Sr. Learning Designer

  • Harvard University
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • Aug 04, 2017
Full time Education

Job Description

Harvard University

Sr. Learning Designer
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Duties & Responsibilities
The Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) within Academic Affairs is seeking a Senior Learning Designer to lead the design and development of complex, multi-faceted learning design projects. We seek a self-starter with the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders and has the willingness and flexibility to help meet team/School goals in any capacity.

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Learning Design and provides leadership on the creation and improvement of new and existing online modules through all phases of the work: discovery, design, development, delivery and debrief. The position works with the technical and creative staff within the TLL, the program staff in Programs in Professional Education, and faculty chair(s) and doctoral students to define goals, identify metrics for success, and develop processes, milestones, and timelines to create and write design plans that ensure modules meet objectives and expectations and takes appropriate action to overcome obstacles where necessary.

This individual will marshall the project resources (such as multimedia producers, learning technologists, platform managers, etc. to name a few) allocated to projects. These resources may be assembled from across the School, forming several truly cross-functional project teams. The Senior Learning Designer will liaise with all stakeholders on an ongoing basis and report on project progression to the appropriate audiences and within the appropriate tools.

This is a 2-year term position with the possibility of renewal.

Learning Design
• Works with program faculty chair(s) and partners in the TLL, PPE, and IT to develop curriculum within and across CAEL modules, including an assessment program and badging constellation.
• Manages the creation and enhancement of four 3-month online learning modules with an international enrollment of at least 100 students that include both synchronous and asynchronous experiences.
• Leads the development of new and innovative designs for digital learning experiences using a wide variety of tools, strategies, and platforms.
• Manages on-line satisfaction and learning surveys throughout the program and the modules in general. Identifies key areas for improvement and recommends appropriate changes.

Project Management
• Leads the TLL portion of online course design projects by developing and maintaining project plans, providing analysis and consultative leadership, and preparing reports and presentations at project and executive levels.
• Clearly defines project scope, goals, schedules, and deliverables.
• Develops materials for and participates in all collaborative project meetings, including kick off and design meetings, regular status updates, and strategy meetings.
• Fosters strong working relationships with key project staff in PPE, TLL, and IT.

User Experience Design
• Lead the exploration and adaptation of user experience design approaches that serve the success of the TLL portfolio.
• Discover and communicate the realized and potential impact of user experience design on TLL-supported learning experiences and products, leveraging best practices from higher education, business, and design fields.
• Partner with TLL leadership in identifying and supporting areas for the adoption of user experience design within the portfolio.
• Collaborate with TLL team members to incorporate user experience design practices and protocols within relevant projects.
• Advise on strategies to enable more learner-centered designs that leverage user research and iterative development.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years professional experience, including a combination of project management, learning design and learning technologies
  • A minimum of three years experience working with faculty in a curriculum development or instructional technology/design role.
  • Technical experience working with productivity software, project management tools, HTML, and a variety of learning technologies and platforms - VoiceThread, the Articulate suite of rapid development courseware or similar suite of products.
  • Familiarity with Learning Management Systems, Canvas preferred.
  • Experience in course design and pedagogical theory.
  • Ability to work extra hours during peak periods, including occasional evenings and weekends.

Any applicant wishing to be considered for this position must indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements in either their cover letter or resume.

Applicants wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume.

Additional Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Education or a related field.
  • Five or more years direct experience designing online instruction in a higher education context.
  • Five or more years direct experience developing working relationships with higher education faculty.
  • We seek a self-starter with the ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with a variety of personality types and position levels who has a positive attitude and the willingness and flexibility to help meet team/School goals in any capacity.
  • Proficiency on both Mac and PC
  • Ability to work autonomously and exercise judgement while keeping his or her supervisor fully informed of all project developments
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a highly distributed team environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience managing multiple projects and within a higher education setting is extremely helpful.
  • Dependability, flexibility, sense of humor, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Interpersonal skills and writing and editing skills.
  • Must be organized and efficient.

Additional Information
Please attach resume and cover letter as one document.

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

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Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge


Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
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EEO Statement
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