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Instructional Designer



San Francisco, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024



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About Us

Emeritus is committed to teaching the skills of the future by making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies, and governments around the world. It does this by collaborating with more than 70 top-tier universities across the United States, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, and China. Emeritus’ short courses, degree programs, professional certificates, and senior executive programs help individuals learn new skills and transform their lives, companies, and organizations. Its unique model of state-of-the-art technology, curriculum innovation, and hands-on instruction from senior faculty, mentors and coaches has educated more than 300,000 individuals across 80+ countries.

Founded in 2015, Emeritus, part of Eruditus Group, has more than 1,800 employees globally and offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Palo Alto, Mexico City, New York, Boston, London, and Dubai. Emeritus has been awarded “Great Place to Work” certification and recently recognized as “The Online Education Solution of the Year” by the EdTech Break Through Awards. Emeritus is backed by leading investors including Accel, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures, Sequoia Capital India, and Bertelsmann.

Job Description

This position is responsible for designing online and blended certificate programs in collaboration with our university partner institutions. You will be part of the Global Design Team, which includes team members in the US, India, and across the globe. The Global Design team plays a critical role in developing our online and blended course offerings, and ensuring they meet the world-class standards of us and our partners.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with university faculty and staff on the design of digital and blended learning experiences for own set of courses and projects
  • Conduct Backward Design sessions with faculty to anchor program learning outcomes against real-world job skills
  • Define and design key course elements, including, but not limited to, observable, measurable, and meaningful learning outcomes, performance competencies, interactive elements, case studies, assessments, activities, portfolio projects, and capstone projects
  • Work in coordination with the remainder of the Global Design team, as well as the Global Delivery team to ensure that course design, course launch, and daily operations run smoothly
  • Provide guidance to university faculty and staff on evidence-based, best practices of instructional design
  • Adhere to course design schedules, cross-functional team goals, quality assurance standards, and established processes
  • Contribute to positive faculty and school relationships with a collaborative, client-focused approach
  • Deliver against deadlines in a fast-paced, global environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Advocate for the learner and ensure that our programs create value for them
  • Remain current with research and emerging trends in instructional design and learning technology
  • Support the work of peers and contribute positively to the Global Design team culture
  • Manage the work of support contractors, such as subject matter experts and beta testers


  • Minimum of two years of experience working with faculty in higher education
  • Detailed knowledge of evidence-based instructional design practices and processes
  • Demonstrated expertise in Backward Design, needs analysis and measurement of active learner responding
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods, as well as analysis of learner performance data
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Willingness to travel occasionally for faculty filming
  • Willingness to work occasional off-hours, depending on geographical location of faculty

Preferred Skills & Knowledge

  • Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Education, Educational Psychology, or related field
  • Demonstrated skill working with online learning tools and software
  • Experience designing or converting courses for online delivery
  • Familiarity with Learning Management Systems
  • Knowledge of accessibility standards
  • Familiarity with known course design quality standards (e.g., Quality Matters)
  • Experience with quality assurance and quality control processes

Compensation and Benefits:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. The compensation for this position ranges from $65,000 – $85,000 annually. Pay will be determined on several factors including but not limited to location, skills, experience and may vary from the range listed above. Additional compensation includes industry leading benefits Emeritus provides such as a comprehensive benefits package, 401K savings plan, company holidays, flexible PTO, parental leave, and education benefits, just to name a few.

What to expect in the screening process:

  • You will be asked to produce a writing sample that includes the kind of writing we do in course design
  • If you are interviewed, you will be asked to lead a mock Backward Design session with an assigned topic

EMERITUS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment 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.