Assistant Director of Learning Design

Harvard Graduate School of Education - Cambridge, MA - Full time

Harvard Graduate School of Education - Cambridge, MA - Full time


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Duties & Responsibilities:

●Manage all TLL aspects of learning design, including establishing standards of quality and process, assessing efficacy of design, and monitoring resource allocation.

●In partnership with Programs in Professional Education, contribute to ongoing strategic development of the learning design portfolio.

●Work with the TLL leadership team to shape and define the portfolio of projects and functional deliverables by managing new requests and evaluating and prioritizing them to ensure planned, organized and timely implementations.

●Provide project leadership on complex projects, identify partners both inside and outside of the group, and maintain clear communication channels with all stakeholders.

●Keep abreast of new developments in the area of responsibility, always with a focus on how that can enhance the HGSE environment

●Coach / conduct high-level and detailed instructional design for asset development, multimedia assignment development, and distance / hybrid learning.

●Coach others on the process of instructional 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

●Develop assessment strategies for online and blended programs

●Stay current with trends in learning design

●Provide ongoing professional development support for learning designers

●Identify areas of need for interns/temporary staff to supplement permanent staff

●Oversee student work in T127: Teaching and Learning Lab Practicum where appropriate

●Delegate and prioritize tasks and projects in an effective manner, aligning them with the units’ goals in an environment of competing deadlines and changing priorities.

●Contribute to marketing and outreach efforts of the TLL

●Participate in T127: Teaching and Learning Lab Practicum

●Participate in Harvard-wide committees where appropriate

●Remain active in local and regional professional organizations

Basic Qualifications:

●Master’s degree.

●5 years of relevant experience.

●Previous experience managing staff.

●Familiarity with modern learning management systems (Canvas preferred)

●Demonstrable experience in course design and pedagogical theory

●Previous experience in coaching instructional design principles

●Previous experience in Project Management

Additional Qualifications:


●Experience in higher education as faculty and/or faculty/academic support role.

●Higher education teaching experience in multiple modalities (Face-to-face, blended, online, MOOC).

●Experience with learning analytics and evaluation.

●Excellent writing and presentation skills

●Ability to lead a complex long-term project with multiple stakeholders

●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

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