Curriculum Design Specialist

Position details: Remote, part-time (approximately 12-20 hours per week) position, with a limited term (approximately 400 hours over 5-7 months).

Summary: Seeking a talented and creative individual to design and build a self-paced e-learning course that introduces early-career scientists and engineers to science policy, and other topics at the intersection of science and society.

The mission of the National Science Policy Network is to engage early career STEM professionals in policy-making by fostering an inclusive community, training the next generation of diverse leaders, and empowering advocates for the role of science in society.
National Science Policy Network is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world.

The NSPN Curriculum Design Specialist will create valuable resources to increase the accessibility of science policy education. This will include an ‘introduction to science policy’ e-learning course that will introduce new enthusiasts to the rich world of science policy and support them in reaching their advocacy goals. This resource helps NSPN reach our mission to foster evidence-wielding advocates for societal issues. For many, this course will be their first step on a path to policy and advocacy.

The Curriculum Design Specialist will build and implement the training with interactive design that incorporates learning theory and best practices. Other existing resources, content and opportunities from the National Science Policy Network’s libraries of material are also available as supplementary resources and opportunities to offer our members creative and comprehensive training. This position will work closely with NSPN staff and leadership to ensure a smooth launch of the course as part of offerings through our new learning management system.


  • Review and obtain feedback on current courses offered by NSPN and other organizations to identify and make necessary changes and improvements
  • Work with diverse individuals within and outside of NSPN, and throughout the science policy community, to design an introductory-level science policy course that meets the needs of early career researchers
  • Coordinate the logistics of planned project activities related to developing the course, in coordination with the full NSPN team, including the Graduate Education Committee Chair
  • Organize, plan and attend meetings related to the project, in addition to attending meetings with other program leaders to maintain consistent communication
  • Design and develop interactive virtual e-learning material, using course authoring tools and a learning management system
  • Write scripts and film instructional videos that include relevant professionals from the science policy community to create exciting and motivating media
  • Use pedagogical principles and learning theories to reach learning outcomes for adult learners that range from beginner to proficient level understanding of science policy.
  • Maintain awareness of learning and teaching best practices, as well as emerging educational technologies
  • Apply knowledge of web accessibility, accessible online education, and creating course materials that reduce or remove barriers to learning, and provide coaching and guidance to NSPN leadership and communications teams regarding best practices and advances on these topics
  • Track progress towards accessibility for all curricula and learning systems
  • Collect and analyze feedback and evaluation data throughout the course design and launch process, including from course participants; recommend future improvements.

We welcome people with diverse identities, experiences and perspectives to apply, strong candidates will possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following:

  • First and foremost, a passion for NSPN’s mission and vision and enthusiasm for science policy and advocacy.
  • Commitment to NSPN’s value of centering equity, inclusion and justice in all of our work, particularly in the area of instructional accessibility.
  • Ability to delegate tasks, support others, and take instruction, and awareness of when it’s best to do one versus the other.
  • Ability to effectively manage complex projects with a team within timelines.
  • Flexibility and comfort with experimentation, iteration, and change as part of a young, dynamic, and growing organization.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; adept at managing many moving pieces.
  • Ability to work independently and highly motivated to tackle projects with minimal direction.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize time and tasks and navigate challenges and obstacles as they arise.
  • Demonstrated strong written communication, with skill in tailoring language to a range of platforms and audiences in creative and meaningful ways.
  • Thoughtful, clear, and concise communication with colleagues.
  • Understanding of instructional design principles (e.g., adult learning theory, principles of Universal Design for Learning), demonstrated through completed courses or training and/or professional experience in instructional design.
  • Expertise in conducting audience analyses and creating or modifying learning content and approaches to meet identified needs preferred.
  • Experience engaging and collaborating with subject matter experts.
  • Experience developing innovative virtual multimedia trainings, such as webinars, online courses, self-paced e-learning, etc.
  • Ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio, and video scripts to make course materials accessible.
  • Experience using multimedia programs (basic sound editing, animation, graphic design, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience developing eLearning modules using authoring software such as Articulate Storyline, Articulate Rise 360 or Adobe Captivate.
  • Experience linking multiple technologies to host the modules, such as Salesforce (or other CRMs), Adobe Captivate Prime (or other LMSs).
  • High level of familiarity and comfort with Google apps, Slack, Zoom, and other online collaboration and communication platforms.

Part-time, flexible schedule, approximately 400 hours over 5-7 months, $25-$30/hour, dependent on experience, retirement matching benefits (up to 3.5%).

The position may require some short-distance travel for meetings, interviews with subject area experts, etc.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with first reviews starting on May 20, 2022. Send us your résumé/CV and one-page cover letter to with “Curriculum Design Specialist” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position, and describe your relevant experience and qualifications. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.

Multiplier and the National Science Policy Network celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and NSPN are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and NSPN prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

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