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Instructional Designer, UMOnline

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 12, 2023

Application instructions are located at the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at for positions at the University of Montana – Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and Helena College. Do not apply through or use easy apply through *

UMOnline invites applications for Instructional Designer (ID) to serve as a key member of the instructional design team. The ID’s primary responsibility will be assisting instructors in developing online, blended and hybrid courses, and incorporating educational technologies in teaching and learning across the University of Montana. Additional opportunities may include working with external partners including those involved in professional development, employee training, and non-traditional educational environments. The ID should have a strong commitment to creating a vibrant and welcoming culture that recognizes, values, and respects diversity.

Position duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Working with subject matter experts to create engaging and accessible learning activities and course content.
  • Consultation and collaboration across teams, both internally and externally.
  • Clarifying instructional outcomes and creating content and assessments that align with them.
  • Creating supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role-plays, games, etc.) that is accessible and represents diverse perspectives.
  • Provide training, consultation, and ongoing support of LMS to faculty and staff.
  • Organize and maintain project management documentation.
  • Remaining current with developments in the field of online design.
  • Supporting instructional research and analysis on learners and contexts.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $45,000-$55,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Media Arts, or related field and at least one (1) year of relevant experience (e.g. instructional design or technology, online education, adult learning, higher education) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of instructional design theory and practice particularly in relation to delivering online/hybrid courses.
  • Teaching or training experience.
  • Experience in developing an online course.
  • Experience creating ADA and 508 compliant content.
  • Willing and able to learn new technologies quickly.
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently on projects, with minimal supervision.
  • Must be self-motivated, manage multiple projects and able to work under time constraints to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms to staff and faculty.
  • Ability to creatively translate abstract concepts into effective visual and interactive forms in a variety of media.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Education, Educational or Instructional Technology, Media Arts, or relevant field, certification in instructional design, or combination with teaching experience in higher education.
  • Experience teaching in higher ed/training adult learners.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and teaching within a learning management system (i.e., Moodle).
  • Experience with web-conferencing tools (e.g. Zoom, Adobe Connect, Connect or GoToMeeting), social media, mobile apps, Box/Google Drive tools, open educational resources (OER), and other emerging educational technologies.
  • Experience with multi-media software, interactive video production (such as Adobe Creative Suite).
  • Knowledge of HTML and web design principles.
  • Experience with University of Montana policies and procedures, particularly in relation to online education.

About UMOnline and UM

UMOnline at the University of Montana promotes and supports excellence and innovation in online teaching and learning at the University of Montana by supporting the creation of quality online, blended and web-enhanced learning opportunities for students. Our high-quality programs and courses meet the needs of learners in the global century. Whether our students wish to earn a degree or certificate with UM's outstanding faculty and students, or just allow greater flexibility in scheduled options, many futures begin with UMOnline.

In addition to serving our students and providing phenomenal online and distance education for all, UMOnline strives to support faculty and staff in a variety of ways including; course design, data and market research, marketing, accessibility tools and content testing, program launch support, Moodle LMS resources and support, regulatory compliance and more.

The University of Montana is flagship, research-intensive R1 institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. E mployment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, February 12, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials. Application will be open until position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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