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Senior Learning Experience Designer

Apply now Job no: 508651
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus - Eligible for Alternative Work Location
Categories: Digital Learning & Mobility Strategy

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

This position is designed to fill a needed role in leading, nurturing and supporting the OEL team in designing and developing exemplary learning experiences at Northeastern. This candidate will have demonstrated excellence in course design and development, awareness of latest research and processes and a talent for growing and nurturing a team. The Senior LX Designer reports to the Director of Learning Experience (LX) Design. This position is intended to fill a needed role in leading the development of various learning products. This candidate will have demonstrated excellence in course design and development, leadership and supervision of staff, awareness of latest research and processes, as well as growing and nurturing team talent.

In addition to existing responsibilities of a Learning Experience Designers the Senior LX Designer will excel in the following areas:

• Supervising a team of Instructional Designers and Learning Experience Designers 
• Supporting the goals of department and manager, the Sr. LX Designer will excel at working cross-functionally, leading OEL task groups and working with media developers, directors, faculty, and others, to ensure timely completion of design and learning experience projects, while maintaining a high quality end product.
• Supporting the director and team by leading efforts in training, development, and coaching of instructional designers as needed, particularly those who report directly to the Senior LX Designer.
• Working with the Director to implement needed updates, changes, upgrades as necessary to ensure the design process is on the cutting edge of best practices in online course development in higher-education and supports the mission and goals of the University.

Assisting the Director in the development and implementation of new online degree and certificate programs. Example of support might include but not be limited to standing in for director for related events, attend department meetings, provide training and mentoring for faculty and staff on the curriculum development process.




This position requires a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Educational Psychology or a related field and/or demonstrated equivalent work experience.

3+ years of experience in higher education with a track record of innovation with learning technologies and an understanding of learning science principles and technology trends.

Demonstrated experience and tangible success in designing, developing online experiential courses (OEL), experience with other models of course design and experience with instructional design consulting and support (CPSmodel).

He/she must be able to work strategically with many constituencies, peers, faculty, students, campus administrators and leadership etc. Teamwork and strong organizational and interpersonal skills are essential. He/she must have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; and ability to understand the online design processes.


Leadership abilities in training, mentoring and coaching designers, new or otherwise, in course design, learning experience design, and faculty relationship building best practices. The candidate should be able to identify appropriate training and mentoring plans for various issues.

Ability to take on new design projects with little oversight.

Ability to identify needed updates, changes, upgrades as necessary to ensure the design process is on the cutting edge of best practices in online course development in higher-education and supports the mission and goals of the University.

Demonstrated problem-solving and project management skills (including the ability to manage multiple deadlines, organize and prioritize work).  Ability to effectively manage projects that involve diverse individuals who may be local or at a distance.

Demonstrated ability to apply instructional design principles, learning theory, and educational technologies in the design and development of learning experiences.

A thorough knowledge and experience with best in class approaches to the development of various types of learning experiences required.


Experience with one or more learning management systems as well as common software used in the design and development of learning experiences. Ability to troubleshoot basic educational technology issues.

Experience working with production groups to build learning assets or curriculum, experience working with a variety of media and web developers.

Demonstrated abilities with use of eLearning tools and technologies (In particular, the articulate suite of products, html, CSS, a basic awareness of video production, and a comfort with learning new tools quickly).


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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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