STEM Instructional Designer


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. is seeking a STEM Instructional Designer.

Job Summary:

This position will work closely with members of the STEM Program Management Office to develop project-based learning content (curriculum, lesson plans, educational material and STEM challenge documents) for APL STEM K12 workforce development programs like ASPIRE, College Prep, MD MESA, and Math Mentor that integrates the content among each program.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Manage the operation of activities in the STEM Center, provide training for instructors, and respond to questions about MD MESA competition challenges. [ 30%]
  • Develop competitions, scoring rubrics, and provide support for MD MESA program competitions. [25%]
  • Manage the operation of the STEM Academy courses (e.g. develop course schedules, instructor assignments, manage instructor stipends). [ 20%]
  • Develop STEM courses, curriculum, lesson plans, and assessments for STEM Academy. [15%]
  • Ensure that the content and practices are consistent across programs like ASPIRE, Girl Power, MESA, and STEM Academy courses. [10%]

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a physical science supplemented by specialized computer courses and 3-5 years of experience.
  • Experience implementing online or blended curriculum.
  • Experience developing technology-based curriculum for K12 students and training instructors.
  • Experience teaching students or training teachers in physical or computer science.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Project and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot computer and networking issues.
  • Experience implementing online or blended curriculum.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using and implementing a learning or content management systems
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Certification in project-based learning practices.
  • Proficient in programming languages like Python, C, or Java.
  • Experience getting courses certified or approved by the state or other governing organizations.
  • Experience developing surveys and using online survey tools.
  • Experience identifying and responding to federal, state, and private proposal requests for grant funding.

Special Working Conditions:

  • Available most Monday through Thursday evenings during the school year.
  • Some weekends required.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects (35lbs to 75lbs) on a regular basis.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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