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Instructional Design Specialist

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Instructional Technology and Design
University Administration


Job Summary
The The Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI)  at Harvard University seeks an Instructional Design Specialist to support our global health educational programs and initiatives.

The Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI) is an interfaculty initiative whose mission is to support education about global health challenges and to develop new pedagogical tools and instructional strategies that be used by educators in a variety of settings. We prioritize key knowledge-gap areas that leverage the depth and breadth of expertise across the university, and that target interdisciplinary global health problems residing at the nexus of broader social challenges and global risks (e.g., emerging infectious diseases and pandemic risk, environment and climate change, displaced populations and food security, rising non-communicable diseases, etc.). We are particularly committed to innovation in learning design that involves multimedia and creating high-quality short-form content that can be integrated into a variety of learning experiences.

Position Description
  • Collaborate on the design, development, and pilot-testing of online instructional materials for our high-priority educational initiatives, working with our content experts, multimedia team, and our university partners. Examples of high-priority initiatives include an open-access course in population health, online modules on analytic approaches to decision-making in public health, and a high-school curriculum in outbreak science.
  • Provide project management and play an active role in the updating of existing lessons which are currently in our educational repository and the adaptation of lessons we have piloted in the classroom to an online format that can be used by teaching fellows across the university, as well as educators looking for teaching resources in our repository. 
  • Consult, support, and assist staff and collaborators on the effective use of instructional design strategies to improve the quality of our educational products and play a major role in developing learning design guides, templates, and tools which can be used within the university and shared more broadly.
  • Research and identify high-quality resources relevant to instructional design and pedagogical strategies particularly salient to global health and collaborate on the design and development of curated collections of useful resources for educators in global health.
  • Collaborate with the senior educational team and pedagogy fellow on the design and delivery of teaching and learning workshops for faculty and students, including onsite teaching workshops for graduate students to develop critical skills as population health educators, and workshops for faculty on the design and use of evidence-based multimedia.
  • With guidance from the Faculty Director and Associate Director of Educational Initiatives, identify and explore potential synergies with other teaching and learning units across the university serving as an ambassador for GHELI. Foster relationships through collaborative activities and projects.
This position will report to the Associate Director of Educational Initiatives. Direction and priorities for the position will be determined by the GHELI Faculty Director.

GHELI places a high value on the in-person experience and community building, along with the functions of this role. The position will be 100% on campus. There will be opportunities, though for occasional "hybrid" work.
Please note that this position is funded for one year, with the possibility of extension.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience developing educational programs and materials, both for classroom and online settings - minimum of 3 years of experience.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and negotiation skills.
  • Strong interest in global health, public health, and public policy.
  • Candidates wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to a resume.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Masters or advanced degree in Education, Learning Design, or closely related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Previous teaching experience and enthusiasm for educational innovation and multimodal learning.
  • Highly driven, self-motivated, and capable of working independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated team performance skills and the ability to act as a trusted advisor while working in a small team environment.
  • High energy and ability to select appropriate opportunities to take initiative, as well as to ensure that ongoing projects move forward.
  • Ability to problem solve and work efficiently in the context of multiple competing deadlines in a dynamic academic environment.
  • Possess a "soup to nuts" work approach with a willingness to participate in all aspects of a project from start to finish.
  • Experience with website platforms (e.g., Canvas) and learning management systems.
Additional Information
Please note:
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening. 
  • We are unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship. 
  • This position has a 90-day orientation and review period.
  • This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.
  • The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
358056 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib

Work Format


Interfaculty Initiatives

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9a - 5p
*This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.

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EEO Statement
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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