Senior Instructional Designer
Colorado State University4.2
Fort Collins, CO
Job description

Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position

Posting Number

Position Type
Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Prof/Indiv Contrib III

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week

Proposed Annual Salary Range
$65000-$75000 Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

For more than 50 years, CSU Extended Campus, an enterprise division of Colorado State University and which includes CSU Online, has been delivering online and distance programs developed at the flagship research campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU Extended Campus provides affordable access to a high-quality education from wherever students call home around the nation and world, on a schedule that fits their lives. CSU’s distance students receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on the Fort Collins campus. CSU Extended Campus offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and 35 for-credit certificate programs, delivered online and at locations across Colorado, as well as hundreds of professional education noncredit courses, digital badge programs, and open lifelong learning courses.

CSU Extended Campus is a center of innovation at the university, supporting not only the development of online and distance courses and programs, but also the enhancement of campus instruction. CSU Extended Campus has a staff of over 80 professionals delivering educational programs and services through CSU Online, Professional Education (non-credit programs), Collaboration Campuses, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Key teams include Strategy and Program Development, Marketing and Enrollment, Operations, and Learning Development. CSU Extended Campus collaborates closely with the colleges, departments, and divisions across the university, with other universities in the CSU System, and with government, business, non-profit organizations as well as other educational institutions.

The Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE) was organized in 2006 to advance CSU’s engagement and outreach missions. In addition to CSU Extended Campus, OEE includes CSU Extension (including Colorado 4-H), the Colorado Water Center, and a variety of vibrant programs that engage the teaching, research, extension, and service missions of Colorado State University. The Vice President for Engagement and Extension (VPEE) is the principal administrative, academic, and fiscal officer for these divisions, reports to the CSU President, and works closely with the Provost/Executive Vice President. These divisions work collaboratively across all Colleges and offices on campus, and have strong engagement programs throughout Colorado, the Western US and globally. At any given time, OEE’s divisions include over 400 employees. The total of budgets for all divisions is approximately $70 million. OEE is one of the most institutionally comprehensive commitments to engagement and outreach among all land-grant and other universities. Propelled by OEE’s leadership, nationally CSU is a Carnegie Engaged University (2008, 2014), is a member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, is an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University (2016) and is highly ranked for its online degree programs. Annually, CSU Extended Campus garners enrollments of over 10,000 learners and CSU Extension delivers approximately 500,000 educational contacts.

Colorado State University, a prestigious Carnegie Doctoral Research Very High University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. CSU enrolls approximately 33,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. Colorado State University is located 60 miles north of Denver in the beautiful city of Fort Collins.

Position Summary

Making education accessible. Everyone at Colorado State University Extended Campus works to fulfill the land grant mission of the university. We work as a team to serve students, and one of the ways we do that is by providing rich learning experiences that connect faculty and students through online educational programs. To improve our efforts, CSU Extended Campus seeks a Senior Instructional Designer who will coordinate, inspire, and lead our instructional designers in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the course development queue. The Senior Instructional Designer is responsible for coordinating course and learning object development and supervising members of the course development team.

The successful candidate will possess an in-depth and current understanding of instructional issues related to teaching and learning in blended and online courses, as well as experience using a wide range of hardware and software tools to develop instructional materials.

The Senior Instructional Designer will report directly to the Manager of Learning and Development at CSU Extended Campus and will join a team that works collaboratively to support the teaching and learning mission of the University.

This position can be on-site (Fort Collins) or fully remote.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in instructional design, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, instructional systems, education, or a closely related field by the time of hire.
  • Experience supervising a course production or instructional design team; or commensurate supervisory and management experience of direct reports
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in the field of instructional design or course development at the time of hire
  • Experience developing instructional materials for learning management systems (e.g., Canvas) for the delivery of online instruction
  • Strong understanding of instructional design principles, adult learning theory and instructional technology
  • Demonstrated experience incorporating online curriculum standards into instructional design practices (e.g., Quality Matters, Quality Scorecard)
  • Experience designing and maintaining instructional materials and guidelines for face-to-face and online workshops targeted to faculty and staff focused on quality assurance standards and best practices in online course design
  • Experience with project management software (SmartSheets, Quickbase, Asana, etc)
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date; Continuing Education/CSU Online will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply universal design for learning, and accessibility standards for online learning environments, as well as familiarity with assistive technologies used with course design, development and delivery.
  • Familiarity with copyright laws and creative commons and how they pertain to courses
  • Experience with project management concepts and principles: creating milestones, addressing blocking issues, setting deadlines, and tracking project outcomes
  • Familiarity with processes relevant to the development of course curricula and instructional materials for credit and non-credit courses (digital badges, microlearning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)).
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience completing quality reviews of online courses for programs, certificates or other digital learning objects
  • Certifications in Quality Matters (Quality Matters Coordinator, APPQMR facilitation, and/or Peer Review Coordinator)
  • Demonstrated understanding of the higher education environment and experience working successfully with university faculty/subject matter experts.
  • Familiarity with FERPA related to online learning technologies.
  • Familiarity using a ticketing system (e.g. FreshService, Jira, etc.)
  • Experience developing online courses and assets using authoring tools (e.g., Adobe Captivate, Articulate 360, Articulate Storyline, Articulate Rise, etc.)
  • Familiarity with video production, editing, and digitization hardware
  • Experience managing 3rd-party or contracted work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as an individual contributor and member of a multiple internal and external teams and organizations
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, work independently, and meet strict deadlines
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category
Course Development

  • Work collaboratively with instructors (including faculty, professional staff, graduate teaching assistants, and subject matter experts) to design blended and fully online courses (credit, non-credit, and digital badging/certification); to develop print and digital course materials; to ensure the timely development of accessible instructional materials; and to design and apply assessment procedures and instruments.
  • Provide one-on-one and group training to faculty and graduate students for using the Canvas learning management system, as well as other teaching technologies.

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty Category
Quality Assurance Coordination and Training

  • Designing and maintaining instructional materials and guidelines for current best practices and quality assurance standards for online courses, MOOCs, and digital credentials
  • Providing individual, group, online training and workshops targeted to faculty and staff focused on quality assurance standards.
  • Coordinating and completing quality reviews of online courses and provide recommendations to meet minimum quality standards
  • Implementing quality assurance program (Quality Matters) including creating documentation, communication strategies, and data tracking

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty Category
Course Development Team Leadership

  • Serve as point of contact for Course Developers and selected contracted staff.
  • Provide support and mentoring for course developers and peer instructional designers including internal trainings, documentation, and internal course reviews

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty Category
Faculty/Graduate Teaching Support

  • Facilitate online and in-person professional development for faculty, staff, and graduate assistants
  • Provide follow-up assistance and support to instructors as they incorporate new curricula and materials into their courses.
  • Provide support for peer instructional designers.
  • Other duties and committee work as assigned

Percentage Of Time

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume. Reference checks will be conducted through and online system called SkillSurvey. If you advance to the reference check stage, you will be asked to provide contact information for five references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
Erin Thompson,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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Fort Collins, CO


5001 to 10000


$5M to $25M (USD)


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Company Description
Colorado State University (also referred to as Colorado State and CSU) is a public research university located in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The university is the state's land grant university, and the flagship university of the Colorado State University System.The current enrollment is approximately 32,236 students, including resident and non-resident instruction students and the University is planning on having 35,000 students by 2020.
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"They care about their employees and students"
Current EmployeeLibrary Technician
There is a lot of bureaucracy and depending on what your title is, is how much respect you get sometimes. But overall the people are passionate and nice, the energy is high, and people truly care about CSU and the students. Decent benefits and pay.

"Lower pressure than private sector"
Current EmployeeResearch Associate
Positions are based on funds from government proposals, so tied to leaders successfully obtaining them. Some freedom to pursue new technologies, but often not leading edge. Pleasant colleagues with low level of competition.

"Enjoyed work here"
Former EmployeeInstructor
I enjoyed my time working at CSU. Just had an issue with the department head which was not unique, based on conversations with my co-workers. My co-workers were very supportive and helpful. I would happily go back to work there is given the opportunity.

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Current EmployeeDirector of Dining Services
They try to force you to think the way they want you to. There is way too much politics and favoritism is clearly a huge problem. There are great benefits though, like PERA, time off, etc...