Learning Design Specialist

Washington D.C.
Sep 06, 2017
Oct 11, 2017
Full Time

The Learning Design Specialist has primary responsibility for the successful design, development, and deployment of digital learning objects and online course products drawn from both newly created and preexisting print and electronic resources. These learning objects will include video, audio, interactive exercises, labs, assessments and other items in support of delivery of online courseware and educational tools. The incumbent will develop product specifications by drawing from expert knowledge of technological capabilities and audience needs to strategically optimize content, features, and functionality for the delivery of digital learning. As a member of the product management team, the incumbent oversees vendor work and collaborates with cross-functional teams, including content and technology partners, to ensure that all projects meet established content guidelines, functional and business requirements, and release schedules.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in psychology or social science required; masters level highly desirable.
  • Certification or equivalent work experience in instructional design may substitute for degree
  • 1-3 years of experience in the creation and/or delivery of instructional content for the education or related market.
  • 1-3 years of experience developing and using interactive digital courseware, learning software, and/or online learning management systems.
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills.
  • Knowledge of UI/UX and learning design principles.
  • Experience teaching in a higher-education setting preferred.
  • Familiarity with CS3, HTML5, and other web standards preferred.

Computer Skills Required:

  • Familiar with Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Familiar with Learning Management Systems 
  • Familiar with Analytic Tools(e.g., Google Analytics)
  • Familiar with Roadmapping Tools
  • Proficient with Adaptive Learning and Learner-Designed Systems/Tools 
  • Basic Knowledge of HTML5, CS3, XML    


  • Supervises the conceptual development and assembly of digital learning objects and other content in support of online course products from inception through release.
  • Develops and aligns learning objectives and product specifications by drawing from expertise in technology, user needs, and course subject matter.
  • Collaborates with subject-matter and content experts, IT, vendors, and business partners to design, document, and develop robust learning experiences. Manages day-to-day vendor and expert communication.
  • Develops and edits content to meet audience needs and comply with digital media best practices.
  • Contributes to the product development revision process, determines and implements content changes, and ensures overall quality of learning objects.
  • Conducts alpha and beta testing across multiple platforms, devices, and browsers.
  • Recommends content, feature, and functionality updates for new iterations of released products.
  • Participates in the development, writing and continuous refinement of workflow procedures and processes.
  • Maintains familiarity with changes in the digital courseware delivery and learning environments.
  • Actively contributes to project meetings, attends professional meetings, provides training and guidance to potential and current customers, conducts telephone conference calls with project team, maintains correspondence files on projects, and develops proposals for potential new features.
  • Develops written instructional materials for learning products that are disseminated to the public (including students, instructors, and content authors) on multiple, often interactive, platforms (e.g., through e-mails, social media posts, blog posts, reference guides, and other learning materials).
  • Promotes the learning products and related websites by generating ideas for marketing materials and collaborating with the Marketing Department.


The American Psychological Association, located at 750 First St NE, Washington D.C., was named a 2014 recipient of the Washington Post Top Workplace. It is metro accessible from the Red Line.

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a cover letter and resume specifying your salary requirements. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.