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Instructional Designer 3

Job ID: 49289


This position works remotely requiring a telecommuting agreement and adherence to the UCSC Telecommuting/Remote Work Guidelines. The employee shall be available in a full-time capacity during assigned telecommuting work hours (specific hours to be discussed with supervisor). While telecommuting/remote working, the employee is responsible for ensuring a worksite environment suitable for accomplishing their regular job duties during scheduled hours of work and, if applicable, arranging for dependent care just as they would if they were working at the regular UCSC worksite.



UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.


UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 02-28-2023


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It’s known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus’s DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


Scout from the University of California is a SAPEP program that develops and delivers A-G approved, online classes and curriculum to high school teachers/students. UC Scout’s mission is to provide high-quality A-G and AP curricula and courses for students in need, with an emphasis on advancing the academic success of California’s educationally underserved students. We strive to be California’s leading resource for online high school content that closes the opportunity gap for educationally disadvantaged students.

UC Scout’s Instructional Design department is responsible for the development and support of online courses, as well as oversight of the online learning environment and its users. The Instructional Designer will work collaboratively to design, deliver and maintain high-quality online courses to support teachers in online learning and instructional effectiveness.

UC Scout is a fully remote team.

More information can be found here:


Uses instructional design and multimedia development skills and best practices to help shape curricular content into coherent instructional modules that employ multimedia and a variety of interactive, web-based tools aimed at encouraging the engagement of high school students and other learners in knowledge acquisition. Demonstrates a high degree of collaboration, flexibility, and diplomacy as well as project management and creative problem-solving. Solves complex content or delivery-related issues in conjunction with technical teams. Occasionally interacts with senior internal and external personnel. Normally receives little direction for ongoing course development assignments and works most closely with full-time teachers and subject-matter experts.


Budgeted Salary: $73,850 – $85,900 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted range. The salary shown above is the budgeted range the University reasonably expects to pay.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: Remote

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 006148 (INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER 3)

Travel: Never or Rarely


40% – Course Design

  • Applies instructional design skills to articulate course design, including editing and review of standards-based objectives/outcomes, review of supportive/inclusive learning activities and assessments, and the selection of appropriate technologies and tools.
  • Supports faculty and staff in the creation of multimedia content, including interactive learning activities, video lessons, or audio components, and oversees the production of course content according to an established schedule.
  • Consults with subject matter experts on best practices to determine methods for delivery of course content and effective use of technology that promotes learner engagement and knowledge acquisition.
  • Conducts appropriate job and task analyses in the context of instructional design of technical or specialized training.
  • Actively seeks out knowledge of new and emerging learning technologies.

25% – LMS Maintenance

  • Deploys content on learning management platforms (Canvas LMS).
  • Performs content migration and organization, ranging from course to program level.
  • Reviews and resolves reported issues post-launch. May collect and/or analyze feedback on course performance and needs for revisions. Recommends strategies for continuous improvement.
  • Provides support for testing content and tools to meet ADA requirements; research and document copyright for embedded media and other non-faculty-created content.

15% – ID Project Management

  • Manages detailed schedules within an established project plan for multiple projects; provides project management throughout course development and revision processes to ensure projects are completed on time and meet quality standards, and keeps others informed of progress against the schedule.
  • Facilitates project team meetings for new course projects, and as needed throughout the development process.

20% – Collaboration & Communication

  • Ensures that quality standards, intellectual property guidelines, ADA and copyright requirements are met. Upholds instructional design standards, templates and business processes, to be used across all courses or programs of courses.
  • Works in highly collaborative environments effectively, including other instructional designers, technology staff, faculty, and teaching assistants. Demonstrates diplomacy and tact in all communications.
  • Works in a collaborative manner with others in a diverse environment to prioritize work assignments, conduct analysis, and develop recommendations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Thorough knowledge of functional area (instructional design and media) and understanding of how work within one course impacts a program or work being done on other courses.
  • Thorough attention to detail (spelling, grammar, formatting, etc.).
  • Analytical skills; ability to conduct comprehensive instructional analyses and develop clear instructional recommendations.
  • Organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills and negotiation skills; demonstrated collaborative skills, flexibility and diplomacy; demonstrated ability to persuade, lead, motivate, instruct, and act as part of an effective team.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, creative team environment under tight deadlines.
  • Thorough knowledge of instructional design principles and learning strategies, including standard LMS functionality, needs analysis, e-learning video, learning outcomes and assessment design, and instructional approaches in fully online environments.
  • Thorough knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required 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.
  • Thorough working knowledge of applying K-12/high school learning theories and educational methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, strategize, and deliver major instructional design deliverables for organization-wide initiatives.


  • Master’s degree including substantial coursework and research in the fields of instructional design, curriculum development, or learning technologies.
  • Teaching Credential or other/equivalent experience or training
  • Thorough knowledge of copyright law, ADA compliance in electronic environments, and other regulations and guidelines that relate to online course development and distribution.
  • Thorough knowledge and skills with relevant business software systems (Canvas LMS, DesignPLUS, UDOIT, Kaltura, GSuite).


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to work remotely from a home office and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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