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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The National Center for School Safety (NCSS) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health seeks an Instructional Designer to advance workforce development activities. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the NCSS brings together a multi-disciplinary team of academics and practitioners to develop comprehensive and accessible training and technical assistance for the K-12 school safety community nationwide. The Instructional Designer will report to the Training Manager and will also work closely with the Training Specialist and the rest of the NCSS team in the development of creative digital and in-person programming designed for educators, law enforcement professionals, mental health professionals, and others. This position is term-limited for 2 years of grant funding with the possibility of renewal. Along with a resume and cover letter, we request applicants to submit a portfolio or sample of their work.

About the Department: Driven by a shared passion for affecting lasting change, the faculty, students and staff of HBHE work in the pursuit of an equitable, healthy future for all. Turning theory and research into actionable practice, we develop interventions and innovations that promote health, prevent disease, and empower people to manage chronic illness and disabilities. Together, our academic community transforms the theoretical into actionable, the science into the social, applying out knowledge to eliminate health disparities and impact lives for the better.


  • Conceptualization of training curricula (20%) – In collaboration with the Training Manager, NCSS staff team, and subject matter experts, contribute to design and plans for training that is responsive to identified needs and delivered using creative, engaging modalities. Includes exploration and implementation of new and existing technologies and training formats.
  • Asynchronous Training Development and Implementation (40%) – Work collaboratively with the NCSS staff team and various external partners to:
    • Develop training in a variety of online modalities such as self-paced online courses, videos, toolkits, podcasts, etc., using available technologies such as Articulate, Camtasia, and Canvas/Canvas Catalog. Each training deliverable will involve collaboration with and coaching of subject matter experts and presenters. Trainings must be accessible, interactive, designed around specific learning objectives and competencies, compliant with copyright rules, and aligned with best practices for adult learners and the online environment.
    • Design and produce various training media such as but not limited to lectures/presentations, scripts, tutorials, visuals and graphics, and job aids. Includes video, audio, and other editing in order to create a high-quality product. Engage external vendors for media production as appropriate.
    • Create and communicate project plans and timelines for course production.
    • Support the NCSS team in data collection, interpretation, and revision of training development processes for rapid cycle quality improvement.
  • Synchronous Training Development (40%) – Collaborate with the NCSS team and subject matter experts in the development and facilitation of interactive virtual or in-person training that is responsive to regional training needs, such as learning communities, webinars, workshops, etc. May involve local, regional, and national travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in education, instructional design, public health, or related field
  • Demonstrates experience with the principles, practices, techniques, technology, and standards of adult learning
  • Effective communication to varied audiences
  • Proficient in use of various e-learning technology/software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, Articulate 360, videoconferencing, etc.). Proficiency in videography filming and editing skills preferred.
  • Working knowledge of graphic design principles with ability to conceptualize and implement compelling visuals to support multimedia projects
  • Ability to prioritize and complete assignments independently with excellent attention to detail and under general supervision. Also able to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and decision-making abilities
  • 4-5 years of experience in relevant field
  • Experience working with workforce training programs, especially in public health or K-12 education
  • Experience with proposing innovative modalities and technology

Additional Information

This position is term-limited through 8/31/2022 and work can be performed remotely.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.