Instructional Designer (Multiple Positions, Revised 4/22/2021), Information Technology Services

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February 13, 2021

Truman State University invites applications from highly collaborative and passionate persons for the position of Instructional Designer. The search committee invites applications from both emerging, early career professionals, as well as more experienced instructional designers. We seek a service and communication-oriented, technically capable instructional designer to join our Learning Technologies Team in Information Technology Services.

The University has three positions open at this time. One position will be a full-time (benefits eligible), permanent position. The other two positions are temporary in nature, ending December 31, 2023. For the temporary positions, both full-time (benefits eligible) and part-time (no benefits) arrangements will be considered.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Learning Technologies, as well as the Associate Provost, and working both collaboratively and independently, the Instructional Designer will:

  • Assist individual faculty in the design and development of engaging, interactive, and instructionally sound course materials for on-ground, online, and hybrid courses.

  • Apply appropriate learning theories, instructional theories, and media applications to instructional scenarios.

  • Ensure the accessibility of all courses and materials.

  • Provide technical and pedagogical advice and expertise in the evaluation, purchase, use, and maintenance of software resources for teaching and learning.

  • Research and produce clear documentation, training, and other instructional materials (websites, multimedia and online tutorials) to support the use of technology in teaching & learning, learning theory, accessibility & usability, and curriculum development.

  • Collaborate with all stakeholders to support the established quality assurance process for continuous quality improvement of courses and programs.

  • Be involved with training and managing student workers, graduate assistants, and interns.

  • Support the operations of Information Technology Services and collaborate with colleagues on departmental and institution-wide projects

  • Remain current on emerging technologies that have potential value for teaching and learning through team communication, presentations, training sessions, conferences and publications. 

  • Build and maintain positive, effective working relationships with wide-ranging constituencies across the campus.

  • Manage timelines and deliverables to meet deadlines and complete projects.

  • Engage as assigned or directed in other duties, special projects and, professional development initiatives individually or with colleagues.

  • Maintain a collaborative mindset with an innate curiosity for learning, ability to embrace change, and adapt to new technology.

  • Maintain a professional appearance and work ethic.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidates should address or demonstrate experience with the following knowledge and skills considered essential for success in their cover letter and/or application materials.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Education or a closely related field AND at least two years’ experience in the design and development of technology-based instructional materials and courses in higher education; OR, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

  • Experience applying instructional design methodology and principles to the design, delivery, and evaluation of courses for clients (i.e. professional experience building courses for others, as opposed to personal experience in building one’s own courses)

  • Evidence of experience with the online delivery of education that includes familiarity with a learning management system (Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Canvas, Moodle, etc.).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective teaching techniques, curriculum development, and instructional design.

  • Knowledge and application of best practices for the effective use of a range of digital tools to support learning, communication and knowledge development, such as online collaborative tools and multimedia development.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and individually, and to learn and implement new procedures/technologies/strategies on a regular basis.

  • Exceptional presentation, interpersonal, problem solving, customer service, listening, and writing skills with the demonstrated ability to provide excellent service and work effectively with diverse constituencies.

  • Demonstrated management of multiple projects and prioritization of competing demands to meet established timelines.

  • Experience with and interest in working in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience applying instructional design methodology and principles to the design, delivery, and evaluation of courses.

  • Previous professional teaching and/or training experience

  • Experience using and/or supporting accessible technologies; experience with course development using Universal Design for Learning and other accessibility principles.

  • Experience with tools to evaluate and correct accessible/inclusive design issues, such as Ally for Blackboard.

  • Experience with peer-review processes for evaluating online and hybrid courses, such as Quality Matters (QM) or OLC Scorecard

  • Experience integrating open educational resources


The ideal candidate would be willing and able to relocate to Kirksville, Missouri, to provide services on site.  However, strong candidates who are only able to consider remote employment will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates should indicate in their cover letter whether relocation is an option or whether remote work is preferred. 

To apply

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, as well as a resume with three references, online at or by mail to:

Truman State University
Human Resources MC 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Application review will begin March 3, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

We are not considering candidates who require visa sponsorship support. Additionally, the university typically only considers visa support for employees placed in specialized positions that are continuing regular university appointments.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or


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