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Job Title: Freelance Instructional Designer

Organization: Sarah Lawrence College

Location: New York (Can work remotely)

Sarah Lawrence College Graduate & Professional Studies is looking for a freelance instructional designer who has extensive experience in developing fully online and blended graduate-level courses. The ideal candidate would be someone who has a varied skill set and range of experience.


Primary duties and responsibilities:


  1. Work closely with faculty members, some who are new to online course development and delivery, to design and develop their graduate-level courses and build them in Canvas.

  2. Provide recommendations, storyboards, or mockups, for interface design, sequencing of instruction, use of assessments, and other interactive activities associated with courses.

  3. Aid in the development of media products for use in online courses including video, audio podcasts, and graphics.

  4. Support instructors who need problem-solving and solutions in LMS courses

  5. Develop instructional materials for faculty training related to the LMS, and other appropriate learning technologies.

  6. Provide thorough and detailed quality assurance of all course material.



  • Bachelor or master’s degree in educational technology, instructional design, instructional technology, curriculum design, or other related discipline is required.

  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience designing, developing, and managing online, blended or other technology-mediated instruction.

  • Must present a portfolio of work or samples.

Computer or other special needs for the position:


  • Familiarity with graphic design principles appropriate for developing online and blended instruction, as well as print-based learning materials, is required.

  • Advanced Microsoft PowerPoint and Word skills required.

  • Experience with web-based learning management systems and online conferencing software (such as CANVAS and Zoom) highly desired.

  • Competency in basic image manipulation software, such as Photoshop and Illustrator highly desired.

  • Experience with InDesign and basic HTML coding a plus.


Special skills and knowledge:


An ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and creative team player who is capable of participating in highly collaborative instructional development processes and willing to contribute wherever needed to ensure team success. The candidate must have strong oral, written, and visual design skills, as well as interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with multiple constituencies in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment. Also, it is important that the candidate has the ability to exercise independent judgment and solve problems in creative and productive ways. The candidate must have knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies and proven ability to adapt and learn new procedures and software programs.


This position will be supervised by the Manager of New Learning Initiatives.

Application instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and work samples to: Joan McCann, Director of Administration at

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