Instructional Designer

Sophia Learning - Remote, MN

Full-Time, Remote, Contract

We are seeking qualified Instructional Designers for anticipated full-time contract roles. There are roles starting in September through December 2020 for 3-9 month contract periods with opportunities to extend.

About Sophia Learning

Our mission is to help students achieve college success with Sophia Pathways, our affordable, flexible, competency-based online courses. These self-paced courses cost a fraction of traditional college courses, and are accessible anytime, from any device. As part of our ongoing commitment to learning, we also provide free college readiness resources for students, including test prep and refresher courses, as well as professional development resources for teachers.

About the Role

The instructional designer (ID) is an instructional design position responsible for facilitating and contributing to the design and development of online courses that provide high-quality learning experiences for adult learners. The instructional designer collaborates with a range of course development partners to create courses that are instructionally sound, use instructional media effectively, and adhere to Sophia’s instructional design and editorial standards. The instructional designer works with teams, including project managers, faculty subject matter experts, faculty chairs, curriculum specialists, interactive designers, assessment specialists, and other personnel to develop multiple courses in a limited timeframe

Essential Duties

  • Work with faculty subject matter experts to create or revise high-quality online courses based on curricular requirements.

  • Ensure courses are suited to the adult online learner and meet Sophia’s standards for presentation and instructional design.

  • Assist curriculum specialists, faculty subject matter experts, and academic leadership in developing curricular requirements.

  • Create strong alignment between the program outcomes, course competencies, assessments, and learning activities to increase learner efficiency in mastering competencies.

  • Create strong alignment between the program outcomes, course competencies, assessments, and learning activities to increase learner efficiency in mastering competencies.

  • Prioritize and manage course development activities and deliverables for multiple projects to ensure on-time delivery of course content.

  • Work with faculty to create appropriate content and select and obtain subject matter materials for intended learning outcomes, following appropriate legal, ethical, and procedural guidelines and practices.

  • Advocate for learners and faculty in the design of online learning activities, instructions, and presentation.

  • Design and integrate instructional media into online courses to maximize the effectiveness of the online learning experience by increasing interaction, motivation, instruction, and practice opportunities in an online environment.

Job Skills

  • Working knowledge of or experience applying instructional design, adult learning, or online learning theories to the design, development, or delivery of instruction.

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing.

  • Strong organization and management skills to proactively manage and prioritize the course development activities for multiple courses with firm deadlines.

  • Proven ability to work under limited supervision and exercise independent judgment and initiative.

  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm under pressure and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.

  • Advanced critical thinking skills in a fast-paced, changing environment. Strong process orientation with excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail, initiative and follow-through. Ability to establish effective, professional relationships in a collaborative, virtual working environment.

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel.

  • Aptitude for learning new software applications such as Articulate 360, Blackboard, and SharePoint.

  • Working knowledge of or experience designing or developing interactive instruction is a plus.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2+ years’ experience in instructional design, teaching, training, or other related field


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in new media communications, instructional design, instructional or technical writing, educational psychology, or a related field.

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution preferred

Posted On: Monday, August 17, 2020

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