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Instructional Designer

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Human Kinetics is committed to building a more diverse workforce. We welcome BIPOC candidates and others who identify with underrepresented groups to apply.

Salary Range: $48,000-$64,000

Eligibility for remote work: All functions of this position can be successfully performed remotely.

*We are unable to hire remote employees from the states of New York and California and the city of Chicago.

Job Summary:

As a member of the E-Learning and Assessment Department, the Instructional Designer is the ProdDev expert responsible for applying learning science and other relevant disciplines to solve practical learning problems. They are responsible for the design and development of a wide range of products that provide high-quality learning experiences for those seeking information about physical activity and sport.

Essential Functions:

1. Analyze learning activity content, test item content, and descriptions of media, and thoughtfully articulate how to improve these for the purpose of developing engaging, effective, and accessible learning experiences for the target market, and within the established timelines and budget for the project. Provide guidance to freelancers or authors as appropriate about strategies for ensuring HK content reflects diversity and inclusiveness, and is free of bias

2. Design instructional products that have sound structure and organization, tone and content that are appropriate for the audience, and sound learning outcomes and pedagogical effectiveness.

3. Build a wide range of learning products using established tools, procedures, and guidelines.

4. Make corrections and revisions accurately based on reviewer comments and product test and revision procedures.

5. When necessary, write well-written, discerning test items to assess comprehension/mastery of course learning objectives.

6. Choose or develop media that have an appropriate function in the product.

7. Follow established procedures for requesting art, photos, design elements, audio, video, animations, and other graphics or media items from colleagues throughout Product Development.

8. Consider evolving accessibility guidelines for digital content and work with HK teammates to apply them as appropriate for the needs of the project.

9. Identify potential permissions issues and complete permissions transmittal materials according to established procedures and timelines.

10. Discuss functionality questions with Director and Learning System Specialist to ensure functionality objectives can be met within project parameters.

11. Contribute to HK’s profitability by working productively and ensuring e-learning project budgets and schedules are met. Suggest improvements to ELAD processes or systems to increase efficiency and promote innovation as product needs evolve.

Secondary Functions

1. Collaborate with acquisitions staff, editorial staff, or authors as needed to conceptualize new or unique project types during the acquisitions or writing stages, including providing accurate guidance about the time and cost required to implement project objectives.

2. Work with internal staff to develop prototypes or proofs of concept when required. Provide examples from inside or outside of HK to show possible approaches to meeting project objectives.

3. Represent the ID role in various HK task forces.

4. Help develop pioneer projects, document related new procedures, and share experience with other staff as necessary.

5. Develop resources for other Product Development staff, authors, or acquisitions editors, to improve or simplify the publication process, including the development of updated checklists, forms, or other planning/reporting tools that streamline or improve communication.

6. Provide leadership to other e-learning staff by developing and presenting training sessions.

7. Keep informed of publishing technology and educational technology trends, developments, tools, and techniques.

8. Interface with external groups regarding relevant standards and specifications.

Job Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree in education, information systems, or related field required.

Master’s or advanced degree in instructional design, educational technology, or curriculum development is preferred.

Required Experience:

2+ years’ experience in instructional design.

Knowledge of learning design principles from cognitive psychology and associated fields.

Understanding of evidence-based, learner-centered design processes, techniques, and tools.

A well-articulated philosophy regarding the effective use of technology, media, and assessment in teaching and learning.

Preferred Experience:

Experience with web content and digital media development software packages, course management software systems, and content delivery software systems.

Required Competencies:









Attention to detail

Computer literacy

Decision making

Financial awareness

Functional expertise and usage

Planning and organizing

Quality orientation

Results orientation

Stress tolerance

Conceptual thinking

Innovation orientation

Interpersonal understanding

Oral communication

Organizational awareness



Written communication

Preferred Competencies:

Customer focus


External (strategic) awareness

Organizational awareness

Strategic thinking

Technology expertise and usage

Data gathering and analysis


People development

Job Demands:

Office Equipment:

Frequent computer-Windows use, occasional phone and computer-Mac use. Rare use of a printer, copier, fax machine.

Mental Demands:

Frequent problem-solving, data interpretation, organization, reading/writing, and time management. Occasional use of decision-making skills and rare use of supervision skills.

Working Demands:

Indoor, office environment.  Telecommuting or on-site at corporate headquarters in Champaign, IL.

Physical Demands:

Frequent sitting, typing, seeing skills. Occasional standing, hearing, and speaking. Rare driving, walking, flying, carrying, and lifting.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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