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Instructional Designer and Technical Writer
Location Ottawa
Salary Range (CA$) $62,213 - $74,956
Duration Term - 2 Years
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Job Overview

As an Instructional Designer and Technical Writer, you provide IDRC employees with the information they require to learn and use IDRC systems, software and services effectively.  
You locate or create high quality self-service learning material, often in the form of short e-learning videos or quick reference guides, for IDRC employees to learn from, at a time and place that is convenient for them. You maintain an extensive collection of self-help material on all systems and software IDRC uses. When appropriate, you also develop in person training courses or workshops to meet group learning needs.
You are responsible for all user related content produced by the division, including all divisional content on the intranet and in the service management tool.  You ensure that this content promotes awareness of IMT services and tools, including recent changes. You work collaboratively with project managers, scrum masters, project teams, and subject matter experts to develop, write, and maintain easy-to-understand system documentation for IDRC audience. You keep abreast of developments in the field and stays plugged in to the local and online learning and technical writing community, in order to bring forward new ideas or solutions to current challenges.

Candidate Profile


University degree or college diploma in communications, psychology, information technology, information studies or other relevant degree or diploma


Minimum of three years of relevant work experience including:
o two years designing and developing instructional material, particularly e-learning videos;
o one year in technical writing and editing in the areas of information technology software and systems (e.g. online help, reference guides, procedures);
o one year preparing and delivering training sessions to adults.
Experience updating organizational policies would be an asset
Experience working in information management would be an asset


Bilingual position (English/French) at an advanced level


Strong working knowledge of instructional design practices, curriculum design, training methodologies and online education
Strong working knowledge of technical writing best practices
Working knowledge of information gathering, planning and organizing methods and principles
Working knowledge of adult training principles and methods
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 Suite, SharePoint, Adobe Captivate and Adobe Creative Suite would be an asset


Excellent written and oral communication skills, including instructional, facilitation and presentation skills, in both official languages
Facility in communicating technical ideas in a user-friendly way
Excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on coaching / motivational skills, enthusiasm and positive attitude
Ability to effectively set priorities, organize work and meet deadlines
Ability to absorb new ideas and technical concepts quickly
Demonstrated ability to create interesting and innovative learning content
Highly self-motivated and self-directed.

Additional Information 

For more information regarding primary duties and responsibilities, view the Job Details.
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