Learning Engineer

Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Learning Engineer

Job ID: 40778
Location: Evanston, Illinois 

Department: SoC Administration
Salary/Grade: ITS/78

Job Summary:
The Learning Engineer will provide curriculum design, technology support, and course development services to faculty in the School of Communication, integrating learning and teaching technologies into their courses. The Learning Engineer will work closely in particular with faculty teaching in the School’s hybrid online programs and active learning spaces. In this role, the Learning Engineer will support all digital/online projects to improve students’ learning through the creative use of technologies. The Learning Engineer has knowledge in the learning sciences classroom technology tools that support increased classroom engagement, effective content authoring and lesson design methodologies that best serve digital education, and experience in working with instructors in higher education.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Prepare, revise, QA, and launch courses in an online or blended format. In partnership with faculty, identify course objectives and instructional goals, develop curricula, and guide the faculty in course presentation and production. Offer guidance and mentorship to faculty while the courses are run;
  • Provide support and training to auxiliary support staff and student cohorts working in an online/blended environment, including remote and on-premise work on both the Chicago and Evanston campus;
  • Work with faculty who express interest to broaden the reach of instructional design innovations to their courses, especially encouraging the adoption of active learning techniques;
  • Collaborate with, train, and support faculty on the adoption of appropriate classroom technologies that can help advance their educational goals. Inform faculty of new delivery strategies and pedagogy options.
  • Exercise superior project management and workflow coordination services; 
  • Maintain current knowledge of learning science and instructional design principles for the effective support of online and blended education, peer learning, and active learning practices;
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the School of Communication on best practices for training and education.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in instructional design, learning sciences or a related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with certification in instructional design; or related, higher-education experience with training that is equivalent to the skills and knowledge of these degree credentials
  • Two years of experience working on faculty-driven educational initiatives, bringing instructional design and analysis to the cooperative development work of instructors, educational technology support staff, and teaching assistants.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment;
  • Demonstrated skills in oral communication, listening, and building relationships with instructors;
  • Proven skills in writing for the web, as well as for reports, proposals, and traditional publishing platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Learning Sciences, Educational Technology, or a similar field;
  • Three or more years of professional experience as an Instructional Designer in higher education or in a similar organization serving adult learners;
  • Expertise in developing instructional design strategies with school or departmental stakeholders;
  • Teaching or training experience in higher education.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Expertise in Canvas or a similar Learning Management System;
  • Expertise with one or more digital education (content) authoring tools (e.g., Camtasia, Captivate, Lectora, Softchalk, Articulate);
  • Understanding of and application of social networking and mobile applications in environments for teaching and learning;
  • Knowledge of current learning technologies (online and traditional classroom);
  • Ability to adapt and communicate successfully with different people and situations.

Please apply online at https://careers.northwestern.edu/psp/hr857prd_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=40778&PostingSeq=1

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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