The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) is looking for a creative and energetic Project Lead to develop educational media and curricular materials for both online and residential education at Harvard. The ideal candidate will have a passion for education, an advanced degree in education, instructional technology, or related field, or 2 years of professional work experience producing interactive, multimedia educational projects.
The Project Lead is a member of the VPAL Instructional Development (ID) team, reporting to one of the ID Managers. The Project Lead contributes to the concept, design, and development of high-quality, high-impact online learning experiences. The Project Lead typically oversees 2-3 course development projects at a time. This means assembling, leading, and in some cases managing course team members and collaborating with other internal teams.
The successful Project Lead combines an academic sensibility, an understanding of creative/media approaches to learning, the focus to work effectively within a fast-paced environment, the diplomacy necessary to manage and work within matrixed teams, and rigorous project management skills. The Project Lead is a creative problem solver who prioritizes and frames constructive options and team approaches to resolve conflicts, work within operating constraints, or identify technical solutions.
Works independently and collaboratively to lead the development of high-quality courses/learning experiences in alignment with VPAL pedagogical, production, technical, research, project management and administrative practices.
Ensures the timely development and implementation of curriculum and project plans, negotiating an appropriate balance among existing practices, available resources, and opportunities for innovation.
Communicates regularly and effectively with assigned project faculty, team members, and stakeholders. Works productively with faculty throughout the course development process.
Supervises the contingent staff hires for specific assigned projects.
Develops and manages budgets for assigned project(s), with established parameters.
Maintains project documentation in an effective and timely fashion.
Participates in and contributes to internal team meetings and projects as well as activities focused on reflective practice, integration of research, and pedagogical innovation.
Represents VPAL across Harvard and in other professional communities of practice, as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
PLEASE NOTE: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.
We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as a combined SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab. Cover letters are requested for this role.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
A creative, high- energy, collaborative environment
Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day
University-funded retirement plans
Tuition Assistance Program
Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs
About the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) is to create and catalyze engaging and scalable learning experiences that make a difference at Harvard and beyond. VPAL partners with schools and faculty to amplify Harvard's impact worldwide. We deliver online courses on multiple platforms in the spirit of satisfying the widest possible range of student needs and interests. Our courses support both lifelong and professional learning, which compliments many other One Harvard initiatives related to online teaching and learning.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's Degree plus two years of related field or work experience (advanced degree may count towards work experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Advanced degree preferred.
Strong project management skills in a deadline-driven environment with competing priorities.
Proven successful work experience in educational media, education publishing, academic technology, or teaching and learning support.
Strong background in video production is preferred.
Professional experience and demonstrated ability in at least three of four domains: Project Management, Course Design, LMS Technology, and Media Production.
Familiarity with research methodology and assessment approaches in education.
Strong understanding of higher education pedagogical contexts and priorities.
Demonstrated ability to work with and manage temporary project staff and students from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and levels of expertise.
Demonstrated expertise in multimedia, learning technology tools and project management applications.
Aptitude for learning and applying new technologies quickly and effectively.
Ability to work consistently and constructively in a fast-paced, highly matrixed environment.
Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
Experience working with copyright and intellectual property issues.
Track record of effective development of course or curricular materials.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53817BR
About Harvard University Administration
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.