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Instructional Designer, People and Culture

People and Culture



  • Posted on: 24th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £31,406 - £34,304 per annum
  • REF: REQ05597
  • Closes: 20th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Organisational Development enhances the staff and student experience by improving structures, systems, and processes. Through this work, we deliver the University’s strategic aims. We look after three broad activity portfolios:

  • Academic and Professional Practice
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Employee Engagement and Policy

Duties of the Role

Do you have a good eye for design? Are you in touch with your creative side? Can you motivate others to learn?

We’re looking for an enthusiastic content creation specialist to help us design engaging learning experiences. Using software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects and Premiere Pro, you will create images, videos and animations that facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies effectively and appealingly.

A practical understanding of both IT and design, along with the ability to write clearly and effectively, are the essential skills required for this role. An understanding of the online learning process would also be helpful.

You will be part of our Organisational Development team and work alongside colleagues with expertise in technology-enhanced learning and educational development. In this role, you will be helping subject matter experts make better use of current and emerging educational technologies. As a result, you will make an essential contribution to the University’s strategy whilst also enabling individuals to improve their digital confidence and capabilities.

You will work on a variety of projects, working in close collaboration with lecturers and module supervisors to generate exciting and engaging learning content for our three faculties. Through clear and effective communication, you will persuade others to invest time in technological approaches to learning.

You will also work on our Open Essex initiative. Open Essex is a publicly available educational platform that hosts various small online courses and open educational resources (OER). In addition, you will directly contribute to our Ready for Success pathway, which helps prospective students become more successful in their studies.

Skills and qualifications required

The successful candidate will use their creative skills and approach to challenge conventional thinking and produce images, diagrams, and motion graphics. Most importantly, we’re looking for someone who has strong design skills, can work semi-autonomously, has good professional judgement, and can inspire confidence and trust in others.

Professional experience in content creation and multimedia production is essential. Experience of managing complex projects with tight deadlines is also important.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone currently working as an instructional designer, graphic designer, illustrator, animator or motion graphics specialist. This role is part of our Technology-Enhanced Learning team. It would be suitable for someone interested in pursuing a career in instructional design, learning and development or technology-enhanced learning.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please contact resourcing@essex.ac.uk

*More information: Working at the University

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