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General Program Manager, Instructional Design



Design, Operations
Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Who We Are

NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.

With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale. Through building impactful partnerships and programmes, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.

NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement – all grounded in learning science – to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.

NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behavior change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.

NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honored to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.

NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe – a more equitable globe – to join us.

Academics Group

The objective of the Academics group is to drive student achievement. To do so, we must know – what is happening minute-by-minute for the typical child. The student’s daily experience, and thus the path to achievement, emerges from their relationship with the teachers and the content that is delivered in the classroom. Our team is collaboratively organized around these levers. We develop rigorous content pitched at the right level for students to be delivered by a teacher who is prepared to succeed in the classroom. Our Instructional Design department builds the content; our Leadership & Development department trains teachers and school leaders using scientifically-proven techniques; our Learning Innovation department looks at cutting-edge research to generate breakthrough learning gains. Underpinning all of this is the work of the independent Measurement and Evaluation group, which provides Academics with an empirical orientation toward improving that daily experience and, in turn, driving achievement.

Instructional Design

The Instructional Design department produces the learning materials that are used in schools across the communities where we work. This department has team members based in multiple NewGlobe support offices, organized into teams that each work on a portfolio of projects. Driving student achievement through the development of rigorous content is the number one priority. One core tenet of the approach is less lecture (traditional among many schools in our markets) and more student practice. Consistent, rigorous opportunities to refine skills are crucial to a child’s learning progression. The Instructional Design department structures all lessons, textbooks, and other materials to ensure this.

About the Role

The General Program Manager will oversee a variety of projects in the Instructional Design department. The nature of these projects varies – you may work on a remedial reading project one quarter and a secondary math course the next. We deeply value flexibility and openness to change in this role. In all cases, your work will relate directly to the creation of high quality instructional materials designed to meet specific student needs.

In some cases, you will independently work on projects; at other times, you may delegate tasks to a small team of associates. When working with associates, you will need to ensure that they are set up to succeed. Associates need to execute different projects, like writing scripted lesson plans, that must be completed by set deadlines. The General Program Manager will be expected to determine interim milestones and detailed specifications to provide clarity for these teams. This may take the form of writing step-by-step directions and criteria for success, developing a work plan, creating a tracker to monitor progress, reviewing and providing feedback on work, training, or other interventions.

When executing projects independently, you will need to ensure that you are managing your time effectively and collaborating with relevant teams to meet deadlines. It will be important to develop strong systems of organization so that you and others can easily track your progress.

As a whole, this role is a combination of occasional team management, independent task management, and lateral collaboration to ensure high quality production of deliverables. Your success in this role determines the effectiveness of the lessons and products we create for students around the globe.

What You Should Have

  • 2-3 years of experience in education, preferably including curriculum design, people and project management
  • A high degree of flexibility and adaptability
  • Extraordinary attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate with all members of a team
  • Self-motivation and the ability to independently manage multiple projects
  • An interest in multiple subjects and/or grade levels
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, teaching, publishing, or related field