Senior Instructional Designer

  • University of Texas Permian Basin
  • Odessa, TX, USA
  • May 08, 2024
Full time Instructional Services & Curriculum Design

Job Description


Senior Instructional Designer

Hiring Department

The University of Texas Permian Basin welcomes applications for the position of Senior Instructional Designer


Salary Range


$70,000.00 depending on qualifications


Essential Functions

The University of Texas Permian Basin welcomes applications for the Senior Instructional Designer (ID) position. Under the direction of the Instructional Design Manager, the Senior ID assists with developing and supporting online course (asynchronous, synchronous, hybrid, and hyflex) design and development using Canvas. This role will also collaborate with senior leadership to integrate instructional design initiatives into broader educational and institutional strategies for online courses, and develop and manage training for faculty and/or staff regarding instructional design, andragogy, and online education best practices.

1. Collaborate with faculty and the ID team to conceptualize, design, and implement innovative curriculum solutions that meet the evolving needs of higher education.
2. Drive innovative curriculum design initiatives by introducing new pedagogical approaches and integrating emerging instructional design trends, and technologies when collaborating with faculty.
3. Establishes and supports quality assurance processes (Quality Matters) to maintain high-quality instructional materials.
4. Conduct regular reviews and audits to maintain the highest level of instructional design excellence according to Quality Matters.
5. Integrates emerging technologies to enhance learning by staying informed about Canvas LMS's latest tools and platforms, and IT trends in higher education.
6. Recommend and implement technology solutions aligned with institutional goals to foster a modern learning environment.
7. Contributes to the team's professional development to ensure the institution benefits from a highly skilled and motivated instructional design workforce.
8. Offers project leadership for large-scale initiatives, establishing clear goals, monitoring progress, and providing guidance on course/project scope, timeline, materials, and evaluation methods to complete comprehensive learning and training programs.

Required Qualifications

1. Master's degree or 10 + years of related experience in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, or a related field.
2. Teaching experience (online or face-to-face) within Higher Ed or K-12.
3. Knowledge of instructional design principles, learning theories, assessment and evaluation methods, and pedagogical approaches for online courses.
4. Proficiency in educational technology tools, learning management systems, multimedia content development, and a commitment to staying updated on emerging technologies.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Doctorate Degree in a related field such as Education, Curriculum & Instruction, or English.
2. Knowledge of ADA, 508, and applying that knowledge to online course development.
3. Ability to manage complex instructional design projects, adhere to timelines, and work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.
4. Provide updated information on curriculum development, learning theories, and pedagogical approaches, focusing on creating innovative and effective educational experiences.
5. Proven leadership experience, including team management, strategic planning, and the ability to provide mentorship to junior instructional designers.

Additional Information

Required Application Materials


1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. List of References
4. Transcripts (Preferred)
5. Letters of Recommendation (Preferred)


Conditions of Employment


1. The job description is not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor.
2. Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.
3. Once hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of the hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire. UTPB participates in e-Verify.
4. Employees must be able and willing to travel and perform duties away from campus as necessary and must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle, have access to a dependable motor vehicle, and possess a valid state driver's license. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver's record.
5. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
6. UT Permian Basin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.




Generally, the normal work hours for the university are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 - 5:30 pm; Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm with a one-hour lunch. The individual holding this position may need to be available early morning, evening, and on weekends to meet the needs of the department. Hours worked may differ with some departments.


Standard Working Conditions


1. Able to lift various materials up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
2. Able to bend, crouch, and reach continuously.
3. Physically able remain seated, frequently to continuously.
4. Able to remain standing up to 15% of the time.
5. Possesses dexterity abilities required to perform job duties including extensive keyboard work, operating office equipment, performing filing, and other job-related responsibilities that include extensive wrist and hand movement.
6. Standard working conditions may differ depending on department and occupation


University Benefits


1. UT Permian Basin offers an excellent compensation package including heath, retirement, & fringe benefits for eligible employees.
2. Coverage includes medical, prescriptions, life insurance, AD&D, and matching retirement provided by UTPB.
3. You may also be eligible to add dental, vision, family coverage, & flex-spending accounts, additional retirement, and a few other coverages as options too.
4. Fringe benefits include tuition reimbursement (after one year of service), wellness breaks, employee assistant program (EAP), and meal deals, among other perks and discounts!
5. Our benefits package, along with an ample leave policy, make for a great total compensation package.


About the University


The University of Texas Permian Basin is located in Odessa, Texas. It was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and founded in 1973. The Permian Basin is one of the fastest-growing, culturally vibrant, economically invigorated regions of the country - full of industry, culture, and wide-open spaces. At the academic heart of this area sits The University of Texas Permian Basin - which every year, delivers smart, savvy leaders across the U.S.


As a regional, comprehensive institution, The University of Texas Permian Basin serves a diverse community of students from the region, the state, and beyond. Through excellence in student-centered teaching, learning, research, and public service, the University cultivates engaged citizens and impacts lives while advancing the technology and public interests of West Texas.


Our vision is that the University of Texas Permian Basin will be an innovative, responsive university that thinks large and lives local. We will lead in advancing education, research, economic competitiveness, and cultural enrichment.
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