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Director of HarvardX Courses

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in education, instructional technology, or related field or
  • An advanced degree and a minimum of 8 years of related work experience

Additional Information

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

Additional benefits can be found at

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.

VPAL is committed to convening and nurturing a diverse community dedicated to promoting inclusive excellence and leadership in teaching and learning. We celebrate, welcome, and honor all backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. We strive to ensure that all feel included in our mission, our work, and our learning inside and outside our organization. We affirm that inclusivity and belonging are the foundations of excellence.

Job Summary

The Director of HarvardX Courses is responsible for the successful management of the entire HarvardX portfolio of courses, including the creation and development of new high-quality, high-impact online learning experiences on the edX platform. EdX is a non-profit, massive open online course (MOOC) provider founded by MIT and Harvard with more than 25 million learners worldwide. The Director is responsible for the maintenance and promotion of a large existing pipeline of online courses and resources on edX. Reporting to the VPAL Managing Director, this individual is a core member of the VPAL senior staff and is called upon for consultation on media production, instructional technology, and at times, marketing strategy.

The HarvardX Courses Director leads a team of instructional design managers, learning designers, content developers, and instructional technologists. They help manage the day-to-day relationship with the edX team and assist the VPAL leadership team in strategic decision-making in the partnership with edX. The HarvardX Director also collaborates with schools, departments, central administration, and other faculty and staff across the University to ensure the effective development of HarvardX online learning experiences.

The successful HarvardX Courses Director exemplifies and fosters a collaborative mindset across the organization and university, an understanding of creative/media approaches to learning, the diplomacy necessary to manage and work within matrixed teams, rigorous project management, and careful stewardship of HarvardX resources. They promote a deep appreciation for academic content and for the experience of the Harvard faculty and global learners who will engage with the HarvardX courses and modules managed by the staff they supervise. Highly collaborative, the HarvardX Courses Director is able to balance the competing demands inherent in innovation while keeping project teams and staff focused on delivering a high-quality learning experience on time and within established and emerging HarvardX practices.

The HarvardX Courses Director models organizational citizenship through effective mentorship, emphasis on purposeful experimentation, and unwavering focus on a positive, collaborative team environment. They are a creative problem solver who prioritizes and frames constructive options and team approaches to conflict resolution.

Keywords: Harvard University, Cambridge , Director of HarvardX Courses, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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