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Instructional Design Director

Winter Park, Florida

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The Instructional Design Director reports to the Vice President of Academic Innovation and works closely with Education leadership, faculty, and Academic Innovation's Instructional Design (ID) Production team, Academic Development, Assessment, and Publications teams, and Curriculum Management team. This position will review, propose, and iterate holistic university-wide Instructional Design protocols that support the Full Sail University education model and academic mission.

This individual will work with Education leadership in connecting instructional design frameworks to support the student's learning experience both for campus and online programs and courses to support a consistent, reliable, engaging academic experience. This position will review historical ID frameworks within the university's curriculum models and develop University-wide ID systems, track adoption and implementation, and analyze metrics. This individual should have a deep understanding of learning management systems and hold a strong background in short-form education systems and micro-learning experiences. This position will implement an ID database system to work with dynamic academic departments on the development of ID frameworks for their program and course outcomes. A comprehensive knowledge of project management and the ability to develop ID strategies for macro learning environments are required. This role will require a strong background in technical writing and communication with academic technology teams. This individual will also evaluate curriculum and work with subject matter experts to create innovative instructional solutions for online and traditional classroom settings. The Instructional Design Director will define and lead assessments to identify new development needs for a diverse student population. Their goals in designing and developing engaging learning activities and compelling course content will be to enhance academic success and student retention within Full Sail's project-based learning structure. They will be expected to research, analyze and implement new technologies, assist faculty with organizing learning and connecting curriculum, and communicate detailed curriculum development plans and goals to target audiences. The Instructional Design Director will also be responsible for aligning departmental plans with executive initiatives, secure project documentation, and adhere to university and unit-level policies, procedures, and objectives.

Essential Duties:

  • Assess and streamline ID organization systems with Education leadership to support their areas of curriculum
  • Develop large databased ID inventory systems, track adoption and implementation, and analyze metrics through multiple angles
  • Advise the selection and development of instructional strategies and frameworks for online and hybrid environments
  • Research the best and most relevant instructional design practices that support the Full Sail University education model and academic mission
  • Design quality assurance systems for the development, review, and auditing of program and course curriculum
  • Manage a team responsible for supporting program leaders and faculty in the development of course curriculum and in design practices that ensure quality course/program curriculum
  • Direct university-wide practices for faculty that support quality assurance of courses using the learning management system and other technologies
  • Plan and execute instructional design faculty training initiatives across the university
  • Provide and perform data-driven analysis to ensure developed curriculum meets or exceeds current student outcome metrics and improves the student experience
  • Educate and assist faculty to ensure digital course materials, multimedia projects, and instructional technology are compliant with current standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Advise the university with remaining in compliance with Distance Education regulations and policies
  • Secure knowledge of new and emerging technologies, research methodologies, and curricular practices in the fields of higher education and learning

Other Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to the policies and procedures of Full Sail University
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of student and company information
  • Attends meetings to receive leadership development and updates on strategic initiatives
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Adheres to company attendance standards
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes. This team is still under development

Competencies:

  • Advanced writing skills, with a proven track record of writing extensive reports, assessments, and project plans.
  • Advanced analytical and complex problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced research skills.
  • A working and applicable knowledge of instructional design principles, teaching methodologies, online and face-to-face instruction, learning theory, trends in higher education, learning management systems, curriculum management systems, and learning technologies.
  • The ability to work independently and/or in a collaborative environment.
  • The ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.
  • Advanced visual, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and quality awareness.
  • A high degree of creativity and flexibility is required.

Education and/or Experience: The ideal candidate should have a minimum of a Ph.D. in the following areas: Curriculum Management, Curriculum and Instruction, Education, Instructional Design and Technology, Data Management, or related degree, as well as a minimum of three years of experience in online learning, curriculum management, curriculum development, quality assurance, LMS management and/or curriculum evaluation.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: N/A

Computer Skills:

  • Superior Microsoft Office skills (Word and Excel), as well as of other productivity and word processing applications (Microsoft Suite, Microsoft OneDrive, Pages, etc.).
  • Strong computational skills, specifically with a Mac computer and other Apple products (iPad, iPhone, etc.).
  • Technical expertise in creating dynamic, multimedia presentations using Keynote.
  • Working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Working knowledge of Project Management Software

Environmental Factors/Physical Demands: Work is performed in an office and classroom environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have the ability to maintain active student and employee communication; access, input and retrieve information from the computer system. May be subject to; bending, reaching, kneeling, stooping and lifting up to thirty (30) pounds.

Full Sail is an Equal Opportunity Employer.