Instructional Designer, Online Learning
American Psychiatric Association

The Instructional Designer for APA's Division of Education's Online Learning Department will design, develop, and manage online learning experiences for mental health clinicians. The goal is to facilitate learners in acquiring knowledge, skills, and competencies effectively.

  • Requires 3+ years experience
  • Full time
  • Washington, United States
  • Requires Bachelor's degree
August 30, 2021


The ideal Instructional Designer must have a proven understanding of adult learning methodologies, Learning Management System (LMS) administration, rapid eLearning authoring tools, course design development, visual and graphic design, ACCME accreditation guidelines, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. The candidate must possess project management skills to manage the development and delivery of instructionally sound, innovative, and engaging content for mental health clinicians. The Instructional Designer will work in conjunction with the Associate Director of Online Learning and Senior Instructional Designers to implement APA's Division of Education online product portfolio and several federally grant-funded educational deliverables.


As a member of the APA's Division of Education, the Instructional Designer will also provide pedagogical consultation to Division staff, other APA departments, and allied organizations. The Instructional Designer will develop courses and content for APA's Learning Center and reports to the Associate Director of Online Learning.



Work in close partnership with key stakeholders, subject matter experts (SME), and team members to:

Develop and design engaging curriculum and associated products in multiple formats that meet accreditation standards

Manage many educational projects across the product's full life cycle (needs analysis, design, development, delivery, evaluation, and revisions). Projects will include diverse instructional design modalities (in-person, e-learning, blended learning, etc.).

Build educational products, including virtual learning collaboratives, eLearning modules (SCORMs), webinars, instructional videos.

Use of a suite of instructional design technologies using Articulate360s suite of programs, Adobe Creative Cloud programs, and various virtual meeting or conference software.

Design, remix, upgrade and re-invigorate existing curriculum and courses based on evaluation data to increase relevancy and impact in conjunction with Senior Instructional Designers.

Research and identify data sources for instructional material development and additional information needed for SMEs and participant materials.


Bachelor's degree required; Master's in educational technology, instructional design, or related discipline preferred

3-5 years of experience in online learning management and/or instructional design

Experience working in and/or with associations industry preferred

Experience working with ACCME or other accreditor guidelines for medical education

Experience with adult education and/or healthcare programs preferred

Strong project management skills: the ability to set priorities, multitask and meet deadlines on multiple, concurrent projects, and use of project management tools/software

Self-motivated, able to work independently, and shows attention to detail
Knowledge of how websites operate (i.e., databases, APIs, and content management systems)

Demonstrated experience with computer-based and/or software-as-a-service (SaaS) tools such as Salesforce, HTML, Learning Management Systems, Articulate 360, Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft 365, Adobe Premiere, Vimeo, Zoom, GoToWebinar, and/or other graphic and media design/production tools

EOE, including disability/vets

Who We Are

The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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