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The instructional design manager shapes and coordinates the ongoing operation of developing new and revising existing curriculum and courses and maintaining and improving associated technologies and processes. The instructional design managers are collectively responsible for the current processes and timelines for definition, design, development, production, maintenance and evaluation of course development related activities. The instructional design manager also leads a continuous improvement effort with associate managers and staff, members of other departments, and faculty members to ensure curriculum and course quality standards are met, best practices are followed, and our production processes continue to gain in efficiency while the learner and faculty experience improves.



  • Works closely with college leadership, markets and products leadership, Information Technology, Online Product Management, operations, course media, and other departments on curriculum and course development related issues and activities
  • Manages a team of varied positions (may include associate manager, project manager, instructional designer, curriculum specialist, assessment specialist, developmental editor and course producer; also manages temporary resources when required
  • Communicates university standards and best practices to college leadership and works closely with college leadership to identify challenges and implement solutions
  • Measures and enforces curriculum/course development project management requirements, standards and best practices for the growth of content inventories across online courses
  • Works closely with the supervisors and staff to identify challenges, recommend and implement solutions, establish best practices and document detailed guidelines for course development
  • Develops, in collaboration with various IT teams, the strategies that support learner retention, including the evaluation of vendors and systems, the development of clear workflows, and the operational planning for implementing these strategies in the current course development process
  • Accurately forecasts and updates budget. Works with partners on planning in estimating resources and dollars for annual budgets
  • Plans and manages department curriculum/course development and project capacity and budget
  • Instrumental in activities to staff open positions within the department, including hiring, performance measures, and salary
  • Works closely with and in support of their counterparts to ensure a unified department is maintained


Essential Skills

  • Demonstrated the ability to translate business needs into creative project management solutions
  • Strong and proven understanding of all aspects of curriculum and course development, including curriculum design, assessment practices, instructional design, interactive design, course production, quality assurance, and process development
  • Strong prioritization and interpersonal skills to balance multiple demands
  • A customer-focused perspective with the ability to integrate information from multiple sources, identify resources for projects, and determine appropriate strategies to meet organizational needs
  • Experience with content management, learning management systems, and online assessments a plus


  • 3 or more years of personnel management experience (including hiring, development of goals, performance reviews, etc.), preferably in high paced, ever-changing business environment
  • 5 or more years of project and product management and leadership experience (including establishing and meeting timelines, quality, and budget through allocation of limited resources), preferably in high paced, ever-changing business environment


Bachelor's degree required, master’s degree preferred



Capella University
Capella Tower
225 S. 6th St., 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402

This is an on-site position located at Capella’s downtown Minneapolis headquarters. It requires the ability to work in downtown Minneapolis and in a high-rise corporate office setting.  Typical of a corporate office setting, Capella’s office space: 

  • is designed with an open work space setting and common fluorescent lighting 
  • includes frequent co-worker interaction and corresponding noise levels 
  • is subject to inside environmental conditions 

Sedentary work: 

  • this role is mainly a sedentary role with frequent sitting and occasional walking and/or standing.   
  • this role involves frequent usage of a telephone, PC and standard monitors.    
  • this role has minimal lifting requirements, may require exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects 

Requires minimal (0–10 percent) business travel: 

  • may occasionally require travel to on-site Capella events such as Commencement or off-site Capella University leadership meetings as requested and based on business needs. All travel must be pre-approved and arrangements made according to Capella’s policies/procedures.


  • the University’s general office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Work hours and starting times may vary depending on the job and the business needs. Some positions will have a specified starting time, and may be earlier or later, depending upon business requirements.
  • the normally scheduled workweek for all full-time employees consists of 40-45 hours.
About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 35,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disabled and Protected Veteran employer.  Visit the link below to access the EEO is the Law poster.


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