American Heart Association Director Educational Design in Dallas, Texas


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Director Educational Design at our National Center Office located in Dallas, TX! This individual will be responsible for continuously increasing the effectiveness of lifesaving CPR, first aid, and other healthcare learning programs produced by the Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) department. Responsible for developing the strategic vision for the department’s educational methodology and guides the instructional design of learning programs and products. Responsible for collaborating with senior staff, volunteers, consultants, and other educational authorities and organizations to optimize the AHA’s impact.

  • Designs, documents, and supports an educational methodology governing all learning programs produced by ECC

  • Provides thought leadership and strategic oversight for the department’s educational vision. Advises on research, industry standards, and educational concepts outlined in AHA Guidelines and Statements. Guides the development of curriculum and learning objectives

  • Engages with senior staff and volunteer leadership to identify ways to improve program performance, user experience, knowledge retention, and ultimately patient outcomes through research, outcomes assessment, strategic partnerships, and innovation

  • Develops recommendations to continuously increase the quality of the AHA Instructor Network

  • Oversees the development, testing, and implementation of new educational concepts in learning programs

  • Manages and develops instructional designer(s)

  • Ensures consistent and efficient design across all programs

  • Identifies opportunities to collaborate and co-produce educational content with other departments. Oversees, evaluates, and maintains the documentation and procedures supporting the educational design and implementation process

  • Manages the budget supporting educational design and innovation

  • Maintains awareness of new research, developments, and technologies in education and healthcare training

  • Continuously upgrades personal knowledge of AHA educational programs, content, audiences, and science relative to AHA/ECC educational programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field

  • Seven (7) years of successful experience in adult educational research, instructional design, implementation of educational methodology, and curriculum management (not seeking K-12 experience)

  • Five (5) years of demonstrable success in leading large learning programs with strong results Emphasis on leadership competencies; ability to use informal authority to influence at all levels; ability to effectively assess and leverage skill sets and interests of team members and volunteers

  • Formal training in instructional design, educational psychology, adult learning theory, and e-learning ​

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Education or related field

  • Two (2) years of experience with healthcare learning programs .

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Requisition ID 2018-2180

Job Family Group Marketing & Communications

Job Category Marketing/Communications