Senior Instructional Designer

Vermont Law School
May 20, 2020
South Royalton, VT
Job Type


Reporting directly to the Faculty Director of Online Learning as a valued member of the Vermont Law School Online Learning Team (OLT), the Senior Instructional Designer/Instructional Designer will be expected to:

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support and model VLS's mission.
  • Collaborate and communicate with the OLT.
  • Provide technical and pedagogical support and assistance required to construct and deliver content in an online, technology-aided, hybrid or blended format (hereinafter collectively referred to as online).
  • Provide Faculty, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and/or Content Developers (CDs) the technical tools and support required to define and refine learning outcomes and measure student mastery against those outcomes in an online format at the program and course level.
  • Assist Faculty, SMEs, and CDs in designing assignments or learning activities that are appropriately interactive and facilitate appropriate mastery of learning outcomes.
  • Provide instructional, technological, and pedagogical program and course review, including quality assurance and assessment as assigned.
  • Provide instructional, technological, and pedagogical recommendations or suggestions related to instructional material, learning activities, media (e.g., video) and multimedia/interactivities, assessments, rubrics, instructor notes, as well as course structure and design, and technology tools configurable within the VLS LMS.
  • Oversee project and process management related to new course development and course revisions and participate in new program development or program revisions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure a well-rounded student experience and achieve short and long term goals.
  • Design, collect, interpret and suggest ways to leverage and act upon data (internal and external surveys, polls, social media) to assess learning outcomes and improve the student experience.
  • Ensure courses meet accessibility and compliance standards; identify and address accessibility barriers in course design to increase student success.
  • Apply universal design principles in online course design.
  • Enforce copyright compliance in course development and delivery, including but not limited to locating / securing permissions as needed, and being sensitive to the unintended / unauthorized use of any unlicensed digital assets.
  • Ensure that all online education design and development initiatives comply with policies of state and regional accreditation agencies, as well as program/specialized accrediting agencies and professional organizations.
  • Assist in the designing and delivering of training materials related to online teaching and course developing.
  • Perform other duties as necessary - to be determined by Faculty Director of Online Learning in alignment with department and institutional mission, goals and values.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master's degree in instructional design, educational technology, or related field (required)
  • Experience mentoring / training instructors in educational technology and pedagogy, preferably in higher education (required)
  • Two years of online course or program development experience at the graduate and professional degree level (law school or law related fields a plus)
  • Experience working in a deadline driven technology production environment
  • Knowledge of current standards and best practices in instructional design.
  • Knowledge of accessibility standards and assessment methodologies.
  • Knowledge of visual design and user experience principles and ability to apply them in the design and development of engaging, interactive instruction.
  • Thorough knowledge of at least one leading learning management systems (e.g., Moodle, Canvas); experience with multiple LMSs helpful
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new computing / interactive platforms and services as needed
  • Facility using both Windows and macOS desktop computing platforms, with expertise in either / both
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of HTML; knowledge of related technologies (JavaScript, CSS, etc.) helpful
  • Knowledge of synchronous delivery applications (e.g., Zoom, MS-Teams video, Big Blue Button).
  • Knowledge of common education technology-oriented applications and services such as Adobe Creative Suite, Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic, etc..
  • General knowledge of the educational technology marketspace and ability to identify the need for specific products to address educational and institutional needs
  • Knowledge of common interactive media services at the content-creation level (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Impeccable writing, editing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact successfully with diverse constituencies independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work within a Window/MS Office operating environment, both in person and virtually
  • Ability to use discretion in handling confidential information
  • Collaborative team player

Physical Requirements:

  • 95% Computer-related work
  • Primary work is done sitting and/or standing at a desk
  • Repetitive motion (keyboard, mouse, etc)
  • Sufficient near-vision acuity to read information appearing on a computer display screen, in hand-written forms, and printed on paper.
  • Adequate hearing and verbal abilities to communicate patiently and effectively in person and by telephone.

Mental Requirements:

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines and reorganize under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Ability to manage the pressure of multiple deadlines

Note: All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an at-will basis.
PM20 PI120348239

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