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Instructional Designer, School of Nursing (Temporary, Part-Time Position)
Provost's Office
School of Nursing
No benefits offered

This position will work in collaboration with leadership and faculty at the University’s School of Nursing (SON) to create high-quality, hybrid courses that are user-friendly and student-centered. The specific duties of this position include design and development of course materials, videos, and activities to facilitate student learning and engagement.

This is a temporary (August 2019 to December 2019), part-time, non-exempt, hourly position (up to but not more than 25 hours per work week) without benefits. However, this position does accrue sick time consistent with Oregon state requirements. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)

The full job description is available at:

This posting was posted on July 24, 2019, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Design and develop course materials

Design courses with format and functionality consistent with the UP learning management system (Moodle).

Utilize the University’s Common Course Format in the design of all course pages.

Collaborate with faculty to determine what students can accomplish without faculty, what students can discover without faculty, and design, accordingly, a blended learning approach.

Assist in the development of learning activities designed for thinking and creating using labs, gaming, peer-to-peer practice, assessments, etc.

Develop user-friendly, student-centered materials that are easy to navigate and accessible.

Utilize a consistency of design across all modules in a course.

Partner with faculty to migrate current course content to the new course design.

Design materials and learning modules that are easily modified by UPSON faculty or staff with minimal work.

Utilize a consistent course theme throughout all pages of the course page.

Plan and perform a complete testing of the course module to ensure functionality of links.

Partner and collaborate with key stakeholders

Ability to engage in effective teamwork practices to contribute to the culture of collaboration within the School of Nursing community and with internal and external stakeholders to the university.

Work closely with UPSON’s Associate Deans to ensure alignment with curriculum, student and course outcomes, and programmatic standards.

Partner with specified course faculty in the development of the course, course content, and course layout.

Work closely with Academic Technology Services & Innovation (ATSI) to ensure consistency with ATSI principles, utilization of the University’s existing resources, and maintain alignment with University academic technology standards. 

Collaborate with Accessible Education Services to ensure course and learning activity design that meets the needs of all learners.

Collaborate, as needed, with the Clark Library SON liaisons to utilize appropriate library resources and to build upon current evidence-based practice curricula.

Other duties as relevant to the duties of the position or as assigned by supervisor or designee.

Please note that the above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s purview and responsibility.

Education and Experience

Required: Bachelor’s degree.  Minimum two years instructional design experience in higher education or similar environment.

Preferred: Master’s Degree

Or a combination of equivalent education and/or experience.

Certifications and Licenses


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse individuals.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy when working with highly complex projects.

Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities with the ability to handle multiple projects concurrently.

Strong critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.

Strong self-motivation skills (self-starter).

Demonstrated ability to work individually as well as an effective member of a team.

Ability to self-monitor for quality output and continued professional development.

Personal integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality related to School of Nursing personnel and administrative issues

Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to the University.

Professional demeanor and ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies and processes. Ability to work effectively with various constituencies including students, the general public, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other members of the UP community.

Competence with and commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty and staff.

Ability to use and learn computers, technology, software, and applications at the level of sophistication and proficiency required for the duties of the position, including, without limitation, Microsoft Office and the internet.

Please see full job description (link in most postings) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.

Supplemental Questions

1. Why are you interested in this position at the University of Portland?

2. What are your areas of work-related strength? What are work-related areas that you would like to improve?

3. Please explain what diversity, inclusion, and equity means to you. Please describe your education and work-related experiences applicable to diversity, inclusion, and equity.


Cover Letter, References, Resume, Supplemental Questions

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: