Instructional Designer (Digital Learning Initiative) for Holy Names University in Oakland, CA

Instructional Designer (Digital Learning Initiative)

Holy Names University - Oakland, CA - Full time

Holy Names University - Oakland, CA - Full time

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The Instructional Designer (ID) will work with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning on the Digital Learning Initiative, a grant-funded project focused on online learning. The position is funded for two years with the possibility of renewal.

The ID will manage the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a portfolio of online courses, closely collaborating with faculty subject matter experts and instructors throughout the course life cycle. Courses are in a range of disciplines that are part of the new Online Adult Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program and other programs on campus as needed.

In addition, the ID may develop content for web-based faculty and student training modules on online teaching and learning; and design and lead technology-training sessions for faculty and students on the learning management system and other technology platforms.

The ideal candidate will possess strong collaboration and team-building skills, diplomacy, persistence, flexibility, and the ability to remain focused in a deadline-driven environment.

Essentials Functions

  • Develop collegial and productive collaborative relationships with faculty subject matter experts and instructional teams.
  • Create course roadmaps and timelines and work with faculty to ensure that goals and milestones are achieved on schedule.
  • In collaboration with faculty SME, design, select, and test technologies, materials, activities, and assessments that are aligned with course learning outcomes, pedagogical approach, and course content.
  • Using course template and Quality Matters rubric as a starting point, design course structure and information architecture for optimal alignment with learning outcomes.
  • Train faculty on course development and delivery tools including video lecture capture, collaboration tools, and learning management system.
  • Design course look and feel and assist faculty with video editing and media assets creation as necessary.
  • Ensure course meets accessibility standards including HTML tags, captions, visual design, and document formats.
  • Assist instructional team during course delivery phase with technology and pedagogy questions and issues. Ensure that course runs smoothly throughout the deployment period.
  • Gather data and analytics from technology platforms, student surveys, artifacts produced in course, and other relevant data to evaluate student learning.
  • Make recommendations based on data for course revisions and assist faculty with revisions as needed.
  • Design and deliver training sessions on LMS and other technology tools for general faculty population.
  • Design and develop online learning strategies modules for online students and instructors.
  • Assist faculty with preparing for Quality Matters course reviews.


Master’s or PhD in Instructional Design, Education, Library and Information Science, Digital Multimedia Design or related discipline. Candidates with an advanced degree in an academic discipline combined with strong experience or training in instructional design will be considered.



  • At least two years of experience in online course design and development gained as an instructional designer, instructional technologist, trainer, instructional librarian or related position.
  • Strong knowledge of adult learning theory, experience with Blackboard and/or Canvas
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Digital multimedia fluency (including digital image manipulation, video/audio editing, HTML, presentation software, various ed-tech platforms). Portfolio of course design examples required.


Experience with ADDIE or Agile design models and Quality Matters rubric; online teaching experience in higher education; experience providing technology training for faculty.


Please submit the Holy Names staff employment application, cover letter, resume, and a link to an electronic portfolio with course or learning design examples to 

Go to for application and additional information. 

HNU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff. HNU welcomes and encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQI individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and women.

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Higher Ed Instructional Designer

Experience Level

Mid Level

Holy Names University

Located in the Oakland Hills with a panoramic view of the Bay, HNU is a progressive, inclusive, and rigorous academic community offering liberal arts and professional education. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, HNU empowers a diverse student body for leadership and service in a complex world. 

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