Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)

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The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is an affiliated program within the International Division of the Brigham Health Department of Emergency Medicine and is the primary humanitarian outreach arm of Harvard University. The mission of HHI is to conduct research and education on the practice of relieving human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. This position reports to the Chair of Emergency Medicine and under the guidance of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's (HHI) Executive Director.

HHI is looking for an Instructional Designer for HHI's educational programs and online learning activities, such as the Harvard Humanitarian Academy, Executive Negotiation Project (ENP), Building a Better Response (BBR), HHI Learning Management System (LMS), and others. The Instructional Designer will serve as a technical expert to design and develop HHI's online learning programs, create and implement instructor-led, computer-based, and virtual training modules and courses using innovative technology and learning solutions. The Instructional Designer will be part of the HHI operations team and will work closely with respective principal investigators and project leads who will supervise and guide the instructional design activities. The Instructional Designer will be encouraged to research ways to improve HHI's education and online learning programs, implement new instructional design approaches, examine similar programs by other organizations, and explore grant opportunities that could support growth. The successful Instructional Designer will have experience in adult learning theory with an in-depth understanding of instructional design and online learning principles, strategies, technologies, and program development, with an eye towards fair use policy and international accessibility.


  • Design experiential online and hybrid learning experiences appropriate for adult professional learners
  • Work closely with subject matter experts to craft, revise, and maintain training and additional learning content
  • Collaborate with all HHI staff and faculty on curriculum development and instructional design needs
  • Oversee instructional design and content development activities
  • Develop, in collaboration with project teams, learning objectives, assessment questions that demonstrate knowledge, and assist with question development and updating
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation planning for education programs and online learning
  • Design, develop, and maintain classroom, virtual classroom, and self-paced training content
  • Provide technical support on individual learning modules, the HHI Learning Management System, or for the virtual classroom as needed
  • Consult in development of assessment instruments to measure efficacy of learning content and curriculum in meeting program goals.
  • Spearhead review of all online course content and prepare new course scripts to optimize learner experience
  • Research and script online videos
  • Evaluate text for outdated learning or sector policies on a short timeline, and confidently update sections with input from project teams
  • Plan for an ongoing system of training review and user feedback; expansion of training to other venues, languages, and geographical regions; expansion of access to training via hand-held devices and remote access; and combining on-line training with simulations and field educational programs
  • Oversee the effort of student interns related to HHI's education and online learning programs
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field preferred
  • Three or more years as a lead content developer, or depth of experience as part of an Instructional Systems Design team, working on programming related to adult learning, executive education, and professional development

  • Experience in analyzing, building, and assessing curricula for synchronous and asynchronous classroom-based or virtual training environments.
  • Fluency with instructional systems design models and methodologies, tools, and dynamic platforms for global audiences with varying bandwidth and technical accessibility.
  • Basic HTML , Javascript, and other programming knowledge in line with learning management systems
  • Visual design software skills (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
  • Capacity in writing effective copy, instructional text, audio, and video scripts and storyboards.
  • Experience using or authoring in a learning management system preferred
  • Experience with Digital Asset Creation, Moodle, and Storyline/Captivate preferred
  • Proficiency in working with learning management systems.
  • Effectiveness with global and virtual teams.
  • Demonstrated confidence and exceptional ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person and online with multicultural stakeholders.
  • Experience in creating educational content for multicultural professional audiences.
  • Excellent oral and written proficiency in English; French is a plus.
  • Experience with project management.

  • Additional Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and manage complex project plans with competing priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Excellent collaboration skills across time zones and geographic locations.
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to work in the absence of complete information.

  • Note: Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, the interview process and position will be conducted virtually - including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once this role returns to an operational status that supports it.

    EEO Statement
    Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

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