segments to online delivery methods.

This position works under the general supervision of the Director of the DLH and plays an integral role in supporting the success of the University's online initiatives. Paramount to the success of this position are an in-depth understanding of instructional design theories and methodologies to online course design; an awareness of current trends in instructional software, multimedia applications and web-based educational technologies; an understanding of online course platforms (e.g. Canvas, Coursera, edX); a currency in best practices in online course design; and excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.

  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, or closely related discipline with two (2) years of higher education instructional design experience; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of instructional design principles and learning strategies, including needs analysis, backwards design, learning outcomes and assessment design, and instructional approaches including lecture, discussion, activities, projects, etc.

  • Thorough knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required to achieve the delivery of engaging and media-rich online learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and learning. Proven fluency using LMSs such as Canvas, Coursera and edX.

  • Demonstrated experience integrating online learning courses/certificate programs with one or more learning management systems.

  • Thorough knowledge of applying adult learning theories and educational methodologies.

  • Strong analytical, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and strong collaboration and negotiation skills. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and before large and small audiences.

  • Thorough analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills. Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.


  • Job offer is contingent on a background check.

Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri