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Job Title: Instructional Designer

Organization: Fort Hays State University

Location: Hays, Kansas

Fort Hays State University is looking for talented, experienced instructional learning consultants and designers who are passionate about the field of learning and want to be a part of a growing team of learning professionals. Located in Hays, the city is known for being a welcoming, friendly, and vibrant community, and the cultural, medical, and commercial hub of western Kansas. The community has received numerous accolades, such as being voted an All-American City, second best city in the state to raise children, and also the third best small college town in America. Fort Hays State University is a thriving, regional comprehensive university with a private school atmosphere and a state college mission. It is small enough to have a personal touch and large enough to provide ample opportunities. It is also widely known for its innovative spirit and its strong international and distance learning presence. The University currently serves 13,825 students - 4,800 residential, 5,860 in the Virtual College, and 3,165 international students in China with partner universities. The campus has a long, established tradition of nurturing students through close connections and personal attention.


The Opportunity 
This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate who is passionate about learning, pedagogy and technology. Key responsibilities are the production of online and blended courses, curriculum products, and supplemental materials. A key requirement of this position is the ability to consult with faculty to ensure a high-quality learning experience for students, including the design of instructional modules, appropriate learning activities, and assessment tools. 

The Instructional Designer will be responsible for the following duties: 


  • Consult with faculty to identify, select, and integrate appropriate technology to complement pedagogical approaches in diverse learning environments

  • Work with FHSU faculty to design and develop online and hybrid-format courses, applying appropriate learning theories and valid instructional design principles.

  • Collaborate and consult with faculty on the effective use of instructional design strategies, web-based resources, multimedia technologies, and instructional software and systems for online course development.

  • Research new and emerging uses of digital resources and technologies

  • Support various initiatives such as blended and online course design, ePortfolios, flipped classrooms and other active learning strategies that leverage instructional technologies

  • Organize and lead workshops to promote faculty competencies in digital learning, in collaboration with key offices and stakeholders

  • Collaborate with faculty to develop assessments of pedagogical effectiveness and student learning outcomes of digital learning pedagogies

  • Offer assistance to faculty in identifying and evaluating online content resources (OERs).

  • Promote faculty’s understanding and use of digital resources and best practices in integrating technology in traditional, blended, and online course design and teaching, via formal and informal trainings and one-on-one consultations



Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Instructional Design/Educational Technology or related discipline. Comprehensive knowledge of learning theories, curriculum and principles for online instruction / instructional design, and direct experience using one or more web-based course management systems required. The ideal candidate’s background would include teaching experience in a postsecondary environment, a variety of educational technology related activities, including the ability to manage, develop and support of student learning and faculty development projects. Excel-lent communication skills, strong problem solving and organizational skills, and experience working as a team are also required. Other qualifications include:


  • Two (2) or more years of experience with instructional design, education technology, learning spaces (online and classroom), and learning management systems required. 

  • Experience working with faculty supporting the integration of instructional technologies; knowledge of learning theory, pedagogical practices, and course assessment techniques; a commitment to innovative instructional design in a liberal arts environment

  • Proven success connecting instructional design to disciplinary and institutional learning goals.

  • Knowledge of how accessibility technologies and ADA/Section 504 (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements apply to online learning applications

  • Knowledge of mobile learning and best practices for designing courses for mobile delivery.

  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills

  • Proven record of positive, collaborative working relationships with diverse colleagues, stu-dents, and faculty with different levels of technical knowledge


Application Procedure 
Please send cover letter, resume, and three references by September 18. 2015 to: 

Sarah Jacobs 
Fort Hays State University
Instructional Designer Search 
Tomanek 101 415 Lyman Drive Hays, KS 67601 

Please call 785-628-4235 with questions.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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