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The Senior Learning Engineer will provide curriculum design and course development services to the Master of Science in Law (MSL) program in the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. This role will work closely with instructors teaching in the MSL program to launch and sustain this program online. Work with Academic and Research Technologies team, as the lead responsible for arranging for curriculum development and media production and providing advice to faculty crafting their first online courses. Will report to the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies in Academic and Research Technologies, while working closely with the Director of the MSL program in Law.

Specific Responsibilities:

Pedagogy and Instructional Design

  • Prepare and launch the Master of Science in Law program in an online format. Work with administrators and faculty to identify course objectives and instructional goals, develop online curricula, and guide the faculty in the production of the courses. Offer guidance and mentorship to faculty while the courses are being run.
  • In planning with faculty for the online courses, anticipate how the course content can be brought back to campus to play a vital role in re-imagined face-to-face courses. Work with faculty who express interest to broaden the reach of instructional design innovations to their on-premise courses, especially encouraging their adoption of active learning techniques.

Project Management

  • Apply superior project management and workflow coordination competencies.
  • Lead a coordinated effort of Northwestern law faculty and NUIT production teams in development of new online courses.

Communication and Outreach

  • Promote creative and trusting partnerships for educational innovation with Northwestern law administrators and instructors. Offer workshops, consultations, and training sessions; establish communities of practice or mentoring programs for Law’s faculty.
  • Partner with teammates to coordinate the production and maintenance online classes in the Master of Science in Law program. Collaborate with Law’s IT staff to coordinate use of Law’s production facilities and to train staff in use of online learning platforms, such as Canvas and Panopto.
  • Contribute articles to the Northwestern Digital Learning website to showcase the University’s innovation in teaching and learning.

Community of Practice

  • Join a program of occasional meetings of the local instructional design community, with the goal of sharing perceptions of best practices for instructional design at play at Northwestern and of increasing knowledge within the instructional design community about current research and innovations.

Maintain Knowledge of Learning Sciences Research

  • Maintain currency in current learning sciences and instructional design principles for effective support of online and blended education, peer learning and active learning practices.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; a background in instructional design for higher education; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Proven, demonstrable experience of two years or more in moving courses or programs online.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent partnership skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues in a team environment.
  • Superior skills in oral communication, interviewing, listening and building relationships with instructors, as well as across work groups and departments.
  • Demonstrable writing skills.
  • Familiarity with the culture and mission of a major research university.
  • A confident, professional and positive attitude.v
  • Strong proficiency in the primary Microsoft Office programs and in collaborative use of networked file storage systems (Box or Google docs).

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Ph.D., Ed.D., or J.D.; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Three or more years of professional experience as an instructional designer in higher education or in a similar organization serving adult learners.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing instructional design strategies, policies, and deployment procedures with school or department partners.
  • First-rate skills in Canvas.
  • Familiarity with law school instructional practices.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Knowledge of current learning technologies, a broad perspective of online higher education efforts, and active learning teaching techniques;
  • Ability to adapt to and communicate successfully with different people and situations; and incorporate integrity, respect, humor and fairness in daily actions.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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