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Instructional Design

Curriculum Developer

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Mid  
Organization Type Corporate L&D  
Pay Range TBD  

About Us

The vision of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is to make mental wellbeing, including recovery from substance use challenges, a reality for everyone. Despite overwhelming need, nearly 30 million people across the U.S. do not have access to comprehensive, high-quality, affordable mental health and substance use care when they need it.

Founded in 1969, the National Council is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,300 mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. We advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services and support. We build the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations. And we promote greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and health care. Through our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, we have trained more than 3 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.

The National Council is growing rapidly to meet this moment; both our budget ($77M) and passionate staff (250+) have grown more than 50% since 2020. In addition, while we maintain office space in Washington, DC, we are a remote-first organization, meaning our employees work remotely from their locations across the United States.

We are an equal-opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Department Summary

The National Council’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) department leads a ground-breaking program with over 3 million Americans trained to date, that teach people how to recognize and respond to mental health and substance use challenges. Demand for this program comes from an ever-growing base of stakeholders across the country and aligns with the National Council’s full portfolio of public education, technical assistance and policy activities intended to promote healthy minds and strong communities.

Position Summary

As a Curriculum Developer, you are responsible for designing and developing new components as well as evaluating and modifying existing components of the Mental Health First Aid curriculum, including the Adult, Youth, teen, and At Work programs’ curricula. As part of a collaborative seven-member curricula and design team, you will primarily work on instructor-led materials and eLearning courses. If you have a passion for developing innovative learning solutions that are results-based and learner-centered for a mission-focused organization, you will be successful in this role.

This is an individual contributor role without any direct reports. While this position can be done remotely from anywhere in the US, you must primarily work our Washington, DC business hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM ET.



  • Design and develop learning material to be used in in-person, virtual, and blended delivery models using sound principles of instructional design and project management skills
  • Work with subject matter experts on content revisions and new content
  • Write and edit educational materials following editorial and brand guidelines
  • Manage small- and large-scale instructional design projects
  • Apply pedagogical/andragogical principles and learning theories to create engaging course designs
  • Create course materials that meet accessibility standards
  • Maintain awareness of best practices, emerging technologies, and new potentials in educational technology that may be adopted as new and emerging instructional media, technologies, pedagogies and practices

Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of curriculum and instructional design experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Experience developing instructor-led training content for in-person, virtual, and blended delivery models
  • Expertise in creating or modifying learning content and approaches to meet identified needs
  • Skilled at designing learning materials using software using the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience developing eLearning modules using course authoring software using Articulate Storyline and Articulate Rise 360
  • Experience with designing accessible learning content and materials
  • Proficient in using the Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and PowerPoint
  • Strong project management skills
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Results-oriented with a very high attention to detail
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Technically proficient and able to navigate new learning technologies as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Instructional Design, Educational/Instructional Technology, Adult Learning, Learning Design/Experience, or comparable field of study
  • Fluent in Chinese, Korean, or Khmer to support one of our translated curricula
  • Passion for or experience working in the mental health and substance use field


About Organization

National Council for Mental Wellbeing is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with more than 3,300 member organizations, we serve more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addictions. The organization is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. Mental Health First Aid has trained more than 3 million individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.