Instructional Designer, Internal Learning

Lit - Remote - Full time

Who we are

We believe “the science of reading” is neither a momentary trend nor a call for phonics-only instruction. Rather, it is a definitive body of research that articulates the skills, knowledge, and types of instruction children need to become skilled readers. While a pathway for equitable reading instruction exists, bringing the research into everyday practice can feel daunting and at times overwhelming. This is why Lit is on a mission to translate the “science of reading” into scalable, research-aligned programs and replicable practices so educators can focus on tapping into student potential and achieving equitable reading outcomes for students, particularly Black, Latino/a, and students currently experiencing poverty. 

We are looking for a Lead Instructional Designer--Internal Learning who feels the cosmic urgency to:

  • improve reading ecosystems, adult practice, and student outcomes by supporting educators in aligning program and practice to research
  • disrupt dominant narratives about reading achievement in racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse student populations
  • ensure that there is no daylight between our pursuit of learning, equity, and reading research

The opportunity

The Lead Instructional Designer--Internal Learning reports to the Director of Lit Learning and leads design and development of Lit’s internal products, services, and learning tools. As a Lead Instructional Designer--Internal Learning , you will be responsible for making sense of our business challenges and user behavior, and turning that understanding into great products and services that provide deep impact and benefit.

This is the perfect role for someone who wants to be on the ground floor of founding and building our design shop; finds joy in creating products and services that solve education’s most pressing instructional challenges; and has proven experience working with internal teams and clients to define, design, and build core products and services.

As Lit grows and scales, a successful Lead Instructional Designer--Internal Learning could develop into a more senior position, establishing and managing a functional internal design department in support of Lit’s evolving goals.

What you will do

  • Co-create and continually refine the the core logic model that drives Lit’s service offerings
    • Evaluate current offerings through the lens of partner demand, feasibility of execution, sustainability of design, and achievement of logic model outcomes
    • Design, codify, and refine Lit’s school support model to ensure interactions achieve outcomes and measurement approaches assess outcomes in a logical and coherent manner
    • Build and adapt scalable service models to fit a variety of contexts and constraints
    • Lead user testing of new service and product ideas, including running interviews and focus groups with users, getting feedback on prototypes, and organizing feature pilots
    • Incorporate feedback from internal and external stakeholders to continually improve service offerings that increase impact, satisfaction and profitability
    • Ensure Lit has the measures needed to evaluate the core logic model’s efficacy, our impact across partners, and articulate data-driven next steps for evolving the logic model
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to design human-centered frameworks, tools, resources, and professional learning experiences that support the implementation of Lit’s core school service model offerings
    • Conduct research to identify and see the real problem our users face and represent those problems with data; propose solutions to overcome their challenges and work with teammates to build out initiatives that would implement solutions
    • Lead and manage projects that require working cross-functionally with the Lit School Support team to develop the frameworks, tools, resources, and professional learning experiences that the team will use to set and pursue goals with partners, such as:
      • Coaching frameworks, tools, and resources used for diagnosis, goal-setting, planning, observation, and progress monitoring
      • Trainings that complement the school support model for team members to use in the development of school and systems leaders
      • Trainings that assist the school support team in acquiring skills and knowledge that will increase their effectiveness with their partners
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of tools and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to refine them based on quantitative and qualitative data
  • Work cross-functionally with various Lit divisions to conduct research and design cycles that produce tools and resources that can be disseminated to the wider field
  • Monitor and ensure projects stay on track and are delivered with a focus on speed to market, cost management, and internal collaboration and buy-in so that Lit meets its organizational objectives and key results
  • Engage in regular feedback loops with service and sales teams to understand effectiveness of existing offerings on partner outcomes, satisfaction, renewal, and expansion and to get partners' needs feedback that could inform the offering
  • Collaborate with the members of the senior leadership team to train team members on services, tools and resources to ensure coherent, informed, and invested use:
    • Author and provide professional learning to team members on service implementation and the effective use of frameworks, tools, and resources
    • Observe how team members are using frameworks, tools, and resources in the field and leverage observations to provide in-the-moment as well as team-wide feedback
  • Lead product initiatives that span across multiple teams, including content, product, design, engineering, marketing, and measurement
    • Work cross-functionally to support the development of sales and marketing communications, including nurturing campaigns, presentations, slicks, proposals, and impact studies
    • Drive the delivery of initiatives and large-scale projects from initial concept and planning, through execution and release
  • You are someone who has the following qualifications

    • Has at least at least three (3) years of experience working with or in schools, specifically in K-8 reading
    • Is an experienced designer with at least six (6) years of experience with:
      • Popular methodologies (keywords: Kanban, Agile, Lean, Scrum) in search of better ways of working
      • Building logic models, service offerings, and measurement tools that are replicable and adaptable across many school and system contexts
      • Developing or adapting tools such as rubrics, observation frameworks, or other outcome measures
      • Designing and building professional learning content that has demonstrated impact on positively influencing mindsets and behaviors
      • Building good, long-lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders
      • Developing team members and cross-training internally to promote organizational impact
      • Using e-Learning authoring tools, including but to but not limited to:
        • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
        • Nearpod or Pear Deck
        • Learning management systems (e.g., Canvas, TalentLMS, etc.)
        • Canva, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator
        • Articulate 360 and/or Adobe Captivate
  • Is highly energetic and thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
    • Is well-organized, has a high attention to detail, and is deadline-oriented
    • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Enjoys working on cross-functional teams, collaborating with and incorporating feedback from others while also fully owning the fulfillment and impact of individual key results and responsibilities that drive larger team success
    • Can pivot effortlessly between short-term and long-term strategic goals
  • Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

    • Experience modeling and scaling services across a diverse range of school system types
    • Certified in scrum frameworks, UX design, lean design, and/or agile

    You are someone who shares our values

    • Be cosmically urgent: I move our mission forward by engaging in conversations about race, class, gender, and privilege to support our always-evolving organizational journey to becoming an inclusive organization
    • Stay constantly curious: I am excited about responsibility and being able to shape your career development path, while teaching your peers along the way
    • Pursue excellence over perfection: I prioritize individuals and the interactions that will move people to achieve outcomes over following a process that won’t get them there
    • Do hard things in a human way: I choose courage over comfort by facing difficult tasks and conversations rather than avoiding them.
    • Invest in our collective success: I get my hands dirty; you will never hear me say, “That’s not my job,” “That’s not my problem to solve,” or “I don’t care.”

    Compensation

    Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried position. A compensation offer is based on relevant years of experience in relation to the position.

    Benefits: In addition to offering the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of educators, we provide all full-time employees with a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, and parental leave. We offer a generous PTO policy and holiday calendar. We also provide an employer-sponsored 401K retirement plan with an annual 3% match.

    Perks: Lit offers perks such as wellness, work-from-home, and professional learning stipends, paid rest days after work-related travel, a community with as much support as your heart desires, and much, much, more!

    Location: This role is 100% remote. While our team is distributed across the country, we believe in balancing productive remote work with moments of in-person collaborative work with our partners and colleagues.

    Expectations to know

    Travel: Travel is an essential part of how we support our partners, collaborate with our team, and fulfill our mission. Schedule and timing for travel may vary by team and role, and may change as the company’s business needs continue to evolve. The Managing Director of School Support is expected to be on the ground, working shoulder-to-shoulder with school support team members to ensure their ongoing development and to assess the impact of our services. Expect to travel up to 40% of the year.

    Vaccination Policy: Together Education, our operating partner, requires all staff be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief). Together Education abides by each state’s requirements, acknowledging that those may change over time.

    Lit is an equal opportunity employer.

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