Remote | Chicago, IL
Do you want to use your training experience to change the future of Democratic politics? Do you love dreaming up creative approaches to training people on new topics? Would you like to spend your 9-5 shaping America?
NDTC is looking for an Instructional Designer to join our Curriculum team and drive the production of our online and in-person curriculum and associated materials. In this role, you’ll collaborate with other members of the NDTC team and subject matter experts to design engaging, fact-based learning experiences for Democratic candidates, campaign staffers, and local party leaders. We are hiring one full-time team member to be the content area owner of our fundraising curriculum. As an instructional designer, you will be in the director’s seat (sometimes literally!) of fundraising curriculum development. From writing online courses to producing video lessons, you’ll have a hands-on role in creating trainings and resources that deliver real-world results for Democrats up and down the ballot.
This is not an entry-level position. A successful Instructional Designer will have professional experience designing multi-step training processes or sequenced curriculum for adult learners and wants to bring those skills to bear for Democratic politics.
- Serve as the content owner of fundraising curriculum including reviewing and revising the current curriculum, and identifying gaps to inform future curriculum development for this subject area.
- Collaborate with subject matter experts and other members of the NDTC team on the needs assessment, design, and development of curriculum.
- Adapt that curriculum for live and online training environments, writing and developing video lectures, presentation materials, and text content to facilitate trainees’ learning and skill development.
- Develop original materials and differentiate existing materials to meet learner accessibility needs
- Create interactive course materials to engage our learners with the training content (e.g., worksheets, quizzes, discussion prompts).
- Produce video lectures, including scouting venues, coordinating with a video crew, and managing the post-production video editor.
- Coordinate with various vendors and team members to take graphics, video content, and other course elements from concept to final products.
- Evaluate and improve existing fundraising curriculum and online courses to keep the content current.
- Review and test new and revised curriculum offerings from other team members, providing feedback and suggestions for improvement; contribute to new curriculum or program ideas.
- Collaborate with other members of our team to ensure a cohesive learning experience for NDTC learners and complementary content with our other offerings.
- Write blog posts, mini lessons, and other instructional content.
- Respond to learner questions, as needed.
Required experience and skills include:
- Experience designing curriculum and teaching/training for diverse audiences, with a preference for those with experience designing multi-step training processes or sequenced curriculum for adult learners
- Commitment to building your knowledge and analysis of how inequity works in our society and making training accessible to all our learners
- Foundational knowledge of learning theories or instructional design techniques
- Strong writing skills, with a preference for experience writing either for an online audience, or speeches or instructional content for others to present
- Strong organizational and project management skills, with a commitment to meeting deadlines and maintaining a high quality of work
- Comfort engaging with new, complicated concepts and translating them into effective trainings
“Nice to Have,” but not required experience and skills include:
- Professional experience on a political campaign with priority consideration of training or fundraising experience
- Experience developing online curriculum
About NDTC as an Employer
The National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) is a hybrid PAC that offers free, interactive online and in-person training for Democratic candidates, staff, and leaders. We aim to empower any Democrat who wants to be involved in politics with the tools needed to be successful.
This full-time position will join the Curriculum team and will report to the Chief of Staff and Operations.
Due to COVID-19, this position is remote through at least early 2021. NDTC will reopen an office in Chicago, IL when it is safe for us to resume working in an office, traveling, and holding in-person meetings. At that time, this role will be based in Chicago, IL.
NDTC believes that our differences enhance our strength as a political party—and as a nation—and we as an organization benefit from staff of diverse races, ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, economic backgrounds, abilities, and other facets of our identities.
Salary is commensurate with experience, with a starting range of $70,000 – $80,000 per year. NDTC offers a strong benefits package including health insurance with the employee premium paid-in-full by NDTC, a 10% employer match on contributions to 401(k), short and long-term disability and life insurance, as well as a flexible paid time off policy. Additionally, NDTC’s offices close for a full week each year during Thanksgiving, final week of December, and first week in January as well as all Federal holidays.
To apply, email your resume in PDF format to [email protected] – subject line “Instructional Designer.” Instead of a traditional cover letter, please include a PDF with:
- 1-2 paragraph response answering “Why do you want to apply your training/teaching/instructional design knowledge to supporting Democratic and progressive candidates and causes?”
- Date on which you would be available to start.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.