Instructional Designer and Technologist

The Academic Affairs Office at Johnson University invites applications for the position of Instructional Designer and Technologist. Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Title: Instructional Designer and Technologist
Department: Online Education
Reports to: Executive Director of Online Education
Work Location: Johnson University
Classification: Salaried, full-time (40 hours per week) with benefits
FLSA Status: Exempt

General Job Description

The Instructional Designer & Technologist supports the planning, development, implementation, and archiving of online and hybrid programs and courses for all University schools. This is a full-time salaried staff position requiring 40 hours per week.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve on the Online Course Development Team of the School of Online Education.
  • Assist and provide consultation about pedagogy and course design to individual designers/instructors who develop online and hybrid courses.
  • Supervise the construction of new online courses according to the process and strategies developed by the Online Course Development Team.
  • Ensure that online courses adhere to appropriate accessibility standards.
  • Advise course designers about observing proper copyright and fair use standards.
  • Equip designers/instructors of online and hybrid courses in effective and efficient use of Sakai including helping with the design of courses in the LMS, training in using Sakai tools, helping with instructional technology, and providing help with problem-solving.
  • Advise face-to-face faculty members in developing pedagogically sound learning experiences in their Sakai course site.
  • Work with faculty and administration to establish institutional standards for online course delivery.
  • Help provide faculty development in various aspects of online education and use of Sakai, including occasional workshops.
  • Evaluate existing online courses for the readiness to be offered on the Acadeum course sharing platform.
  • Provide students with individual support in online technology, as needed.
  • Participate in programs or conferences that provide professional development in online learning and instructional design.
  • Occasionally teach courses in subjects for which he or she is qualified, but the ID will receive an adjunct stipend for doing so.
  • Carry out additional duties assigned by the Dean of the School of Online Education.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Course designers and content experts
  • Work-study students who may assist in development and revision of courses

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge of online pedagogy and course design
  • Ability to assess online programs and courses according to Quality Matters standards
  • Knowledge of the Sakai learning management system
  • Knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • Understanding of copyright and fair use guidelines
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty members with varying levels of expertise in online course design and use of Sakai
  • Effective organizational, project management, and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively within an evangelical Christian, church-related environment
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to handle confidential materials in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


  • Graduate degree in a field related to curriculum and instruction, instructional design, or online education

Equal Employment Opportunity Provider

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.