Job Req ID:  114099

Instructional Designer

The Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx or the Center) seeks to hire an Instructional Designer to join our team of government, data, and performance practice experts to support senior government leaders across the United States, Canada, and Latin America to use data to get better results for residents.

The Instructional Designer plans, develops, and delivers educational materials for GovEx Academy programs. These programs/initiatives integrate training and coaching to maximize the data management and use capacity of mayors and their senior leadership by building skills and evaluating impact at scale. The Instructional Designer plays a central role in collecting data on student progress/characteristics and the government executive leadership education landscape; coordinating with GovEx subject matter experts to ensure that training content is meeting the needs of participants; and support the development of data curriculum as needed to support GovEx expansion and reach.

The Instructional Designer is responsible for designing a blended learning experience through specialized interactions (e-learning courses and workshops, coaching calls, peer-to-peer learning), based on new or improved applications in the fields of leadership education and distance learning, expertise from some of the field's most accomplished practitioners, and non-partisan research to support evidence-based practices in government leading to measurable impact in the city. The Instructional Designer will work individually and collaboratively to design and deliver innovative learning experiences that improve the ability of mayors, senior leaders, and government staffers to use data. A primary focus will be developing a core competencies delivery model, defining learning objectives, and creating new training content to ensure a high-quality training experience for our public sector partners.

Our ideal Instructional Designer has at least two years’ experience creating and managing educational content for adult learners, a firm grounding in analytical techniques, and experience collaborating with diverse teams and clients to ensure high quality educational products. The selected candidate must possess a proven track record of success in the public sector, have experience navigating an academic environment and designing and delivering curriculum for executive leaders.

The Instructional Designer must have a high level of self-motivation, initiative, and demonstrated success working within a dynamic organization. While GovEx offers workplace flexibility, this position involves working on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University. Occasional travel may be required.

All candidates must be systems oriented, and self-motivated, and dedicated to results-oriented and data driven learning experiences. The selected candidate must possess a proven track record of success in the public sector, as well as have experience navigating an academic environment and designing and delivering curriculum for C-suite leaders.

The position reports to the Director of the GovEx Academy, working closely with teams across GovEx,such as data and performance management experts, research & analytics team, coaching and technical assistance teams, etc.

GovEx is committed to addressing structural and entrenched racism and recognizes the public sector’s role in perpetuating these legacies. We are looking for candidates committed to dismantling structural and entrenched racism and addressing these issues as we promote this work in communities. For more information about GovEx, please visit

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop content aligned with the competencies model to ensure strategic development and delivery of Academy trainings that include components like,

                    Course outlines

                    Course syllabi

                    Lesson plans

                    In person and online activities

                    Slide decks


                    Multimedia supplemental materials such as podcasts, webinars, etc.

  • Build and implement curriculum plans for in person and online trainings instructional methods, course materials, and training aids based on new or improved applications in the fields of leadership education and e-learning.
  • In collaboration with the GovEx staff and outside experts, apply tested instructional design theories to conceptualize, design, and create interactive learning solutions that target learning objectives and improve performance.
  • Establish learning objectives for all trainings, work with curriculum developers, coach facilitators, and collaborate with other internal experts to ensure trainings meet these goals.
  • Manage and design documents/templates that are highly engaging and interactive eLearning and in person learning products.
  • Develop and/or prepare presentation materials; write, direct, and/or edit department videos, as assigned.
  • Create learning solutions that satisfy the needs of diverse audiences and skill sets.
  • Assist in tailoring existing learning materials and content to meet general market as well as specific client and funder needs.
  • Support GovEx’s efforts to incorporate new techniques, and learning modalities by keeping up-to-date on instructional technologies, including the use of AI tools.
  • Function as a staff resource and consultant for internal GovEx education.
  • Assist with the facilitation of online and in person trainings, as needed.
  • Develop successful working relationships with internal and experts to develop cutting edge content for leaders.
  • Support implementation, administration, and evaluation of day-to-day activities of online education programs.
  • Leverage the Academy’s learning management system (LMS) to gain insights on learner’s needs, as well as manage classes and reporting.
  • Use instructional design process and methodology to plan, design, and develop self-guided, instructor-led, and asynchronous training materials.
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends to support marketing, admission, program delivery, and training program design for online education.
  • Monitor project activities, outputs, and progress towards anticipated results.
  • Continuously gather stakeholder feedback on education programs and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Perform routine administrative functions as needed, including scheduling and document management.
  • GovEx's Instructional Designer- Executive Leadership Program is a detail-oriented, engaged professional with outstanding curriculum development and data analysis skills.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • A thorough understanding of educational delivery models.
  • Proficiency in using learning management systems.
  • Familiarity with statistical software and programming languages such as R, Python, or Stata and SCORM and xAPI.
  • Familiarity with video editing software, basic HTML and Flash programming knowledge, Adobe Premiere, Captivate, Kaltura, etc.
  • Ability to write clear instructional copy.
  • Knowledgeable, energetic, and passionate about data and education.
  • Familiarity implementing user-centered design techniques.
  • Familiarity with project management software and applications.
  • Familiarity with Canvas or similar cloud-based learning management systems.
  • Proficiency in using PowerPoint, Google Slides, or similar software.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to review the work of others for accuracy, credibility, and value.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform a range of standard and technical assignments to meet time-critical tasks and resolve recurring problems.
  • Commitment to a collegial workplace.
  • Capacity to work independently in a results-oriented environment; being both flexible and detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Education, or related field.
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in course design and development, faculty training, or program/course assessment/evaluation.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Six (6) or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience applying adult learning principles, agile methods, learning technology and program management skills together in the design, development and maintenance of learning solutions.
  • Experience working with government practitioners.
  • Graduate Degree, with a preference for Education, Instructional Design, or Public Administration related fields.
  • Experience developing educational programs using the Backwards Design model or ADDIE methodology.
  • Quality Matters (QM) certification or other quality assurance rubric certification.



Classified Title: Instructional Designer    
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME  
Starting Salary Range: $64,000 - $112,200 Annually ($80,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Ctrs for Govt Excellence & Public Innova  
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers 



Total Rewards
The referenced base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Applicants Completing Studies
Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Background Checks
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

Diversity and Inclusion
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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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Vaccine Requirements
Johns Hopkins University strongly encourages, but no longer requires, at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. We still require all faculty, staff, and students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. This change does not apply to the School of Medicine (SOM). SOM hires must be fully vaccinated with an FDA COVID-19 vaccination and provide proof of vaccination status. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

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Hybrid: On-site 1-2 days a week