Instructional Design Specialist

Staff Position Description

TITLE: Instructional Design Specialist

REPORTS TO: Director of Program Design and Engagement

LOCATION: Chalmers Center Office

PREPARED BY: Russ Debenport / Mark Bowers

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 24th, 2018

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Program Design and Engagement, the Instructional Design Specialist serves as an experienced learning expert for external learners.  A content creator across a variety of modes, this role is responsible for creating content and training programs according to best practices and Chalmers’ principles that achieve impact in the lives of people who are poor. Keeping the learner experience central, this position creates and continuously adapts program content that equips the church around the world to walk alongside people who are poor.  An instructional designer at heart, this specialist creates and implements experiences that bring Chalmers’ ideas to life for learners in local church communities.


  • Commit to pray and advocate for the poor and the church in light of the mission of the Chalmers Center
  • Coordinate the creation of Chalmers economic development programs to ensure that both new and existing content provides the intended learner experience along with strong outcomes and quality in training  
  • Develop new course designs and curriculum, both for online and live use, that achieve programmatic outcomes
  • Apply Chalmers’ principles on poverty alleviation to print in-person, and online curriculum
  • Integrate Monitoring & Evaluation feedback and collection methods into the learner experience in a developmental way
  • In partnership with the Director of Design and Engagement, continually adapt programs based on user feedback and advancements in best practices
  • Continually learn and share new thinking and innovation for better programmatic outcomes
  • Draw on best practices of adult learning when creating online and print course content on economic development
  • Collaborate with experts and organizations in the field of economic development to test and develop curriculum and content. Engage with other organizations in a way that honors the dignity of people in poverty and builds the Chalmers brand
  • On occasion, collaborate across the organization to create content pieces for mass-market use, communications, and online courses  


  • Commitment to the Vision & Mission of the Chalmers Center.
  • Adherence to the Lausanne Covenant, a statement of Christian belief.
  • Can thrive in a team where humble listening, courageous action, and dependence on the Holy Spirit is the norm.
  • Creative thinker, problem-solver, driven learner, and self-starter
  • Strong attention to detail and timely management of tasks/execution
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in adult learning, content/curriculum development, and user experience design (UX)
  • Significant cross-cultural experience and intercultural sensitivity
  • Portfolio of experience demonstrating best practices in using technology for training and curriculum development across a variety of modes (online, print, video, etc.)
  • Fluency in the principles and practices of holistic ministry, asset-based community development, and/or biblical integration
  • Bachelor’s degree desired and 5+ years of experience in the areas of program development, curriculum and training, community development or related fields
  • Ability to travel up to 5%

If your skills and experience fit this position, please read the letter below. You can apply by sending your resume along with a portfolio of samples of your past work to for this position will be received until August 31st, 2018.