Caroline Cooney

EDTECH 503 ID Job Posting



Southeastern Massachusetts Public School District seeks an experienced Instructional Designer.

Job Summary

The position of Instructional Designer reports directly to the superintendent of schools, while working closely with building administrators, IT department, and department chairs.  The Instructional Designer is responsible for assessing both Professional Development (PD) and curriculum development needs, and creating, scheduling, and managing all PD activities, including face to face and online training, as well as assessing the effectiveness of the PD.  Additionally, the Instructional Designer will partner with teachers to develop and update curriculum to reflect best teaching practices, and technology integration.  Additionally, the Instructional Designer will work with department chairs and teachers to assess the need for the development of a hybrid model of education that may include online or blended courses.  The Instructional Designer will give reports to the school committee as requested.  

Job Responsibilities

The Instructional Designer will determine PD needs for the district, and for each school by

The Instructional Designer will plan, coordinate, and schedule all PD sessions based on the district’s PD schedule, and state timelines for mandated programs including, but not limited to:

Plus, the Instructional Designer will develop PD to help with:

Required Skills/Education

Desired skills/knowledge/background:


Teachers, unlike Instructional Designers, are responsible for planning, and implementing curriculum in the classroom; curriculum decisions are driven in part by State Standards, Common Core Standards, and/or Next Generation Science Standards.  Teachers must be knowledgeable on the subject area, as well as have the ability to develop lessons to engage students in learning.  Teachers must also manage the class, assess and grade student learning, communicate with parents, and implement school policy.  Teachers interact with students daily, and communicate regularly with parents.


Instructional Designers, like teachers, must be knowledgeable on lesson development, but Instructional Designers are not in the classroom with students.  ID’s plan and present professional development to assist teachers in their lesson and curriculum planning, and technology integration.  Furthermore, Instructional Designers must be able to assess the needs of stakeholders to develop the appropriate learning tools, as well as follow up with training and assessment on the effectiveness of the training.  Instructional Designers interact with district administration, IT departments, and teachers.


Major differences between a classroom teacher and an Instructional Designers are:

Teachers are on the front-line working with students daily, whereas Instructional Designers are working with teachers and administrators to develop appropriate training and systems to help teachers develop and deliver course content.  The teacher is student focused, while the Instructional Designer’s audience are adult learners that are learning new tools, systems, policies,etc.  Another difference is that teachers assess student learning using a variety of assessment tools, ultimately leading to a student’s earning a grade, whereas Instructional Designers assess the effectiveness of learning and the teacher training and tools.  Lastly, teachers base their curriculum on a set of learning standards to develop a course and learning objectives, where as Instructional Designers assess learning needs, and work to develop training and strategies to help teachers develop courses and or develop new models for education such as hybrid or online classes.



PART 3 - Job Posting URLs

Senior Instructional Designer, Northeastern University

Coordinator Five Colleges Blended Learning Instructional Technology

Lead Instructional Designer, UMASS Dartmouth

Regarding the job postings for Instructional Designers, I did a Google search, and found many postings.  I read through some corporate posting, but decided to concentrate on Instructional Design in education.  There were plenty of Instructional Designer positions in higher education, but very few for a public school district.  I created this position based on the higher education positions, and the potential opportunities for an Instructional Designer in a Massachusetts public School district.