Senior Instructional Designer - Digital Education Team
Job description

Careers that Change Lives

The Senior Instructional Designer is a key member of the Digital Education team and is responsible for the development of original, interactive, and intuitive online curriculum to educate healthcare professionals on the company’s products and their relevant clinical applications – and to educate Medtronic employees on a variety of internal business topics. This position plays a key role developing digital learning content that effectively addresses diverse audience needs.

The Senior Instructional Designer works closely with internal cross-functional partners and subject matter experts (SMEs) to ensure the quality of course materials, design learning activities and assessments that support established learning outcomes, and to ensure best practices in online learning. This process includes researching, writing, and editing course materials including self-check and final assessment questions, answer keys, bibliographies, and references as well the development of the subsequent online courses utilizing this content. The position also partners closely with other members of the Digital Education team including other Instructional Designers, Program Managers, Medical Illustrators, Designers and LMS Administrators.

This role is open to Minneapolis, MN, Boulder, CO or remote within the continental United States for well qualified candidates.

A Day in the Life

  • Collaborate effectively with internal cross-functional partners/SMEs to understand target audience’s learning needs and set instructional end-goals.
  • Develop content to achieve educational objectives.
  • Collaborate with Program Manager(s) to align with project and process management standards.
  • Collaborate with other Instructional Designers to align with instructional design standards and processes.
  • Collaborate with Medical Illustrators and Designers to develop effective visual content.
  • Follow standards and guidelines for adherence to Corporate brand style and standards for consistent brand identity.
  • Stay current on new technologies, industry trends or techniques which may affect current departmental practices.
  • Make recommendations for new methods, materials, and tools to enhance the educational value of course materials and/or improve efficiency of departmental practices.
  • Establish and document processes and procedures in collaboration with the team.
  • Maintain files of all materials and electronic documents in active folders, archives, and digital asset management system(s).
  • Manage multiple projects at different stages simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, while meeting deadlines and maintaining quality.
  • Identify and communicate potential development problems or challenges as they surface and propose mitigation strategies.
  • Communicate changes in priorities and direction of the goal or project to the team and project stakeholders.
  • Manage and track project work in the organization’s project management system(s).
  • Travel approximately 15-20%, primarily to Medtronic sites
Must Have: Minimum Requirements
To be considered, these minimum qualifications must be evident on your resume:
  • Bachelors degree required
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in instructional design or training facilitation or advanced degree with 2 years’.

Nice to Have
  • Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Instructional Technology preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of adult learning theories and instructional design models.
  • Knowledge of current and trending digital learning industry theories and practices.
  • Strong conceptual thinking: ability to take raw content and create designs that support the delivery of an engaging learning experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise explanations of complex concepts and engaging course content for a diverse audience of professionals.
  • Ability to write and edit effective copy, instructional text, audio, and video scripts.
  • Two or more years’ experience in writing learning assessments.
  • Experience integrating instructional materials such as videos, graphics, animations, and interactive media elements into digital learning deliverables.
  • Strong creative and technical problem-solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Highly organized, flexible, and able to collaborate across functional areas to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.
  • Effective research, planning, organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in a team environment and with people across/at varying levels in the organization.
  • Strong ability to gain acceptance for ideas from internal partners through influence.
  • Flexible with a “can do” attitude and can remain professional under high pressure situations.
  • Dedicated to quality customer service, proactive and responsive to customer needs.
  • Ability to work independently under limited supervision to determine and develop approach to solutions.
  • Experience writing courses to be developed in Articulate Rise 360, Articulate Storyline 360, or other equivalent eLearning authoring tool(s).
  • Understanding of technology and ability to learn new software quickly.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Compelling portfolio of recent writing and course samples must be submitted for consideration.
  • Ability to perform a job simulation task as part of interview component.
  • Prior experience working on projects for medical device or pharmaceutical manufacturers a plus.
  • Strong instinct for visual layout and graphic design principles.
  • Experience developing learning solutions deployed in Totara, Cornerstone OnDemand or similar Learning Management Systems (LMS).
  • Familiarity with Workfront, Trello or similar project management system(s).

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile.
  • The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers.
  • Must be able to travel to various Medtronic buildings/sites

Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

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Dublin, Ireland




more than $10B (USD)


Health Care

Company Description
At Medtronic, we believe in the power of medical technology to improve lives. Seven decades ago, our co-founder invented the battery-powered pacemaker. Today, we are among the largest medical device companies in the world. With operations in 150 countries, our products treat 70 health conditions and include cardiac devices, cranial and spine robotics, insulin pumps, surgical tools, patient monitoring systems, and more. Our therapies help 75 million people a year and support our Mission to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. Our people make it possible. We value diverse perspectives and encourage our 90,000+ employees to be themselves. We hold each other accountable, act with integrity, and make quality our highest priority. We are privileged to be part of the communities where we live and work. We are committed to giving back and reducing our impact on the environment. Let's take healthcare Further, Together.
Company ratings
  • Overall
  • Company & Benefits
    3.9 / 5
  • Culture & Values
    3.7 / 5
  • Career Opportunities
    3.4 / 5
  • Work/Life Balance
    3.7 / 5
  • Senior Management
    3.4 / 5
Company reviews
"Great Medical Device company"
Current EmployeeQuality Engineer
Medtronic is a great company with great benefits. As an Engineer, it provides the perfect platform for collaboration with other cross-functional teams in a professional environment.

"Burn-out is inevitable"
Current EmployeeSupport Staff
Mainly it's do more with less, and it's easy to burn out. There are some great managers who care about those on their team, and support their growth. Only a handful are "in your corner". If one needs very much recognition, this isn't the place.

"Great team, Bad upper management"
Former EmployeeEngineer
The team I was working on was fantastic and supportive. Occasionally I would run into standard large corporation BS, but the biggest negative was my contract (and several other contractors) not being extended or converted despite the operational unit drowning in work. The mid to upper level people decided that no new hires would be accepted and no contracts would be extended for an unspecified amount of time.

"Good company, dislike the corporate side of things"
Current EmployeeData Analyst
Promotion seems less merit-based than it should be. The company culture is good, but some of the trickled-down company ideologies feel very fabricated to make people inspired... it's kind of easy to see through the corporate agendas in my opinion, but maybe I'm just cynical haha. The new CEO, Geoff Martha, definitely pushes inclusion and diversity to an extreme, to the extent where if you don't have a "diversity" metric, it almost portrayed as shameful. Also makes it harder to get a job with Medtronic if you happen to be non-diverse (for example, only one male was hired out of 12 engineers hired at the same time). My particular role strongly encourages learning new skills and networking throughout the company for potential next moves, which is great. Overall, it's a great company to work for despite some of the corporate shenanigans which have diminished the culture a little bit.