Senior Instructional Designer, Graduate and International Programs
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: REQ20120338
The Instructional Designer will have a depth of experience in and will be adept at instructional and program design. Further, the incumbent will have expertise in developing and supporting online courses. This position will be responsible for leading our Instructional Designer Teamâs joint work with our faculty with the conversion of their online courses. The Instructional Designer will apply their experience with sound instructional practices, the development of learning resources, and the delivery of courses via online delivery methods. They will have an in-depth understanding of online course platforms, instructional software, multimedia applications, and web-based educational technologies.
Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in instructional design, educational technology, or related fields.Â A Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology or a similar graduate degree in instructional design or educational technology preferred.
Experience: Candidates with at least five years of instructional design experience in higher education or a corporate environment is preferred.
Field of Expertise: Directly related experience in supporting educational technology and/or hybrid and online teaching in a university or corporate environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and outstanding organizational abilities. Strong analytical, collaboration and negotiation skills. Knowledgeable about new teaching and media technologies in online education and instructional design and emerging trends. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Design of new online courses to complement our online library
Support in the transfer of existing courses to a new learning management system
Develop learning objectives and align content, activities, and assessments to those objectives, where necessary.
Directly support faculty in creating and designing instructional materials and instructional strategies while incorporating best practices and sound pedagogy.
Assist faculty in creating effective, engaging, and innovative online course delivery.
Develop recommended learning paths and content for faculty as needed.
Thorough knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required to deliver engaging and media-rich online learning content and trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and learning.
Create media to support learning (visual aids, infographics, interactive exercises, animation, etc.)
Design, create and revise course documents and instructional-support materials.
Demonstrate fluency using and training users on LMS platforms, including Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle.
Provide technical consultation, design, and course development assistance to faculty.
Support ADA Compliance and Quality Control efforts.
Support overall program initiatives.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
ATTENTION:Â Applicants must upload a cover letter and a resume to be considered for this position.
Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law (Gould).Â Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles are influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions.Â At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 5 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Bachelor's degree in instructional design, training and organizational development, human resources, cognitive science, human-computer interaction (HCI), or related fields. Five yearsâ experience in curriculum development, learning experience design or user experience. Ability to interpret, analyze, and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations, and requirements. Research experience. Demonstrated interpersonal, critical thinking and project management skills. Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning theory and application of theory to learning deliverables. Experience creating learning content in a virtual setting. Ability to apply user experience principles (e.g., usefulness, usability, and desirability) to create engaging learning activities. Knowledge of human-centered design, design thinking and Agile design methodologies. Ability to translate content into visual, multimedia experiences, leveraging graphics, motion graphics, audio and visual design skills. Experience creating virtual or augmented reality courses. Demonstrated knowledge of gamification principles and application to learning experiences. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated understanding of the nuanced messaging required for various audiences and distribution channels. Experience distilling complex topics and content into personable, easy-to-understand information. Ability to oversee concurrent projects, prioritize competing assignments, and work under pressure with frequent interruptions. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office. Ability to exercise discretion with confidential information.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.