Manager, Instructional Design

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time

Job Title: Manager, Instructional Design 

Location: Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC)

Employment Type: Full-time

Start Date: ASAP 

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).

About Braven

We believe that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. We empower promising college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.  Learn more about Braven’s impact:

Braven was named one of America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 by Forbes! We’re proud to be a nonprofit organization that values its employees and has always been committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that mirrors our country.

About the Role

In order to achieve its ambition of serving 40,000 Fellows over the next decade, Braven must offer best-in-class learning and development opportunities to its growing numbers of students and volunteers. In that effort, Braven is hiring a Manager of Instructional Design who will own and elevate the experience of the hundreds of volunteers and teaching assistants across our programs who are on the front lines of supporting our Fellows everyday. As a member of the Design Team, which is within our Product Team, you will ensure we meet our volunteer experience goals, which are critical to meeting our north star outcome of quality postgraduate opportunities for Fellows. Based on their Braven experience, our volunteers have the power to be equity changemakers in their workplaces, and you will have the important role of shaping that outcome.  


What You’ll Do: 

  • Determine our greatest strengths, opportunities, and risks in the volunteer and teaching assistant experiences through user research, observations, quantitative data, and feedback 
  • Revise the volunteer and teaching assistant role descriptions, selection criteria, and key competencies based on what we’ve learned are essential qualities for these roles 
  • Design and iterate on volunteer and teaching assistant trainings and support systems to improve outcomes and satisfaction 
  • Improve and expand our asynchronous online learning & development resources for volunteers 
  • Collaborate with other designers and members of our team to ensure a consistent and effective arc of experience for our stakeholders 
  • As a flexible teammate in a growing organization, support the Design Team with other workstreams in the Fellow and Post-Accelerator experiences as needed 

Qualifications & Skills: 

Braven is looking for an experienced designer with expertise in adult learning. You are bringing experiences and strengths like these:

  • You have 4-6 years of experience designing clear, engaging, purposeful, and culturally competent online learning experiences for adults 
  • You are an exceptional writer who expresses ideas clearly and simply and has strong design instincts
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • You exemplify Braven’s core values
  • Your experiences have informed your belief in Braven’s mission and have prepared you to work with, or for, Braven’s student Fellow population
  • You are competent in synthesizing different kinds of data - observations, user interviews, research, feedback, and quantitative data - to determine root problems and key improvements to make to designs 
  • You believe feedback is vital to your work 
  • You are proficient in technology, specifically creating content in learning management systems and content editors (we currently use Canvas and Articulate)  
  • You are detail-oriented and meet project deadlines 

Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in Chicago (IL), Atlanta (GA),  Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC)
  • Ability to travel 4 times per year 
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and have received the Booster vaccination against COVID-19 and provide proof of such by the date of hire. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exempted individuals will be subject to weekly testing if they engage in any in-person work activities.   

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your demonstrated fit for the role, will likely be between $65,200 - $81,500 for Atlanta, $68,600 - $85,700 for Chicago, and $74,100 - $92,600 for Newark or New York. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide, week-long shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year 
  • Match of your 401K contribution up to 5% of your base annual salary, starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium 
  • A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office three days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of one of our hubs: Chicago, New York City, Newark, and Atlanta. Each teammate can use two flex days per week of their choosing to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves two commutes per week. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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