Staff Associate, Instructional Designer

Worcester State University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Distance Education Programs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus)
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at .

Job Description:

OFFICIAL TITLE: Staff Associate, Instructional Designer
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Associate VP of Academic Affairs; indirectly supervised by Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning

General Statement of Duties: The Staff Associate, Instructional Designer works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and other University constituents to assist in designing high-quality courses that meet best practices, in a variety of modalities. The incumbent applies research-based best practices in course design and leverages effective tools, resources, and techniques that enhance student learning.


(E) = Essential

  1. (E) Works collaboratively to assist in designing high-quality courses that meet best practices, in a variety of modalities.
  2. (E) Collaborates with faculty for the purposes of integrating student engagement and instructional technological and non-technological techniques into the design, development and implementation of instruction.
  3. (E) Conducts workshops and other trainings on a variety of pedagogy and instructional technology-related topics.
  4. (E) Develops materials for instructors that are accessible, engaging, relevant, and pedagogically sound.
  5. (E) Assists faculty with integrating active/engaged learning strategies into course design.
  6. (E) Identifies and evaluates relevant pedagogical approaches that address key institutional needs.
  7. (E) Assists in the design, development, and production of learning materials using digital media (audio, video and web) and the application of student-centered instructional design principles.
  8. (E) Cultivates resources to support faculty in designing, funding, implementing, and disseminating scholarship of teaching and learning; works with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research accordingly.
  9. (E) Demonstrates civility and professional, customer-service oriented behavior, worthy of emulation by other staff and students.
  10. (E) Responsible for contributing to the WSU Strategic Plan.
  11. (E) Responsible for contributing to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action objectives.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Education or related field
  • At least two years of experience in curriculum or instructional design and classroom teaching
  • Knowledge of instructional technology in higher education
  • Knowledge of pedagogy and student engagement in a variety of modalities
  • Knowledge of Universal Design and ADA standards for course design
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written formats and work collegially with all persons in a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Knowledge of training best practices and instructional design principles
  • Knowledge of learning management systems (Blackboard)
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, and motivation skills
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to successful pass a thorough background check
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Education or related field

Additional Information:

Worcester State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer which seeks to reflect the diversity of its community.

It is the policy of Worcester State University that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by WSU, to be verified after an offer of employment has been made, and as part of the background check process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human Resources.

The firm annual salary range for this full-time, exempt, benefited APA position is: $50,000 - $62,000.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply online at

Expected documents for submission include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Applicants must complete the National Student Clearinghouse Authorization form or submit the official transcript of highest degree.

All information that can be uploaded to one's e-account should be done so by the applicant; information which cannot may be faxed to 508-929-8169 or emailed to, or may be sent to the following address:

Executive Director, Chief Human Resources Officer

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602-2597


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