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Instructional Designer

Reports To:             Manager of Instructional System Design

FLSA Status:           Full-Time Exempt


I. Position Overview


The Instructional Designer researches, designs, and develops innovative and practical learning solutions that support the needs of both internal and external customers while updating and repurposing existing learning materials and content. The Designer will collaborate with subject matter experts to develop and evaluate online, in person, and blended learning solutions.


The Instructional Designer will work full-time from the MCEC headquarters located in Harker Heights, Texas, or as authorized by the Senior Vice President and CCO and Vice President of Programs and Curriculum.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Instructional Designer is responsible for reviewing, designing, and writing student, parent, and professional development courses that are offered by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC).  This position requires a combination of research, writing, and communicating among a variety of constituents to include, but not limited to, office staff, off-site staff, trainers, support staff, and MCEC customers. 



  • Collaborates with Manager of Instructional System Design and Program Managers to assess business drivers and learning opportunities.
  • Provides new and refreshed course materials that are research-informed and exhibit innovative approaches to instructional design, incorporating emerging trends to ensure leading-edge learning offerings.


  • Updates the Manager of Instructional System Design on the status of curriculum projects.
  • Supports a receptive environment and positive, professional relations within the office, and with external partners, customers, and other contacts.
  • Ensures the highest level of internal and external customer service.
  • Complies with all policies, operating procedures, legal requirements, and verbal and written directives.
  • Follows the established communication process to keep staff members abreast of department curriculum information.
  • Communicates effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Completes required reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Responds to directives of the Manager of Instructional System Design in a timely and effective manner.
  • Responds to staff concerns and formal complaints in a timely manner aligned with the organizational procedures published in the MCEC Handbook.
  • Demonstrates responsible fiscal control over assigned program budgets.
  • Adheres to standards and requirements set forth by entities issuing accreditations and endorsements for the organization.
  • Represents MCEC as assigned.

Role Specific Responsibilities:

  • Implements and utilizes the instructional system design model PADDIE+M (Planning, Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation, and Maintenance) to update existing and develop new courses.
  • Collaborates with Manager of Instructional System Design to update MCEC curricula and write new courses.
  • Researches trends and requirements proposing new courses, training, and designs.
  • Reviews Parent program, Student program, Professional Development materials, and Military Student Transition Consultant program materials and coordinates updates to keep materials relevant and accurate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

III. Reporting and Supervisory Responsibilities


This position reports to the Manager of Instructional System Design. Work responsibility aligns with the MCEC strategic plan, goals, and annual performance targets. 

IV. Position Qualifications


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. There may be alternatives to the below qualifications as appropriate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


A minimum of:

  1. Master’s Degree in Education, Instructional Design, or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  2. Professional certifications/ licenses
  3. Three years’ related experience

Desired experience/training/knowledge/skills/abilities:

  1. Strategic communication skills and experience.
  2. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  3. Ability to research and develop understanding of emerging education, technology, adult learning, and transition needs.
  4. Ability to think strategically in developing future programs and services to meet emerging needs.
  5. Technical expertise to work with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel required; expertise in Microsoft Publisher preferred.

V. Selection Process

Our selection process will be conducted in phases.

Phase One: In addition to the cover letter and resume, applicants are requested to submit a two-page response to the questions below:

  • How would your past experiences influence decisions you would make here?
  • Tell us about your experience with online learning.
  • What attracted you to apply for this position?
  • Tell us about your experience with instructional design.

Phase Two: Selected qualified candidates may be invited to submit further documentation prior to the video interview process. These individuals will also be expected to submit the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for three professional references.


Phase Three: Based on the video interview results, three or four candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview with the MCEC selection team.


In addition to providing resumes, references and proof of academic credentials, applicants must also submit to extensive background checks and possible fingerprinting.

V. Selection timeline 

Applications will be accepted until filled.

Anticipated start date: 15 October or sooner.

VI. Contact information

Letters of interest, applications, resumes, and questionnaire answers will be held in the strictest confidence. Please email your application packet to Director-Human Resources at or via fax at 254-953-1925.