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Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more. To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

The Learning Designer is a member of a course development team within the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning whose work focuses on designing and developing high quality online learning experiences. This position will collaborate with faculty to create inclusively designed online courses for new, online graduate degree programs.

At the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, the successful candidate for this hybrid-eligible position will be joining a team of educational developers with diverse perspectives and experiences who are each committed to educational excellence, equity, and access at Brown. Staff within this vibrant center thrive on interdisciplinary collaboration, genuine curiosity, and evidence-based, reflective practices.

The core responsibilities of the position include assisting faculty with course content alignment to program outcomes, providing vision for rich and impactful instructor-learner interactions, and ensuring accessible course design. The ideal candidate supports Brown’s mission by incorporating knowledge of learning sciences and design methodologies, expertise with learning technologies and creative problem-solving skills to promote teaching excellence and innovation, and fostering student learning in an online environment.

In this role, candidates can expect to:
  • Partner with faculty to design and develop fully-online, learner-centered graduate courses that are informed by best practices in digital and inclusive pedagogy.
  • Provide high-level problem solving to help faculty understand and incorporate instructional design principles and technologies for scaled learning into course curriculum.
  • Work with instructors to troubleshoot technology obstacles associated with integrating instructional technologies into courses.
  • Collaborate with other members of the team, including design, media, and technology professionals, to ensure that courses are developed on time and in scope.
  • Master’s degree in learning sciences, education, or related field, or equivalent education and experience
  • 3-5 years of experience in instructional design and/or online course design in higher education required
  • Postsecondary teaching or professional experience working effectively with a diverse student and faculty population, in alignment with the University's and Center’s strategic plans and diversity and inclusion objectives required
  • Experience applying adult learning theory and learning design methodologies to a learning experience
  • Proficiency in enterprise te chnologies including Canvas, Adobe Creative Suite, and other applications
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment where services are in high demand and new initiatives introduced routinely
  • Experience applying project management methodology to effectively leading instructional design projects
Applicants are asked to respond to three questions, in lieu of a cover letter, and include them with their CV in a single PDF or Word file:
  • Why are you interested in working as a Learning Designer at the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning?"
  • What professional experiences would you draw on to fulfill the primary responsibilities for this role, as described in the job posting?
  • Please describe 2-3 examples where you have demonstrated one (or more) of the skills listed in the qualifications for this role, as described in the job posting.
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship, and the successful candidate is expected to work on Brown's Providence campus for a minimum of two days per week with the flexibility to work remotely on other days. All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Job Posting Title:

Learning Designer


Teaching and Learning/Sheridan Center


Grade 10

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Full time

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Position Work Location:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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