Instructional Design Specialist

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Candid is looking for a talented instructional designer to support and create a wide variety of learning experiences, including eLearning, instructional videos, blogs, and field guides. The ideal candidate is passionate about making social impact by strengthening the capacity of nonprofit and philanthropic audiences.

Position: Instructional Design Specialist
Reporting to: Senior Director of Candid Learning
Location: Remote considered; Preference given to applicants located near one of Candid’s offices in New York, NY; Washington D.C.; Cleveland, OH; Atlanta, GA; or Williamsburg, VA)

Position summary

The Instructional Design Specialist will work with the Candid Learning team, along with Subject Matter Experts internally and externally to create and improve educational content in support of our mission to provide social sector organizations/professionals the information they need to do good. He/She/They will be responsible for creating eLearning and video content related to: improving funding practices, fundraising, creating sustainable organizations, strengthening management and leadership skills, advancing the field, building transparency and data capacity, and using Candid tools effectively.



·       Assess our target audience’s training needs and the learning outcomes necessary to address them.

·       Identify how training will be evaluated.

·       Draft video and eLearning course storyboards, and edit them per feedback from the Lead Instructional Designer and Subject Matter Experts.

·       Cultivate and edit short form content (blogs, videos, infographics, etc.) that advance Candid Learning efforts, particularly for grantmakers.

·       Build and update course content on our Learning Management System (LMS).

·       Conduct beta tests of learning content and iterate based on beta testing feedback.

·       Report on learning activity in the LMS.

·       Create and edit instructional videos using Camtasia, PowToon, and other software.

·       Curate educational content on Candid’s YouTube and Vimeo accounts.

·       Maintain project documentation, course files, and video libraries.

·       Track training survey feedback and identify strategies for improving survey response rates.

·       Identify and make updates to content based on survey feedback and other evaluation metrics.

·       Contribute to the accessibility of Candid’s learning offerings, including managing video captioning, coordinating live CART (Communication Access Real Time) captioning for webinars, adding alt text for images in eLearning courses, and checking handouts’ accessibility.

·       Provide critical support for Candid Learning’s funder learning web content, including coordinating bug fixes, adding new blog content, keeping pages updated, developing quarterly newsletters, and managing GrantCraft’s and GlassPockets Twitter feeds.

·       Regularly scan the social sector field to identify potential content partners and practices worth highlighting.

·       Support partnership development and custom projects in coordination with the Senior Director of Candid Learning.

·       Build strong working relationships with teams across Candid.

·       Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned.



Passionate about creating engaging learning content.
Creative approach to design and writing-related tasks.
Experience storyboarding video and/or eLearning content.
Experience creating and updating content on a Learning Management System (LMS).
Experience editing video, using Camtasia or other video editing software.
Experience with using blogs and social media to support learning.
Familiarity with the ADDIE and SAM models of instructional design.
Technically proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (especially PowerPoint), Zoom, and other office productivity tools. Willing and able to independently learn new technical skills as needed.
Prior experience in writing, video editing, or graphic/web design.
Interest in learning about and applying best practices for ensuring that training content is accessible to people with disabilities.
A portfolio is a plus.
·       College degree preferred; equivalent experience will also be considered.

·       Sensitivity and respect for racial, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural differences.

·       Champions and represents Candid’s core values: We’re driven, direct, accessible, curious, and inclusive.


See the world. Make it better.

Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, we connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Our data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world.

Candid’s vision is an ambitious one. But we know that when we make investments in our
talent, it translates to more access and better knowledge for those working for social good around the world.

On February 1, 2019, Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces to become Candid,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

How to apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] Please put the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Your application will only be considered if all instructions above are met.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Due to the high volume of applicants we typically receive, we regret that we can only contact candidates that we would like to interview.

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Candid is an EO/AA/VET/DISABLED Employer.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

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