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Job Title: Instructional Designer

Organization: University of California Santa Barbara


Position title: Instructional Designer
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: March 1, 2022


Open date: December 21st, 2021
Next review date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


UCSB seeks a dynamic, collegial, and self-motivated individual to assist with instructional design for online and hybrid courses, and to collaborate on programs for faculty professional development in digital pedagogy and academic technologies. The Instructional Designer will work with instructors to help them create expertly designed courses and highly engaging, accessible course content delivered in a clear and effective manner. This role will vary based on campus needs, but involves supporting the design of hybrid and online courses, conducting regular checks on course quality and accessibility compliance, helping faculty with assessments and course alignment, and improving meaningful teacher-student interaction through course design and instructor practice. The Instructional Designer will also help to curate online materials and resources for campus-wide training on effective teaching in higher education. Other responsibilities involve developing workshops, hosting individual and group consultations, and designing online and print documentation, tutorials, and video resources in support of instruction.

The position requires experience with various aspects of distance learning, pedagogical and course design knowledge, strong verbal and written communication skills, and project management skills.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)


  • Masters degree in any discipline

  • At least 2 years experience as an instructor in higher education, as a teaching assistant, or in an instructional design position

  • Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • At least two years of demonstrated expertise in college and university pedagogy and knowledge of research-based teaching and learning principles based on listed prior experience or publications.

  • At least two years of experience with a range of educational technologies for delivering online learning experiences.

Preferred qualifications

The preferred qualification is a Masters degree in Instructional Technology/Design or related field and at least 5 years experience as an instructional designer in higher education and/or as a teaching assistant or instructor in higher education, with a demonstrated interest in college and university pedagogy and knowledge of research-based teaching and learning principles.

Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with higher education institutions or non-profit organizations

  • Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning

  • Experience with ADA compliance

  • Experience with Quality Matters or similar guidelines

  • Project management skills

  • Experience consulting with faculty on a range of issues related to the intersection of educational technology and effective pedagogical practice (across disciplinary boundaries)

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills in a variety of interactions (e.g. written, verbal, in person, media)

  • Demonstrated success as a collaborative team member


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - A cover letter describing your experience relevant to this position and what you feel you can contribute to the mission of Instructional Development.

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please note that we may request letters of recommendation from the references that you provide.

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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