Instructional Designer Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Ag Communications and Marketing
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences Digital Education Team is seeking a part-time Instructional Designer Assistant. This position works with instructional designers, multimedia specialists, and subject matter experts to develop online learning components—primarily online course content and educational videos—for Penn State Extension’s education programs. The Instructional Designer Assistant is responsible for working collaboratively with the Digital Education Team and subject matter experts to develop written materials and multimedia. They assist in the writing of video scripts, course content, and course handouts and job aids. They compile images and graphics. They input course materials to the learning management system (LMS), edit LMS settings, and troubleshoot LMS issues. The Instructional Designer Assistant helps with project management and provides other general support to the Digital Education Team. The Instructional Designer Assistant must have the ability to review written material for grammatical/spelling errors and have strong wordsmithing skills to enhance comprehension of written material. Experience with word processing, spreadsheets, cloud file storage, and learning management systems is preferred. Experience with visual design is helpful. The Instructional Designer Assistant must also have digital file organization skills, as well as interpersonal, communication, and time management abilities. They need to be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously, pay attention to details, be self-motivated, work effectively in an open collaborative environment, and work with a diverse group of people including writers, designers, faculty, staff, and other professionals. Being willing to learn about new and emerging technologies is helpful. This position requires a bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in writing, education, or instructional design. At the time of interview, candidates must share two original writing samples. They will also be asked to take a short editing test. The Instructional Designer Assistant must be willing to work at least 20 hours per week. Application review will begin on September 9, 2019. Questions regarding this employment opportunity can be directed to Rebecca Rumbel, Lead Instructional Designer, at The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agriculture takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We are guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should be committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging in their workplace.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088