Who is ABL?

At Abl, we believe every student deserves the opportunity to make informed and meaningful choices about their life and future. Unfortunately, many students aren’t given the same opportunities due to systemic inequities. Abl offers advanced, data-driven software and services to help K12 schools and districts identify and remove those inequities. 

The Abl team comprises veteran school leaders, district-level decision-makers, and teachers working together with veteran software engineers, designers, and data scientists.

We are looking for an experienced instructional designer (contract-based position)with a passion for adult learning and professional growth. The instructional designer will play a critical role in collaborating with a small, fast-paced team to develop a redesigned, virtual professional development workshop for teachers, counselors, and administrators. Your contributions will have a meaningful impact on our company and the lives of students and school staff across the country.

Project Description:

The Abl team currently runs an online three-day professional development workshop series. Our team delivers the series on a district-by-district basis and is currently offered as a nine-hour workshop in total.  We are seeking the expertise of an instructional designer to adapt the workshop series so that the goals and objectives are maintained, but the delivery model and workshop length are better suited to attendees from multiple districts and in a more scalable manner. In addition, the instructional designer will focus on the learning needs of adult participants and adapt content to the best practices for adult learners. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Create engaging learning activities and compelling course content 
  • Work with subject matter experts at Abl to identify the target audience’s training needs
  • Set instructional end goals and adapt existing content that matches objectives
  • Visualize instructional graphics, the user interface, and the finished product
  • Analyze and apply trends and best practices in learning technologies and instructional design, especially for synchronous and asynchronous delivery
  • Create supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role-plays, games, etc.)
  • Devise modes of assessment to measure the effectiveness of the workshop
  • Maintain project documentation and course folder

Project Scope of Work and Deadlines:

The professional development series redesign project will begin in mid-November and culminate by the end of January 2022.  

The Abl team will use the redesigned workshop for school district deliveries in early February 2022.

Most of the instructional designer’s work will be asynchronous after initial meetings with the Abl subject matter experts. There will be mid-project check-in meetings in early January 2022. 

The instructional designer will observe the delivery of the workshop and make adjustments based on feedback. 

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Previous working experience as a project-based instructional designer
  • In-depth knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models
  • Lesson and curriculum planning skills, especially for online learning environments 
  • Ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio, and video scripts
  • Responsibility: Strong sense of ownership over our work and our people’s experiences of our company. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to create original written content and deliver verbal presentations in multiple settings.
  • An ability to listen with an open mind, develop trusting relationships with external partners and colleagues, and possess a deep commitment to advancing equity personally and through our work.
  • Proven ability to work independently in a remote work environment and meet assigned deadlines to keep the project on track

Contract Rate:

The contract rate for the instructional designer position is a flat project rate of $5000. 

We anticipate the project will take between 60-80 hours in total. 

Abl is a fast-growing company, and we may have instructional design work in 2022 beyond this project. We are a relationship-driven company, and we welcome forming a professional relationship with an instructional design contractor who is open to future projects.

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