The Opportunity
Capacity for Health (C4H), the national capacity building program of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is searching for a full time Instructional Designer.

APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) populations. Our values are respect, fairness, equity and health justice for all. Founded in 1986, we advocate on issues critical to the health and well-being of our diverse and vibrant communities. We approach our work with the philosophy of coalitionbuilding and developing capacity both for AANHPIs and in partnership with diverse racial/ethnic communities. APIAHF is based in Oakland, CA and has an office  in Washington, DC.

About C4H:
C4H is a national capacity building program founded in 1993 by APIAHF. We are an interdisciplinary team of public health practitioners and service designers who come from non-profit organizations, health departments, and community health centers. With human-centered design at the core of our approach, we imagine new possibilities for operating successful organizations and public health programs and then make them real. We aspire to empower our clients with the tools to build healthier communities on the local, regional, and national level. Learn more about C4H at www.capacity4health.org

Position Summary:
We’re looking for an Instructional Designer to join our team in Oakland, CA. In this role, you will support a dynamic and creative team as we design a new national distance-based learning program for managers of HIV community based organizations (CBO). This blended learning program will increase the capacity of HIV program managers to adopt human-centered design as a framework for continuous quality improvement and as a strategy for organizational sustainability.

Duties and Responsibilities:
This role is a high-visibility position that partners with internal and external subject matter experts and key program staff to design and develop learning solutions for the new program. In coordination and collaboration with a Curriculum Design Lab comprised of national subject matter experts, the Instructional Designer will:

ASSESS (10%)

  • Work with an internal Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Director and other external M&E subject matter
    experts for establishing measurement, evaluation strategies, and processes including research design
    and data management processes in service of identifying the needs of HIV CBO Managers

DESIGN (40%)

  • Set instructional end goals and design content that matches them
  • Design engaging learning activities and compelling course content
  • Design exercises and activities that enhance the learning process
  • With M&E Director, design modes of assessment such as tests, quizzes, to measure content effectiveness
  • Analyze and apply trends and best practices in learning technologies and instructional design


  • Create ALL materials, including facilitation guides, lesson plans, participant manuals and job aids
  • Create all supporting materials such as audio and visual simulations, role plays, games, etc.
  • Work with a team of UX and Service Designers to imagine instructional graphics, user experience, user interaction for the final products
  • Lead the program’s integration into all learning management systems and other technologies as needed


  • Support ongoing changes as needed for curriculum design and development and learning management systems


  • Works with the internal M&E Director to uses data to ensure participants possess the skills, knowledge and attitudes to meet programmatic objectives
  • Evaluates industry knowledge management best practices and recommends which to incorporate into the program’s design.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of successful previous experience in instructional design as demonstrated through a portfolio or collection of past products
  • In-depth knowledge of learning theories and instruction design methods, especially adult learning theories and ADDIE
  • Knowledge of design thinking/human-centered design
  • At least 2 years of previous lesson planning and curriculum design experience
  • Ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio and video scripts

Desired Qualifications

  • Certifications in Instructional Design or Educational Technology
  • Experience working in the field of Public Health or the NonProfit Sector
  • Experience working with communities of color, LGBT communities, and people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS

General APIAHF Roles:

  • Fosters an environment that promotes trust and cooperation among clients and staff.
  • Accountable for participation in decision making processes and understanding the outcomes.
  • Understands the values and principles of APIAHF and applies them in work responsibilities.

Mental and Physical Demands:

  • Pace of work is fast.
  • Standing time required is (10%) including walking
  • High level of concentration and attention to detail required.
  • Time speaking and listening: 40%

Applications accepted until position is filled. To apply, please send a resume and portfolio to Ben Cabangun, Managing Director of Capacity for Health, at [email protected]