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Senior Director Learning Research & Design

General Assembly


Posted over 30 days ago...


Join General Assembly as they are looking for a Senior Director Learning Research & Design


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U.S. Remote

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Since 2011, General Assembly (GA) has transformed tens of thousands of careers through pioneering, experiential education in today’s most in-demand skills. As featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times, GA offers training in web development, data, design, marketing, and more, both online and at campuses across multiple countries. Our global professional community boasts more than 95,000 full- and part-time alumni — and counting.

In addition to fostering career growth for individuals, GA helps employers cultivate top diverse tech talent and spur innovation by transforming their teams through strategic learning. More than 21,000 employees at elite companies worldwide have honed their digital fluency with our corporate training programs. GA has also been recognized as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, and Fast Company has dubbed us leaders in World-Changing Ideas as well as the #1 Most Innovative Company in Education.

We are looking for a Senior Director, Learning Design who is passionate about learning and learners and can drive evidence-based, student-centered design for transformative, job skills-focused learning experiences.

The Senior Director, Learning Design will report to General Assembly’s VP of Learning and Innovation, and will lead the learning design function that develops, maintains, and delivers the company’s instructor-led and on-demand offerings for our B2B and B2C learners. This is one of the key functions of the learning team working with their counterparts in edtech product and instruction to realize the learning vision. This learning design function includes teams dedicated to curriculum development, consultative learning design, and content management; and is responsible for developing innovative learning products for upskilling and reskilling.

This is a U.S.-based role with flexibility to be 100% remote.


  • Lead and develop a team of instructional designers, client-facing learning experience architects, assessment and content managers around a unified vision of learning aligned to GA’scompany strategy.

  • Drive the strategy and approach in competency-based learning and modular curriculum design for enabling flexible, stackable learning products. 

  • Evolve processes for evidence-based design, development, and continuous improvement of instructor-led and on-demand courses to ensure instructors and students have access to the highest quality and most impactful learning experiences.

  • Create a harmonized design process for a global learning design team working across clients, students, instructors, and/or other internal stakeholder.

  • Ensure the team has the right roles, competencies, and culture to be successful in achieving organizational goals.

  • Work with the Head of Faculty as well as Product Management to refine processes for gathering input from external stakeholders, instructors, students, SMEs and others that lead to curricular innovation.


  • Deep knowledge of learning science, learning theories, or learning design principles and their applications to adult learning.

  • Experience in developing curriculum strategy and learning products, particularly with mapping and aligning curriculum to competency taxonomies.

  • Ability to think strategically about long-term development needs of an organization balanced with a strong ability to operationalize and execute near-term priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams in a matrixed environment and organize cross-functionally with product management, instructor management, and client success teams.

  • Passionate about GA’s mission to transform our students’ lives through learning and alignment with GA’s Statement of Diversity and Inclusion.

  • Experience integrating the application of academic research and design-based research into the learning design process for products

Nice to have:

  • Knowledge of industry standards (e.g. SCORM, xAPI, Caliper) and tools (e.g., LCMSs, assessment and authoring tools, etc.).

  • 10+ years experience in instructional design and adult learning, including on-demand, and virtual and in-person instructor-led modalities.


  • Drives for Results

  • Plans and Aligns

  • Strategic Mindset 

  • Drives Vision & Purpose 

  • Builds Effective Teams

The anticipated annualized salary range for this position in the US market is $129,000 and $160,000. Salary will be determined based on experience, education, geographic location, and other factors.  If hired as a regular full-time employee, this position will include a variable compensation plan which could be a bonus or a commission.
US benefit offerings for full-time employment may include medical, dental, vision, term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, additional voluntary benefits, commuter benefits, wellness plans & reimbursement and retirement programs. Available paid leave may include paid time off, parental leave and holiday pay.

The salary range published in this job posting is for US based locations only. Non-US based candidates interested in this position can email [email removed - click apply for more details] for country specific pay range details and benefits offered.

Unless otherwise noted, remote positions can be performed from the following approved General Assembly operating countries.

United States of America (states of operation may vary), Canada (provinces of operation may vary), United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore.


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