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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) (Senior) Instructional Designer in Rockville, Maryland

Description

Summary of the Position

This is a hands-on position that is responsible for developing effective learning experiences for live and self-paced/online courses. This position will work directly with Subject Matter Experts (SME) within or outside of USP and other staff to: Analyze learners background knowledge and instructional needs; determine learning goals; establish instructional design approach; generate and implement course designs to ensure engaging learning activities; produce storyboards, scripts, wireframes, and other materials to communicate user experience; develop live and self-paced course materials using learning technologies expertise; create exceptional interactive learning experiences that meet the instructional intent and optimize learner retention; and coordinate all project team activities to facilitate course delivery.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Gathers and documents requirements for learning projects, identifying necessary functional components and production activities.

  • Determines instructional end goals and works cooperatively with subject matter experts to create course materials that support those goals.

  • Follows consistent directory structure, file naming conventions, courseware template adherence, visual continuity, consistency and professional standards for all learning products and reviews deliverables for completeness and technical functionality.

  • Leads projects to ensure timely, on-budget, successful completion. Activities may include identifying processes, steps, and timelines; producing status reports; coordinating with staff involved to ensure effective transitions from one step to the next; and finding solutions to issues, escalating where appropriate.

  • Collaborates with subject matter experts to develop engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhances retention and transfer

  • Works with LMS administrators to design, develop, and implement learning modules into training delivery systems

  • Creates outlines, storyboards, scripts, training aids, activities, assessments, and other deliverables for a variety of broad range of training/learning needs. This includes working cooperatively with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop content architecture.

  • Creates and maintains digital assets for eLearning and live courses.

  • Creates or coordinates with internal and/or external resources/suppliers for various media for each learning product - may include graphic design, animation, video, audio, and photography.

  • Adapts instructional materials created for classroom format to webinar/eLearning format

  • Manages project schedules and documentation and maintains official course materials

  • Implements ongoing improvements to course materials in response to student feedback and trends in instructional design principles and technology

  • Reviews and updates existing course materials to keep it current.

  • Provides assistance in organizing and facilitating training sessions as needed.

Basic Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • BS or MA degree in instructional design, educational technology or similar

  • Two (2) years’ experience in instructional design on scientific content.

  • Two (2) years’ experience in PowerPoint and other MS Office applications

  • Two (2) years’ experience with authoring tools such as Captivate, Articulate, and Storyline

  • Experience with Learning Management Systems

  • Experience developing and conducting instructor-led training, either live or via webcast

Education & Experience:

  • BS or MA degree in instructional design, educational technology or similar

  • Five (5) years’ experience in instructional design on scientific content.

  • Five (5) years’ experience in PowerPoint and other MS Office applications

  • Five (5) years’ experience with authoring tools such as Captivate, Articulate, and Storyline

  • Experience with Learning Management Systems

  • Experience developing and conducting instructor-led training, either live or via webcast

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven ability to plan and manage projects and multiple priorities concurrently with strong results/goal orientation. Adaptable to changing priorities.

  • Ability to influence without direct authority and to foster strong, collaborative relationships with science content owners and other team members

  • Excellent knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models

  • Visual design skills and ability to storyboard

  • Expert ability to create engaging learning experiences in MS PowerPoint

  • Ability to write and edit effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts/video scripts

  • Proven track record of consistently delivering projects on time and with high quality

  • Ability to work independently

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 15 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Professional Programs

Job Type Full-Time

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