Curriculum Writer (Consultant)

CAI, a training, technical assistance and research-to-practice nonprofit organization, is seeking a skilled and highly motivated professional for a six-month consultant position of Curriculum Writer. The focus of this role is to write a curriculum training package that will be designed and developed collaboratively with a team on the use of the Social Network Strategy (SNS) to prevent HIV infection for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV-prevention Division.

This person is responsible for the development and writing of a NEW! trainer's manual, participant manual, PowerPoint slides, additional training materials/tools, and an implementation manual for the classroom learning of the evidence-based intervention Social Network Strategy (SNS) to reduce HIV infection and improve health outcomes of people with HIV. This classroom training will be delivered to the national HIV workforce to strengthen capacity of health departments, community-based organization, and healthcare organizations. The materials created must meet CAI standards of excellence for training design that are in line with adult learning theory, cognitive learning principles, and industry best practices. It is essential that the candidate has excellent writing and editing skills, is able to establish cooperative working relationships with persons assigned to this projects, and is able to analyze and research content materials.

Ability to work well with others, technical writing, and attention to detail is a major requirement of this position. A comprehensive knowledge of public health issues, particularly Social Network Strategy in HIV prevention, is also a requirement.


Consultant is expected to start as soon as possible and complete the curriculum within 6 months of the start date.


  • Work collaboratively with CDC, CAI staff, and content experts to design and develop a training package for SNS
  • Write the curriculum package for SNS, which includes a trainer's manual, participant manual, PowerPoint slides, an implementation manual and other training materials/tools as required by CDC
  • Oversee quality assurance of the training package, including adherence to CAI guidelines and best practices for the user experience of the curriculum and the use of adult learning principles, instructional design principles, and cognitive learning theories
  • Participate in meetings with CDC, CAI staff ,and content experts, summarizing decisions agreed upon and incorporating in the training package for SNS
  • Report to project leadership about the overall progress of the training package
  • Research content areas to ensure the most up-to-date information and relevant theoretical models are applied to the curriculum package
  • Assist with production of instructional videos
  • Uphold and demonstrate core CAI corporate values
  • Other duties as necessary/assigned


  • (1+ year) Experience providing technical assistance to others implementing Response Driven Sampling (RDS) surveillance or programmatic social network strategies.
  • Experience implementing surveillance among key populations (gay men, people who inject drugs, female sex workers) using RDS methods (preferably ≥2 studies), among two different sub-populations.
  • Master’s degree in education, instructional design, or technical writing and/or 4 years of experience in curriculum development, educational communication, adult learning, instructional design, or similar program focusing on writing and/or adult learning
  • Experience writing training packages/curricula for a health-related field (Training of Facilitators, Training of Trainers, Facilitators Guides, Implementation Manuals, Participant Handbooks, etc.)
  • Strong editing and research skills
  • Excellent ability to work collaboratively in a team
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexible and adaptive mindset when working on cross-functional, long-term projects
  • Experience creating timelines and roadmaps for large, complex projects
  • Knowledge of adult and cognitive learning theories
  • Strong Microsoft Word and PowerPoint skills
  • Strong familiarity with team-collaboration tools and shared drives such as Teams and SharePoint
  • Familiarity with public heath issues, particularly HIV Prevention

Other preferred skills:

  • Experience working on CDC training packages
  • Experience implementing SNS in community based settings, preferably ≥3 years
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to work productively in highly collaborative settings while also able to function independently
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients, and consultants