Manager, Instructional Design
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Who We Are
NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.
With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale. Through building impactful partnerships and programmes, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.
NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement — all grounded in learning science — to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives, while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.
NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behaviour change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.
NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honoured to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.
NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe — a more equitable globe — to join us.
The objective of the Academics group is to drive student achievement. To do so, we must know — what is happening minute-by-minute for the typical child. The student’s daily experience, and thus the path to achievement, emerges from their relationship with the teachers and the content that is delivered in the classroom. Our team is collaboratively organised around these levers. We develop rigorous content pitched at the right level for students to be delivered by a teacher who is prepared to succeed in the classroom. Our Instructional Design department builds the content; our Leadership & Development department trains teachers and school leaders using scientifically-proven techniques; our Learning Innovation department looks at cutting-edge research to generate breakthrough learning gains. Underpinning all of this is the work of the independent Measurement and Evaluation group, which provides Academics with an empirical orientation toward improving that daily experience and, in turn, driving achievement.
The Instructional Design department produces the learning materials that are used in our schools across our communities. This department has team members based in multiple support offices, organised into teams that each work on a portfolio of projects. Driving student achievement through the development of rigorous content is the number one priority. One core tenet of the approach is less lecture (traditional among many schools in our markets) and more student practice. Consistent, rigorous opportunities to refine his or her skills are crucial to a child’s learning progression. The Instructional Design department structures all lessons, textbooks, and other materials to ensure this.
About the Role
You will be tasked with building and leading a new Instructional Design team in our Cambridge office. This is not a program design role (though it will require creativity!); we are looking for a candidate who is focused on execution and implementation and who can demonstrate previous experience with the same. You are fearsomely organized and detail-oriented; a strong communicator; and a dedicated people manager who can build a positive and effective team.
You and your team will focus on high-leverage projects for Instructional Design, untangling process knots, building systems, and creating instructional materials in places where a focus on execution would deliver the greatest gains for our pupils. The team’s assignment is likely to evolve as organizational priorities shift.
By joining the Instructional Design department, you join a group of people working to make a difference in the world. In the countries in which we operate, the number of pupils attending school is soaring, but the quality of most schools, according to international experts, is low. Members of the Instructional Design Department invest time in producing quality learning materials to improve thousands of children’s daily academic experience.
What You Will Do
● Build and manage a high-performing Instructional Design team.
● Supervise a team of writers, providing them with detailed training, daily directions, and feedback.
● Manage the work of your team, translating evolving specifications into high-quality instructional products
● Create workflows, trackers, or other organizational tools to structure your team’s work
● Problem-solve to create solutions, occasionally with limited guidance
● Communicate effectively across departments and to multiple levels of the organization
● Pitch in where needed on projects supporting other Academics departments or other Instructional Design teams.
What You Should Have
● A minimum of 3-5 years experience in education, publishing, assessment, or a relevant field
● Demonstrated experience working with a team to produce a product to spec and on deadline
● A bachelor’s degree; relevant coursework or advanced degree desirable
● Writing, editing, or teaching experience strongly preferred
● Strong desire to manage a team; previous management experience preferred
● Execution focus—you like to get things done, correctly and efficiently; you are detail-oriented, organized, and deadline-driven
● Process focus—you are an analytical thinker who asks good questions about how things get done and easily grasps the necessary steps to make something happen
● Very strong writing and editing skills in English
● Experience working with Excel, Word, and Google Drive
● Willingness to jump in and help wherever necessary, no matter how big or small the task
● Comfort working in a demanding, quickly changing, and sometimes high-stress environment
● A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
● A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
● A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, NewGlobe works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
● A relentless advocate –The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience,
● A malleable learner –You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
● A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.