The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Instructional Designer


Department: Distance Education Unit (DEU)

FTE: 1.0

Status: Permanent

Competition No.:  17188-M

Salary Information:  The salary range is $60,410 to $94,391 (Specialist Professional, Phase 2) per annum.  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: To consult, train and serve as an Instructional Designer to faculty, administrators, course developers and appropriate departments in the design, development, evaluation and revision of distance education classes, programs and resources, and facilitate in the identification and implementation of instructional innovations related to distance education.

Nature of Work: This position reports to the Director, Distance Education Unit. Works collaboratively with an instructional design team, subject matter experts and U of S colleges and departments to design and develop distance education classes and programs, revise and/or enhance existing distance education classes, develop open textbooks and other open educational resources, and support the integration of technology into traditional teaching practices. Working closely with subject matter experts, this position will identify the needs of a given class or project and propose solutions that synthesize current learning theory, sound teaching practices, and available technologies. This position provides direction regarding the class design and development process, including conducting needs analysis, preparing class design plans, developing learning outcomes and objectives, developing modules and class syllabi, creating learning activities, selecting and creating media and preparing student evaluation tools.


  • Support teaching and learning through the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of classes and programs for various modes of delivery. Apply appropriate pedagogical principles to class and program design and development. Ensure timely and professional communication with internal and external stakeholders related to class and program development.
  • Practice efficient and effective project management including timelines, budgets and other resources.
  • Practice appropriate project documentation and file management procedures to minimize error. Manage copyright permissions and processes for class and program development and maintenance to ensure the University is compliant with copyright laws.
  • Act as a change agent for continuous quality improvement including curriculum processes, templates and other initiatives for the department and campus. Ensure liability and risk are reduced by remaining current with best practices and University policies related to the use of current technologies.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development to keep abreast of advancements, innovations and best practices in Instructional Design and educational technologies. Actively participate in department and campus wide committees and initiatives to contribute Instructional Design expertise.
  • Provide leadership to faculty, staff and partners related to online learning and technology enhanced education.
  • Coordinate training opportunities for DEU staff around innovative curriculum design and development technologies and practices.

Education: A graduate degree in Instructional Design. Equivalent education and experience will be considered.

Experience: Extensive experience as an instructional designer working in an educational setting in order to guide and construct effective distance class development with faculty is ideal; knowledge of the various modes of class delivery (online, independent studies, multi-mode and live streamed); familiarity with Blackboard learning management system, WordPress and Pressbooks is an asset.


  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and instructional design principles including performance based outcomes assessments
  • Ability to understand and interpret educational needs and develop effective instructional media solutions, working projects from concept through completion
  • Ability to quickly research, evaluate and recommend the viability of new developments
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills and the ability to address competing demands for resources as well as the ability to build and maintain relationships with the campus community
  • Ability to relate to faculty academically and bridge understanding of pedagogy to distance delivery formats
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Please apply no later than April 25, 2017 at 4:30pm.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Cheri Spooner at   

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.