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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 13-27380
School Name School of Engineering and Applied Science
Org Professional Programs
Posted to the Web 11/22/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 027
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Months 12
Position Length End Date Established
Position End Date 06/30/2019
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

Penn Engineering’s world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.


Penn Engineering is expanding its online presence and looking for an experienced Instructional Designer with considerable project management skills to lead the design, production and refinement of Penn Engineering online courses and programs. Reporting to the Director, Online Learning and Analytics, the Instructional Designer would serve as an expert in online education , technology, pedagogy, and evidence-based teaching and learning strategies. The Instructional Designer will work closely with faculty and the Online Learning team to develop innovative and engaging for-credit, non-credit, and blended online programs and courses. Working both independently and collaborating with the Penn online learning community and external vendors, this position has direct responsibility for ensuring the quality of online courses. Additional responsibilities include ensuring courses meet accessibility standards, providing guidance to faculty on copyright policies, and making sure projects are completed on time and within budget.

Serving as a resource for faculty, the Instructional Designer will also provide guidance on how to develop blended on-campus offerings, recommend online learning tools that can be used in their courses to enhance the learning experience, connect faculty with the resources they need to be successful, and design meaningful online and digital learning experiences that meet students’ needs.

The Instructional Designer position is a 1-year term position.


A Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and online, blended or flipped classroom instructional design experience is required. Degree in computer science or engineering and formal training in education, instructional design, learning theory, and/or assessment design preferred.

The ideal candidate will have excellent project management skills, significant experience in working with faculty to design and develop online courses, a background in engineering or computer science education, a demonstrated record of innovation in the online learning space, and a passion for making positive impacts on learners worldwide through online education.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * Do you have experience with managing multiple stakeholders?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Have you managed projects involving multiple stakeholders?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience working directly with higher education faculty to develop online courses?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter