Instructional Designer (Blackboard LMS)

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Join some of the world’s best problem-solvers, pioneers, and out-of-the-box thinkers.

Everspring partners with leading universities to create a new standard of excellence in online education. Our dynamic and innovative team shapes the culture of our company and powers our university partners’ success. We are not a typical online education company – Everspring’s unique approach influences everything we do.

Our portfolio of partners includes highly-ranked and well-known non-profit colleges and universities. 
You could be part of a team that is rated among the highest in quality in our industry. Made up of production, instructional design and quality assurance, our Learning Design team inspires, engages and empowers each other to create the next generation of learning. Our highly collaborative team works to translate traditional courseware into online formats in innovative and compelling ways to create innovative graduate-level courses for our university partners.

This position is located in the Chicago Loop near Ogilvie and Union Stations.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is motivated by a passion to create outstanding learning experiences
  • Has a demonstrated track record creating engaging, effective online programs, courseware or products
  • Is an excellent and patient communicator, comfortable communicating with university professors, curriculum developers, and academic technologists
  • Has experience and is comfortable working with a wide range of academic content
  • Is a natural collaborator, but is capable and comfortable moving projects forward and driving results with empathy for the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Displays the highest levels of integrity
  • Operates with a strong work ethic, requiring minimal supervision
  • Interacts with others using sound judgment, good humor, and consistent fairness in a fast-paced environment
  • Wants to build and be part of a great team, doing a great thing
  • Has a curious and creative mindset – enjoys change!


  • Design and build assigned courses, creating innovative online courses that meet the quality specifications of our partner faculty and meet the deadlines of the Production Schedule
  • Communicate with faculty at our partner universities, guiding them in course development
  • Collaborate with faculty to adjust content for available delivery methods to support desired learning outcomes, moving from a high level course plan to a detailed course design format
  • Collaborate with a team of online course producers to produce and/or source multimedia learning objects (video, audio, interactive objects, simulations, etc.)
  • Participate in the refinement of frameworks, templates, and prototypes for course design
  • Collaborate to determine course-level assessment models and build appropriate assessment into individual courses
  • Participate in the creation of Instructional Design team development materials, such as training, pedagogy, academic technology, multimedia production, accessibility, research, etc.
  • Support faculty in course revisions using a continual improvement process.
  • Travel to partner university locations occasionally. upon supervisor’s request
  • Perform other duties, as assigned


  • Earned Master’s degree firmly required, preferably in instructional design, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, or human-computer interaction
  • 2-4 years’ outstanding work experience in instructional design, learning design, or academic technology
  • Demonstrated expertise in course design principles and practices
  • Experience designing courses using varied delivery models and the full range of multi-media content delivery tools and techniques
  • Superior ability with computers and software required
  • Previous experience building interactive courses in the Blackboard LMS
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated meticulous attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to hit challenging deadlines while creating high quality work
  • Has experience leading people and/or processes to successful results
  • Has experience writing scripts and building story board to communicate multimedia ideas

    Everspring is an equal opportunity employer.

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    What are Everspring Perks + Benefits

    Everspring Benefits Overview

    We understand that our employees are our success. We are dynamic, curious, passionate and collaborative problem solvers who push the boundaries of innovation on a daily basis. Our growth is a direct result of their investment in us. That’s why we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, a 401K plan, company-paid life insurance, work-life balance benefits and much more. We also know that our employees understand the spirit of Everspring better than anyone. We offer a generous referral bonus when employees help us identify the mix of talent, drive and personality that results in a successful hire.

    Because our employees invest their talents and efforts in us, we strive to invest in them and their needs. We understand that time off is important, so we provide both paid company holidays and a generous PTO accrual policy, allowing our employees to take time off and recharge based on their unique, individual needs.
    Wellness is an important part of our company culture, so we cover the majority of the cost for our in-building gym, allowing our employees easy access to fitness, wellness and peace of mind. We also participate in the annual Chase Corporate Challenge, allowing our employee community an opportunity to take part in collective fitness, fun and celebration.

    In our downtown location on the Chicago River, our offices occupy the 22nd floor, offering our employees an expansive view of our beautiful city and a daily display of the beating heart of the Loop. And in our spacious, luxurious 30th floor coffee lounge, employees can take a midday beverage break, lead collaborative sessions at communal work tables or just get some heads down time on the regular.

    Because we work hard, we play hard as well. Everspring offers a wealth of unique socialization outlets for its employees, ensuring that our dynamic, innovative culture is upheld through connection and camaraderie. Explore a few of the ways we stay connected:

    - Culture committee dedicated to cross-company collaboration, education and community engagement
    - Regular social events including game nights, happy hours, team and company outings, corporate races,
    summer and holiday parties, and potlucks
    - Endless coffee, soft drinks and sparkling water to suit anyone’s taste bud needs
    - Casual and open office environment

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    Pet Insurance
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    Match charitable contributions
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    Flexible Work Schedule
    Remote Work Program
    Our remote work program includes work from home one day per week after 6 months of employment.
    Family Medical Leave
    Vacation & Time Off Benefits
    Generous PTO
    We offer between 15 and 30 days of paid time off per year based on years of service.
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    Everspring offers a variety of coffee, tea, soda and those delightful flavored seltzer waters.
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    Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
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