As one of the great gardens of the world located just 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens is rooted in a steadfast mission of excellence in horticulture, education, and the arts. Across our many departments, each and every staff member creates the magic that makes our Gardens distinctive. Our team of dynamic professionals is what sets us apart, and our spirit of legacy, innovation, and opportunity is what guides us. While beauty is our heart, our people are our soul.
Longwood Gardens Engagement and Learning Department delivers globally renowned learning programs and we are seeking an energetic Instructional Designer and Learning Techniques Manager to lead our dynamic team. The successful candidate will provide instructional as well as program design expertise for the development of asynchronous, synchronous and hybrid courses. They will apply best practices in course design and pedagogical principles to offer teaching strategies, assessments and innovative content delivery methods for online learning. In addition, this individual will collaborate with subject matter experts to transition courses from face-to-face to blended or fully online.
The Instructional Designer will make a difference by: designing and producing high quality, inspiring learning materials to maximize student learning outcomes; managing the learning management system administration; contributing to the success of the department by researching and evaluating new learning methodologies and technologies; and developing and conducting workshops and trainings for instructors and department staff to encourage effectiveness in teaching online.
The ideal candidate will possess a Masters degree in Instructional Design or related field, and a minimum of 3 years management experience, with working knowledge of instructional design for adult learners and educational technology tools for interaction and assessment within a learning management system. Ability to effectively communicate with subject matter experts and instructors from varied disciplines, levels of teaching experience, and technical expertise is essential. Experience in an educational institution or not-for-profit preferred. Horticulture knowledge is a plus.
The Engagement and Learning Department is composed of five divisions: School (K-12) & Youth Programs, Domestic & International Studies, Longwood Fellows Program, Continuing Education, and Library & Information Services. The Department also supports Seed Your Future, a national initiative to promote horticulture and careers in horticulture.
Successful applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exceptions to the COVID vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons.
Longwood Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity, equality, and inclusion strengthen our institution and the world around us.