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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Instructional Designer

Series: Instructional Design










The Instructional Designer is a stand-alone classification. Incumbents are responsible for performing duties related to the planning, developing and delivery of courses. The Instructional Designer is distinguished from the other classifications by its responsibility and accountability for developing and delivering course materials.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Converts or develops courses, instructional materials and other electronic instructional information consistent with adult learning theory for delivery in traditional courses, distance learning, and hybrid courses.  Daily 35%
  2. Trains and provides consultation to faculty and staff on technical and instructional skills necessary for developing and delivering interactive and engaging courses.  Daily 20%
  3. Coordinates, oversees, and participates in the development of the project work plan; monitors workflow; reviewing and evaluating work products, methods, and procedures.  Daily 10%
  4. Supervises as technical lead to staff: prioritizes and assigns work and monitors work for technical compliance and quality.  Daily 10%
  5. Provides guidance for curriculum and instructional program development, equipment, and implementation; evaluates results and makes appropriate modifications in multi-campus and cross-functional activities.  Daily 10%
  6. Serves on a variety of internal and external committees.  Weekly 5%
  7. Interprets and applies department policies and procedures and assures compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.  Weekly 5%
  8. Participates in the planning for current and future College distance learning needs.  Monthly 5%
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Not Applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Master's Degree in Instructional Design or related field, and three years experience in instructional design, knowledge of instructional technologies associated with distance learning, or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • None required.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Instructional design principles
  • Instructional technologies
  • Supervision and management principles
  • Adult learning theory and principles
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of designing, developing and delivering and evaluating educational programs
  • Training techniques
  • Project management principles
  • Research principles
  • Needs analysis, developing instructional objective
  • Non-traditional, student-centered approaches to instruction
  • Software application development tool, including management systems
  • Program development
  • Emerging technologies
  • Customer service principles
  • Applicable local, state and Federal laws, codes, and regulations.

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Designing alternative format courses
  • Supervise employees
  • Applying software application development tools
  • Leading production teams
  • Training standards and techniques
  • Facilitating and presenting instructional materials
  • Performing needs assessment
  • Communicating technical information to non-technical audience
  • Project management
  • Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Incumbents may be subject to travel.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Human Resources: 06/07, 01/16