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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Instructional Designer

Series: Instructional Design










The Instructional Designer is a stand-alone classification. Incumbents are responsible for performing duties related to the planning, developing and delivery of distance learning instruction courses. The Instructional Designer is distinguished from the other classifications by its responsibility and accountability for developing and delivering distance-learning course materials.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Converting traditional courses into distance learning modes. Developing courses, instructional materials and other electronic instructional information consistent with adult learning theory for delivery through distance learning.  Daily 35%
  2. Training faculty and staff on technical and pedagogical skills necessary for developing and delivering interactive and engaging distance learning courses.  Daily 20%
  3. Coordinating, overseeing, and participating in the development of the project work plan; monitoring workflow; reviewing and evaluating work products, methods, and procedures.  Daily 10%
  4. Supervising as technical lead to staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work and monitoring work for technical compliance and quality.  Daily 10%
  5. Providing guidance for curriculum and/or instructional program development, equipment and implementation; evaluating results and making appropriate modifications in multi-campus and cross-functional activities.  Daily 10%
  6. Serving on a variety of internal and external committees.  Weekly 5%
  7. Interpreting and applying department policies and procedures and assuring compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.  Weekly 5%
  8. Participating in the planning for current and future College distance learning needs.  Monthly 5%
  9. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.  As required


Not Applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require): Master's Degree in Instructional Design or related field, and three years experience in instructional design, knowledge of instructional technologies associated with distance learning, or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • None required.

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Instructional design principles;
  • Instructional technologies;
  • Supervision and management principles;
  • Adult learning theory and principles;
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of designing, developing and delivering and evaluating educational programs;
  • Training techniques;
  • Project management principles ;
  • Research principles;
  • Needs analysis, developing instructional objective;
  • Non-traditional, student-centered approaches to instruction;
  • Software application development tool, including management systems;
  • Program development;
  • Emerging technologies;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Applicable local, state and Federal laws, codes, and regulations.

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Designing alternative format courses;
  • Supervise employees;
  • Applying software application development tools;
  • Leading production teams;
  • Training standards and techniques;
  • Facilitating and presenting instructional materials;
  • Performing needs assessment;
  • Communicating technical information to non-technical audience;
  • Project management;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public sufficient to exchange and convey information and to receive work direction.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Incumbents may be subject to travel.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Human Resources: 06/07