Houghton Mifflin Home-Based Sr Instructional Designer in Boston, Massachusetts

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Date:Mar 12, 2018

Location:Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 11381

Additional Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, Raleigh, North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Orlando, Florida, Washington, D. C.

This position is Home-based.

Purpose of the Role: The Senior Instructional Designer, Services eLearning will work as an integral part of a collaborative team to design, develop, and implement entry- and advanced level online eLearning courses for our Services organization. These online courses provide learners with information, skills, and strategies needed to support customers with implementation, follow-up/advanced courses, and coaching. The immediate focus of the Senior eLearning Instructional Designer, to build online coursework around revenue generating consultant delivered programs. The Senior eLearning Instructional Designer will use the existing stylebook and guidelines to design, develop, and produce engaging, interactive eLearning courses. This role is heavily focused on eLearning design and development using Articulate Storyline 360, though experience with VILT and ILT instructional design is preferred.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create interactive and engaging, eLearning courses, narration scripts, screen text, knowledge assessments, facilitator guides and job aids using rapid prototyping, SAM, ADDIE, and agile development approaches.

  • Apply adult learning methodologies and best practices to author asynchronous learning as required for product and services training.

  • Work with Curriculum Designers and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to identify course description, learning objectives, content, and eLearning activities.

  • Take existing and/or new content and develop training from the requirements, design, and storyboard phase through development, testing, and publishing phases.

  • Build scenario-based eLearning experiences, interactive informational overviews, and more.

  • Present storyboards and draft materials to SMEs and team members for review.

  • Implement feedback effectively and efficiently.

  • Manage graphic design needs for each project.

  • Work with vendor to professionally voice audio.

  • Import audio files into finalized instructional materials and edit as needed.

  • Produce in Storyline 360 and upload finalized course into LMS.

  • Perform QA reviews.

  • Keep open line of communication with team members to ensure consistent and accurate course development.

  • Thorough familiarity with and ability to apply instructional design principles, strategies, and adult learning theories and methodologies to various types of projects

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of several applications including Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Articulate Storyline 360, SnagIT, Photoshop, and more

  • Experience with designing usable content and publishing online training to varying platforms including: web, smart phones, tablets (iOS, Android), etc.

  • Able to learn products, programs and services quickly

  • Ability to logically organize information

  • Ability to identify and summarize key business issues into learning examples

  • Ability to create measurable objectives, based on the audience’s needs

  • Strong writing skills with the ability to effectively craft scripts/narration from scratch

  • Ability to collaborate actively with others on cross-functional teams

  • Effectively communicate both visually and verbally, be a good listener

  • Employ strong project management, communication and collaboration skills, and a passion for creating innovative educational solutions

  • Ability to work in a Virtual online environment using Skype for Business, BOX, phone collaboration meetings.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure of time constraints and challenging deadlines in a fast-paced, complex, rapidly changing, innovative, invigorating, collaborative and team-oriented environment

  • Ability to work independently, self-direct, and be self-sufficient while succeeding in a team environment

  • High degree of flexibility and tolerance for change

  • Interest in continuous improvement and dedication to updating skills.

  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Sales acumen

  • Acceptance of feedback and constructive evaluation of work.

  • Ability to travel as needed (20%)


  • Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Education, or related field or comparable related work experience .Master's degree preferred.

  • Expert knowledge of Articulate Storyline, Storyline 360 preferred.

  • 3-5 years' experience creating web-based training.

  • 1+ year training experience in virtual environment preferred.

  • 3+ years sales training experience preferred.

  • Instructional Design with soft skills training (sales, customer service, coaching)

ABOUT US:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.For more information, visithttp://careers.hmhco.com

PLEASE NOTE: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.



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