The Teaching and Learning Lab within Academic Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is seeking a Learning Designer to assist with the design and development of online courses. Under the direction of the Associate Director of Learning Design, the Learning Designer is a creative thinker who is able to envision technological solutions to instructional problems. The Learning Designer will be embedded in teaching teams as they work collaboratively to design and develop digital learning assets – from standalone learning units through fully online courses. The position involves close attention to detail, commitment to a rapid development mindset, and willingness to pitch in to move a project toward completion.
This is a 6-month term position with the possibility of renewal.
Analyze specific learning and teaching challenges with faculty, teaching fellows (TFs), departments, and executive education and advise on approaches to address these challenges
Coach others on the process of learning design and best practices for online communication / collaboration and learning asset / digital content development
Craft / coach the design of training materials and documentation for courses, departments, and executive education based on design plans developed by the Associate Director of Learning Design
Project Management and Technical Expertise
Keep abreast of new developments in the area of responsibility, always with a focus on how that can enhance the HGSE environment.
Work with the Associate Director of Learning Design to maintain the design portfolio of the team. Work to keep projects on task and on budget; elevate problem areas to senior leadership when required.
Provide project leadership on digital asset creation projects, identify partners both inside and outside of the group, and maintain clear communication channels with all stakeholders.
Digital Asset Creation
Develop / revise digital assets using HGSE-support authoring tools
Build online / blended courses on multiple platforms following a design plan
Develop training resources for teaching teams and online facilitators
Liaise with learning technologists to explore integrations of 3rd-party or custom applications.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Minimum of one year experience in an instructional technology/instructional design or related role (advanced degree may substitute for related experience).
Candidates invited in for additional interviews may be asked to provide a current electronic portfolio of representative work samples
Any candidate wishing to be considered must provide a cover letter in addition to their resume and must indicate in either meeting basic qualifications.
This is a 6 month term position with possibility of renewal
Experience using or authoring in a learning management system.
Experience authoring in Storyline/Captivate or similar.
Experience designing online instruction.
Excellent writing and presentation skills
Proven understanding of tools for teaching, including emerging technologies
Ability to stay abreast of the changing educational technology landscape
Ability to plan and meet deadlines
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within work group and across departments
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 52144BR
About Harvard University
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.