• Full Time
  • Brookings
  • December 2, 2020

Website South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Instructional Design Services (IDS) is offering an exciting career opportunity as Learning Designer II. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join IDS. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position working collaboratively with other team members of IDS in the areas of instructional design, distance education, technology integration, course design and development, learning media integration and development.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position. 



Work with faculty and Instructional Design Services staff to design, create, and implement technology-based resources for teaching and learning such as Desire2Learn, simulations, streaming video, interactive learning media, and multimedia presentations, both for traditional courses and for online education or hybrid delivery. 
Consult with and assist faculty on the selection and implementation of technology teaching tools and resources appropriate to their needs and interests. 
Collaborate with faculty on design and development of online learning environments and on integration of technology into face-to-face instruction. 
Provide support to faculty in integrating applications of technology into instruction through identifying instructional problems, developing delivery strategies using technology as an instructional tool, and evaluating the effectiveness of this type of instructional delivery.


Develop, deliver, and support training for faculty development on the use of instructional technologies. 
Develop documentation materials on teaching strategies or document technical steps on software applications. 
Train, mentor, and coach faculty as required on an individual basis. 


Provide instructional design and development expertise on collaborative Instructional Design team. 
Remain current in and effectively apply best practices for instructional design, uses of educational technology, and educational research. 
Investigate solutions, ideas, and help implement projects in instructional design and course material development. 
Share information on emerging learning technologies and practices. 


Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, eLearning, or related field by the date of employment.
At least two years of teaching or training related experience.
Knowledge or experience with online course management systems (D2L, Moodle…) and synchronous. communication software such as Zoom, MS Teams.
Knowledge of instructional design, course design, learning theories, instructional technologies including course management systems with an aptitude for learning new technologies and trends.
Applied and research knowledge of course design and development, learning technologies, learning theories, and course management systems.
Ability to design courses with technology integration and supporting technologies.
Ability to use and implement system operations and management skills to plan, implement, and oversee projects.
Effective communication, interpersonal relations, and leadership skills.
A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.


Master’s degree or above in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, eLearning, or related field.
Experience with D2L in higher ed.
Rich knowledge or experience with learning media contents design, development, and integration.
Webpage programming experience.
Experience with interactive media and simulations development.
Teaching or training experience with adult learners in higher education.


Commensurate with education and experience. 


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits, including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


The position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 2, 2020.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Amanda Fickes at (605) 688-4830 or amanda.fickes@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128

To apply for this job please visit yourfuture.sdbor.edu.