Online Learning Instructional Designer (Fully Remote Organization)

  • Full-time

Company Description

About the American Montessori Society 

The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. A not-for-profit membership based in New York City, with more than 19,000 members world-wide, AMS is the hub of all things Montessori: an information center for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, accreditation, credentialing, and affiliation services, research, and professional development events and offerings.

AMS is classified as a 501(c) (3) (i.e., tax-exempt, nonprofit) organization.

AMS envisions a world in which quality Montessori education is widely recognized, highly desired, and accessible to all.

Job Description

The Online Learning Instructional Designer/learning technologist supports the mission of the American Montessori Society by coordinating the design and delivery of high-quality distance learning to Montessori teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and parents. The Online Learning Instructional Designer/ learning technologist partners closely with the Director of Learning and Professional Development to ensure that online learning and new technologies are effectively integrated into a comprehensive plan for professional development. Within this framework and related business models, the Online Learning Instructional Designer/learning technologist designs online learning experiences and supports curriculum development and integration of Montessori content into a variety of web-based platforms. They are responsible for building presenters’ competencies in online delivery and ensuring excellent administrative and technological support for presenters and participants. 

Reports To: Director of Learning and Professional Development

Classification: Full Time, (1.0), Exempt

Worksite: Remote, working in Eastern Time Zone, with  travel 2-4 times per year.  Must be eligible to work in the United States

Salary Range: $70,000-$75,000

To Apply:  Only applications complete with a resume and cover letter will be considered. 


Planning, coordination and evaluation. Ensure that online learning and new technologies are effectively integrated into a comprehensive plan for professional development. 

  • Contribute expertise in online learning to create a cohesive, integrated plan for professional development. 

  • Manage project timelines and coordinate with presenters and staff to produce deliverables. 

  • Develop metrics for successful implementation and systems to track and report on them, (i.e., usage success, enrollments, etc.)   

  • Be responsible for administration of Canvas learning management system  

Instructional Design. Collaborate with subject experts to design online programs and courses.  

  •  Support content experts in developing curriculum, including learning objectives, course outlines, and related materials. 

  •  Develop multimedia instructional materials that are functional, informative, and consistent with sound instructional design principles and online learning pedagogy. 

  •  Partner with and instruct members of the AMS teacher education community in the creation of online learning experiences. 

Educational Technologies. Ensure that web-based platforms and administrative aspects of online delivery are maintained and up to date.  

  • Contribute expertise in decision-making regarding technological platforms and delivery mechanisms.      

  •  Coach Montessori educators, staff, and others on the effective use of web-based resources and tools and multimedia technologies to implement in online courses. 

  •  Provide recommendations for interface design, sequencing of instruction, and online interactions to enhance participant learning; support implementation. 

 Additional Responsibilities. 

  • Development and teaching of online course design and strategies to encourage teacher education programs to go online.  

  • Travel once or twice a year with expenses covered by AMS. 

  • Present at AMS International conference- The Montessori Event 

  • Will support the successful achievement of the strategic goals of the American Montessori Society 



  • Minimum of three years progressively responsible professional experience designing, developing, and managing online, blended or other technology-mediated instruction 

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field 

  • Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies and proven ability to adapt and learn new procedures and software programs 

  • Experience with the application of adult learning theory in online instructional design 

  • Experience teaching adults online and presenting

  • Track record in working effectively one on one with content experts and presenters/faculty 

  •  Ability to effectively participate in collaborative work groups and teams; skillful in working with diverse groups and managing differences. 

  • Experience in graphic design and multimedia creation and editing are a plus 

  • Familiarity with Canvas, Articulate 360 and coding necessary for integration of platforms.  

  • Familiarity with designing short self-paced courses.  

  • Extremely detail oriented, organized and able to meet deadlines 

  • Excellent written, and oral communications skills   

  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment  

  • Experience with the Elevate platform is a plus.  

  • Knowledge of education field preferred; Montessori background and experience a huge plus 

  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Additional Information

The American Montessori Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable laws.

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