Assistant Director of Learning Design

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 13, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Instructional Design
Executive Administration Jobs
Other Executive Administration
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Duties & Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Director, Teaching and Learning Lab, the Assistant Director of Learning Design is an experienced leader in the design and development of high-quality learning experiences. The position involves oversight and leadership in the areas of outreach, needs assessment, design, development, and implementation to serve the needs of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) community. The Assistant Director is responsible for maintaining the learning design portfolio, ensuring quality and consistency in all learning design offerings, keeping the TLL on the leading edge of relevant developments in the field, and managing and developing a growing number of learning designers within the Teaching and Learning Lab.

The Assistant Director will act as project manager for complex projects, ensuring completion of projects in a consistent and timely manner. S/he will be responsible for developing and leading a team of learning designers to ensure adequate support for the HGSE teaching and learning community, including the exploration, implementation, and evaluation of emerging learning design models.

Portfolio and Project Management          30%

  • 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

Learning Design          30%

  • 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

Managerial Oversight of Learning Designers          30%

  • 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.

Outreach and Community Support          10%

  • 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

  • Ed.D/Ph.D.
  • 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