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Designer/Distance Education

Job Type: Full time

Location: Washington, DC


The Religious Freedom Center, a dynamic and growing department within the Newseum Institute, is seeking a full-time distance education designer.

The designer will work with a team of faculty and experts to manage the technical operations and content development of the virtual campus and learning management system for online classes about law and religion. The designer will serve as technical support for students and instructors and will be the primary producer of educational interactives. The technician will also manage the content for the center’s website, event management platform and conference app.

The manager will work full-time at the Religious Freedom Center, which is housed at the Newseum, from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

The Religious Freedom Center is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. Reorganized in 2010 to expand on religious liberty initiatives begun by the First Amendment Center in 1994, the Religious Freedom Center has sponsored numerous public programs at the Newseum, developed partnerships with national and international organizations, and brought together a broad range of religious and civil liberties groups. The Religious Freedom Center carries out its mission by educating thought leaders, promoting civil dialogue, engaging the public, transforming schools, and publishing religious liberty scholarship. Please visit to learn more about the center’s mission, guiding framework, campus, partners, religious liberty courses, dialogue programs, and publications.


All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Required Technical Skills

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in all three of the following technical areas: (1) learning management, (2) content management, and (3) graphic design.

  • Learning Management: The center uses HaikuLearning (PowerSchool Learning) as a platform for teaching online courses for graduate students. Applicants must demonstrate familiarity with managing content on Haiku or a similar distance education/learning management system. Relevant platforms may include EDx, Coursera, Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Canvass, Instructure, Jenzabar, Angel Learning, and other similar platforms. Applicants should emphasize their familiarity with online educational tools, such as using learning badges, discussion forums, ePortfolios, flashcards, learning games, infographics, educational maps, polls, Prezi slideshows, SurveyMonkey, Quizlet, PowerPoint templates, OneliveDrive, embedding videos, online whiteboard, WikiProjects, and so on. Developing these e-learning interactives with the faculty may take up to 50% of the job; this percentage may change as needed.
  • Content Management: Applicants are invited to emphasize their experience using content management systems for websites and/or apps. The center will be using WordPress for its website, Cvent for its event management system, and CrowdCompass for its mobile app. Compatible experiences may include content management on websites designed with Joomla, Drupal, Ning, and other similar content management systems. Although this percentage may change, it is anticipated that the content management tasks may take up to 40% of the job.
  • Graphic Design: The technical team at the center will be working with Apple computers. Applications should demonstrate basic proficiency in editing images and text-based forms, including creating simple tables and graphs and templates for PowerPoint presentations. (Major graphic design projects will be outsourced to the Marketing department and external contractors.) Relevant software proficiency may include Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign CS6, Affinity Designer, as well as MS Word’s developer/form creator features. Although the percentage may change, the design tasks may take up to 10% of the job.

Required Professional Skills:

  • All applicants must demonstrate exceptional verbal, written, and copyediting skills in American English.
  • All applicants must possess strong intellectual capacities and be comfortable with communicating with faculty about graduate-level educational experiences in the areas of education, law, religion, and journalism.
  • All applicants must demonstrate superior interpersonal skills that will allow them to manage extensive interaction with a wide range of individuals and groups. Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills, self-awareness, cognitive and emotional empathy, and the ability to interact with people who have a variety of legal, ideological, and religious and nonreligious perspectives.
  • Essential qualities include kindness, patience, flexibility, clear communication, a high degree of organization, an eye for detail, and a drama-free approach to problem solving.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2017

Application Process

There are three steps to this application process.

Step 1. Please email a cover letter, resume or CV, and reference list to Please combine these documents into one single document (either in MSWord or a PDF), and name your file LastName_FirstName. Your cover letter should emphasize your expertise in the four specialty areas listed above and your career goals. Applicants should use their resume to detail relevant educational and professional experiences. Please also include at least three references.

Step 2. As soon as possible after electronically submitting your application, please complete the online survey linked at that will serve as your first interview.

Step 3. During the in-person interview, final applicants will be asked to present a portfolio of work that demonstrates proficiency in all three of the following technical areas: (1) learning management, (2) content management, and (3) graphic design.

If you have questions about the application process or the Religious Freedom Center, please contact the executive director, Reverend Nathan C. Walker at or (202) 292-6447.

The Newseum and Newseum Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers.