Instructional Designer – Virtual Field Trips Project

Stanford University


The Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 14,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.

Housed at Stanford Graduate School of Education , the Stanford Accelerator for Learning is the first university-wide initiative connecting scholars across disciplines and with external partners to bridge research, innovation, practice, and policy, and bring quality scalable and equitable learning experiences to all learners, throughout the lifespan.

The Stanford Accelerator for Learning focuses on learning challenges most in need of new discoveries, evidence, and solutions and where we believe Stanford can make the most difference. Those include: adult & workforce learning, digital learning, early childhood education and development, equity in learning, learning differences, and policy & systems change.


The Stanford Accelerator for Learning is seeking an instructional designer who will help design and develop instructional materials and programs for the Virtual Field Trips Project . Virtual field trips enable learners to engage with a location, often without physically traveling there, in a digitally mediated way.  Virtual field trips can broaden access to locations and experiences and may help mitigate inequities due to cost, accessibility, or inclusivity. Advances in technology have reduced the barriers to creation, opening opportunities for educators and students to become content creators, embedding concepts in locally or personally meaningful contexts. 

This project focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on how virtual field trips can enhance learning in science domains. Target learners range from elementary school through higher education. This instructional designer position will be part of a team that aims to explore and promote the use of virtual field trips for supporting meaningful learning. This is a one-year, fixed term position, with potential for continuation.

Primary responsibilities will include:

In this role, you will work with collaborators to design and develop materials to support the following aspects of the virtual field trips project:

  • Develop lesson plans and student materials around existing virtual field trips.
  • Help to design new virtual field trip experiences that students will engage with.
  • Help to create lesson plans and materials that enable students to create their own virtual field trips to share how what they are learning connects to the world around them. 
  • Develop materials and professional development workshops to help educators learn how to create or help their students create virtual field trips. 

This position is highly collaborative, and involves working with researchers, project managers, faculty, and other key project stakeholders within the Stanford Accelerator for Learning and other partner organizations.

Following an iterative, design process, core duties will include:

  • Interface with stakeholders to perform analysis oflearner, teacher, and school needs.
  • Proactively consult with subject matter experts to identify and formulate learning objectives and content.
  • Draft storyboards and prototypes.
  • Design and develop lesson content, instructor and participant materials, including performance support materials.
  • Implement, evaluate and maintain learning solutions.
  • Develop and deliver Train-the-Trainer programs or faculty development programs.
  • May participate in extensive user acceptance testing and quality measurement for newly created materials.
  • Interact with partner organizations during the design, development, and implementation process as needed.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in consulting with partners and subject matter experts to assess learning needs and recommend sound solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying instructional design theory, models, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using instructional design tools such as learning project plans, design documents, learning hierarchies, storyboards, prototypes, etc.
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly convey learning content in a manner that engages learners and improves retention rates.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate the effectiveness of learning materials.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience teaching in a K-12 or college setting
  • Master’s degree in Education or a science-related field
  • Experience coaching/training teachers
  • Experience teaching with learning technologies
  • Strong communication and collaboration skill

Location: The position is available for in-person or hybrid. 2 days of in-person work are required each week. For up to 6 weeks out of the year, you may be expected to work in-person at local school sites.

The expected pay range for this position is $79-100k per annum. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( )    provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

Why Stanford is for You:
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you. 

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

How to Apply :
We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, you must submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application. 

  • Finalists must successfully complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University. 
  • This is a fixed-term position with an end date of one year and is renewable based on performance and funding.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the US. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Consistent with obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with any disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or another other characteristic protected by law.

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