Instructional Designer

The Instructional Designer collaborates with stakeholders to identify performance gaps and design appropriate learning solutions in a variety of formats. The position is a key role in creating high-quality learning products to meet the needs of the Foreign Service Institute.

Location:  Arlington, Virginia

  • Designs a variety of learning solutions, including but not limited to e-learning, mobile apps, microlearning, blended learning, and instructional games.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to clarify performance gaps, write clear objectives, formulate instructional approach, design learning solutions, and produce evaluation instruments.
  • Works with development staff to produce solutions.
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of subjects important to Foreign Service Officers and applies knowledge to produce appropriate, effective, and meaningful learning solutions.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Additional Experience - Familiarity with US government web/mobile development policies and standards.
  • Additional Experience - Knowledge of language learning principles.
  • Additional Experience - Experience with video/animation.

Education and/or Experience

Minimum Education Required

  • BS/BA in instructional design, educational technology, or related field.

Minimum Experience Required

  • Minimum 3 years of instructional design experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with at least two types of digital learning solutions (including, but not limited to: e-learning courses, mobile learning, simulations, microlearning, e-Publishing, blended learning/flipped classroom, and games.)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop training objectives, design learning solutions, and produce evaluations.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively write, review, and edit content.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply learning theories and models to different learning contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience working with project teams (e.g.: Graphic Artists, Developers, and Editors) to produce professional e-learning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of responsive web design, interface usability guidelines, Section 508 accessibility, SCORM, learning management systems, and integration of media into web-based training applications.

Instructional Design for eLearning is a well-established field. The industry standard for a position within this field requires a B.A./B.S. in Instructional Design or related area. As an instructional designer for FSI/EX/ISD, a minimum of 3 years ID experience are critical to demonstrate proven ability to identify performance gaps and design appropriate solutions to fill those gaps. The Instructional Designer in ISD will be working on priority courses and dealing with high level bureau and school/center clients, as well as designing a variety of complex, media-rich, and highly interactive courses and products beyond standard eLearning courses—these are considered tasks above entry-level for the field

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