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Director of Online Pedagogy and Course Design

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S0659M FSS Exec Education Mgt V

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

Director of Online Pedagogy and Course Design


Division of Continuing Education

Salary Grade


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Masters degree.
  • Five years’ experience in leadership and/or research into best practices for teaching and learning in online environments.
  • Experience overseeing course design operations.
  • Knowledge of best practices for using media in education.
  • Three years teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams or alone on a flexible schedule that may include weekends and/or evenings.
  • Experience working with faculty from multiple disciplines.
  • Experience working in an open enrollment program that serves nontraditional learners (working adults, high school students, mid-career professionals.
Additional Information
  • We will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
  • In order to be considered for this role, a resume and cover letter must be submitted with application.
  • All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Division of Continuing Education

Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity


M-F, 9-5pm

Job Function

Faculty & Student Services


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 8 years’ relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience
Working Conditions

May include weekends and/or evenings.

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.

Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, the Director of Online Pedagogy and Course Design oversees asynchronous learning design initiatives as well as the Teach Partnership program, which pairs faculty with course designers to collaborate on targeted interventions designed to improve their courses as well as associated media production.

Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Directly manage the course design teams, providing leadership for both a structured asynchronous course design process as well as more fluid learning design projects for courses in other online formats.
  • Directly manage the media production and post-production teams that work on learning design initiatives.
  • Oversee the development of asynchronous courses, including a standardized course design process, boot camps for faculty, asynchronous course standards, and project management protocols. Work with academic administration and program heads to identify potential new course design projects.
  • Oversee the Teach Partnership program, which provides targeted learning design intervention for faculty looking to improve aspects of their courses. Work with academic administration and program heads to identify potential new Teach Partners.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Teaching and Learning team on innovative ways to better support online learning and teaching. Use data to analyze the effectiveness of learning design interventions and identify potential projects.
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.


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.
Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

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Work Format Details

This position will be based in Cambridge, MA. Hybrid workplace models in place at DCE with a minimum of 2 days per week on campus. DCE may adjust these as necessary or appropriate.

Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises four academic units serving about 30,000 domestic and international students annually, which allow Harvard to meet the learning needs of intellectually curious and highly motivated students from high school through retirement. Established in 1910, the Harvard Extension School (HES) offers access to Harvard faculty for a diverse community of adult learners, enrolling about 15,000 students. HES offers over 1,200 open enrollment courses — 85 percent of which are accessible online — and provides flexibility through noncredit, undergraduate, and graduate courses, including degrees, certificates, and a premedical program. The Harvard Summer School, founded in 1871, offers around 450 credit and noncredit courses both on the Harvard Campus and online, catering to 10,000 high school, college, and adult learners. Additionally, it offers more than 15 international study abroad programs, hosting up to 300 students each summer. Harvard DCE Professional & Executive Development delivers over 140 noncredit programs annually, reaching more than 3,600 participants through online platforms and its executive development center in Cambridge. The Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement offers about 140 peer-taught courses to approximately 550 active members.


 Harvard FAS

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the home of Harvard’s undergraduate program (Harvard College, founded in 1636) as well as all of Harvard’s PhD. programs (the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1872). The 40 academic departments and more than 30 centers of the FAS support a community unparalleled in its academic excellence across the broadest range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Together, the FAS seeks to foster an environment of ambition, curiosity and shared commitment to knowledge and truth that elicits excellence from all members of our community and prepares the next generation of leaders through a transformative educational experience.

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