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Instructional Designer

Defense Unicorns

Defense Unicorns

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Role Description:

At Defense Unicorns, we’re working to advance freedom and independence globally and in order to be effective we will need extraordinarily talented unicorns working with us. We are looking for an experienced Instructional Designer to join our team. If you have a passion for learning and a knack for translating complex concepts into engaging experiences this role may be a perfect fit for you!

We appreciate that growth and learning opportunities will help us to retain talent for their careers and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to take on future challenges. This role will be responsible for designing and developing instructional materials across various formats, ensuring learners gain valuable context, knowledge, and skills. In collaboration with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), you will translate performance gaps into clear learning objectives, ensure content is accurate and relevant, and craft engaging learning experiences.

This role requires a deep understanding of adult learning principles, instructional design, and an innovative approach to employee development as well as the collaboration with various teams and subject matter experts.


  • Conduct needs assessments to identify training requirements and performance gaps
  • Develop learning objectives and course outlines
  • Collaborate with SMEs to gain an understanding of key domains and ensure learning content is relevant
  • Apply instructional design models and theories to design, craft, and develop engaging learning experiences, including presentations, activities, assessments, workshops, facilitator guides, eLearning, and sustainment activities.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest instructional design trends and technologies
  • Utilize multimedia tools to enhance the learning (e.g., video, audio, graphics)
  • Conduct pilot testing and revise instructional materials based on feedback
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of learning programs and make revisions as needed
  • Launch and maintain training materials on a learning management system (LMS)

Travel Expectations/Requirements: 10%-20%

The listed responsibilities are not exhaustive and additional responsibilities may be assigned based on the evolving needs of the organization. We are seeking a dynamic individual who is able to adapt and take on new responsibilities as they arise.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Education, Learning and Development, or a related field (Master's degree preferred)
  • Experience in instructional design or a similar role
  • Strong understanding of adult learning principles and theories
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with SMEs, stakeholders, and learners
  • Proven ability to develop engaging and effective learning materials
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in instructional design software (e.g., Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate)
  • Proficiency in multimedia tools (e.g., video, audio, graphics)
  • Experience with LMSs
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to translate complex information into easy-to-understand content

Full compensation packages are based on candidate experience. Compensation ranges are established using national benchmarking data and apply across all geographic locations within the United States.

Remote - USA
$92,900$155,000 USD

Who We Are

Defense Unicorns delivers mission value by streamlining software delivery so our customers can focus on the most important challenges. We share a vision of freedom and security for the advancement of progress and innovation. Our commitment to this vision, and to our mission-driven customers, means a commitment to speed, user experience and optionality, without compromising security. Our team is composed of innovators, software engineers, and veterans with decades of experience delivering technology programs across the federal market.

What We Do

We create and deliver secure solutions for continuous software integration and delivery. Defense Unicorns consolidates the best practices for security pipelines, testing, and deployment automation in order to meet the high security requirements valued by mission owners. Our solutions are agnostic by design and we believe that growing a robust ecosystem of secure, cloud-native software solutions can help enterprise customers inside and outside the federal market buy and integrate software more easily.

Who We Serve

Defense Unicorns’ customers are mission-focused leaders across public and private enterprises. We proudly support defense and civil agencies across the U.S. government and we work closely with the creators of leading-edge software solutions to deliver value to the mission-owner by improving the security and consumability of commercial software products.

What We Work On

  • Kubernetes
  • Cloud Environments (AWS/GCP and Azure)
  • Infrastructure-as-code (like Terraform/Pulumi)
  • Continuous Delivery and automation tooling
  • GitOps
  • Containers
  • CNCF projects and open source products and packages
  • Helm/Kustomize-Value Stream Mapping
  • Building and improving security delivery
  • Building Kubernetes and cloud native applications

Benefits Our Unicorns Enjoy


  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Premiums are 100% Company Paid
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance


  • 401k with Employer Contribution (Regardless of Employee Contribution)
  • Company Stock Options
  • Home Office Setup Budget


  • Unlimited paid time off, with a mandatory 10 days off on top of 11 federal government holidays, week of Thanksgiving, last two weeks of December (including New Year’s Day)
  • Paid Parental Leave


  • Reimbursement for approved trainings/subscriptions
  • Conferences (travel, lodging, and fees)

Defense Unicorns is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.