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Job Title: Instructional Designer

Organization: Palomar College

Location: North County San Diego but can be done remotely.



Assists faculty, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders in the design, development, and on-time delivery of accessible instructional content for a systemwide project serving the California Community Colleges system; conducts research on emerging technologies for use in an academic setting; in collaboration other team members and stakeholders; identifies, analyzes, selects, and organizes instructional content for the career and technical education programs.




Essential Functions:


Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Assists faculty and other stakeholders in creating engaging online course content and corresponding learning activities; assists in identifying educational end goals and professional development educational needs and developing appropriate course and other content; converts face-to- face course content as well as prerecorded videos and other written material such as white papers, technical pdfs, etc. into digital learning strategies.

  2. Assists in implementing online course and module design for effective learning through the application of instructional design theories, practice, and methods; develops supporting material and media, including audio, video, simulations, roleplaying, and games.

  3. Visualizes and develops instructional graphics, course design, structure, and user interface to support learning; creates computer animation for the LMS, including animated GIFs, streaming media, HTML5 and interactive clips; provides web programming using Flash, JavaScript, PHP, and other web scripting and dynamic HTML languages; ensures compliance with universal design and Section 508 accessibility standards.

  4. Participates in selecting appropriate technologies to support effective delivery of course content, such as learning management systems (LMS), social media applications, and standalone publisher content; adds functionality to LMS courses, such as social media.

  5. In collaboration with faculty, identifies criteria to assess students’ performance and develops assessment instruments, including use of assessment tools within LMS; assists in conducting instructional research and analysis.

  6. Provides support ty for a peer review process of resources submitted to a professional development repository.

  7. Keeps abreast of industry trends and technology applicable to the field of instructional design.

  8. Maintains and updates a variety of project documentation, course folders, and other records and files relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Marginal Functions: Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.




Experience and Education/Training Guidelines:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



Three years of increasingly responsible experience providing support for academic course content development utilizing online technologies.



Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in instructional technology, web design, computer science, information systems, or a related field.


Knowledge of:


  1. Principles, methods, and techniques of instructional design, including course content development and associated technologies.

  2. Principles and practices of standard web programming, scripting, and graphics markup software and languages and social media platforms.

  3. Learning management systems usability concepts, including navigational aids and knowledge management.

  4. Principles and practices of learning outcomes, modalities, and assessment.

  5. Systems design principles and applications development methodologies and tools.

  6. Methods and techniques for troubleshooting website and software problems.

  7. Programming knowledge and operating systems capabilities and constraints applicable to an academic technology environment.

  8. Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers and applicable software programs used in instructional design.

  9. Current and emerging instructional design associated products, tools, and equipment.

  10. Methods and techniques for training others in complex, technical subject matter.

  11. Principles and practices of sound business communications in a college environment.

  12. Pertinent federal, state and local codes, laws and regulations, including processes and terminology relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

  13. Public and community relations principles, including the use of tact, patience, and courtesy.

  14. Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.


Skill in:


  1. Utilizing standard web programming, scripting, and graphics markup software and languages.

  2. Planning and completing projects efficiently and in accordance with established quality standards and timelines.

  3. Working effectively either independently or as part of a team.

  4. Operating office equipment including computers and software programs applicable to assigned area of responsibility.

  5. Keeping technical skills current and relevant with technologies utilized in assigned area of responsibility.

  6. Planning and conducting effective user trainings.

  7. Applying pertinent federal, state and local codes, laws, and regulations.

  8. Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  9. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.




Please send resumes and work samples to:

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