Instructional Designer
Colorado PERA

PERA’s Member Education Division is seeking an Instructional Designer to create new content and learning experiences for Colorado’s 600,000 public employees. The division provides financial education about PERA’s defined benefit retirement plan, defined contribution plans, and other built-in benefit programs to PERA’s members and affiliated employers in both virtual and in-person settings. This position is responsible for the design, development, and measurement of learning experiences.

  • Requires 3+ years experience
  • Full time
  • Denver, United States
  • Requires Bachelor's degree
  • $70,000/year
February 21, 2022
  • Identifies appropriate educational delivery method with an emphasis in what can be accomplished in the digital space
  • Creates learner centered content
  • Utilizes learning methodologies, adult learning theories, instructional design theory, and design thinking to create, design and deliver learning experiences for Colorado PERA’s membership
  • Applies ADDIE and Kirkpatrick’s Training Evaluation Model to achieve positive learning outcomes
  • Develops project plans to manage the creation and implementation of learning programs
  • Works with Subject Matter Experts to write creative course outlines, objectives, case studies, participant guides, evaluations, and other materials as required for classroom and online participants
  • Designs and develops teaching aids, such as slideshows, for classroom and online training
  • Creates detailed facilitator guides to allow clear, user-friendly and highly accurate support to Member Education Team
  • Conducts train-the-trainer sessions to ensure consistent delivery of programs
  • Develops learning experiences end-to-end, working independently
  • Proactively and consistently maintains, updates existing learning and reference materials to ensure continued accuracy and relevance
  • Collaborates with broad spectrum of project stakeholders
  • Maintains regular and prompt attendance in the workplace
  • Carries out other duties as assigned
  • Utilizes project management skills to define and meet project milestones, communicates issues and risks in a timely manner, manages expectations and deliver results
  • BA/BS in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, or equivalent education/experience. Master’s degree preferred
  • Three to five years of experience in corporate training and/or instructional design
  • Demonstrated understanding of the ADDIE model and ability to apply the principles
  • Project management experience related to instructional content development is preferred
  • Ability to pair content with appropriate digital distribution method
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with many moving parts, deadlines, and schedules
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, attention to detail and focus on quality
  • Strong interpersonal and team work skills; ability to work within a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning theories and application
  • Ability to think creatively and visually to devise the most logical, engaging, and interesting content for membership
  • Experience with technologies related to training, projects, and communication
  • Ability to lead peers on projects or team initiatives
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent people and relationship skills focused on both internal and external team members
  • Proficient in the use of personal computers, including proficiency with MS Office software (Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and Zoom is required



Standard office environment with frequent to constant computer use.



Opportunity to work from home up to two days per week. Eligibility dependent upon factors detailed in PERA's Work from Home Policy.


Who You Are


An ideal candidate has a passion for adult learning, financial education, and collaboration with project management experience to see it realized. Colorado PERA is a member first, mission first organization that is looking to connect our members with sound financial information. Our ideal candidate wants colleagues for co-workers, and coaches for bosses.



Complete the employment application online at our website. Have copies of your resume and cover letter available to upload. In addition, please provide a link to your work portfolio for review, this can be sent directly to [email protected] As part of the online application, you will be asked for a response to the following questions.

1. Talk about a project that you planned. How did you organize and schedule the tasks? Tell us about your action plan.

2. You’ve finished a project but start questioning if you’ve done your best. How do you identify when good enough is good enough?

3. If hired, how would you evaluate our current curriculum? What information would you use to assess its effectiveness?

Who We Are


As Colorado’s largest public pension plan, we are committed to providing retirement and other benefits to more than 600,000 current and former teachers, State Troopers, corrections officers, snowplow drivers, and many other public employees who provide valuable service to all of Colorado.

We hire exceptional employees and invest in their growth and development. We are passionate about our work and committed to serving our members by delivering quality customer service, sound investment decisions, and education programs. Our culture is built on the core values of integrity and accountability, excellence and initiative, collaboration, and engagement. We value diverse perspectives and promote an inclusive culture, recognizing that our people are our primary asset. We provide a healthy work-life balance and a culture where excellence is rewarded. At PERA, your work makes a difference every day.

At PERA, you will earn more than just a paycheck- our total rewards package is focused on wellbeing. We offer a comprehensive benefit plan with eligibility for most plans being the first of the month following the date of hire. We offer a generous paid time off plan as well as paid volunteer hours, PERA’s defined benefit plan, 401(k) and 457 defined contribution plans (including employer match on the 401(k), as applicable), tuition assistance, on-the-job training, free access to an on-site fitness center, free on-site parking or RTD subsidy, and more. For more information, please visit our Careers page.

Job Function
Curriculum Developer
Financial Services