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Job Title: Instructional Design Specialist

Organization: Prevention First

Location: Chicago, IL

The Instructional Design Specialist will create instructor-led classroom training, live web-based training and online training courses and projects using a proven instructional design process. Training programs will be designed to increase the knowledge, skills and abilities of substance abuse prevention professionals to build and sustain effective community coalitions to prevent substance abuse, develop comprehensive strategic prevention plans, and select and implement appropriate evidence-based strategies. The Instructional Design Specialist will possess strong interpersonal, written, and visual communication skills to establish learning objectives, develop content to meet objectives and apply adult learning concepts to create highly interactive, effective courses.


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Designs instructor-led classroom training, live web-based training and online courses using a proven instructional design process, such as the ADDIE model.

  • Develops comprehensive, production-ready training products, including, PowerPoint presentations, facilitator guides and participant guides/materials; develops online courses using e-learning authoring software, such as Articulate, and related technology

  • Incorporates professional graphics, animations, audio and video into projects.

  • Conducts a review process of all training product drafts with stakeholders; incorporate feedback and conduct the final edit of all products.

  • Establishes course objectives, develops design documents and develops/monitors timelines for assigned projects.

  • Assesses consumers’ baseline knowledge, skills and abilities; conducts research and interviews subject matter experts to develop training content.

  • Designs quizzes and meaningful course interactions to increase learning and retention.

  • Conducts an evaluation of all training programs, including the development and analysis of participant satisfaction surveys, embedded testing and pilot training observation; makes modifications to curricula based on evaluation results.

  • Develops professional development resources such as fact sheets, white papers, and resource guides for informational purposes.

  • Maintains current, comprehensive knowledge of substance abuse prevention best practices and instructional design technology and best practices.

  • Utilizes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Articulate Presenter and Storyline, GoTo Meeting, internal learning management system and other software.



Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design or related field with three to five years instructional design experience; experience in substance abuse prevention; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities. Valid Illinois driver’s license required.



  • Creative - Ability to produce new concepts, ideas and solutions.

  • Goal Oriented - Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result. 

  • Communication Skills – Ability to organize and convey ideas clearly in writing and verbally.

  • Critical Thinking – Ability to analyze and evaluate an issue in order to form a judgment.

  • Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals. 


Prevention First is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering healthy communities that encourage drug-free youth. Our mission is to build community capacity to prevent substance abuse by providing training and technical assistance and raising public awareness. Since 1980, Prevention First has provided training, technical assistance and resource materials to thousands of schools, community groups, parents and youth. We specialize in building the capacity of practitioners to build and sustain effective community coalitions to prevent substance abuse, develop comprehensive strategic prevention plans, and select and implement appropriate evidence-based prevention strategies. We are funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services and offer our services through the state.We offer an exceptional benefit package to our full-time employees (80% and above): 

  • Vacation days (after 1 year of service and on corporate schedule)

  • Sick days Paid holidays

  • Medical, dental & vision (Agency pays for employee coverage)401(k) plan (eligible after 90 days, vested after 1 year) 


This is a full-time, FLSA exempt position, reporting to the Manager of Instructional Design. This position can be based in Chicago or Springfield, with the option to work from home. The starting salary is $55,000 (non-negotiable). APPLICATIONPlease e-mail your cover letter and resume to or mail to 33 W. Grand Ave, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60654. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 20, 2015. No phone calls please! EEO employer.

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