Junior Learning and Instructional Designer

About Cardea

Cardea is a national, women of color-led organization that provides social impact evaluation, policy advancement, capacity development, and professional learning services to health and human service organizations. Cardea envisions a world in which optimal health and well-being, equity, and justice are realities for all communities, and we address complex program, policy, and systems issues by co-creating solutions that center community strengths and wisdom.

Position Overview

The Junior Learning and Instructional Designer is innovation-driven and passionate about creating virtual learning experiences for diverse audiences and across a range of public health workforce functions. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience applying adult learning principles, practice-based experiences, and instructional design theories to virtual and in-person professional learning events. The Junior Learning and Instructional Designer will work collaboratively with our professional learning team to design and implement competency-based learning opportunities that optimize learner engagement and result in practice-based improvements. This full-time position will report directly to the Director of Learning Design and Experience. This is a fully remote position. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status required.

Cardea offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-sponsored medical, dental, and vision premiums for the employee with an employee cost-share; Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts; employer-paid life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and long-term disability insurance; and a monthly stipend to support work-related internet and cell phone expenses. Cardea also provides 20 days of paid time off (PTO) per year in the first year of employment with annual PTO accrual increases through the sixth year of employment and 13 paid holidays.

The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $80,000 annually. The starting/hiring range is $60,000 – $65,000 annually.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@cardeaservices.org. Please write “Junior Learning and Instructional Designer” in the subject line.

Specific Duties

  • Support creation of engaging eLearning activities and compelling course content
  • Provide input to instructional end goals, objectives, and co-create content that matches them
  • Support development of eLearning activities compatible with a variety of devices (including, but not limited to, laptops, desktops, mobile phones, and touch-screen tablets) as well as a variety of virtual learning contexts (individual, peer-sharing, and virtual learning communities) and accessibility considerations
  • Build e-learning products using instructional software, primarily the Articulate 360 suite and Lectora, ensuring products meet accessibility standards for instruction
  • Create detailed user flows, storyboards, wireframes, and other supporting instructional design documentation at each stage of development
  • Create supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, learning games, etc.)
  • Support development of products by editing materials based on feedback, and resolving conflicts in instructional strategy in the design and development of online curriculum
  • Support maintenance of existing online instructional products, troubleshooting, tracking needed updates, and testing new instructional technical solutions
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills including explaining complex topics and collaborating with subject matter experts, partners, and staff to transfer knowledge
  • Understanding and ability to apply an equity lens to virtual course content, including learning management platforms, with specific attention to accessibility considerations
  • Work with our evaluation team to design assessments and measuring tools that support learning objectives, engagement activities, and use of data to inform course planning and improvements


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as education, instructional design, or digital production
  • At least 1-2 years of instructional design experience that includes a proven track record of designing and implementing competency-based professional learning programs across diverse sectors and using diverse modalities
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office and common instructional design programs and authoring tools such as Articulate 360, Adobe Captivate, and Lectora
  • Demonstrated independence, initiative, excellent time management and organizational skills, and ability to effectively prioritize and manage simultaneously occurring tasks
  • Knowledge and experience in working with diverse stakeholders including public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other community groups and organizations
  • Ability to communicate effectively and timely in writing and verbally with colleagues, clients, and program partners; strong oral and written communication skills are crucial
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally with overnight stays

Cardea is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong organizational commitment to building a diverse workforce.