Director of Curriculum & Instruction

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441 4th Street NW Suite 1060N

Full/Part Time


Date Opened

Area of Consideration
Open to Public


Type of Appointment
MSS - Reg Appt

Minimum Rate


Target Openings

Date Closed

Metropolitan Police Department

Professional Development Bureau

Bargaining Unit

Maximum Rate


This position is located in the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Professional Development Bureau (PBD).  The individual selected for this role will  serve as the Director of Curriculum Design and Instructional Methodology and is responsible for designing all new police academy curriculum for recruit and in-service training; developing and implementing an instructor certification course; ensuring all curriculum is using best practices in adult learning theory; ensuring all curriculum is updated and maintained to reflect current department directives; designing engaging content; managing content for requests for retraining; and coordinating with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. This is a new role within the Metropolitan Police Department, and we are seeking an energetic and passionate leader who can develop this new Division and lead staff to establish model policies and protocols related to the area of responsibility.  

The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Evaluates and provides leadership for the overall curriculum design and instructional methodology program of the Metropolitan Police Academy (MPA). Responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the Curriculum and Instruction Division including curriculum development, implementation of recommendations of the Curriculum Audit, and compliance with training requirements.
  • Reviews new technologies for training applications and recommends effective uses to leadership.
  • Applies research and data to improve the content, sequence, and outcomes of the teaching-learning process.
  • Works with appropriate staff to develop, maintain, and revise curriculum documents based on systematic review and analysis. Plans the necessary time, resources, and materials to support accomplishment of education goals.
  • Ensures that agency goals and objectives are developed using collaborative processes and problem-solving techniques when appropriate.
  • Works to ensure effective staff development activities that incorporate the mission of the agency, program evaluation outcomes, and input from teachers and others.
  • Plans, implements and evaluates instructional programs, including learning objectives, instructional strategies and assessment techniques.
  • Identifies new program opportunities through learner performance data, needs assessment processes, member group discussions, and other qualitative/quantitative collection tools.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders across the agency on design and management of new educational activities.
  • Manages a data-driven methodology/process in which programs are slated for the ensuing year and outlined and calendarized in a blueprint that can be socialized throughout the agency.
  • Assesses, recommends, and implements new approaches to learning design to diversify the agency’s education portfolio.
  • Ensures the agency keeps pace with contemporary learning design practices and complementary formats/modalities preferred by current/prospective learners.
  • Ensures program conceptualization and development for funded activities incorporates innovative design thinking.
  • Manages personnel resources assigned to the division. Establishes performance standards, determines work plans and evaluates performance of subordinates. Provides technical guidance, counsels and instructs individual employees. Interviews candidates and makes or recommends selection for appointment. Receives and resolves complaints from employees. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees and makes provision for such activities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements:



Master’s Degree required. PHD preferred.

Work Experience:

Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the MS-14 grade level, or its non-District equivalent, gained from the public or private sector. Specialized experience for this position includes, but is not limited to: possession of 7+ years of progressive experience in the adult education realm, with progressive experience in content development; experience in curriculum development to update existing trainings and build new trainings of varying lengths for varying audiences; experience utilizing a wide range of various systems applications, software programs and technical programs to produce finished training products in various formats; experience providing feedback and coaching teachers/instructors toward strong, data-supported results; knowledge of adult learning principles; experience supervising others and ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

Work Environment:

Work location is in an office environment.  Work is sedentary and may require walking and standing in conjunction with travel and attendance at meeting and conferences away from the work site and carrying light items, such as laptops, papers, books, small parts, and driving an automobile.

Other Significant Factors:

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes all eligible booster shots, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs in violation of EEO laws. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the background check process, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

A background investigation, to include a criminal, traffic and credit check are required for positions with the Metropolitan Police Department.

The incumbent is required to possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s permit.

This position is “At Will”. At will employment applies to the Management Supervisory Service (MSS). All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause. This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.

The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer: all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is also prohibited. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited.