Assistant, Associate, or Senior Instructional Designer

University of Central Florida - Orlando, Florida - Full time

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The Opportunity

The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is recruiting for three full-time, non-tenure track, 12-month positions as instructional designer (ID). This position may participate in an open promotion plan seeking higher rank at the university.

The ID’s major responsibility is developing and maintaining relationships with online faculty and facilitating the development of their online courses. This may include supporting curriculum development and construction of course materials using UCF’s learning management system (LMS) and other specified software on behalf of faculty. In addition, an ID is responsible for all aspects of instructional and curriculum design (e.g., analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation) relative to delivery of effective and efficient professional development courses to help faculty convert to the online environment and to promote the quality of online instruction at the University of Central Florida (UCF). An ID participates in research-based professional development opportunities and service.

Characteristic duties and responsibilities:

- Assists in providing pedagogical consultation services to online faculty including, but not limited to, coaching, mentoring, and encouraging online teaching and learning best practices.

- Serves as a course designer on behalf of faculty using UCF’s LMS and other specified software. Designs and develops instructional content and materials as necessary.

- Assists in monitoring and adjusting instruction based on feedback from faculty to parallel didactic competencies and facilitate completion of learning objectives.

- Performs basic project management tasks for mixed mode and online faculty courses and areas of responsibility.

- Facilitates relationship management acting as liaison between faculty/departments and other CDL teams specific to pedagogy, professional development curriculum and courses, and change management.

- Develops and supports online faculty professional development curriculum.

- Assists in developing and implementing instructional design strategies for colleges, regional campuses, and the CDL.

- Assists with research to evaluate and improve distributed learning at UCF.

- Participates in team strategic planning to ensure alignment and attainment of ID team goals and objectives, as well as enhance communication between and among CDL teams.

- Participates in developing and revising CDL and ID team policies and procedures.

- Participates in unit meetings and other university activities.

- Acts as cross-functional team member on projects with other CDL teams.

- Facilitates and supports continuous quality improvement initiatives.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Assistant Instructional Designer: Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization.

  - Associate Instructional Designer: Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization and at least four years of related professional experience; or terminal degree or equivalency of terminal degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization.

  - Senior Instructional Designer: Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization and at least nine years of related professional experience, with a demonstrated record of sustained achievement in instructional design; or a terminal degree or equivalency of a terminal degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization, with a demonstrated record of sustained achievement in instructional design.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Instructional design degree from an accredited institution.

- Demonstrated ability to work in teams.

- Demonstrated ability in curriculum development.

- Proficient in delivering successful results while managing high profile higher education projects and initiatives.

- Minimum of two years of experience working in higher education to facilitate faculty developing and delivering online and mixed mode learning courses.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:

This position operates on a hybrid environment and is not a remote job.

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring immigration sponsorship, including but not limited to non-immigrant visas such as H1B, STEM, or F1, now or in the future.

Job Close Date:


Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. (Operates in a hybrid work schedule - it is NOT remote)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at http//

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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Higher Ed Instructional Designer

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Mid Level

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