Science Action Club Instructional Designer

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, May 22, 2017, 3:00am


San Francisco, CA
United States

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For more information, visit the careers page at the California Academy of Sciences.


Reporting to the Science Action Club (SAC) Senior Manager, the SAC Instructional Designer will play a key role in the design and production of digital and printed resources for STEM learning in out-of-school time. This includes building blended and virtual trainings for afterschool and summer camp educators, as well as creating and enhancing environmental science activities for middle school youth. Come join a team of talented professionals dedicated to transforming science education and environmental literacy at scale.

Qualified applicants for this position are fun and flexible, creative and collaborative, with expertise in online learning tools and strategies, graphic design skills, and experience with informal science education.


Science Action Club (SAC) is a nationwide STEM program designed for middle school youth in out-of-school time. The program features environmental science curriculum units that spark interest in scientific exploration and empower youth to conduct active research as citizen scientists. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC investigate nature, document their discoveries, and design strategies to protect our planet. Afterschool staff receive high-quality training and support on SAC kits, activity guidebooks, and best practices for teaching STEM in the informal learning environment. 


  • Use Articulate Storyline and Adobe Creative Cloud to design, produce, and iterate high-quality, interactive online learning resources for out-of-school time (OST) educators and trainers.
  • Identify and leverage appropriate technologies for a new online-only training series.
  • Review and refresh environmental science activity guidebooks and kit contents for middle school youth in OST.
  • Design and produce other visual assets for the Science Action Club program.
  • Facilitate and/or provide support for face-to-face training workshops.
  • Contribute broadly to the successful implementation of the SAC program nationwide.
  • Contribute broadly to the the Environmental Literacy Initiative and other Academy Big Ideas through cross-departmental collaborations.
  • Represent Science Action Club and the Academy at professional conferences and meetings.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations.
  • Work occasional weekends or evenings; some travel required (up to 4 weeks per year).
  • Other duties as assigned.


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/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The ideal candidate will possess the following education and/or experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; degree or coursework in education technology, instructional design, or related subjects preferred.
  • Knowledge of environmental science concepts required. Must demonstrate successful completion of college-level courses or equivalent in relevant subject areas.
  • Experience developing e-learning tools and resources; preference for candidates who have designed and built online trainings for educators.
  • Demonstrated success as a science educator in an informal learning environment (museum, zoo, aquarium, library, camp, afterschool, etc.).
  • Experience working with middle school youth in out-of-school time preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience on a highly professional, cross-disciplinary team required.


  • Knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, strategies, and platforms for online learning.
  • Technical expertise with Articulate Storyline or another SCORM authoring tool.
  • Experience using Litmos or another learning management system.
  • Demonstrated success using Adobe Creative Cloud for simple, effective graphic design.
  • Understanding of best practices for teaching adults, training educators, and engaging middle school youth in hands-on, minds-on science learning experiences.
  • Exceptional ability to write clearly and succinctly, with strong commitment to quality and attention to detail.
  • Experience with public speaking and/or group facilitation.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy and professionalism, as well as good judgment, critical thinking, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills when working with others.
  • Ability to properly manage time, stay organized, and carry out multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Experience designing, facilitating, or participating in citizen science projects a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with multigenerational and multicultural constituencies.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings; some local and national travel required (up to 4 weeks per year).
  • Multilingual proficiency preferred.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as education materials, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write curriculum and training materials, professional reports, and correspondence with clarity and competence. Ability to speak and write in a courteous and professional manner. Ability to speak clearly and effectively before groups and individuals.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume online at No phone calls please.