Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The Teaching and Learning Centre at Mount Saint Vincent University invites applications for an Instructional Designer.

Classification: 1 Year, Full-time Term Contract Position
Salary: $53,373 per annum
Start Date: ASAP

Applications should include a cover letter and resume. This competition closes on October 25, 2021.


The Instructional Designer is responsible for designing course assets to assist in the development and revision of synchronous and asynchronous online courses. They will work as part of a course development team at the Teaching and Learning Centre that supports faculty in updating and developing online courses with a focus on engagement, interactivity and instructor presence. The designer will analyze course development documents and existing course sites using a clear set of criteria and will develop based on need and established teaching and learning best practices.

The main responsibility of this position is to design and develop pedagogically-sound instructional materials using our Mount Online Learning Platform (Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Office 365).


The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree and a minimum of three years’ experience as an Instructional Designer in a higher education setting. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. They will have expertise with learning management systems and synchronous meeting spaces (e.g. Moodle, Brightspace, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom), and demonstrated expertise designing synchronous and asynchronous online courses, with a preference for a candidate familiar with designing for higher education and adult learners. A strong understanding of instructional design principles and best practices, familiarity with evidence based teaching, and prior experience with Moodle, H5P Interactive Content, Articulate Storyline and Camtasia is preferred.

Required skills include effective communication skills (both written and verbal); strong task and time-management skills; pro-active work management skills (initiative, predicting work, forecasting demands of business cycle); strong interpersonal skills; flexibility, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and use new technologies; prior experience with Moodle; strong analytical, evaluating, problem solving, organizational, and prioritizations skills.

The incumbent is expected to:

  • Develop online learning assets (interactive activities, templates, graphic designs, and assessments) to support online learning
  • Follow instructions and apply templates to ensure consistency across courses
  • Monitor, evaluate and test course technologies as needed
  • Manage multiple course development projects and tasks simultaneously; manage time well to produce work under tight timelines with minimal supervision
  • Maintain a supportive and collaborative working relationship with faculty developing online courses
  • Maintain professional working relationships with faculty, student and administrative users of the Mount Online Learning Platform, IT&S teams including the Online Learning Team, TLC, and other departments to ensure high quality online courses
  • Be flexible, enthusiastic and maintain a positive attitude, desire, and ability to learn and utilize new technologies, procedures, and processes
  • Seek more effective ways of using existing technology, procedures, and processes to improve our existing course development and course revision processes