The Employee Learning and Development (ELAD) Instructional Designer consults with faculty, staff, and ELAD team members to promote effective use of technology and adult learning theory in order to design and deliver equitable, inclusive learning experiences that respect human dignity. The Instructional Designer will further improve student learning in multiple instructional modalities (e.g., online, hybrid, and in-person). The position requires the ability to work collaboratively within our matrix organization with cultural humility and vulnerability.
The ELAD Instructional Designer reports to the ELAD Manager. This position is part of the ELAD team, which helps build faculty and staff knowledge around student engagement and completion by increasing access to cohesive professional development and fostering effective communication strategies and systems between all college employees.
Major areas of focus include (a) equity-focused course consultations, (b) faculty professional development in the use of inclusive pedagogy and technologies, (c) project management to support faculty collaboration at the department level, and (d) the integration of new educational technologies into curriculum. The instructional designer is well-versed in inclusive pedagogical strategies, design-thinking, project management, adult learning theory, and instructional technology.
Please note:The health and well-being of our students and staff are top priorities. In order to safeguard the health of our district, all Pierce College employees are working remotely until further notice, with a few exceptions for core staff and labs. The Facilities department is included in some of these exceptions. More information is located under the "Physical Work Environment" section listed below.
The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.
Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 5 community colleges in the nation, from the 2019 Community College Excellence award, Pierce College is an innovative and mission-driven community college committed to antiracism and excellence to equitably support all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen InstituteRising Star Award.
About the District: The College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. The campuses have modern facilities that include state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development centers; and health education centers, all with a beautiful view of nearby Mount Rainier. Want a feel for our District? Take a peek at our Campus views!
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom - Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community and recreational park, includingWaughop Lake.
Pierce College Puyallup – Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land withbeautiful hideaways.
Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord – Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) military sites, serving many of our military and active duty families that are serving our county.
Pierce County: An amazing place to call home Pierce County stands out as one of the most beautiful and livable areas in the United States, offering its citizens the benefits of both rural and urban life in the Pacific Northwest. Both campuses command views of majestic Mount Rainier. The area's moderate climate, along with nearby mountains, forests, rivers, the Puget Sound, and Pacific Ocean, provide for many outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, kayaking, beach combing, biking, and golfing. At the same time, most of Pierce County is only minutes away from Tacoma or a short drive to Seattle where world-class cultural, arts, shopping and sporting activities abound. The area boasts an amazing array of housing options from urban condos to rural acreage and everything in between. Located in the heart of one of America's most amazing areas, Pierce County is a wonderful place to call home.
Course Design/Redesign Collaborate with faculty and apply knowledge of andragogy/pedagogy and instructional design processes to design/redesign courses using best practices of integrating course objectives and student learning outcomes in order to enhance student success; integrate multimedia, streaming content, and other educational technologies as appropriate.
Strategic and Creative Initiatives Consistently initiate, practice, and evaluate strategies to advance inclusivity in teaching, learning and professional development. Offer creative and innovative ideas for teaching and learning technology to promote learning leading to student success.
Instructional Technology Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies and tools for use and, in collaboration with Educational Technology Manager, make recommendations. Work with vendors to coordinate demonstrations of new and/or existing technology tools and actively solicit faculty feedback and evaluation for potential purchase.
Employee Development Design and deliver online or in-person training as needed for the district. Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor’s Degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Education, or a computer related field or curriculum development.
Two (2) years of customer service, technical support experience to include troubleshooting/problem-solving learning management system (Canvas, preferred) and/or computer-related technical issues.
Work experience in designing high quality learning experiences for online or blended delivery and/or re-designing traditional on-ground learning experiences for online or blended delivery.
Experience in hands-on training delivery, live facilitation, or teaching.
Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:
The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will considered in determining the applicant's suitability to perform in this position.
Must be able to travel independently between college campuses and other work locations.
Required Competencies: Knowledge, skills, abilities, traits and characteristics
Teamwork: Contribute positively to a department culture that is a welcoming and engaging environment for faculty to seek support for improving learning design and delivery. Strong skills in collaboration and iteration, including collective ideation, providing actionable feedback, and accepting and incorporating others’ feedback into revisions. Foster innovation in order to meet institutional mission by contributing to cross-departmental shared governance teams.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Build trusting working relationships characterized by a high level of cooperation and mutual respect. A commitment to working within and helping to build an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.
Problem Solving: Seek to resolve confrontations, disagreements, and complaints in a constructive manner and contribute to a working environment where conflict leads to positive change. Identify the need for change and effectively manage both the areas that remain stable and those that are changing. Exercise sound judgment and adaptability when dealing with ambiguous situations.
Project Management: Lead faculty teams that include subject matter experts, program directors/deans, eLearning team members, and others while ensuring resources are well deployed, timelines and standards are met, and all parties collaborate effectively. Manage multiple simultaneous learning design and delivery projects with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders.
Training & Consultations: Knowledge of inclusive pedagogical strategies, design-thinking, adult learning theory, instructional technologies, and authentic assessments. Recommend inclusive pedagogical strategies and implement teaching and learning technology tools to meet identified needs. Design and deliver online or in-person training as needed.
Technical Expertise: Experience with eLearning technology tools, project management tools, and learning management systems (Canvas experience preferred). Knowledge of the technical tools and platforms needed to achieve the delivery of engaging and media-rich online learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and learning. Experience creating accessible materials. Experience with HTML and editing tools for Web text and graphics.
In 1967, more than 1,500 students walked through the doors of Pierce College sites with a special goal in mind: to further their education inside their own community. Then called Clover Park Community College, students attended classes in a variety of locations throughout Pierce County. The college held its first graduation ceremony on June 7, 1968. Seven students earned their associate degrees, and more than 200 completed the college’s Adult High School program that year. After a successful first year, the first order of business was to change the name to Fort Steilacoom Community College. A permanent campus was established on 146 acres overlooking Fort Steilacoom Park and Lake Waughop. In 1987, the college began focusing on expansion and growth of the Puyallup site. The college purchased 123 acres near South Hill, and the new campus’ first permanent building, the Gaspard Education Center, was dedicated in 1990. The campus continued to expand, and in 1996 the Brouillet Library Science building opened. Pierce College Puyallup was recognized by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 1999 as the state’s 34th community college and the second college in Pierce College District 11.