University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on June 29, 2020
Req #: 171065
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 05/07/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department within the School of Medicine with 285 full-time faculty members, 280 clinical faculty members, and over 200 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department’s highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department’s robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for two Instructional Designer positions.

Position Purpose:
The AIMS Center in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences seeks a full-time Instructional Designer with strong project planning and project management skills to contribute to strategic and operational components of healthcare training and development programs. This position plays a strategic role in contributing to existing training programs and leading the development of new initiatives within the Center. As a member of the Education team, the Instructional Designer leads the design, development, evaluation and continuous improvement of national training programs for healthcare providers and organization leadership to support the AIMS Center and the UW integrated Care Training Program within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, which is focused on increasing access to mental health care through psychiatric education and training.

This position will be required to use independent judgment to initiate and manage complex tasks to support a wide variety of bi-directional integration training projects and initiatives of varied size and scope. Employee will be expected to work effectively with external contracting organizations, partner organizations, consultants and internal teams to coordinate project contributions. The position will need to develop fluency in online training technologies. The position will function independently to plan and deliver components of larger team projects, need to prioritize multiple responsibilities, have a high attention to detail, and work accountably and effectively as part of a team.

This position will manage components of large scale national training programs that are highly visible to healthcare organizations, policy-makers and healthcare providers throughout the United States and abroad, and his/her interactions will reflect on the UW to this large group of people.  Additionally, this position is responsible for implementing programs that encourage healthcare organizations and providers to use evidence based methods in their practice.  His/her success will impact future funding in this area. As part of the AIMS Center team, the position will have the responsibility of establishing and maintaining positive and effective relationships with a wide range of staff and faculty, collaborators, colleagues, funders, students and community partners.


Instructional Design: (70%)

  • Partners with faculty subject matter experts and project stakeholders to apply evidence-based instructional design approaches to the design and development of undergraduate and graduate-level curriculum;
    Independently designs, develops, and evaluates training materials that result in intended outcomes, including supporting practice change and adoption of integrated care for national training projects;
  • Provides leadership, advocacy, and project management in the area of research-based instructional design, including the creation of engaging and effective learning materials and activities, the development of assessment techniques, and the pedagogical design of learning technology solutions;
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of standardized training methodologies, production processes and timelines for AIMS Center project work;
  • Contributes to the design and implementation of facilitation skills curriculum for SME’s to enhance their ability to train effectively;
  • Partners with other production colleagues, development teams, and content experts in researching, brainstorming, developing, implementing and evaluating innovative and pedagogically-sound solutions for addressing instructional challenges;
  • Guides the development of performance based and technology enhanced assessments to measure acquired skills and outcomes;
  • Support evaluation of training activities and educational materials including conducting surveys, collating data, performing basic statistics and summarizing qualitative data;
  • Researches and implements new instructional strategies to remain current in the development of effective training;

    Instructional Technology: (30%)

  • Develops and supports educational content delivery on distance learning platforms and online;
  • Develops and maintains courses on learning management system;
  • Leads faculty and other core training staff’s use of content authoring applications;
  • Expand current capacity to incorporate simulation and other new technologies with a pedagogically sound approach;
  • Monitor and update website content and create new web pages;
  • As necessary, identify and hire external vendors, monitoring their progress toward deliverables.

    Lead Responsibilities:

  • Independently designs, develops, and evaluates training materials that support practice change and adoption of integrated care for national training projects; 
  • Provides leadership, advocacy, and project management in the area of research-based instructional design, including the creation of engaging and effective learning materials and activities, the development of assessment techniques, and the pedagogical design of learning technology solutions;
  • Guides the development of performance based and technology enhanced assessments to measure acquired skills and outcomes;

    Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Instructional Design, instructional technology, education, communications, or a related field plus four years work related experience.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pedagogical principles and application of learning theory to an online learning environment.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, highly organized with a great attention to detail, and excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact positively with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to prioritize work appropriately and to work effectively both as a team member and independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to work on several different projects and with several different staff members simultaneously.
  • Strong proficiency in the use of Learning Management Systems, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, MS Outlook.


  • Master’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, education, communications, or a related field and at least 4 years of relevant experience in adult and/or distance education. 
  • Proficiency with eLearning authoring applications, including Canvas learning management system, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Creative Suite and video/audio editing.
  • Experience with development and delivery of educational programs and materials related to mental health and/or medical care.
  • Proficiency with medical terminology and experience working with MDs, RNs and PhDs to develop educational content.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page.  If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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