26 days old

Instructional Designer, Learning Science

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Palo Alto, California 94301
  • Job Status
    Full Time
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through technology, grantmaking, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing world-class engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands how to address our society’s challenges better than those who live them everyday. These partners help us identify problems and opportunities, learn fast and iterate toward our audacious goals for the next century. We strive to be humble, empathetic and scrappy life-long learners who work collaboratively to develop community-centered solutions.
We believe that high-performing teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, and people from low-income families.

The Learning Science team at CZI is planning to engage in a variety of activities to increase the use of evidence in the education ecosystem. This includes collaborating on evidence-grounded projects in measurement and learning, via networks of researchers, tool/resource developers, learners, and teachers.

To do this well across the board, we need to invest in modern evidence-based instructional design expertise — the application of learning science and good learning measurement at scale within constraints to solve real-world learning challenges. We need this expertise to intersect with the wide array of projects we plan to support, including innovation clusters, learning measurement and learning engineering projects, and more; meaning we will engage in complex projects with external stakeholders in an active way. This person will continuously review best practices for evidence-based instructional design, and identify and develop relationships with organizations and individuals with expertise to help.

Since most of the resources to execute plans will be in organizations outside CZI, this person will need experience and interest in working with both internal and external partners in flexible, collaborative and empathetic ways, and will need strong communication/writing skills to document how best practices in evidence-based instructional design can be used at scale in practical ways.

  • Scan and identify best practices in evidence-based instructional design, including applicable learning science and human development science results, as well as best practices in leveraging technology for both learner success and professional development; apply these practices in coordinated ways at scale
  • Identify and develop relationships with organizations and individuals with expertise in these areas, and introduce them to project teams to bring their expertise on board as needed
  • Engage with key partners to refine their instructional design plans to be consistent with best practices, realistic, and achievable
  • Work with colleagues and project teams to make sure these plans are coordinated, well-executed, and communicated clearly and regularly
  • Organize regular reporting on instructional design progress metrics (both process and results) across projects, in alignment with overall strategy of CZI Learning Science goals and metrics
  • Work with teams across Chan Zuckerberg Education to advise on instructional design practices in current and potential grantees
  • Contribute to and execute instructional design work for CZI internal learning projects
  • Develop a communications plan to disseminate resources on instructional design best practices and communicate the progress of our work at scale
  • Assist Manager, Learning Research in the operation of the Learning Science group, including strategic planning with the research resources, budget planning, tracking against internal goals, operational intersections with other parts of CZI, and helping manage the overall team
  • Represent CZI at external events


  • Ph.D. or equivalent expertise in evidence-based instructional design
  • Deep experience (10+ years) with using evidence-based instructional design approaches, ideally at scale, including appropriate uses of technology to deliver experiences consistent with research on human learning and development, and, ideally, to build evidence-based iterative improvement environments
  • Strong background (7+ years) managing complex instructional design projects — e.g. those with 10+ people
  • Demonstrated background successfully weaving together different external organizations and individuals at varying levels to deliver against plans while maintaining long-term relationships
  • Experience problem-solving at scale on complex instructional design deliverables in a fluid environment, with strong people management skills to ensure teams remain productive and engaged as they navigate complexity
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills and experience with a wide variety of audiences — multiple publications at different levels of sophistication preferred
  • Network of contacts within innovative evidence-based instructional design circles and experience building coalitions and convenings
  • Experience working on instructional design in K-12 environments or higher education at scale


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Instructional Designer, Learning Science

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Palo Alto, California 94301

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