IMPACT Instructional Designer | Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab, Radford University | Radford, Virginia

Radford University invites applications for the position of Instructional Designer for the Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab. This position will play a key role in Radford University’s efforts to provide pedagogical, instructional design, and development consultation related to courses, modules, and whole curricula for instructional projects. The Instructional Designer, working in a fast-paced environment with internal and contracted faculty, subject matter experts, and other eLearning team members, will design and develop new courses and revise existing courses in the online Learning Management System (LMS), Desire2Learn (D2L). The Instructional Designer supports instructors by addressing teaching and learning issues in online courses. This person plays a key role in identifying the needs of students, designing and developing learning experiences, and working with subject matter experts/faculty to produce courses that are outcomes-driven, engaging, and ADA compliant. The Instructional Designer develop courses and manages their caseload of courses in which they contribute expertise to structure content and activities, develop assessments, adapt instructional materials, and create media to optimize student learning. This position is best suited to someone who enjoys problem-solving in a team environment and seeks to develop new skills while growing their understanding of learning and technology. This position reports to the Senior Director of Operations of the Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab at Radford University.

Located in beautiful southwestern Virginia, Radford University is a comprehensive, midsize student-focused public university that offers its more than 9,500 students a diversity of outstanding academic programs. Renowned for teaching excellence and a focus on strong faculty/student bonds, the innovative use of technology in the learning environment, and a vibrant student life on a beautiful campus, Radford University offers many opportunities to engage both faculty and students in teaching, research and public service as scholars and citizens. We seek new colleagues with a passion for student success and willingness to contribute to our collegial intellectual community. More information can be found at


Required Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will have a solid understanding in learning science and instructional design.
  • Considerable experience with instructional design projects, preferably in higher education and not just industry/corporate environments, with an emphasis on a backwards instructional design approach for online and alternate delivery methods.
  • Experience in the use of a variety of instructional technologies and design methods, including one or more learning management systems (D2L experience preferred).
  • Ability to convey complex technical information to non-technical users.
  • Demonstrated successful design, development, implementation and evaluation with a variety of instructional products.
  • Working knowledge of skills, tools, and processes used in the development and delivery of web-based training / eLearning.
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, and editing tools for Web text and graphics.
  • Ability to take actions independently in conjunction with maintaining the strategies, goals, financial constraints, etc. of the Lab.
  • Working experience with the design, preparation, and documentation of work plans and design documents.
  • Ability to see the big picture and report progress accordingly.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive organization topics and issues as well as maintain learner privacy.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the Quality Matters and/or OLC quality assurance program for online courses; and developing and validating learner assessments (e.g. design of evaluation instruments, summative test, and item design), particularly in machine-scored environments.
  • Ability to work proactively on teaching and learning problems of diverse scope.
  • Understanding of adult learning theory, distance learning, web-based training, synchronous and asynchronous learning and best practices in eLearning.
  • Knowledge of how accessibility technologies and ADA/Section 504 (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements apply to online learning applications.
  • Experience with development of assessments of pedagogical effectiveness and student learning outcomes of digital learning pedagogies.
  • Experience with desktop communication environments (e.g., Adobe Connect, Zoom); collaboration and documentation tools/platforms (SharePoint, Office365, OneNote, Google Drive, Slack).


Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2021.

Radford University does not discriminate with regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational programs, activities, admission or employment practices.