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Specialist, Instructional Design

Joliet Junior College
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 23, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Distance Education Programs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus), Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title:

Specialist, Instructional Design

Job Description:

STATUS: Full time
DIVISION: Academic Affairs
UNION: Technical Office Support Staff
REPORTS TO: Director of iCampus
PLACEMENT: Support Grade 8
MINIMUM PAY RATE: $49,497.49 annually

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. Joliet Junior College is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its staff.


The Instructional Design Specialist (IDS) works with faculty and staff in the planning, development, support, and evaluation of online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses that are of high quality and incorporate best practices in adult learning theory, accessibility, and copyright law. Assists faculty, staff, and students with use of the colleges Learning Management System and supported software and tools. Creates and provides training opportunities and step-by-step guides and other documentation for faculty, staff, and students. The IDS will possess a positive attitude toward their work, the college’s mission, lifelong learning, collaboration, and quality service.


1. Collaborate with faculty in the planning, design, development, and management of online and hybrid course instruction using the college’s online course design guidelines, adult learning theory, and rubrics.

2. Develop and provide training opportunities to assist faculty in learning, practicing, and developing pedagogical theory and skills related to web-based instruction and technology.

3. Create reference materials (help documents, how-to guides, videos, courses, and other similar items) that prepare faculty, staff, and students to use the college’s Learning Management System and related technologies.

4. Configure, maintain, troubleshoot, and support software provided by third-party vendors and publishers, and others which integrate with the college’s Learning Management System and other tools and systems.

5. Serve as a system administrator for the college’s Learning Management System (LMS).

6. Perform online and hybrid course reviews per department guidelines.

7. Provide assistance and technical support to faculty, staff, and students utilizing the college’s Learning Management System and related technologies.

8. Research and improve distance learning delivery methods through a strong commitment to continuous professional growth in areas of educational technologies. Remain current in industry trends and related technology. Participate in regular professional development opportunities.

9. Develop reports and answer information requests from college offices that require data found within the Learning Management System.

10. Recommend, promote, and support appropriate uses of technology for online learning.

11. Communicate all pertinent information regarding online course reviews, LMS and other software and tools, technical problems, and general concerns to the Director of iCampus.

12. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other members of the college and community, displaying cultural competence as well as emotional intelligence.

13. Serve on committees as needed.

14. Perform other related duties as assigned.


1. Bachelor’s Degree in instructional design, distance learning, educational technology, or related field.

2. Experience working with web technologies and/or learning management systems.

3. Experience training, and working collaboratively with higher-education faculty.

4. Knowledge of distance learning technologies, intellectual property laws, and software applications for authoring (e.g. SnagIt, Panopto, Captivate, Articulate, etc.).

5. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including written correspondence, correct grammar in writing and speaking, phone communication skills, creativity, self-motivation, problem solving, sense of humor, and positive/professional attitude.

6. Must work effectively with diverse groups including students, administrators, faculty, staff, and outside entities. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.


1. Master’s Degree in instructional design, distance learning, educational technology or related field.

2. Experience with Quality Matters workshops and/or course review process.

3. Three (3) plus years of online teaching experience at the post-secondary level.

4. English and Spanish verbal and written communication proficiency.

5. Demonstrated multicultural competence.

Full Time/Part Time:

Full time

Union (If Applicable):


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