Position: Senior Instructional Designer

Company: Fairfax University of America

Location: Fairfax, VA

Description: The FXUA Curriculum Development and Instructional Design Department is seeking a Senior Instructional Designer to be responsible for the curriculum development process and facilitate instructional design as a resource to faculty and departments across the university. The Senior Instructional Designer will initially be tasked with the migration of university curriculum courses from face-to-face (F2F) delivery to online delivery. The Senior Instructional Designer will also collaborate with faculty members/subject matter experts in the development of course syllabi. The role serves dual purposes of serving as an instructional design consultant for university faculty and departments, but also to ensure that the university curriculum remains innovative and cutting-edge.


  • Responsible for the curriculum development process, including the development of course syllabi
  • Develop online courses in the university’s learning management system (LMS)
  • Work closely with faculty members/subject matter experts from a wide range of disciplines throughout the entire course design process
  • Ensure that all courses and course components are student-centered, enable the intended learning outcomes, as well as meet university values/standards, accessibility requirements, and universal design guidelines
  • Apply best practices of Universal Design for Learning to assist faculty in the development of course materials that are accessible to all students
  • Apply best practices of constructivism and learning experience design to enhance learning across all major and degree levels
  • Develop both independent micro-credential offerings, as well as micro-credentials embedded within the university curriculum
  • Develop trainings/workshops and resources for faculty to improve instructional practices and course design; create a knowledge repository for faculty to assist with online teaching and learning tools; develop tools and handbooks for new and continuing faculty
  • Provide support for faculty in designing and implementing course assessments; assist the academic departments with documenting and improving based upon their programmatic assessment data
  • Conduct course quality reviews; provide recommendations for course improvements; promote good practices of teaching and learning with technology
  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies and their application to enhancing F2F and online courses; recommend effective and creative uses of technology and andragogy to enhance instruction and create new learning opportunities; implement solutions as appropriate


  •  A master’s degree in education, instructional design, curriculum and instruction, instructional technology, or a related field is required
  • At least 5-7 years of experience as an instructional designer or curriculum developer is required
  • Extensive knowledge in the application of adult learning theories and innovative instructional design methods
  • Experience in higher education, designing and developing university-level curricula, is preferred
  • Experience working closely with faculty members/subject matter experts from a wide range of disciplines throughout the entire course design process
  • Experience with course syllabus development is highly valued
  • Experience with online learning and/or the development of online courses is highly valued
  • Experience working in the Canvas or Blackboard LMS is highly valued
  • Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification (Bronze Level or higher) is highly valued
  • Experience developing micro-credentials is highly valued
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including meeting deadlines and multitasking
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other team members
  • Fluency in English

For additional information and to apply visit Fairfax University of America Job Posting.

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