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Instructional Designer

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


Position Description
The Instructional Designer for the Product Development group supports a growing portfolio of educational products and programs designed for OEE's target markets of corporate learners, health care professionals, and the general public. Reporting to the Assistant Director, Instructional Design, this is a 2- year term position that will work in concert with HMS Faculty, OEE product managers and product development professionals to create high-quality, engaging, online courses that further the school's mission. The ID will be experienced in adult learning theory with an in-depth understanding of instructional design and online learning principles, technologies, and multimedia. This individual will balance multiple projects and competing priorities while designing programs and learner experiences that set high standards within the medical education community. This position will contribute to the Product Development group's ethos as a learning organization and center of excellence, with a mindset geared toward quality, scale, and learner success.

Primary functions of this position
Course Design (75%):
  • Collaborate with OEE product managers, HMS Faculty, and product development professionals to coordinate the creation of online learning content and activities
  • Define and design key course elements, including, but not limited to learning outcomes, performance competencies, interactive elements, case studies, assessments, activities, portfolio projects, and capstone projects
  • Communicate effectively with faculty and product managers, and be a point of responsibility for alignment between product goals and design execution
  • Contribute to the development of design templates and best practices for course design, as well as rubrics and quality standards to assess OEE products
  • Balance competing priorities to meet deadlines and produce high-quality learning materials
  • Monitor and facilitate meaningful reporting on learner performance and engagement
Faculty and staff training (15%):
  • Identify knowledge gaps and develop training materials and learning opportunities for faculty and staff
  • Contribute to the creation of efficient workflows and openly communicate risks to timelines and quality
  • Advocate for technologies and processes that enhance OEE products and learner experiences
Consultation and Research (10%):
  • Collaborate with product managers within OEE to understand evolving educational requirements
  • Attend scoping calls with course directors and product managers to advise on learner needs and design requirements
  • Build strong and effective partnerships between the product managers, OEE shared services groups, HMS Faculty, the Office of the Vice President for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and other academic support organizations across HMS and the University
  • Develop expertise in current and emerging technologies that support teaching and learning in higher education
  • Develop expertise in the learner needs of OEE's market segments
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • MD or MS or PhD in a science or medical discipline
  • Possess the ability to master new software applications and technologies as they are introduced to the department
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing deadlines
  • Experience with data management and learning analytics
  • Experience with graphic design tools
  • Portfolio of online learning samples demonstrating innovative educational approaches
Physical Requirements
  • Sitting using near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time
  • Lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion
Additional Information
This is a two-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position. 

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.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Work Format Details
This position is based in Boston, but the work may be done primarily remote. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

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
Faculty & Student Services

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
S0657P FSS Exec Education Prfsnal III

Work Format


Salary Grade

External Education

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Note on business hours: Harvard Medical School's standard business hours are 8 am to 5 pm in the Eastern Time Zone. Employees are expected to flex their work hours to accommodate business needs within standard business hours, which include faculty planning sessions, filming sessions, and other meetings with key stakeholders.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

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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