The Johns Hopkins School of Education recently launched a new unit, the Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement, and Learning Systems (IDEALS), focused on promoting high-quality early learning, developmentally appropriate care across the life-span, and impactful educational practices. This new unit spun off from its previous affiliation with an existing multi-million-dollar portfolio of work to better position its expanding growth and impact in the field.
The IDEALS Institute is seeking a Sr. Instructional Designer to lead instructional design efforts across an array of Institute projects as part of the Workforce Development team. This position will provide, both direct and indirect oversight of employee and contractual team-members, instructional design of curriculum, formal and informal learning pathways; learning object development; competency evaluation creation and guidance. IDEALS’ portfolio of work is heavily focused on creating better integrated and aligned early childhood policies, practices, and comprehensive developmental health systems across the world. At the core of our theory of change is improving the competency of a workforce with a 60% rate of high-school or less educational attainment and 53% of the workforce required some form of public assistance due to the lack of earning a livable wage. To accomplish this, IDEALS Institute is breaking down barriers to educational success via redefining wage growth to demonstrated competency models versus traditional degree attainment policies.
This position is responsible for working with a team of subject-matter experts (SMEs) to develop content, define learning pathways through 3rd-party content, and design learning experiences that help learners of all backgrounds and experiences meet with success in building their competency. Additionally, this position will be responsible for ensuring accessibility through an integrated UDL approach and will establish a vision for scaling the competency learning model to other sectors such as senior and assistive care.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for multi-modes of learning and understanding of pedagogical and andragogical theories. Developing learning experiences will yield a variety of traditional credit, continuing education credit, as well as noncredit and 3rd-party credits. The candidate will find creative ways to make learning experiences and assessments more efficient, effective, and engaging to meet the needs of learners with a wide range of knowledge and experience. The candidate will provide a framework for learning development that will guide all parts of our Institute. We are seeking an innovator who understands foundational approaches, while embracing and applying new ways of meeting learners’ needs from young children through adulthood.
This position will have direct management for an initial team of contractual workers and indirect relationships with three technology developers. All direct and indirect reporting are expected to increase with the growth of projects in the next year.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Support the development of learning solutions for project audiences, including modules, assessments, and learning objects for formal and informal instruction for key education stakeholders in the field
Continually improve and maintain existing web-based learning resources through design, evaluation, and revisions/enhancements
Support the offering of UDL, ADA, Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliant content for online learning assets (i.e., ensure all videos, content, and graphics are properly developed with ADA and Section 508 guidelines)
Collaborate with the front-end development team, visual designer, and instructional technologist to build innovative learning experiences
Implement quality assurance processes to ensure that the online experiences are functional and error free
Coordinate access and deployment activities with various teams to ensure that the learning experiences meet project goals, scope, and timeline
Collect, analyze, and report data on the program progress, challenges, and areas for improvement
Develop and implement instructional design/development processes
Support and implement creative solutions for instructional design and development processes for individual projects
Contribute to staff development opportunities that will promote teaching, learning, and assessment in areas related to learning strategies, instructional technology, and learning outcomes
Assist with writing, copy editing, and scripting for online learning solutions
Collaborate with SMEs across IDEALS in the design, development, and delivery of online courses
Lead and directly provide instructional design, development and evaluation services for IDEALS online learning experiences in collaboration with the project team
Represent IDEALS at larger School, University, and field-based workgroups, committees, and conferences related to instructional design, learning, and UDL
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Graduate degree in instructional design, instructional technology, education, or related field
Three years of professional level experience in course design and development, faculty training, or program/course assessment/evaluation required
Significant additional related experience may substitute for advanced degree
Four or more years of progressively responsible experience developing technology-based learning projects and programs; with management experience preferred
Quality Matters (QM) or Online Learning Consortium (OLC) certification is preferred
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience with and vision for applying gamification, X-API, open-badging, micro-credentialing, and competency-demonstration into a variety of learning experiences
Experience in the practical application of instructional design theory
Skilled in all instructional design processes, needs assessments, design, development, teaching, implementation, and evaluation/assessment, including developing rubrics
Expertise in e-learning authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline
Expertise in web conferencing tools (e.g., Zoom) and learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard)
Knowledge of social media tools and their application in teaching, learning, and research
Skilled in content editing and scripting for video production
Knowledge of multimedia authoring software and project management methodologies and tools
Knowledge of lecture and screen capture tools such as Camtasia, Adobe Presenter, etc., as well as content delivery methods such as green screening, branch navigation, applications of VR/AR in eLearning, infographics, simulations, and interactive videos
Ability to research new technology tools beneficial to promoting engaged learning and teaching
Ability to collect data, analyze data, create reports, and prepare written communication with an attention to detail and accuracy
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a varied constituency including faculty, staff, students, and industry representatives
Strong attention to detail and highly organized
Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for corresponding, analysis, information storage, and presentation
Knowledge of graphic design software is a plus, or at least a track-record of conveying ideas to graphic designers for creation
Must possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence as demonstrated by a personal style which facilitates collaborative relationships while effectively managing projects
Must be comfortable working in a matrixed environment, but with clear lines of accountability and responsibility
Must be highly motivated, productive, and results oriented
Strong spreadsheet and data visualization skills with competency in the use of SmartSheet/project management software
Ability to multi-task and must be organized and project oriented
Will demonstrate relevant analytical and decision-making managerial skills
Be willing to roll up sleeves, thrive in a start-up culture, and willing to pitch in as needed
Must want to make a difference and be mission oriented
Level of Independent Decision Making:
Very High. This position independently meets with internal and external leadership to define project requirements, update project progress, needs, and resources and makes follow-up plans independently, scope and deadline change recommendations to the Director of Workforce Development, and budget change recommendations to the Director/ Business team. This position works collaboratively with all members of Workforce Development team, and directly interfaces with all members of the organization.
2-4; contractors and technology developers
Classified Title: Sr. Instructional Designer Working Title: IDEALS Sr. Instructional Designer Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $60,342 to $83,034 annually Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday through Friday Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 25-MD:JH at Columbia Center Department name: 60008577-IDEALS Personnel area: School of Education
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