Instructional Design Lead

Springboard - San Francisco, California - Full time

The Company

At Springboard, we’re on a mission to bridge the world’s skills gap, offering transformative online education in data science, UI/UX design, machine learning, and coding. Our courses may be tech-enabled, but we're ultimately human-centric: each student taps into a vast community throughout their time with us, engaging with fellow students, industry-expert mentors, student advisors, and career coaches, the goal of which is to successfully transition students into their dream job. Through this hybrid approach, we’ve helped thousands of learners revamp their careers and, by extension, their lives, with hundreds of top-notch job offers received every year and a near-perfect placement rate for our program graduates.

The Opportunity

As our first Instructional Design Lead at Springboard, you’ll play an invaluable role in designing and improving the instructional practices underlying the courses in our Data Science and Engineering verticals. This role presents an exciting opportunity to apply pedagogical principles to a new, cutting-edge model — laying the groundwork for the future of adult education online. You’ll have a great vantage point at the intersection of product, operations, engineering, marketing, and community and have the opportunity to manage Quality Assurance, and be a valuable coach and mentor for Instructional Designers and Copywriters.


  • Own the design, execution and maintenance of courses for the School of Data such as Data Science and Data Analytics.
  • Work with subject matter experts to curate the content for these courses, and with fellow instructional designers, product managers, and mentor and student operations teams to deliver on all the pedagogical components of Springboard programs
  • Co-design and execute on Springboard’s teaching - learning model for our core job-outcome focused students
  • Adapt the teaching-learning model to fit the learning goals of different audiences including for University and B2B partners.
  • Set learning and course quality targets; create and track metrics that incorporate feedback from multiple qualitative and quantitative sources ; improve courses based on feedback.
  • Make quarterly plans for course development; do capacity planning for the team and represent it on cross - functional planning meetings
  • Develop and manage a growing team of curriculum specialists.

You have

  • Have a Bachelor’s in a STEM subject (such as, but not limited to: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science, Statistics, or Mathematics).
  • Have a graduate degree in Education or in a relevant STEM field
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience and 1+ year of direct experience with e-learning
  • You have a minimum 1 year of experience at a management level, managing, mentoring or coaching
  • Have taken at least one University-level, or coding class in Python or another other coding language.
  • Have formal training in and a strong understanding of instructional design, cognitive psychology, adult learning and online/distance learning.
  • Possess exceptional organizational and project management skills, and live by deadlines.
  • Ability to work and influence in a complex cross functional environment
  • You are a strategic, analytical thinker who is comfortable using data to measure results and inform decisions.
  • Are an excellent communicator, whether you’re working with external subject matter experts or with colleagues across the company.
  • Are passionate about improving education.

The Springboard team of 180 works out of offices in the heart of San Francisco and Bengaluru. We’re backed by top investors, including Costanoa Ventures, Reach Capital, Learn Capital, Pearson Ventures, and the founders of LinkedIn and Princeton Review.Working with us, you’ll enjoy competitive compensation, health insurance coverage, a 401k plan, generous learning and professional development budgets, and an opportunity to impact thousands of lives alongside a fun, dedicated and mission-driven team. To learn more about our team and culture, follow us on Instagram @springboardlife!We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Senior Level


At Springboard, we’re on a mission to bridge the world’s skills gap, offering transformative online education in data science, UI/UX design, machine learning, and coding.
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