2U partners with elite postsecondary institutions that have ambitious visions for their online degrees. Each degree Program comprises a catalogue of academic courses that share a common vision and educational purpose. The Strategy team in Curriculum and Learning for 2UGrad works with our partner faculty to create the vision, articulate the goals and design for each course within a degree program based upon the unique nature and needs of each program and their overarching degreecurriculum. As the Lead Strategist you will engage all new partners, leading them through a strategic and creative discovery phase. Your work will seek to elevate the quality of the course-level strategy and establish the character of that program throughout the design and development work that follows.
As a senior member of the Strategy team, you will be expected to devise and conduct a rigorous process of analysis, identification, synthesis and communication of each partner’s differentiating qualities. Your mission is to look beyond explicit program objectives to find innovative approaches to teaching and learning that will establish each 2U degree program as the very best example of its kind available to graduate students. Your success in performing this role will be measured by demonstrated educational outcomes and the value reported by core stakeholders: both external (partner leadership, faculty, students) and internal (2U’s Program Excellence; Curriculum Development, Program Management; Marketing, and Executive Leadership).
Key responsibilities include but are not limited too:
- Establish a unique student & facultyexperience for every 2U degree program that considers the business objectives, market positioning, academic mission and our opportunities for innovation and delivering exceptional educational outcomes.
- Leveraging all of the understanding gained through New Partnerships and Academic Engagement, serve as the 2U lead to establishing a strategic foundation for every 2U partner program, ensuring a seamless transition from partnership development by creating a consistent approach to Course Strategy for each program.
- Identify and foster the development of new technological options or process innovations that will enable the realization of strategic vision and educational outcomes for new programs.
- Design and manage the 2U process for developing curriculum-level product strategy and the Master Strategy Plantemplate to enable a foundation for all partner curriculum and course development work across the term of our partnerships.
- Lead efforts to discover partner needs for new technological options that support active learning and collaborative learning and partner with units such as UX and Product to create innovative solutions.
- Devise and implement a consistent and effective communication plan to enable effective uses of the the Master Strategy Plan across 2U teams.
- Devise an effective and consistent process with internal cross-functional teams for execution and maintenance of the Master Strategy.
- Set and pursue strategic goals for influencing shape of partnerships to come, involving internal and external expertise as desired in creating those goals
- Applyexperience and judgment to 2U’s prioritization of of courses offering the greatest opportunity for innovation, as well as those representing potential challenges.
- Ensure early engagement with program leadership and partner faculty so that Course Strategists have motivated collaborators and a solid foundation for creating effective course designs.
Other Attributes That Will Help You in This Role and at 2U:
- Your enthusiasm is contagious
- You explain things well and you are equally very comfortable discussing new with academic subject matter with leading experts, as well as UX/UI or assessment needs with TechDev Product Management.
- You possess and constantly refine an agile, robust, and persuasive verbal and written communication skill set.
- You can see the big picture, but enjoy documenting the minutiae of a process or strategy.
- You are creative and comfortable with ambiguity, but you can constrain the ambitions of a plan to the available time and resources, producing under strict deadlines.
- You are an active listener, who is known for practical and empathetic advice.
- You are a pragmatic, constructive devil’s advocate
Things That Should Be in Your Background
- 8 to 10 years of professional experience in education, curriculum development, educational strategy, learning design or other highly-transferable area of expertise
- Examples of academic strategic development and planning at a degree or curricular level
- Demonstrated experienced leading persuasive and dynamic high-level meetings, presentations and workshops with high-profile clients and putting them at ease with new processes
- A succession of stories that highlight your ability to solve complex problems within rigid limitations
- While academic credentials may be valuable, we are equally interested in comparable relevant professional or personal experience