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Technical Instructional Designer

Big Nerd Ranch
December 14, 2022
Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Mid  
Organization Type Corporate L&D  
Pay Range

At Big Nerd Ranch, we’re always spurring on something great. We’re experts who are always learning and collaboratively finding the solution within our teams, and we believe in being authentically useful and adding value through everything we do. As true nerds at heart, we embrace disruption and help our clients do the same.

Technical Instructional Designer

Established in 2001, Big Nerd Ranch specializes in client app development and expert instruction from the brightest developers and designers in the industry. When you need an iOS, Android, or web app to solve a problem, grow your business, or engage your employees, partnering with us is a no-brainer. We provide end-to-end mobile solutions for a range of app development projects, including iOS, Android, full-stack web, and design. At Big Nerd Ranch, our mission is to empower individuals and organizations to dream big and achieve more through innovative digital product development and training. We do this while being Brilliant, Curious, Kind, Hardworking, Authentic, and Accountable.Job DescriptionThe Technical Instructional Designer will build coding activities and other learning objects, leveraging a deep instructional design background and current design practices in object-oriented languages, particularly Java. This role creates training and technical documentation solutions for experienced and aspiring Java developers. In a client-facing role, the Technical Instructional Designer will help create training and technical documentation and deliver training on Java development. Success in the role can be defined as attention to craft, a natural collaborator, comfort with a high degree of ambiguity, and taking initiative.We are seeking a Technical Instructional Designer to join our team. This person can work remotely 100% of the time and must be based in the United States.


  • Design, develop, and on occasion deliver, training materials on Java and other similar technologies
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts on cross-functional enablement programs
  • Identify and curate learning objects to address our client’s learning objectives and curriculum requirements
  • Work with team members to organize and review training materials for instructor-led and digital learning courses
  • Create training materials and assets such as short-form training videos, educational blogs, or wide-audience, public training workshops
  • Participate in and contribute to project ceremonies as needed (standups, kickoffs, retrospectives) along with client-facing and team design sessions
  • Collaborate with team members, engineers, consultants, technical writers, other instructional designers, designers, and clients to provide accurate estimations, timelines, and risks associated with client projects
  • Help guide clients towards effective solutions that balance technical requirements and business needs.
  • Participate in our technology sales process by attending sales meetings and providing estimates, risks, assumptions, and requirements for future opportunities.

Success In The Role

  • Passionate about contributing to the Java learning community through teaching and writing
  • Strong development and debugging skills with a deep understanding of Java in backend contexts, with instructional design skills that have proven to work with technical audiences
  • Working knowledge of APIs with interest in at least two languages (functional, declarative, or OO)
  • Familiarity with Java frameworks like Spring (Boot & Web Services)
  • Proficiency with relational databases and non-relational databases such as Postgres and MongoDB
  • Experienced working on consulting projects
  • Desire to learn and understand as much as possible
  • Review others’ work and have your work reviewed
  • Appreciate the perspective that others from a variety of different backgrounds and experience levels can provide
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build to instructional design requirements and specifications (Articulate 360, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, Tumult Hype, HTML5, LMSs)

Compensation And Benefits

In accordance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the approximate compensation range for Colorado or New York residents is $70,000 to $85,000. Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as a candidate’s relevant work experience, skills and certifications, and location.Projekt202 also offers, medical, dental and vision coverage, short and long-term disability, life insurance, paid holidays, flexible vacation, a 401(k) plan and match, and a paid parental leave program.

Not sure you have what it takes?Big Nerd Ranch, a subsidiary of projekt202, LLC. is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. We don’t discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.Our standards are high. This shouldn’t dissuade you from applying as we consider the individual’s combination of knowledge, skills, and aptitudes. Each new colleague brings something fresh and new to our organization.Will it be you?If this sounds like you, let’s talk.Direct applicants only, no agency submittals please. At this time, projekt202 and its subsidiaries does not provide visa sponsorship.

We are an equal opportunity employer

Projekt202 and its subsidiaries complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.