Courseware Instructional Designer

Position End Date

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

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is dedicated to changing the world through leadership in the science and practice of nursing since 1886. We were the first to offer an Ivy League nursing education for all three professional nursing degrees – baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral. The research we conduct defines the course of healthcare practice around the globe. Our students learn from the foremost leaders in nursing science. We offer a unique work environment for our employees who are inspired to be part of an organization that ‘Cares to Change the World’. Join us to become part of a vibrant community of outstanding scholars, highly talented staff and the best and the brightest students.


Penn’s School of Nursing seeks a versatile Instructional Designer who is passionate about helping faculty select and master the appropriate technologies to enhance the teaching experience, impact student learning, and achieve pedagogical goals. Reporting to the Online Learning & Instructional Design Manager, this role will serve as a resource facilitating training instructors, who are implementing cutting-edge teaching & learning technology for one of the top-ranked nursing schools in the world. This role will also support the development of Penn Nursing Online Initiatives.

Plan/design/develop and provide resources regarding teaching principles/best practices, including facilitation, active learning, and learning with technology. Configure LMS sites and attach interoperable teaching tools, based on faculty requirements and submitted course materials, maintaining consistency with end-user expectations as well as with effective practices in instructional design. Plan, develop, and teach faculty, staff, and associate workshops and other activities on the effective use of web-based resources, tools, and multimedia technologies to implement in online and traditional course delivery. May participate in related University Committees, taskforces, and special interest groups.


Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years to 3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Master’s Degree in Educational/Instructional Design or Technology preferred. At least one or more years solid working knowledge of learning management systems (LMS), especially Canvas. Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, HTML/CSS and other basic client-side Web authoring skills, and video production for the web using Camtasia or similar tools. Demonstrated experience designing and adapting content for a variety of e-learning and web-based applications preferred. Prior experience with classroom teaching or with leading technical training essential. Solid understanding of learning science principles, instructional design methodologies, approaches for evaluation and assessment, and current trends in teaching preferred. Graphic design experience for web and/or print media a plus. Excellent presentation, writing and customer service skills. The ability to communicate effectively with and to provide excellent support to faculty is critical to success in this position. The ability to work both independently and as a member of a team is required, as is problem-solving, juggling multiple priorities, and working within set timeframes.

Candidates must be willing and able to provide occasional on-call, night, and weekend support. 

* Selected candidate may be asked to provide a portfolio demonstrating related experience

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 RequirementsBackground check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.


Faculty / asst. prof. / lecturer

North America

Philadelphia , United States


United States



Faculty / asst. prof. / lecturer