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Job Title: Instructional Designer (Project Position)

Organization: Pierce College District

Location: Lakewood, WA

SALARY: See Position Description

OPENING DATE: 12/18/19



SUMMARY: The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 5 community colleges in the nation, Pierce College is an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen Institute's Rising Star Award. The Project Instructional Designer is a key team member of the District's professional development effort related to ctcLink and Guided Pathways. The Project Instructional Designer works with the District's professional development team in designing and implementing training related to high impact projects and training programs across the district. This is a specially funded three month, full-time, project position. The Instructional Designer will report directly to the Manager for Employee Learning and Development and requires consistent and regular attendance.




Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Training Support:


  • Work collaboratively with SMEs in design and implementation of effective learning strategies (i.e. Universal Design Learning, integrated, online, etc.).

  • Conduct needs assessments related to training development.

  • Assist SMEs as they implement instructional technologies through workshops, courses and one ­on–one support.

  • Support quality assurance processes for course/curriculum design, accessibility, and quality standards as required by the district.

High Impact Project Training:


  • Work closely with project leads, SMEs and other college partners to design, deliver, and evaluate specific training opportunities for faculty and staff.

Instructional Technology Communication and Collaboration:


  • Work with project leads, SMEs and communication teams in promotion about employee development and learning and with targeted stakeholders.




  • Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Educational Technology, Education (with emphasis on teaching and/or learning technology), or closely related field.

  • Experience with the use of web-based applications and/or instructional technology tools for preparation of training and/or learning activities.

  • Experience designing and implementing Universal Design Learning principles and strategies.

  • Experience in organizational project management.

  • Successful experience teaching or training adults.

Required Competencies: (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Traits and Characteristics):

  • Computing & online Instructional Technology Systems:

    • Broad understanding of desktop and computer systems and software to a level that can support training, troubleshooting and selection of technologies to meet user needs.

    • Experience in selection and use of teaching and learning tools including learning management systems, basic web design tools, multimedia development software and other computer or web-based applications for content creation.

    • Technical aptitude to use and learn new systems such as learning management systems, web conferencing, multimedia software and tools, and software applications used to prepare instructional environments and materials.

  • Job Management / Organization:

    • Sets high standards for work product and accepts personal accountability with respect to meeting deadlines and completing individual and team projects.

    • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and adjust plans or priorities as situations change.

    • Ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team.

    • Strong analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:


  • Excellent verbal and written communication.

  • Desire to foster and support innovation and organizational changes.

  • Effective presentation skills in online and in­-person modes.

  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively and positively with individuals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and educationally diverse populations.




To be considered for this position, applicants must:


  • Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.

  • Complete the online application profile at

  • Apply for the specific job opening.

  • Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.

At Pierce College, we value culturally responsive and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners.


(Cover Letter)


  • Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience.



  • Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position, however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education.

  • Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit:

  • (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire).

  • (Transcripts)

    • Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted.

  • (References)

    • Provide a response to the following question

  • (Supplemental Questions):

    • How do you conceptualize the relationship between equity, diversity and inclusion and excellence?

  • Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

  • Terms of Employment: Pierce College is hiring a full-time (40 hours per week), administrative-exempt, 3-month project employment position with Pierce College District. The position's primary work location will be at either Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus but occasional travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekend work, and occasional travel as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites. Salary & Benefits: The salary of this project position is $23,132.50. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided.

  • For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at:


Physical Work Environment: This position is required to work indoors in an office environment, in addition to, outdoor venues and locations during College sponsored events and programs. Reasonable Accommodation: Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342.


Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service. Screening & Interview Process: Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned. Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration.


Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.


Conditions of Employment:


  • An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

  • Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy.

  • As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.


Equal Opportunity: The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.


For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following: Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator 9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, Washington 98498 (253) 964-6519 Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer (253) 864-3229

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