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Instructional Designer

Department: eLearning
Position: Full-time, 12 month position, full benefits package
Wage: $42,000-$45,000 commensurate with experience
Union Affiliation: None
Posting Date: November 2019


We are seeking an innovative professional with skills in instructional design, adult learning and emerging educational technologies. The successful applicant will be technologically savvy yet able to communicate and establish a rapport with non-technical people, will be a self-starter, and will be capable of managing details, deadlines, and multiple (often competing) priorities. An ability to form friendly and collaborative relationships with faculty is key.

The Instructional Designer’s responsibilities will be split: ½ time will be spent supporting faculty in the design and development of online and distance courses at Montana Western and ½ time will be spent assisting with the design and development of an NSF-funded micro-credentialing project. At the conclusion of the NSF grant, this position will switch to supporting Montana Western online and distance learning full-time. This position reports to the Montana Western Director of eLearning and Academic Technology.

Required Qualifications

  • Work autonomously with faculty in developing online and hybrid courses by creating engaging and accessible learning activities and compelling course content that enhances retention and transfer.
  • Apply tested instructional design theories, practices, and methods.
  • Create supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games etc.)
  • Decide on the criteria used to judge learner’s performance and develop assessment instruments.
  • Assist with the administration of Moodle, Montana Western’s learning management system.
  • Provide technical support to both students and faculty for Moodle and related eLearning technologies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

As an instructional designer working on a micro-credentials project, this role is responsible for providing technical, pedagogical, and administrative support to all project stakeholders. Specific duties include the following:

  • Assist faculty, industry partners, and other stakeholders in the design and development of micro-credentials.
  • Assist with the design of a micro-credential system, including development of administrative processes, implementation of assessment and learning best practices, and creation of user support materials.
  • Provide technical support to both students and faculty for micro-credential-related technologies.
  • Assist with outreach to other UM System campuses and to potential industry partners. 

Preferred Qualifications

The person assigned to this position should possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as at least three (3) years of relevant work experience (such as instructional technology, online education, adult learning, higher education) with at least one (1) year of instructional design experience; or any combination of experience and education that would provide the competencies required to successfully discharge the duties assigned to this position. Additionally, the following attributes are considered highly preferred for this position:

  • Experience teaching/training adult learners.
  • Experience with web-conferencing tools (e.g. Zoom, Adobe Connect, Connect or GoToMeeting), social media, mobile apps, Google Drive tools, open educational resources and other emerging educational technologies.
  • Experience with multi-media software, interactive video production (i.e. Articulate Storyline or Captivate.)
  • Knowledge of HTML and web design principles. 


To apply, submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three professional references.  To be fully considered, the letter of application must address all of the job qualifications.  Send application materials to:

Patti Lake, Payroll and Benefits Supervisor
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT  59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Justin Mason via email @ or by calling 406-683-7536.  Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for any position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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