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Harvard University Educational Content Developer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

59183BRAuto req ID:59183BRJob Code:383056 IT Specialist Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Educational Content DeveloperSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS required

  • 3 years of related experience. Advanced degree may count towards experience.

  • Experience in developing original educational content in higher education or for other adult learners.

  • Experience in developing content for online and/or multi-media environments.

  • Skills in proofreading and fact checking.

    Any candidate wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume.

Candidates must indicate meeting basic qualifications

Finalists may be asked to provide a writing sample and complete an editing exercise.Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Professional experience as a writer and/or editor.

  • Exemplary writing, research, and interpersonal skills.

  • Education and/or work experience related to the learning and/or developmental sciences.

  • Experience working in the higher education context.

  • Familiarity with APA style.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Intellectual curiosity.

  • Problem-solving attitude.

  • Ability to give and receive feedback.

  • Ability to work independently, while seeking guidance from others when needed, and in collaboration with others.

  • Ability to think strategically.

  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships with subjects, collaborators, content providers, and/or stakeholders in content-development projects.

  • Prior experience that demonstrates a capability to identify priorities, balance competing demands, and independently manage both short-term and long-term deadlines and tasks

Additional Information:

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

• Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year

• Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date

• Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service

• Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

• Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.

• Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows everyone to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.

We do this by:

  • Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve

  • Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged

  • Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation

  • Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion

  • Communicating transparently and respectfully; and

  • Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment

About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit:

Department:TLLPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Information Technology Position Description:

  • Independently and in collaboration with others, write, revise, and/or edit a wide variety of research-based pedagogical content, including but not limited to: short- and long-form case studies (text-based, multimedia, and interactive), scenarios, simulations, research summaries, portraits of practice, descriptive or explanatory text accompanying visual and interactive media, video scripts, teaching guides or notes, and assessment components (e.g., quiz questions or essay prompts).

  • Assess the strengths and limitations of various content formats, styles, or approaches and identify the best fit to the learning goals, topic, timeline, and available resources for a given project.

  • Conduct research using scholarly databases, published media, and field interviews; synthesize and interpret findings; and incorporate takeaways into materials appropriate for a given context and its learners.

  • Conduct research to identify and select existing readings or media for use or adaptation in HGSE offerings

  • Obtain relevant permissions to quote individuals or materials or to reproduce materials, in consultation with HGSE staff colleagues.

  • Identify opportunities for adaptation or reuse of HGSE-developed materials in new offerings or contexts at the School or University and collaborate with faculty and staff as needed on any necessary modifications to those materials.

  • Contribute to the development of style guides, process documentation, or policy creation to guide HGSE curriculum development.

  • Collaborate with faculty members, learning designers, media producers, learning technologists, instructional coaches, researchers, and others on the development or use of HGSE educational materials.

  • Collect and reconcile feedback on drafts of content from faculty, TLL colleagues, and/or other contributors.

  • Consult with faculty members on the pedagogical use or adaptation of content and with colleagues conducting research or evaluation related to the use of HGSE-created academic content.

  • Conduct QA review of online content in the designated tool or platform; make edits or updates in the platform as needed.

  • Manage student writers or research assistants and freelancer writers as needed.

  • Provide mentorship or developmental support and coaching to faculty and student writers who are developing original educational content.

  • Estimate the time and scope of a given project to inform project and portfolio management.

  • Contribute to reports on curriculum and content development projects at HGSE for internal documentation and dissemination to stakeholders.

  • Other duties as necessary.

    This is a two year term position with possibility of extension.

School/Unit:Harvard Graduate School of Education 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.Working Conditions:

HGSE is currently developing dynamic workplace models which will actively support a combination of on-campus and remote work (within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business) where business and operational needs allow. You and your manager will discuss the best schedule based on your role and operational need. If your role allows for remote work, please note that all remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA (Only Exempt), CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Please also note that Harvard will withhold each applicable state’s required tax and other withholdings from your paycheck for the time you work there.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

Job Summary:

About the TLL

The Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) supports and develops innovative and effective approaches to teaching and learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The successful candidate will be passionate about joining in our strategic commitment to contribute to high-quality learning experiences that help educators learn to change the world.

What We Offer

  • We have a team with diverse backgrounds and unique experiences that enables us to continuously learn from one another, iterate on our processes, and enhance our work.

  • We forge connections to colleagues and organizations within and beyond the university to understand where the field is heading and to expand our ways of thinking and working.

  • Our team is creative, empathetic, caring, fun, connected, and always focused on creating and supporting high-quality, human-centered learning experiences.

  • While we currently work in a hybrid model we find ways to stay connected and build relationships, participating in virtual drawing games, sharing stories, and other events.

  • Among us there are knitters, woodworkers, marathon runners, bakers, artists, parents (of humans, cats, dogs, and plants), international travelers, and more.

    The Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) seeks a n Educational Content Developer to create curricular and instructional materials for courses and programs offered by HGSE. The Educational Content Developer should be adept at creating high-quality learner-centered pedagogical content that is research-based, inclusive, and engaging and that supports students in making progress toward desired learning outcomes.

    As a member of the TLL’s Curriculum Design and Assessment team, the developer is the point person for the creation of original written and multimedia curricular materials that draw from an array of disciplines and specializations related to the field of education (see “Responsibilities” for details) . Under the general supervision of the TLL’s Director of Curriculum Design and Assessment and in consultation or collaboration with faculty and staff colleagues , the developer will determine the format, style, or approach best suited to the learning goals and needs of a given project and will research, write, revise, and edit materials appropriate for a given context and its learners. The developer will also create style guides, process documentation, and policy language to guide the development of educational content at HGSE. The developer may also identify opportunities for reuse of HGSE-developed materials at HGSE or Harvard and may advise on or contribute to necessary modifications to those materials.

    The person in this role will collaborate closely with faculty members, learning designers, media producers, technologists, instructional coaches, assessment specialists, and other HGSE colleagues on these projects , and will mentor or provide developmental support to students, faculty, or staff colleagues who are developing or reporting on the development of educational content at HGSE. They may also oversee student or freelance contributors’ work.

    The developer should have exemplary writing and academic research skills, as well as excellent analytical, communication, and interviewing skills. They should have a learner-centered mindset and approach to content creation , and should have a pitch-in and problem-solving attitude . They should be self-directed, highly organized, and able to balance multiple simultaneous projects on varied timeframes and with different sets of stakeholders. They should be skilled at building partnerships with sources (e.g., interviewees, content providers) and creating trusting, collaborative relationships with higher education faculty members and administrators.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.