Curriculum Development Specialist - Experienced

Location: Arlington, VA
Date Posted: 11-15-2016
Position Objective:   To work on a team in close collaboration with the LMS Team Lead, Course Coordinators and other Leadership Development Specialists to design and develop four new foundational, comprehensive leadership courses for foreign affairs professionals at the entry level through the executive level.  Each of these new foundational leadership courses will have a dedicated design and development team, which will be overseen by an LMS Core Working Group to coordinate the full design project and ensures courses constitute a continuum of development.  These new mandatory courses will provide the foundation for a new Leadership Development Continuum.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Review internal leadership training needs assessments and related evaluation data and conduct a needs analysis for targeted audiences and associated performance gaps.
  • Assist in the identification and validation of additional leadership competencies that may be needed in the curriculum to enhance performance of the target participants.
  • Assist with engaging stakeholders to elicit expectations and learning needs and to help stakeholders understand their roles in improving performance on the job.
  • Assist with the identification of desired curriculum outcomes.
  • Assist in the development of terminal and enabling learning objectives in each of the leadership courses and modules to enhance the competency proficiency levels of the target participants.  The contractor shall identify the corresponding Bloom’s taxonomy level of learning that aligns to each learning objective.
  • Develop detailed development specifications for Terminal Learning Objectives and Enabling Learning Objectives in each course module for Team Lead / Course Coordinator approval prior to beginning development.  The development specifications shall include the following fields:
    • Overview – a high-level purpose statement of how the course, module, lesson, and section are linked together.
    • Learning Strategy – description of the instructional approach.
    • Participant Engagement – description of experiential activities, to include pre- and post-work and follow-up activities.
    • Prerequisite Knowledge – description of any prior or background training required to support this training.
    • Assessment Strategy – description of how the learning by participants within modules will be evaluated.
  • Ensure the curriculum for each course is written to both FSI policies and standards and LMS Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and is linked across all of the other new mandatory leadership courses to provide a deliberate continuum of learning.
  • Develop all necessary training material (e.g. facilitator’s guide, participant’s workbook, PowerPoint slides and other material) for all modules – documents will be “print and use” ready.
  • Develop a rubric or other tools to evaluate the courses’ modules that reflect Kirkpatrick’s New World Model levels 1-4.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum 7 years of curriculum development/instructional design experience or 2 years curriculum/instructional design experience plus MS/MA (or higher) degree in related field; with proven ability in designing a wide variety of classroom, blended, and experiential training applications including, but not limited to, foreign affairs, tradecraft, foreign language, or applications/IT systems training.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Extensive knowledge of and practice in adult leadership development training programs.
  • Proven ability in designing a variety of leadership training courses using a broad array of delivery modalities and methods (e.g., flipped, blended, traditional, and experiential).
  • Proven expertise serving as curriculum/instructional designer of classroom courses and training products that demonstrate sound instructional principles, strategies and techniques for adult learners.
  • Experience conducting needs assessments and analysis, designing appropriate instructional approaches, and working on a team to design, develop, pilot, implement, and evaluate training for an adult, professional audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply learning theories to create effective instructional designs.
  • Demonstrated experience with curriculum development, i.e., developing courses and informal training products that use a range of methods, from lecture-based to experiential, as appropriate to the content, learning objectives, and associated competency-based KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes), with the goal of structuring the learning experience so that it results in transformation – deep, nuanced understanding and dramatically improved performance. 
  • Experience with the appropriate integration of a wide variety of educational technologies and continuous learning techniques to enhance the learning experience, maximize achievement of learning objectives, and facilitate transfer of learning to the workplace or personal setting, as appropriate to the course goals.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with Subject Matter Experts / program managers to conduct needs analysis; develop training objectives, evaluation strategy, and course/product outline; design course/product content; develop scaffolded, interactive course activities and assessment items.  This includes compiling and organizing information, and writing and editing instructional materials to adapt policies and procedures, regulations, reference documents, and raw materials into clear, effective, interactive and experiential training.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading facilitation sessions with all participants in the curriculum development cycle, for the purposes of needs assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of courses and programs.
  • Demonstrated experience integrating formative assessment throughout the course design, both to ensure that learners are able to track their progress and that instructional staff are able to measure the extent to which learning is progressing as intended.  Experience with the appropriate use of checklists and rubrics for performance-based assessment. 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
*This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by this position.  
DecisionPoint Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
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