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Manager Learning Experience Design - Remote

Date: Oct 16, 2021

Location: Round Rock, TX, US, 78664

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 17047

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Manager, Learning Experience Design

The Manager, Learning Experience Design (LXD) uses relevant teaching and learning experiences in developing digital-first solutions that solve specific market problems shared by teachers and students. The LXD Manager has experience teaching mathematics or has equivalent experience in building mathematics-related curriculum products. As an LXD Manager, you participate in developing various solutions as part of a collaborative scrum team and you are comfortable offering opinions and willing to think innovatively about potential solutions. Using agile methodologies, you will lead or guide a scrum team, modeling problem-solving prowess, effective collaboration, and prioritization skills to deliver incremental value to users. You will also manage and mentor other math Learning Experience Designers.


Expectations related to User Experience & Instructional Design

  • Help define and influence the end-to-end user journey for all digital experiences on HMH's teaching and learning platform
  • Deliver value to customers in keeping with capacity constraints, budget, and market expectations, often arriving at and advocating for fresh, innovative solutions that surprise and delight users
  • Demonstrate an ability to leverage and apply expertise in many areas: mathematics discipline-specific knowledge, assessment, social emotional learning (SEL), Culturally Responsive Education, hands-on learning, differentiation, standards analysis, data analytics, English learner support, etc.


Expectations related to Core Competencies

  • Works flexibly across grade levels, K-5 or 6-12
  • Creates and adapts content and metadata for a digital-first experience, and guides team members in the same, as needed


Expectations related to Agile Development

  • Serves as a product owner or developer on a cross-functional team responsible for solving teaching and learning problems.
  • Relies on discovery and data analysis to test, develop, deliver, and iteratively optimize solutions in a variety of media formats.  Understands, applies, and models agile story-pointing and ceremonies in such a way as to ensure work is completed on time and is of high quality.
  • As developer, actively participates in retrospectives to identify and offer solutions to problems.
  • As product owner, adeptly uses retrospectives as a way to solve problems and improve team output and collaboration.


Expectations related to Data Analysis

  • Seeks out and applies data from a variety of sources, including HMH's teaching and learning platform, to address market problems. Understands and utilizes usage and efficacy data (e.g., task difficulty, time on task, growth data as connected via the spine) to guide the team in iterating/improving upon instructional content.


Expectations related to People

  • Takes responsibility to seek out opportunities for deepening own knowledge and expertise in market environment, pedagogical and content issues, and process improvements.
  • Manages 3 - 4 Math Learning Experience Designers and provides coaching and career-growth support.
  • Mentors direct reports as well as scrum team members in a way that grows strengths across all team members.


Definition of Success

  • Iterative deliveries of solutions that meet market problem needs on time and budget as measured by product sales, customer testimonials, and platform usage data.
  • Successful state, district, and third-party evaluations that reflect the high-quality and usability of teaching and learning solutions.
  • Meeting needs intuitively with little active support/guidance from more senior members of the team as measured by team surveys/retrospectives and other means of team feedback.


Minimum Years of Experience

  • 5+ years teaching mathematics or experience in developing mathematics programs
  • 2+ years managing people or serving as a Product Owner in an Agile product development framework


Degree Required

  • BA required; MA is a plus


Technical Skills

  • Comfortable working in a variety of digital authoring tools and content-management systems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and JIRA a plus
  • Agile, digital CMS, data analysis/interpretation
  • Microsoft Office, Jira, digital authoring tools
  • Subject matter content expertise and/or instructional design expertise; digital development and delivery (preferred); team management (preferred)


Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer. Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.
  • Position may not be performed in Colorado




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, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  


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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