Position: Specialist

(Instructional Design Specialist)

Department: Center for Teaching and Learning

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Instructional Design Specialist.

Full-Time, Continuing Position

Under general supervision of the Coordinator Learning Technologies, the Instructional Design Specialist assists in the development of online and hybrid courses and programs across the University; provides instructional design assistance as well as educational technology support to faculty members in both one-on-one and group environments; and works independently and collaboratively to plan, design, develop, and revise face-to-face, technology-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses. The Instructional Design Specialist also teaches and assesses faculty development curriculum and develops training materials to assist faculty members with instructional design and teaching tools; and provides support for the learning management system and other forms of educational technology and assessment.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner city Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.


The Instructional Design Specialist reports to the Coordinator Learning Technologies, who reports to the Executive Director of Faculty Development and Academic Writing. The Instructional Design Specialist plans, designs, develops, and delivers interactive face-to-face, technology-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses by collaborating with faculty content experts; and teaches and assesses professional-development courses for faculty members, including LMS Basics, Online Teaching, Hybrid Teaching, and Course Design.

The Instructional Design Specialist also works directly with faculty members on techniques and strategies that can be used to deliver face-to-face, technology-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses; develops and delivers training/workshops on various areas of educational technology and online/hybrid teaching; and responds to in-person, telephone, and e-mail help requests from faculty members as part of a CTL response team. The Instructional Design Specialist supports the learning management system as an administrator (e.g., troubleshooting, faculty assistance, managing user access on the course level, working with the LMS provider, resolving problems); and maintains a collaborative relationship and open communication in a team with the CTL staff to further the growth of online and hybrid course offerings, in line with the University's Strategic Plan.


Master's degree in instructional design or educational technology required, or a master's degree in a subject discipline with 2+ years of experience in higher-education online course development. This position requires at least 2 years of experience teaching in higher education, or equivalent; at least 2 years of experience supporting a learning management system; demonstrated experience working with faculty to develop their courses; demonstrated understanding of pedagogy and adult learning models (e.g., flipped-classroom, hybrid teaching, online course design); demonstrated knowledge of multimedia tools and methods (e.g., HTML, Camtasia, Lectora, podcasting, webcasting, collaborative real-time software); exceptional oral and written communication and multitasking skills; and exceptional ability to communicate with diverse populations. Also, experience supporting faculty members on both Mac and PC platforms and experience in an urban college or university are preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description.

This position requires a background check.

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF document to InstrDesSpecialist@neiu.edu

• A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position
• Current resume
• Three (3) current professional references
Employment Application
Affirmative Action Form
Statement of Annuitant Status
• Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (B0B), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Review of applications will begin March 30, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.