Instructional Designer (Remote)

Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
May 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Instructional Designer (Remote)

About Champlain College:
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, private, not-for-profit college in Burlington, Vermont overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Its career-driven approach to higher education prepares students for professional life from their very first semester. For the fifth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2020 regional rankings and listed among The Princeton Review's "The Best 385 Colleges" in 2020. Champlain is also featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and is recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its "Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes. The College offers 30 undergraduate degrees as well as online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Champlain's Centers of Experience provide students from across all majors with experiential learning environments that guide them in how to take their classroom knowledge and put it to the test in practical applications allowing them to gain real-world experience firsthand. Each Center connects Champlain to the local community and the world, turning theory into practice. The Centers entrust students with responsibility, engage them in ambitious goals and empower them to lead with creativity, confidence, insight, and integrity. At the helms of the Centers are cutting-edge industry professionals who share the goal of providing the most relevant, career-focused education, enriched with hands-on learning opportunities.

Job Description:
Champlain College Online has an opening for a talented Instructional Designer. This role works with program directors/deans, subject matter experts, faculty, and other eLearning team members to design and develop new courses and revise existing courses in the College's online Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. The Instructional Designer supports instructors by addressing teaching and learning issues in online courses. This person plays a key role in identifying the needs of students, designing and developing learning experiences, and working with subject matter experts to produce courses that are outcomes-driven, engaging, and ADA compliant. The Instructional Designer leads development teams to design and develop courses and manage their caseload of courses in which they contribute expertise to structure content and activities, develop assessments, adapt instructional materials, and create media to optimize student learning. This position is best suited to someone who enjoys problem-solving in a team environment and seeks to develop new skills while growing their understanding of learning and technology.

With your application please submit a portfolio or sample of your work and a 1-3 minute video letting us know why you are interested in this position and in working for Champlain College Online. Please use your video to demonstrate your production skills and style. Please submit your work via a URL link (Youtube, Vimeo, or Google Drive). We are excited to see your work!


  • Manage course design and development projects.
    • Lead individual course development teams that include subject matter experts, program directors/deans, eLearning team members, and others while ensuring resources are well deployed, timelines and standards are met, and all parties collaborate effectively.
    • The Instructional Designer will develop and manage content in Canvas. Structure content and activities; develop assessments; adapt instructional materials; and create media, hands-on exercises, and scenarios to optimize student learning.
    • Provide consultation and support to individual faculty looking to improve their courses through the effective use of web-based instructional technologies. 
    • Ensure the course development process is evidence-based, relevant to the stakeholders, and effective for learning by the target population.
    • Contribute positively to a department culture that is a hospitable and engaging environment for faculty to seek support for course improvement.
  • Conduct course reviews to ensure courses are strategically-aligned, outcomes-driven, engaging, and ADA compliant. 
    • Regularly review existing online courses, assist in the creation of priority lists of courses to be redeveloped, facilitate the design and development of those courses.
    • Create evidence-based improvement plans for courses that can be carried out by the Instructional Designer and/or other staff and faculty.
    • Assist with the production of documents that communicate guidelines and standards.  Keep them updated and ensure usability by eLearning team members and faculty.
  • Write training materials, create and deliver training experiences that model best practices in faculty training, student orientation, the use of learning management systems, and online pedagogy.
    • Create and/or approve training material prepared for faculty and students regarding the use of the LMS and online teaching and learning.
    • Remain current with best practices, research, and emerging models of instructional design in online environments. Regularly communicate that information within eLearning and through department training channels.
    • Deliver online or in-person training as needed.
  • Administrative and other duties.
    • Provide input into discussions around best practices, policy, and process.
    • Attend and participate in department meetings.
    • Participate in the work needed to complete department goals.


  • Master's degree in Instructional Design,  Instructional Technology, or equivalent professional experience.
  • 3- 5 years of experience working with faculty or SMEs in higher education or professional setting required.
  • Knowledge and application of leading Instructional Design models required.
  • Background in usability and experience design, information design, and communications.
  • Experience developing instructor-led, online, and mobile courses.
  • Experience with elearning technology tools, project management tools, and learning management systems (Canvas experience preferred). 
  • Expertise creating accessible and usable Web pages.
  • Experience with HTML and editing tools for Web text and graphics.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office or Google Apps required. 
  • Experience with PhotoShop, Illustrator, other Adobe Creative Cloud applications, Articulate360, H5P, and video a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail, process, and deadlines.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills, excellent file management, documentation, project management, writing, editing, collaboration, and a positive approach to customer service are required.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to multitask under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in visual, oral, and written form.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a high-performing team with shared goals.

Additional Information:
The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

Application materials must include a resume/CV and a letter of interest (Cover Letter) specifically addressing the desired qualifications, work samples, and short video (details above).

Champlain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV -positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, and does not discriminate in the administration of its education and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices or co-curricular and other College-administered programs. Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students, applicants for admission or employment, or employees. Please contact the People Center at 802.651.5800 with questions concerning the hiring process or future employment at Champlain College, or if auxiliary aids or services are needed to apply for employment at Champlain College.

Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals.

The College seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, teaching or research can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence of Champlain College. Please include information about how you would contribute to these efforts and help to further this goal in your letter of interest/cover letter.

Application Instructions:
In order to be considered for the position, you must upload a resume.

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