Harvard University — Associate Director, Learning Design

Harvard University

Associate Director, Learning Design
Harvard Graduate School of Education
59186BR

Job Summary

The Associate Director for Online Learning Design will play a key role on the Learning Design & Evaluation Team within Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Professional Education serves more than eighteen thousand educators in early childhood, K-12, and higher education around the world each year through a diverse portfolio of professional learning offerings.

Reporting to the Director of Learning Design and Program Evaluation, the Associate Director for Online Learning Design (AD) will guide and manage Professional Education’s evolving work to provide highly engaging, job-embedded online learning experiences–both asynchronous and synchronous–to domestic and global teachers and educational leaders. The AD will lead a team of dedicated staff to design online courses tailored to specific audiences and roles in the field of education. The AD will bring knowledge of learning theory, instructional design, and project management to guide design and production of highly engaging learner-centered content on time and on budget.

Position Description

Program and Project Management

  • Oversee a dynamic portfolio of digital learning design projects. Establish priorities, scope and sequence project work, allocate tasks, and manage to deadlines.
  • Consult with the Director of Learning Design and Program Evaluation, faculty chairs, subject-matter experts, and Portfolio Directors to assess project feasibility and suggest alternative approaches to learning design to apply evidence-based best practices in a manner that is both achievable and scalable.

Manage and Lead a Team

  • Supervise a small team of staff, allocate staff to projects, forecast availability and deadlines.
  • Convene team members on a regular basis to ensure coordination, team cohesion, and smooth progress toward milestones.
  • Model inclusive leadership in team meetings, hiring actions, performance management, and opportunities for growth and mentorship.
  • Identify and manage multiple external vendors.

Lead Continuous Improvement in Online Learning Design and Production

  • Track trends in the rapidly evolving field of online professional development and conduct peer benchmarking within Harvard and across higher education.
  • In partnership with HGSE’s Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) and IT, monitor, pilot, and evaluate emerging technology tools and platforms in order to continuously modernize PPE’s technology landscape. Oversee migration of content to new platforms as needed.
  • Develop, refine, and recommend templates, models, and approaches to standardize PPE’s approach to developing online learning sequences.
  • Contribute to continuous quality improvement efforts to ensure that our growing portfolio of online resources are meeting our goal to scale up best-practices.
  • Oversee and contribute to quality assurance and user-testing for all new content.
  • Review the work of learning designers for quality and adherence to brand.
  • Create and manage learning analytics (usage patterns, click-through paths, etc.) to inform program enhancements.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Learning Design and Program Evaluation to test new approaches to online learning and drive innovation.

Digital Asset and Course Creation

  • Serve as primary Learning Designer for specific Professional Education programs, engaging with faculty and staff members to design and develop pedagogically sound online courses, and other technology-enhanced instructional materials.
  • Develop and revise digital learning assets using HGSE-supported authoring tools (Articulate, iDesign, Adobe, Canva, Pictochart, etc.).
  • Ensure sufficient interactivity and variation in modality of content to keep learners engaged.
  • Build courses on Canvas (with CidiLabs), as needed.
  • Develop training resources for teaching teams and online facilitators.
  • Other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in the design and production of instructional materials to be delivered online
  • Previous experience managing staff
  • Any applicant wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Graduate degree preferred.
  • Must be a proactive self-starter with strong communication, collaboration, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Attention to detail and timely follow-through are essential.
  • Proven understanding of tools for teaching, including emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within and across departments.
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience authoring or editing content in a learning management system (Canvas or similar).
  • Familiarity with the changing educational technology landscape.

Online portfolio preferred (include link in resume/CV) with resources that show expertise in developing, evaluating, and/or redesigning online asynchronous experiences.

Working Conditions
The position is located on the Cambridge, MA campus. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to work a hybrid schedule with some days on campus and some days off campus if desired. Details will be discussed with those invited to interview. Successful candidate must live and work in a Harvard registered state (MA, NH, ME, CT, RI, VT, MD, and NY) with the ability to travel to campus weekly.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Job Function
Information Technology

Sub Unit
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Location
USA – MA – Cambridge

Department
PPE

Time Status
Full-time

Union
00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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