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Instructional Design Manager

Aurora University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 31, 2024

Aurora University (AU) is committed to the transformative power of learning by creating a student-centered environment and an equity of experience and opportunity, to ensure that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and included. Our culture of collaboration, generosity, and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty, and staff.

AU is grounded in the transformative opportunity it provides to a diverse student body. As a private university with a public mission and a commitment to making a difference in peoples’ lives, AU has a long history of resilience and of providing access to an education that values innovation, focuses on continuous improvement, and has a positive impact on the communities we serve. We are proud of our service to and economic impact on the state of Illinois, where over 80% of our students stay to live and work, where 90% of our students come from, and where we foster strong community partnerships to develop the workforce in areas such as nursing, education, business, technology, and social work.

We are looking for passionate and purposeful individuals who represent the full diversity of Aurora and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ability, identity, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at AU, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice requiring broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

At AU we believe that continuous learning is a fundamental part of working life, and our goal is for all colleagues on our campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support our community by providing all employees with opportunities to engage in professional development activities, as well as a range of tuition and employee benefits that can be found here .

Position Purpose:

The Instructional Design Manager will play a pivotal role in advancing our institution's commitment to excellence in teaching and learning by providing leadership and expertise in instructional design, pedagogy, and technology integration.

This position is eligible for remote work with expectations for on-campus participation in meetings, events, and as requested by the Scott Center and other departments.

Core Competencies:

  • Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  • Upholds the Mission Statement:Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. As a teaching-centered institution, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to discover what it takes to build meaningful and examined lives. We empower our students to achieve lasting personal and professional success.
  • Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of university business.
  • Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

  • Essential Job Functions:

  • Strategic Leadership: Collaborate with the Dean of Online and Graduate Studies to develop and implement a strategic vision for instructional design that aligns with the institution's educational goals and mission.
  • Curriculum Enhancement: Work closely with faculty and academic departments to enhance curriculum design, ensuring alignment with best practices in instructional design, active learning, and educational technology.
  • Faculty Development: Provide guidance and support to faculty in the development of effective, engaging, and learner-centered course materials, including online, hybrid, remote, and classroom modalities.
  • Instructional Design Team Management: Supervise and mentor a team of instructional designers, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Quality Assurance: Establish and maintain quality assurance standards for course design and delivery, conducting regular reviews and assessments to ensure alignment with institutional goals and accreditation standards.
  • Technology Integration: Stay current with emerging educational technologies and trends, advising on the selection and integration of appropriate tools and platforms to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Professional Development: Facilitate professional development opportunities for faculty and staff related to instructional design, pedagogy, and the use of educational technology.
  • Resource Allocation: Manage the budget and resources for the instructional design department, optimizing the allocation of funds and personnel to meet institutional objectives.
  • Data Analysis: Utilize data and assessment results to make data-driven decisions for improving instructional effectiveness and student learning outcomes.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with academic departments, IT, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure seamless integration of instructional design initiatives across the institution.

  • Essential Job Requirements:

    • Master's or PhD in Instructional Design, Education Technology, or a related field.
    • Demonstrated experience in instructional design, curriculum development, and faculty development in higher education. Three to five years is preferred.
    • Strong leadership and team management skills.
    • Proficiency in educational technology tools and learning management systems. Experience with D2L Brightspace is preferred.
    • Experience with Universal Design for Learning is preferred.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse faculty, staff, and students.
    • Familiarity with accreditation standards, federal compliance requirements, and assessment processes.
    • Commitment to staying current with emerging trends in instructional design and higher education.
    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to move about campus.
    • Ability to interact via telephone, in person, and via electronic media.
    Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission.

    To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references including name, telephone, and email address.

    If you were referred by a current employee of Aurora University please include the name of the employee in your submission.

    Aurora University
    Human Resources
    347 South Gladstone Ave
    Aurora, IL 60506 - email

    Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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