Instructional Designer

Dakota State University seeks applications for an Instructional Designer for The Governors’ Cyber Academy and online programs at DSU.

A hybrid work arrangement is available. Preference will be given to candidates who can office on campus at least twice a week.


  • Collaborate with subject matter experts (SME’s) to create online courses to be offered through the The Governor’s Cyber Academy (GCA).
  • Support university faculty in the creation and revision of online courses for fully online programs.
  • Implement best practices in online course development to ensure simple navigation, alignment of course outcomes and assessment, multiple methods for learning, opportunities for engagement, visual appeal, clear instructions, ADA compliance and other best practices as appropriate.
  • Orient new online faculty in the use of the institution’s course management tool’s (D2L) functions and applications.
  • Assist faculty on pedagogical best practices for incorporating engaging instructional strategies and digital learning tools into online learning environments.
  • Support GCA program quality endeavors, to include copying courses, setting up courses with due dates, and reviewing courses to ensure readiness for students.
  • Conduct periodic review of online courses as per regental request.
  • Use various data sources to conduct both formative and summative evaluation of course and program goals to address the continuous training and instructional needs of faculty and students.
  • Collaborate with the Dean/Director of the Governors’ Cyber Academy and college deans to enhance the courses based on students’ experiences.


  • Qualified candidates must have a master’s degree in instructional design, educational technology or a related field. A doctoral degree in those fields is a plus.
  • Previous experience working with faculty subject matter experts to develop online instruction is required.
  • 2-5 years of experience in the K12, higher education, or corporate training environments preferred.

Qualities and Experiences:

  • Thorough knowledge of instructional pedagogy.
  • Teaching and learning in the online environment, technology supported instruction, professional development in higher education, and instructional design experiences are preferred.
  • Ability to use a variety of web-based tools to design and develop instructional content.
  • Strong communication skills and service-oriented approach to individuals at all levels and across disciplines.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team as well as independently on projects, and demonstrate a high level of professionalism.


  • Flexible benefits package – including paid time off, health and retirement benefits
  • Life and disability insurance options
  • Reduced tuition, longevity pay and training opportunities
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Flexible schedule and hybrid work arrangement

How to Apply:
DSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and a list of at least three professional references.

Applications will begin to be reviewed immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About Dakota State University:
DSU is located in Madison, South Dakota in the southern lakes region of the state. The region boasts a wealth of outdoor sports and a life-style possible only in smaller towns and rural communities. Madison is just a 50-minute drive from Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota.

Dakota State employees receive a comprehensive and flexible benefits package including paid time off, health and retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance options. Other benefits include reduced tuition, longevity pay and training opportunities. DSU also provides professional liability coverage.

DSU is committed to equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE.