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Learning Designer

Encounter Edu is looking for an excellent Learning Designer, who wishes to grow their career and have a national and international impact on how young people learn about their changing world. This is an exciting opportunity to join this award-winning social enterprise at an exciting point in our growth and development.

Encounter Edu designs and runs STEM and Global Citizenship education programmes, which make use of virtual exchange, live broadcast and virtual reality. These technologies create classroom encounters that widen young people’s worldview. Learning is further underpinned by an online library of teacher resources and training. Combined, these provide children with the experience and knowledge to develop as engaged citizens and critical thinkers for the 21st century.

The Role

Under general supervision of the Education Director, the Learning Designer is responsible for the design and production of Teacher Resources, Activities and Professional Development deliverables for Encounter Edu clients, as well as education input, where needed, into all Encounter Edu outputs. The Learning Designer will also represent Encounter Edu from time-to-time at conferences, seminars and other education events.

  • Designs and produces education deliverables for clients.
  • Supports the development of Encounter Edu’s education offer.
  • Supports Encounter Edu’s outreach, marketing and communications to ensure that it is attractive to teachers.

Location: London (Vauxhall)
Start date: May / June 2019
Application deadline: Immediate and rolling
Annual salary: £30,000 - £35,000

What we are looking for

You will have some experience in education resource writing and may also have classroom experience. This role will offer the opportunity to work on a diverse range of citizenship and STEM education programmes and join a rapidly growing team; with our outputs tending to be aligned with science, geography, citizenship, design and technology, and computing programmes of study. What is important above all is your ability to write clearly for teachers and produce well-structured guidance.

Essential Skills & Experience

  • ­ Experience of writing high quality teaching resources.
  • ­ Excellent proof-reading and copy-writing skills.
  • ­ Exceptional standard of written English.
  • ­ Strong academic skills as you will need to get up to speed on areas of curricula that you may not be familiar with.
  • ­ Thrive in a fast-paced environment and able to hit deadlines.
  • ­ Inspired by working on important environmental and social issues.
  • Excellent computer skills (especially knowledge of MS Office).
Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1. Design and create education deliverables to a professional standard and meeting client needs.

Encounter Edu creates education materials for clients, following briefs agreed by the Accounts team and leadership. The role of the Learning Designer is to respond to these briefs and design and create education deliverables that meet client needs.

The Learning Designer is expected to lead on the creation of three main types of education materials: teacher resources (see examples at https://encounteredu.com/teachers), activities (see examples at https://encounteredu.com/discover/activities) and professional development materials including the writing of subject updates and design of online and offline training course materials (see examples at https://encounteredu.com/cpd).

Where necessary, the Learning Designer will seek the subject, phase and territory-based expertise from external sources by conducting workshops and through the use of freelancers and consultants.

2. Input into creation of multimedia outputs and live broadcasts to ensure they are aligned with education aims.

Clients may also wish to commission additional education materials in the form of videos, photo galleries, graphics, interactives and 360VR media (see examples at https://encounteredu.com/discover). The Learning Designer will provide input into this creation process to ensure that multimedia outputs are aligned with the education aims of client programmes.

Encounter Edu also delivers Encounter Live programmes, which comprise either live broadcasts (following live investigation, expert interview, or ask me anything formats) and virtual exchanges between classes. The Learning Designer will support other members of the Education team to ensure that the design of these live broadcasts and events meets the educational aims of the client programmes.

3. Design reporting structure to measure impact of Encounter Edu’s education programmes.

For all Encounter Edu education deliverables, the Learning Designer will assist with the creation of a monitoring and evaluation structure. Encounter Edu provides client reports on the impact of education deliverables using a reach x significance model, where reach is determined through the use of data analytics and significance is measured through teacher surveys. Additional follow-up phone interviews may be conducted.

Surveys and follow-up interviews will be conducted by the Outreach Manager, and the Learning Designer is responsible for the overall ‘significance’ element of reporting, through the creation of overall Encounter Edu metrics and cascading these down through each client programme.

4. Support Encounter Edu’s status as a world-class education provider.

Encounter Edu prides itself on creating world-class education resources for a series of high profile clients. This can be seen through the templates used for the education resources, to the high level of subject knowledge and step-by-step accessibility found in the resources.

The Learning Designer will be part of a process of continuous improvement bringing fresh ideas to Encounter Edu’s education offer, using their professional network to identify upcoming trends and the needs of teachers.

5. Review and provide feedback on work created by freelancers and consultants to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

Encounter may choose to outsource different stages of the design and creation process for education deliverables. In such cases, the Learning Designer will work with the Accounts team to provide timely feedback to freelancers and consultants to ensure that the final work received is of the requisite standard.

6. Support outreach and communications to ensure campaigns are aligned to education aims and current education trends.

Encounter Edu’s success is dependent not only on the quality of its education provision, but also the reach that this provision receives. The marketing, outreach and communications surrounding Encounter Edu’s resources and other offers is conducted by the Outreach Manager as well as the Communications team.

The Learning Designer will provide support to ensure that the strategies and messaging in Encounter Edu marketing, outreach and communications is aligned to Encounter Edu’s output and education aims.

7. Represent Encounter Edu at events ensuring that the education offer is understood and appreciated.

The Learning Designer will also play the role of ambassador for Encounter Edu when attending events. As such, they will need to work with the Communications team to understand how Encounter Edu is positioned and the key messaging points.

The Learning Designer may also be offered the opportunity to make presentations on behalf of Encounter Edu. In such cases, support will be provided within the Education team to develop slides and talking points.

To apply

Send your CV and a cover letter to [email protected] with title of position mentioned in the subject line of your email.

Encounter Edu for diversity

As an organization, we believe that the diversity of a team results in smarter and stronger outputs. Therefore, we encourage and welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Join us!

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