Distance Education Instructional Designer, Non-credit
Director of Distance Education Instructional Design
NG New Gloucester
About Unity College:
For more than fifty years, Unity College has been preparing the
next generation of environmental professionals and leaders to
successfully face real-world challenges. With environmentally
focused degrees, Unity College offers affordable and accessible
degrees, certificates, and non-degree courses, through a variety of
modalities including hybrid, in-person, hyflex, and online.
Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College
provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment
and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative
learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens,
environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.
The Distance Education Instructional Designer, Non-credit manages
projects involving online non-credit course and micro-credential
development and maintenance for Unity College Distance Education.
To accomplish this, they will: Synthesize technical and pedagogical
literacy and apply that expertise, in collaboration with subject
matter experts (SMEs) and college administrators, to design
engaging, experiential learning activities; Iteratively improve
upon student-learning experiences through the collection and
analysis of student data, as well as feedback from course
instructors and SMEs, to follow the evolving needs of the
professional spheres for which the students are being prepared;
Continuously evaluate the performance of the non-credit courses and
micro-credentials they design, and the efficacy of established
instructional design practices, using student performance data;
And, ensure the accessibility of the content and activities they
build using universal design principles and Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance standards.
Full job description provided at time of interview.
- Bachelor's Degree.
- Strong research, content analysis, and content preparation
- Experience in leading and managing multiple, complex projects,
and the ability to schedule, prioritize and meet varied deadlines
across these projects.
- Ability to work both independently and within a team.
- Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
with strong interpersonal and presentation skills, while working
with diverse content and populations.
- Proven ability to stay current with rapidly changing
- Ability and willingness to work with students from diverse
political/socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide range of physical
and academic abilities.
- Personal commitment to the environmental focus and mission of
- Ability to function effectively within a matrix organizational
structure, maintaining open lines of communication while being
discreet, courteous, and well poised.
Work Schedule / Availability Requirements
- Masters degree in Instructional Design, Education, or
- One year of experience working in a full-time instructional
design capacity, collaborating directly with faculty in online
curriculum building and course development.
- Experience developing non-traditional learning experiences,
micro-credentials, and/or badging.
- Proven knowledge of instructional design strategies, along with
the current techniques, tools, and procedures used in the design,
development, and evaluation of technology-enhanced and online
courses and programs.
- Experience with graphic design and AV elements appropriate for
online instruction, especially using the Adobe Creative Cloud
- Experience in online classroom teaching or workshop
- Knowledge and understanding of Quality Matters, Online Learning
Consortium, and similar online learning rubrics.
- Familiarity with Universal Design and other accessibility
principles to ensure course content is accessible to all
- Demonstrated competence in working with learning management
systems, such as Canvas.
- Familiarity with HTML and CSS.
Work hours are specific to the requirements of this position and
can include days, evenings, and weekends. Working extended hours
required as needed. Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling
responsibilities and meeting the Colleges needs. Although Unity
College employees are generally scheduled to work at their
specifically assigned locations, there are times when travel is
necessary and employees are required from time to time to attend
events, meetings or work temporary assignment at any Unity College
While performing the duties of this job, it is regularly required
to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to
stand or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up
to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include
close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception,
and the ability to adjust focus. The use of either hand for
repetitive movements such as grasping, grasping and turning, and
fine manipulation is required as is the ability to use the
telephone for internal and external communications.
Location: Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine
Just a half hour from Portland, Unity College Headquarters, Unity
College Distance Education, The Technical School for Environmental
Professions (opening in 2022), and the School of Environmental
Business & Sustainable Ventures are based at the Pineland Farms
campus. The facilities are within easy access to one of the
fastest-growing cities for startups in the country.
Unity College offers a comprehensive and competitive compensation
and benefits package for its faculty and staff. Benefits for
eligible employees include:
- Paid holidays
- Paid time off
- Short- and Long-term disability
- Life Insurance
- Flexible work benefit eligible