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Instructional Designer (2 positions)


The Instructional Designer develops appropriate strategies for implementing instructional technology across a broad range of academic programs and initiatives utilizing accepted instructional theories and principles. The position is focused around the design and development of effective online courses, including web content, interactive exercises, assessments, and online communication mechanisms.

The instructional designer will be responsible for the project management of assigned course production projects, instructional programs, instructional tools and templates, and other web-focused production efforts. The individual will consult with university faculty on needs assessment, course redesign, project management and the implementation of evaluation procedures to assess effectiveness of technologies and techniques in the online environment.

The position is also responsible for the lifecycle of academic content, ensuring quality development, a positive student experience with the content, and revision and review cycles for content. In addition, the individual will be asked to adapt instructional materials created for one format to another format while adhering to the principles of accessible design.

  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to assess instructional needs, establish timelines for project completion, identify desired outcomes, and carry out the ADDIE content development process.
  • Participates in the development, revision, and evaluation of distance education and online courses in the Blackboard learning management system.
  • Ensures new and revised content is tied to both program and course-level outcomes, objectives, and assessments.
  • Understands and applies various instructional design pedagogies including Bloom’s taxonomy, Universal Design for Learning, Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction, and Adult Learning Theory.
  • Assists with the development and delivery of face-to-face and online workshops including developing course materials.
  • Provide support for various projects related to distance education, online learning, and instructional technology.
  • Researches existing and emerging methods in the areas of instructional design, content development, and accessibility in order to evaluate and assess their applicability to University need.


Requires a Master's degree plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Degrees in education, design, instructional technology or a related field are strongly preferred.


Required Skills:

The individual must also have experience developing project plans, managing multiple projects, and meeting project deadlines. We are seeking someone who can work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills, are essential.


Computer Skills:

Proficient in Microsoft Office. Knowledge of instructional design software and content authoring tools, such as Camtasia, Captivate, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of learning management systems, preferably Blackboard Learn.


Qualified candidates can submit their resume/application to:

Mercyhurst University

Attn: Human Resources

501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546



Mercyhurst is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that encourages members of diverse groups to apply.