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Job Title: Instructional Designer, MSMU Online Department

Organization: Mount Saint Mary's University

Instructional Designer, MSMU Online Department

About Mount Saint Mary's University:

Mount Saint Mary's is the only women's university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary's provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world.

Mount Saint Mary's University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is thoroughly committed both to providing equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees, and to providing a work environment that is free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. The University will not assist applicants with any visa matters. A background check will be required. Applicants must also provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination of condition of employment.

Job Description:

The Instructional Designer position is responsible for the development, design, implementation and maintenance of online academic courses and programs at Mount Saint Mary's University. The Instructional Designer works under the supervision of the Academic Director of Instructional Design providing hands on support for both faculty and students of online and web-enhanced courses, and also will help the Academic Director of Instructional Design manage projects and the workload of the other Instructional Designers. The Instructional Designer participates in regional /national organizations, and researches to stay current with trends and best practices in e- Learning. The position is responsible for ensuring the quality of online course development/delivery to improve resulting student success.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Partners with faculty and staff in the development of online courses providing instructional design oversight, applying adult learning theory and proper pedagogical principles in the development process.

  • Coordinates the training, online course design, and development process from inception to completion including the maintenance of a project plan detailing course development progression and risk management.

  • Works with academic leadership in support and development of online and blended programs. Ensure alignment to accreditation standards, transfer requirements, and institutional goals.

  • Ensures instructional design expertise is provided to faculty working on online course design and course development.

  • Coordinates and facilitates interactions with faculty to integrate course content into the campus learning management system or other appropriate technologies that will enhance the online teaching and learning experience.

  • Keeps abreast of the current literature on learning theory and learning practices in higher education.

  • Develops expertise in and conduct assessments of curricular projects, technologies, and practices.

  • Teaches and assists faculty and staff in the use of the LMS system, both in classes and individually.

  • Provides outreach to potential faculty to build and create new online course content in the campus LMS.

  • Works independently, lead major educational technology projects, and coordinate staff resources across campuses to support online course development.

  • Plans and manages projects to introduce faculty to emerging technologies and pedagogical practices.

  • Serves as a member of campus committees on teaching and learning as appropriate.

  • Monitors quality and engagement measures; analyze key metrics to continuously improve the online courses, services and products for our students and partners.

  • Implements current best practices in instructional design to create effective, interactive learning experiences for a diverse, but focused library of courses and programs.

  • Works with our internal academic, student support, and technology teams to design and build innovative, student-centered, adaptive, high-quality online courses and programs.

  • Works closely with faculty and subject matter experts to identify and curate innovative course content, engaging learning activities and assessments, aligning with institutional, program and course outcomes.

  • Evaluates and incorporates effective educational resources, social learning activities, problem-based learning, game-based learning, and adaptive learning as appropriate.

  • Researches, analyzes and evaluates new technologies and learning strategies for potential applications to improve the blended, online and mobile learning experience.

  • Supervises, instructs, and supports the Office of Instructional Design's student workers in various tasks and responsibilities.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates faculty training and support for online learning.

  • Monitors quality and engagement measures; analyze key metrics to continuously improve our courses, services and products for our students and partners.

  • Performs other job-related duties, as assigned.



  • Proven track record (5+ years) designing and building online and blended courses, including instructional content, learning activities, multimedia, and assessments for courses delivered to post-secondary students.

  • At least 5 years of experience designing and delivering instructional materials online and blended courses, including instructional content, learning activities, multimedia, and assessments for courses delivered to post-secondary students. Knowledge of multimedia instructional technologies for online education, learning management systems and social networking applications.

  • Working knowledge and hands-on experience in the creation of course materials in a learning management system and integration of other technologies to support academic courses and programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to design, create and deliver digital content and instructional materials using appropriate development tools.

  • Advanced knowledge of computerized systems and operating environments; skills with web technologies, learning management systems, electronic resources, and emerging academic technologies.

  • Understanding of higher education and regulatory issues and how these impact online learning.

  • Demonstrated experience leading multiple, simultaneous online course development projects.

  • Experience in teaching academic courses in higher education desirable.

  • Quality Matters? experience and certification preferred

Abilities and Skills:

  • Extensive and successful record of working with faculty and staff in higher education on course development.

  • Understanding of the University's structure, policies and practices, and the impact on own area.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences in both verbal and written form.

  • Ability to exchange information and interact effectively with individuals and collaborate with colleagues within the University.

  • Ability to solve problems quickly and completely with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects and to work constructively in a team environment.


  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Instructional Design, Graphic Design or related field required (Master's or Doctorate degree in Instructional Design, Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Theories or related field preferred).


  • Experience designing courses with multimedia, interactive, online technologies for synchronous and asynchronous communication.

  • Demonstrated experience leading multiple, simultaneous online course development projects.

  • Experience in maintaining collaborative partnerships and working well in a team environment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to operate in fast-paced and dynamic environment, prioritizes well, and delivers results.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Quality Matters? experience and certification preferred

Additional Information:

Work Location: Both Campus Locations (West Los Angeles) and Doheny Campus (Downtown Los Angeles)
Start Date: Immediately
Applications Deadline: Open until filled

The University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student population and workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of learning. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply to be a student or to work for the University.

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter and resume.

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