Instructional Designer

Instructional Designer

  • 528212
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Hybrid
  • On Campus
  • Staff Full-time
  • Grade 80
  • UAF Center for Teaching & Learning

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning’s highly collaborative team as an instructional designer, a role that will spearhead institutional change initiatives in graduate teaching education. Thrive in our dynamic, creative work environment where you'll directly impact the educational landscape by working with faculty to craft engaging programming, from cutting-edge workshops to immersive courses. Become a part of a team committed to working together to create transformative learning experiences for all UAF students.

UAF’s Center for Teaching and Learning seeks an instructional designer who will lead our emerging efforts to provide targeted professional development programming for graduate teaching assistants. The right candidate will join our highly collaborative office culture focused on improving education by working directly with instructors at all levels to meet the changing needs of university students.

As one of our Instructional Designers, you’ll collaboratively create and lead programming for UAF graduate teaching assistants and other instructors to share best practices in higher education teaching and learning. Programming will range from hour-long workshops to credit-bearing courses and will often be hybrid or remotely accessible to reach stakeholders around the state.

Applicants are expected to have familiarity/working knowledge of some combination of the following:

Instructional design based on learning theory; Adult learning theory; Familiarity with or understanding of a range of graduate student experiences; Facilitation in small and large group contexts; Familiarity with project management; Learning and/or content management systems. Multiple operating systems including OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android.

Skill in evaluating, reporting on, and implementing collaboration and instructional technologies; familiarity with inclusive design and accessibility best practices; team building and conflict resolution; ability to understand and interpret educational needs and develop effective solutions; ability to communicate effectively and to develop and provide seminar­-style training to faculty, students, and staff; willingness and ability to adapt to new tools and methods as they emerge.

A successful applicant will have a Bachelor's or Master’s degree. Experience as a graduate student and/or teaching assistant is a plus.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and two years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Position Details:

This position is located on the UAF campus in Fairbanks, and flexible on-site/hybrid work arrangements may be considered in accordance with UA regulations. This is a full-time, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. New hires will be placed on the UA Staff Salary Schedule, Grade 80, based on education and experience.

Review of applicants will begin May 6, 2024, to ensure full consideration you must apply by midnight of May 5, 2024.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and portfolio of relevant work. The goal of a portfolio is to showcase specific projects, collaborations, and/or digital products. Possible areas include but are not limited to: teaching in higher education, course design, open educational resources, cloud-based collaboration, and presentation or face-to-face training and facilitation skills. Successful candidates may have weaknesses in some areas that are outweighed by expertise in others.

Successful portfolios are easy for users to navigate, include multimedia, and provide some descriptive context for the elements included. Portfolios are not meant to be comprehensive of an applicant’s work, but to highlight specific skills and abilities. The design of the portfolio is considered along with the content and applicants will be asked to present on their portfolio at the interview stage.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Donna Oyen, CTL HR Coordinator, at dmhertzler@alaska.edu.

*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/safety. Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or police@uaa.alaska.edu / 907-786-1214 or uaa_deanofstudents@alaska.edu

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: https://www.uaf.edu/orca/files/ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or uaf-orca@alaska.edu.

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: https://uas.alaska.edu/equity-and-compliance/docs/clery/UAS_ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing uas.clery@alaska.edu.

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