National Center for Learning Disabilities
Headquarters: 32 Laight Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10013
Title: Director of Instructional Design
Reports to: Vice President, PreK-12 Education Initiatives
Location: New York City
The Mission and Vision
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of the 1 in 5 of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more. Our mission is to empower parents and young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the 1 in 5. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
NCLD’s flagship program, Understood.org, began with a vision of giving all parents access to deep expert resources usually available to few. Through a collective of 15 nonprofits, with diverse strengths and capabilities, we were able to significantly increase our impact in a field where resources are scarce. As an innovative digital resource and community for parents of children with learning and attention issues, Understood.org has reached more than 42 million people since October 2014.
Building on NCLD’s leadership in programs as well as policy and advocacy, the organization is poised to make a transformative leap in impact to empower educators to understand and support brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more. Originally aimed at parents, Understood.org has attracted more than one million teachers, who have requested easy-to-use tools to support the one in five. In response, we plan to create an online resource specifically for educators and partner with other established education platforms to provide comprehensive evidence-based K-12 digital resources with screeners, learner profiles, student-agency toolkits, personalized learning resources, instructional techniques, videos, professional learning communities and on-demand virtual coaching for teachers and parents.
Reporting to the Vice President PreK-12 Education Initiatives, the Director of Instructional Design will be an innovative leader who understands what is most effective to inspire and impact educator practice. This thoughtful and visionary leader will define and develop the portfolio of largely digital learning experiences to develop the mindsets, knowledge and skills of educators to support the 1 in 5 students with learning and attention issues.
We are looking for someone obsessed with helping others learn and who wants to think creatively about the most effective ways to leverage technology to do this at scale.
Set the instructional vision and bar that will transform educators’ mindsets, skills, and knowledge for the one in five. Define the needs and approach for rigorous standards-based resources that meet educators where they are. Create innovative learning experiences for educators that build empathy and ensure a reflection, practice and feedback cycle. Be a strategic partnership builder to create leading edge, impactful learning experiences.
Director of Instructional Design Job Duties:
- Design an Innovative Educator Learning Portfolio
- Develop a prioritized scope and sequence of learning opportunities for educators that is appropriate for learning objectives and that fully leverages online/blended opportunities
- Partner with our experts and advisory committee to identify learning outcomes to clearly articulate objectives, opportunities for practice/feedback and any assessment criteria
- Design and develop high quality learning experiences and training in various modalities and formats, including micro-credentialing
- Partner with Content team to align and integrate learning opportunities where most appropriate
- Curricular and Instructional Design
- Define the scope and depth of standards-aligned tools for general educators that incorporate the strongest research-based practices for supporting students with learning and attention issues
- Identify, cultivate and manage, in partnership with the Content team, a bench of Math and ELA educators/content experts with experience in what works for students with language-based learning disabilities
- Work closely with our Content, Design and Technology teams to assign content experts, designers and editors to create high quality materials
- Manage strategic partnerships for curriculum-based content development and distribution
- Drive the development, launch, and continuous learning cycle of curricular content that demonstrates impact using strategic analytic and assessment data
- Instructional Design Capability Building
- Build instructional design skills, understanding and capability across team members
- Support and coach team members in best practices for adult learning
- Stay at the forefront of instructional design, adult learning and development trends and best practices
- Oversee instructional design integrity by defining processes, tools/templates, and guidance
- Liaise with various groups and stakeholders, manage vendor relationships, and help to recruit for instructional design talent as needed
- At least 7 years of instructional design experience within a preK-12 education organization, preferably with experience in learning and attention issues
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred
- Experience designing for instructor-led and virtual environments, including video and micro-learning development
- Experienced with standards-based curriculum content
- Demonstrated skills and experience in adult learning theory and concepts
- Experience successfully cultivating complex multi-stakeholder partnerships
- Success building an initiative, including design, development and sustainability
- Exceptional strategic thinking; entrepreneurial and creative mindset
- Recognition of the importance of including the one in five in broader education reform
- Ability to thrive both independently and as part of a larger team in fast-paced, complex, entrepreneurial environment. A strong desire to work hard, in a small fast-growing organization, doing whatever it takes to move the organization forward
The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
For additional information on the organization, please visit their website at www.ncld.org.
For additional information on learning and attention issues, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, executive functioning issues, nonverbal learning disabilities, processing issues and more, please visit www.understood.org.
Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Director of Instructional Design”.