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Instructional Designer, Contractor

Seattle, Washington 98119
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Part Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

You have a life. We like that about you.


At OCLC, we believe you'll do the best work of your life when you're living the best life possible.


We work hard to build the technology that connects thousands of today's libraries. But we also work hard to make a job at OCLC a meaningful part of a balanced life- not a substitute for one.


The Job Details are as follows:


Technology with a Purpose. OCLC supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible and more useful to people around the world.  OCLC provides shared technology services, original research and community programs that help libraries meet the ever-evolving needs of their users, institutions and communities.  With office locations around the globe, OCLC employees are dedicated to offering premier services and software to help libraries cut costs while keeping pace with the demands of our information-driven society.


OCLC seeks an instructional designer to work with its WebJunction team to produce up to four online courses on health topics for a public library staff audience. These activities will take place through April 2020, this is a part-time contract position with an estimated average of 62 hours per month, or 435 hours total, over that period


This RFQ includes a project summary, essential job functions and responsibilities of the Instructional Designer, and instructions for submitting qualifications.


Project Summary – Courses on Health Information and Services for Public Library Staff


OCLC has been selected by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine as their training partner, to produce courses on health topics for a public library staff audience. OCLC’s WebJunction team will collaborate with NNLM staff to design and deliver multi-week courses that incorporate live online, instructor-led sessions. Each course will debut as an open and free training hosted on WebJunction. After that, WebJunction will transfer the courses to NNLM for their future use.


Initial deliverables are to create four instructor-led courses. The first one will be designed by the end of November 2019 and will run as a WebJunction-hosted course in March 2020. The next three courses will be designed by April 2020.


There is the possibility that the project and partnership with NNLM will be extended, from May 2020 through April 2021, to complete additional deliverables. This extension may include running the three remaining instructor-led courses and creating self-paced versions of up to all four completed courses. 


OCLC is seeking an outstanding instructional designer (ID) to work with its WebJunction team on this project. The ID will work collaboratively with the project team to plan, develop, and deliver high-quality online training. . The ID can either work in the Seattle office with the WebJunction team or from a U.S.-based home office that is equipped for virtual (video) meetings and conference calls.


Key Responsibilities: Working collaboratively with WebJunction, clients, and subject matter experts, the instructional designer is responsible for the following:

1. Documenting learning outcomes, topical scope, and outlines for each course.

2. Designing high-quality online training that combines live online, instructor-led sessions with asynchronous reading, interactive media, outside assignments and threaded discussions.

3. Structuring learning activities, graphics, and user interface to create visual engagement for online interactions. Provide exercises and activities that enhance the learning process; and create supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games etc.).

5. Identifying a mix of methodologies, analyzing and applying current research and theory to the practice of instructional design to deliver compelling learning experiences that inform and positively impact the library staff learners’ work performance.

6. Devising and supporting design and implementation of assessment tools, such as tests or quizzes, to measure effectiveness of the course.

7. Supporting at least one course delivery and revising course design with lessons learned.






A successful instructional designer should understand how adults learn and know how to connect with an audience. They should be creative and able to brainstorm innovative instructional strategies.

Instructional designer should be able to write effective copy, instructional text, and audio and video scripts. Create engaging learning activities and compelling course content with a focus on direct application and impact in the workplace.


  • 5+ years in instructional design, experience in developing online and instructor-led courses.
  • In-depth knowledge of adult learning theories and instructional design models.
  • Enthusiastic collaborator who is also able to work independently, with superior time management skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills to communicate clearly and effectively with clients, team members, project stakeholders, and learners in a professional and collegial manner.
  • Experience and comfort with designing and delivering training using web conferencing systems.
  • Solid visual design skills, and experience using software such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Camtasia, H5P, etc. 
  • Experience with learning management systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in instructional design, education, or equivalent field; or equivalent experience.
  • Basic knowledge of editing and embedding of audio and video, as well as file types and formats.



  • Experience with designing for accessibility and usability, and user experience design, information design and communications, as well as knowledge of instructional design models, strategies, and best practices.
  • Experience with designing courses for, or otherwise working with public library staff.
  • Experience designing and building courses in Moodle 3.x.
  • Experience in developing self-paced online training modules.
  • Additional HTML and elearning development tool expertise.
  • Project management skills and experience.

Please go to www.oclc.jobs and apply for this contractor position.

If you are interested in supporting this project as an instructional designer, please prepare:

  • a current resume and/or CV;
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and experience for the role as described above;
  • Samples of online course design work;
  • Statement of capacity to serve in the role part time through April 2020;
  • Statement of ability to work in our Seattle office location or work


Posted: 2019-09-30 Expires: 2019-10-30

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