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Instructional Designer

Tacoma Community College
$72,000.00 - $77,000.00 Annually
medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, vacation time, paid holidays, sick time, 403(b), retirement plan, hybrid
United States, Washington, Tacoma
6501 South 19th Street (Show on map)
June 09, 2024

Who We Are

Priority Consideration Date: June 12, 2024

Located in the scenic Puget Sound area with nearby mountain ranges and Mount Rainier in the distance, Tacoma is surrounded by outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, boating and camping. Tacoma, Washington has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the country, due to the increasing career opportunities, cultural diversity and community engagement, just to name a few.

Tacoma Community College (TCC) was built on the ancestral territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Puyallup and Squaxin Island Tribes. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them to Reservations to make way for colonizers; we recognize the privilege of utilizing this land has come at a great cost. We honor the resilience of the Puyallup and Squaxin Island people, who still live here, defend their rights, and contribute greatly to the well-being of our community. Our institution aims to increase partnerships and community ties with the local indigenous populations. Moreover, TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community by further strengthening collaboration with the Black Student Union as well as community entities such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, the Tacoma Urban League, and local black-owned businesses. In addition, we strongly support the Stop Asian Hate movement and have an active Asian Pacific Islander Student Club as well as an Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Coalition. TCC is committed to developing more culturally responsive curricula by infusing and incorporating more educational content focused on the lives, experiences, and contributions of Native, Black, Asian, and other marginalized communities. We continually strive to become an anti-racist institution.

We are specifically focusing on improved support for traditionally marginalized populations, including Black/African- American, Indigenous, People of Color, Dreamers, justice-involved, immigrants and refugees, Veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. To this end, TCC seeks applicants who:

  • Value intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Welcome difference and model respectful interaction with others
  • Recognize and honor the important role that diversity brings to an educational community
  • Are committed to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population
  • Are committed to teaching in a community college setting
  • Care deeply about student success
  • Intentionally support and promote efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Honor TCC's mission promoting equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Reflect the diversity of our community

Position Summary
As a vital member of the growing Learning Innovation Team at Tacoma Community College, the Instructional Designer champions the development of dynamic and inclusive online, hybrid, and web-enhanced learning experiences. This role involves strategic collaboration with college faculty, staff, and external partners to foster equitable educational opportunities for students, support the professional development and continuous improvement of faculty, and advance a best-in-class academic programs at TCC.

We are seeking a forward-thinking problem solver, who is eager to collaborate with others to proactively enhance our teaching and learning ecosystem at TCC. The ideal candidate will bring a hands-on approach to instructional design, utilizing a rich blend of creativity and analytical skills to develop accessible and impactful learning experiences. With a commitment to equity and anti-racist pedagogy, you will join a community of educators dedicated to creating an inclusive academic environment. Your initiative and adaptability will be key in integrating emerging technologies and methodologies that support the success of our diverse student population. Come build the future of higher education as part of the Learning Innovation Team at TCC!

Essential Functions

  • Engage with college faculty, educational technologists, and subject-matter experts in the end-to-end design and delivery of accessible and engaging online and hybrid courses, ensuring alignment with equitable and anti-racist instructional practices.
  • Drive the integration of instructional technologies within Canvas and in-person settings, adhering to the highest standards of responsibility, ethics, and effectiveness.
  • Lead course development and design projects, coordinating cross-functional teams, and maintaining rigorous evaluation processes and clarity in course design standards.
  • Partner with the OER Librarian to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of Open Educational Resources, contributing to the growth of TCC's Open Education Program.
  • Support and develop initiatives related to Guided Pathways and other strategic academic and student service priorities.
  • Craft and conduct faculty training and individual and small group consolations on technology-enhanced teaching and learning, grounded in research-supported and evidence-based instructional methodologies.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive online and in-person instructional resources, guides, and materials to support faculty in course development and pedagogical practices.
  • Uphold the integrity and ensure the quality of instructional design through methodical evaluation and adherence to clear course design standards and research-based best practices.
  • Collaborate with Learning Technology Support, Media Production, TCC Library faculty and staff, and other divisional teams to advance the strategic priorities and goals of the Library & Learning Innovation Division.
  • Contribute to the culture of design thinking and innovation by actively researching, assessing, and integrating forward-thinking educational technologies and methods to enhance the learning experience in online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses.
  • Perform additional duties that support TCC's mission and instructional goals as necessary.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated dedication to the education of a diverse student body, with a focus on equitable and anti- racist pedagogical practices and the elimination of systemic disparities in student success and retention.
  • Expertise in the development and delivery of online and hybrid courses, utilizing contemporary learning management systems to maximize student engagement and success.
  • Consistent track record of implementing creative solutions and innovative practices in educational settings.
  • Comprehensive understanding of cutting-edge pedagogical methods (e.g., Universal Design for Learning (UDL), TiLT Higher Ed, Culturally Responsive Teaching).
  • Broad knowledge of open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy, and open licensing frameworks.
  • Working knowledge of policies, regulations, and standards relating to accessibility, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, WA State Policy #188, and WCAG 2.1Proven ability to collaborate with a variety of institutional stakeholders and community partners, fostering an inclusive educational ecosystem.
  • Ability to effectively initiate and engage in successful collaboration with a wide range of institutional stakeholders and external partners
  • A student-centered ethos, prioritizing the creation of supportive environments that value student perspectives and engagement.
  • Capacity for independent project management, with a sharp eye for detail and accuracy, ensuring thoroughness and precision in all endeavors.
  • Skilled in synthesizing complex information, data analysis, and presenting findings to diverse audiences.
  • Experience using generative AI tools like ChatGPT in a work context.
  • A forward-thinking mindset, eager to embrace change, innovation, and continuous professional growth.

Required Experience:
  • Master's degree in instructional design, educational technology, education, curriculum development or related field from an accredited college or university and 2 years of successful experience as an instructional designer or educational technologist, OR
  • Bachelor's degree with 3 years of successful experience as an instructional designer or educational technologist.
  • -OR- equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • 2 years experience teaching diverse learner groups, ideally within a community college context.
  • Experience using a range of educational technologies to design, create, and support interactive, accessible, and equitable learning environments, including labs and simulations, in online and hybrid classroom settings.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check.

Application Process

Complete application packages must include the following:

  1. Tacoma Community College application
  2. Resume & cover letter. In your cover letter indicate how your background and experience meets the qualifications for this position.
  3. Transcripts: UNOFFICIAL Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
  4. Diversity Statement: Tacoma Community College is committed to creating and supporting a multi-cultural climate that welcomes, fosters, respects, and celebrates diversity. Please attach a statement (maximum two pages) describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, your level of cultural self-awareness and how you have integrated both experience and self-awareness into your learning/working environment.

Terms of Employment:
This is a full-time professional position contracted on an annual basis. The salary for this position is $72,000-$77,000 annually starting July 1 the salary will be $75,000-$80,000 . Scheduled to work Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Summer schedule may consist of four 10-hour days. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the department's needs. The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual number of contract days worked in the remainder of the fiscal year. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. Tacoma Community College offers a comprehensive healthcare benefits package for you and your dependents including medical, dental, and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick, and personal leave; reduced tuition for the employee; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our employment page/employment benefits: https://www.tacomacc.edu/about/employment/ . Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by the National Student Clearinghouse. International degrees must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service.

Tacoma Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, Building 14, 253-566-5055; Kathryn Held, Section 504 Officer, Building 7, 253-566-5328. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Tacoma Community College
Human Resources
6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466

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