Instructional Design & Technology Specialist

Job Level
Entry-level position
Job Category
Specialist / Associate
  • Curriculum / Program
  • Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Technology

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.



Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies (SCS) offers graduate programs in professional and liberal studies, more than 30 professional certificate programs, custom and corporate training and education, summer school and special programs, and the University’s only part-time bachelor’s program.


The Instructional Design & Technology Specialist, Non-Degree Programs position is instrumental to supporting SCS’s growing programs - online, on-campus, and hybrid. This position will assist not only with the instructional design of online, and hybrid courses and programs, but will also be focused on advancing the quality of course design, development, and implementation across the non-degree programs.

Responsibilities of the position include:

Instructional Design

  • Lead internal and external stakeholders in the research, design, and implementation of high-quality and pedagogically effective online, on-campus, hybrid, and other technology-enhanced programs and courses based on robust pedagogical design principles and best practices.

  • Ensure alignment of learning objectives, activities and assessments for programs and courses.

  • Work with program staff and faculty to integrate pedagogically appropriate technologies into their classes.

  • Assist faculty in the development of course materials for online, on-campus and hybrid courses.

  • Create monitoring and evaluation plans for programs and courses.

  • Collaborate with the schools’ leadership team to support the design of new programs.

  • Support cross-functional committees within SCS (i.e. Assessment, Launch etc.)

  • Support efforts to globalize online offerings using various LMS and global platforms.


Instructional Technology Development

  • Establish consistent quality standards, look and feel, template design, and user experience across programs and courses.

  • Create the LMS course templates with graphics/banners and build the course structure and upload course content.

  • Create, and/or work with content developers to co-create, course content, activities, assessments, and multimedia for modules (lecture videos and other multi-media content, interactives, etc.).

  • Evaluate new instructional software and technologies for their possible application to programs and courses.


Quality Leadership

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of a continuous quality improvement strategy for online and hybrid courses.

  • Collaborate with instructional designers, faculty, and vendors to improve the quality of learning experiences for students enrolled in online and hybrid courses.

  • Review and evaluate course modules and make recommendations for improvements during the course design and development process.

  • Review and evaluate support services for online students and make recommendations for improvements.

  • Participate in the online course quality assurance testing and verification process.

  • Provide ongoing feedback, assistance, and training to the faculty directors, subject matter experts, and instructors for further enhancements of online and hybrid courses.

  • Provide instructional design support for LMS and other learning technologies.


Learning Design

  • Support the design, development, and implementation of a uniquely-SCS quality framework for online courses.

  • Coordinate the online course revision process.

  • Conduct experiments to evaluate new pedagogical strategies and instructional software and technologies for online courses.

  • Collaborate with programs and vendors to develop training, workshops, and courses for instructors to disseminate best practices and methods for achieving learning goals in online environments.

  • Collaborate with academic program coordinators to address specific teaching and learning ideas and concerns in their online and on-campus course offerings.

  • Contribute to a research agenda.

  • Keep up-to-date with the latest in pedagogical practices, cognitive / learning science, and design tools and methods.


Project Management

  • Maintain program and course development milestones and timeline.

  • Organize regular and ad-hoc meetings as needed through the life of the program / course design project.

  • Communicate progress and milestone achievement to all stakeholders.

  • Be available to the faculty during the course to assist with any questions or problems.



  • Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, or related academic discipline.

  • 5 - 7 years’ experience working at higher education institutions as an instructional designer, designing and developing online courses and programs.

  • 3+ years’ experience evaluating course quality using an established rubric (e.g. Quality Matters, OLC Scorecard).

  • Excellent understanding of instructional design principles, online pedagogy, learning theory, emerging brain / cognitive / learning science, the arts, and technologies that influence learning design and learning environments, coupled with experience applying this knowledge to real-world projects.

  • Excellent learning design abilities and visual design sense. Must have ability to design and develop engaging and interactive online courses by drawing on a strong working knowledge of instructional design theories, methodologies, and best practices.

  • Ability to produce design documents, develop storyboards for learning experiences and environments, and rework content from faculty, SMEs, and outside content providers according to University design standards.

  • Demonstrated learning and continual professional development in emerging technologies in educational technology, pedagogy, and teaching and learning methodologies.

  • Ability to research and recommend emerging technologies and instructional strategies to advance course development, faculty teaching, and student learning.

  • Face-to-face or online teaching/training experience a plus.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of and experience/skill in use of modern course management systems and platforms (Canvas, EdX Platform, Moodle, and others). Strong Canvas experience a plus.

  • Demonstrated experience and thorough knowledge in creating media based learning content (video, animations, images, interactives).

  • Strong working knowledge of video, interactive video, multimedia, and course authoring software including Photoshop, Presenter, Articulate, Captivate, Audacity, Camtasia, etc.

  • Demonstrated experience/skill working with using web conferencing, screen-casting, and/or other multimedia applications.

  • Skills with web technologies such as HTML, Javascript, and CSS a plus.

  • Project Management certification (PMP) a plus.

  • Quality Matters (QM) Certified Peer Reviewer/Master Reviewer a plus.

  • Thorough knowledge of project management methods and procedures.

  • Demonstrates and utilizes effective needs analysis and evaluation skills.

  • Excellent time management skills: must be able to manage multiple projects, meet project deadlines, communicate well with all constituents, and work well in a team environment, as well as independently on projects.

  • Experience working in diverse teams and managing expectations.

  • Must be able to communicate effectively, provide intelligent and persuasive guidance, and manage each development project to meet both deadlines and quality standards.

  • Strong analytical, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; including those needed to create and maintain positive interactions.


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