Grantham University Instructional Designer in Lenexa, Kansas

Instructional Designer

Position: Instructional Designer

Department: Academics

Reports To: Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

Location: Lenexa, KS

COMPANY OVERVIEW:Be a Life Changer! Grantham University is a nationally accredited online University founded in 1951 by a veteran to serve active duty and retired military service members, along with other non-traditional students. Since our move from Slidell, Louisiana, to the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area in 2005, we have grown steadily and have added jobs to the community. If you are looking for a rewarding position with an organization that allows you to positively change lives every day through the power of education, look no further than Grantham University.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Instructional Designer is responsible for facilitating the design process for effective, quality instruction, and providing pedagogical and curricular consultation for online course development. The Instructional Designer works closely with faculty and subject matter experts (SMEs), researching and incorporating current industry trends, proven instructional strategies, and quality measures into the curriculum. Efforts are based on best practices and the institution’s VIP2TMestablished philosophy and approach, as well as applying data collection and analysis to all instructional design projects. This salaried position is located on site in Lenexa, KS.


Cultivates close, collaborative, and professional working relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators in assigned academic unit(s) and within the Curriculum Department

  • Must provide expert advice and leadership to subject matter experts (SMEs), faculty, and peers on course design and engagement to translate learning objectives into high-impact learning designs across multiple modalities integrating the appropriate Bloom’s taxonomy as well as industry standards and best practices

  • Advise on and ensure the instructional quality of courses, including assessment mapping, credit hour integrity, and overall alignment between course activities and objectives

  • Work collaboratively with the content development team to gain recommendations on innovative approaches, strategies, and technologies to solve instructional problems

  • Adheres to the VIP2TMestablished philosophy and procedures with all course designs and redesigns

  • Assesses courses to determine if quality guidelines and desired learning outcomes have been meet, utilizing the VIP2TMExemplary Course Rubric

  • Provides insight and expertise from educational theory and design practices in preparing faculty and subject matter experts (SMEs) for successful online course design

  • Helps define educational goals, learner needs, and choose appropriate delivery method

  • Closely monitors and facilitates the entire course development process with the assigned subject matter expert (SMEs), including regular meetings to ensure the project stays on track for on time, on specification completion

  • Utilize design documents (templates, storyboards, design mock-ups), as part of the course development manual, to guide the course development process

  • Participate and provide expertise based on accepted educational practice in assessment planning, mapping, rubric development, evaluation, and execution within the assigned academic unit(s)

  • Provide instruction in accordance with the philosophy of the University and within the scope of departmentally-defined courses, programs of study, and degrees.

  • Assume responsibility to keep current in the field of study/area of expertise and continue to develop professionally in content, methodologies, and distance strategies.

  • Keep accurate electronic records for all design and redesign projects and submit records when required.

  • Reports regularly to supervisor and academic unit(s) administrator on assignments and progress

  • Serve as representative on University committees as appropriate

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology or Education/Teaching required

  • Intermediate-to-advanced knowledge of Adobe Captivate

  • Demonstrated experience and application of instructional design principles, learning theory, online learning strategies and technology integration

  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects and deadlines

  • Concrete understanding of the theory and body of knowledge of distance learning educational models, adult learning styles, and curriculum methodology required

  • Experience working with faculty or subject matter experts (SMEs)

  • Able to make decisions and work independently with exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Able to make decisions and work independently with exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Able to meet vigorous production schedule deadline, yet maintain close attention to detail and timeliness of work production

  • Must have strong organizational abilities with great attention to detail and follow-through

  • Required proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Products, Internet, course management systems, eLearning development tools, and web authoring software required

  • Knowledge of, and use of, the Blackboard Learning Management System preferred

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with technicians and faculty

  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills required

  • Able to effectively communicate orally (in person and by telephone) and in writing.

    • Language Skills: Able to read, analyze, and interpret common journals and legal documents. Able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Able to effectively present information to executive management, faculty, staff, and/or students.
  • Mathematical Skill: Able to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

  • Reasoning Ability:Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to present facts to faculty for departmental response. Able to deal with a variety of information presented in oral or written formats. Able to deal with non-verbal behavior in assisting with problem resolution.

  • Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently required to use hand to finger, handle, or feel (including the use of computer keyboards) and talk or hear (including the use of a telephone and computer).

  • Occasionally required to walk, stand, and make presentations

  • This position may involve sitting at a desk for extended periods of time

  • Specific vision abilities include: close vision and distance vision