Alutiiq Instructional Designer in Dunn Loring, Virginia

Instructional Designer

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Job Description

This position is located in the Training Curriculum Division (TCD), Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Training (DS/T), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), Department of State, Dunn Loring, Virginia. The Instructional Systems Designer is responsible for designing and developing curricula in accordance with the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model, industry standards for adult education, and standard operating procedures (SOP). This position requires the incumbent to work closely with program offices, subject matter experts, multimedia specialists, programmers, technical writers, and distributed learning designers to design and develop lesson plans, student materials and instructional media, ensuring SOPs and industry standards are met.

  • Leads as the Curriculum Designer for training course design for the Office of Antiterrorism Assistance. The incumbent applies expertise in adult learning and knowledge of the training analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation (ADDIE) model.

  • Leads a team of in-house curriculum developers responsible for creating and maintain courses for perishable security and law enforcement life safety skills. Documents subject matter research, liaises with subject matter experts (SMEs) and other offices to create outcome-based training that begins with identifying job tasks that are used to create instructional objectives, followed by a means of evaluating learning.

  • Leads curriculum design teams for TCD Curriculum Review Conferences (CRC). In conjunction with these teams, devises original course designs, and plans and develops them; analyzes lifecycle documentation of student feedback evaluations, identifies training gaps, tracks the revision history of courses, and chairs CRC meetings in order to make the best possible recommendations on course changes.

  • Leads teams composed of other technical specialties to include multimedia specialists, programmers, distributed learning designers, and training specialists; plans and manages a wide variety of instructional design and development activities in order to create TCD’s blended learning curricula.

  • Leads the Pilot Course Monitoring Report (PCMR) and evaluation process to ensure revised courses are ready to offer as professional training; analyzes all data from the PCMR evaluation process and submits a final quality control document that makes final recommendations for lessons and supporting material.

  • Serves as the technical expert, advising the TCD Division Chief on matters related to instructional design and course development, instructional services requirements, and management of the ADDIE process.

  • Ensure policies and procedures are adhered to regarding industry adult education standards; serves as the accountable curriculum designer to guarantee that each course design project follows TCD-required methods and practices.

  • Evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of established TCD standard operating procedures, policies, curricula, instructional methods and practices, and changes in training technology; recommends changes where appropriate to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of TCD training.

  • Revises and reviews TCD legacy courses in accordance with the mandatory three-year course revision requirement to ensure course materials are updated and course technology is brought up to modern standards; ensures that courses are being revised according to “version” and “series” requirements so that instructors only teach official curricula produced for approved ATA partner nation personnel.

  • Evaluates ATA instructors on a regular basis to ensure training incorporates professional instructional techniques supported by TCD and is conducted according to TCD SOP at the highest level of professionalism.

  • Keeps abreast of emerging trends and developments in adult learning and training delivery to achieve benchmarks with other ISD’s to ensure best practices are taken into consideration during course development.

Required Experience

  • Two years as an Instructional Systems Designer 3 or equivalent experience.

  • Must be a US citizen and possess or be able to obtain/maintain a SECRET clearance;

  • Must possess a Bachelor's degree with at least five years of experience or equivalent combination of formal education, experience (at least seven years curriculum design and development with three years’ experience in a training environment, preferably within any local, county, municipal, state or federal law enforcement), professional training and/or certifications.

  • Concentration in adult learning, education or curriculum development or ISO certification and related experience preferred;

  • Must have at least seven years curriculum design and development experience with at least three years’ experience in a training environment, preferably within any local, county, municipal, state or federal law enforcement institution or equivalent combination of skills and experience. International environment is highly desirable;

  • Specialized knowledge or professional experience in several of the following: instructional systems design, education and adult learning principles, cooperative learning, programming and authoring tools, graphic arts and media design and educational product evaluation;

  • Must be familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within training and course development;

  • Demonstrated experience designing test/certification course materials;

  • Excellent writing, proofreading and solid layout skills to develop training course materials;

  • Most possess excellent command of the English language in order to edit training documents;

  • Must be Proficient in the use of Microsoft applications (MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel);

  • Maintains professional competence and specialized knowledge base by keeping abreast of emerging themes and best practices in adult education, individual capacity building, and training;

Job Location

Dunn Loring, Virginia, United States

Position Type


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