• Senior Course Designer

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The Senior Course Designer will work with the Dean of Program Development and will develop courses for a new school within MCPHS that is scheduled to launch in 2019.  The Course Designer will work with faculty subject matter experts and the program development team to design, build, and support a variety of new courses and programs.


    The initial focus of this position is developing self-paced, credit-bearing online courses. The position will also develop a variety of credit and noncredit offerings delivered online, face-to-face, and through hybrid methods. This role will also interact with and be part of the broader instructional design community at MCPHS. 

    • Work with the program development team to design, build, and support new credit-bearing online courses, certificate programs, and noncredit offerings such as executive education and boot camps
    • Provide the pedagogical consultation, instructional design support, and software instruction needed to develop and deliver successful and effective learning experiences
    • Advise the program development team and subject matters experts on best practices in instructional design for online learning, part-time students, and working adults, including opportunities to increase student success and completion rates. Work to influence design and incorporate these best practices into courses.
    • Research publisher course content, simulations, virtual labs, etc. to determine what can be incorporated from external vendors and what should be developed in-house
    • Assist faculty with selecting and integrating teaching and learning technology into course content to enhance learner outcomes
    • Build courses that meet internal and USDOE credit-hour standards
    • Ensure quality control measures are incorporated and monitored within the course, ensuring academic integrity
    • Stay current in best practices related to online and adult learning theory, putting them into practice and sharing with the rest of the instructional design organization
    • Provide technical assistance in the use of specific software tools such as Blackboard, iSpring, Kaltura, Camtasia, Respondus, in alignment with best practices and fundamental teaching and learning pedagogy
    • Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the Dean of Program Development.



    • Bachelor’s degree required.  Prefer master’s degree in instructional technology, design or other instructional education or related degree. Minimum 3-5 years’ experience, with online course design and associated technologies, needs analysis, training, and implementation. Seven or more years of experience preferred.
    • Experience with learning management systems and online learning tools, particularly Blackboard highly desired
    • Demonstrated experience gathering and analyzing information for the purpose of making successful recommendations to the program development team and faculty
    • Requires experience and understanding of the support needs of faculty, both online and classroom-based
    • Understanding of accessibility standards
    • Demonstrates the ability to work individually and as a member of a professional team, establishing good working relationships with faculty and colleagues
    • Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, and attention to detail
    • Demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • General familiarity with online teaching and learning tools and learning management systems
    • Understanding of the need for an environment conducive to respect and accountability at all times
    • Ability to accept and use constructive feedback from colleagues and supervisors
    • Projection of a positive image of the department/program/school and the University
    • Exercise an appropriate chain of command when needing to address issues/concerns.
    • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
    • Problem resolution skills
    • Ability to travel between campuses

    MCPHS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits that includes a substantial contribution toward the cost of medical & dental insurance, generous time off benefits, and a significant pension plan contribution. To learn more about our total rewards, please visit MCPHS Total Rewards.


    Please attach a cover letter and a resume or curriculum vitae. No phone calls, please. Principals only. No relocation available. Finalist candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. MCPHS University is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who would enrich the University’s diversity are encouraged to apply.

    About Us

    MCPHS University, an innovator in health and professional education, is setting the pace in the health science fields. MCPHS has more than 7000 students across campuses in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, downtown Worcester, MA and downtown Manchester, NH. Here, we are preparing future generations of global leaders and promoting systems to improve the health of the public.  In the midst of implementing an ambitious strategic plan that will bring us to our 200th anniversary in 2023, MCPHS offers meaningful work that benefits society overall, provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, and fosters a sense of connectedness and collaboration among our employees. We are a fast-moving, data-driven educational institution with a strong entrepreneurial mindset.


    Come join us and be a part of a diverse community that is at the forefront of advancing the healthcare landscape! To learn more about working at MCPHS University, please visit Careers at MCPHS.





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