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Course Strategist

Course Strategist

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US-NY-New York
Content & Production

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What We're Looking For

As a Course Strategist, you will be part of a new and exciting evolution of the 2U Content team, called Course Strategy. Course Strategy will help lead university partners through a transformative design process, to not only effectively translate, but transform their teaching to take advantage of this unique learning environment. You will help develop new online teaching methods and processes to develop them, and collaborate with university partners and faculty to build the world’s best online degree programs.


Externally, you are a teaching and technology consultant, collaborating with groups of faculty to workshop good teaching strategies for delivering their curriculum online. Internally you are responsible for the quality and effectiveness of the online course, where you define the technical, conceptual, and strategic requirements to deliver a high quality course online that achieves great outcomes. We are looking for an experienced education leader to help build this new process, deliver great outcomes for students and faculty, and work on the frontlines to shape the future of education.



Consideration for this role requires the submission of a resume and a thorough but appropriately concise response to the following prompt:


Think of a memorable classroom learning experience you have had. If you were tasked with delivering a great version of this learning experience online, what challenges and opportunities would this present? What parts of the experience would risk failing online, and what parts could you imagine being more effective or meaningful? Please be sure to provide rationale and evidence for your opinion.


Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To

  • Lead course strategy meetings with faculty, creating custom plans to execute good teaching practices online
  • Lead groups of faculty through workshops and conversations on best practices for teaching online
  • Seek opportunities for, and
 participate in the definition and development of new online teaching methods and ways to implement and deliver them
  • Collaborate with internal and external program leadership with confidence and competence, meeting any hurdles or resistance you may face with a calm and positive mindset
  • Deliver presentations to faculty and school leadership on delivering great course experiences online
  • Design strategies, how-to guides, and materials on best practices in online teaching based on learning science and adult learning theory that can be employed and used consistently in 2U’s unique platform
  • Measure course strategy effectiveness with both “big” and “little” data, from reading and understanding video metrics to interviewing students and faculty about their experience in a particular course
  • Collect findings into actionable steps we can take to improve content design
  • Handoff strategic vision to production staff who work directly with faculty to develop the online course.

Things That Should Be in Your Background

  • Bachelors of Arts or Science
  • 6-8 years of relevant professional experience in the higher education, teaching, learning science, or technology space
  • Demonstrated leadership in higher education
  • Demonstrated experienced leading presentations and working with high-profile clients and putting them at ease with new processes
  • Success working on projects with cross-functional teams or with external partners

While academic credentials could be of great interest, we are equally interested in you if you don't have academic credentials but have relevant professional or personal experience. One or more of these may be in your background:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in cognitive psychology, education psychology, information science, learning analytics, or a related field
  • Consulting experience for either nonprofit or for profit industries
  • Experience leading workshops for teachers on professional development and best practices
  • Experience conducting educational research with common qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience teaching in higher education

Course Strategists work across multiple academic programs. The position is located in our New York City office, reporting to 2U’s Senior Director, Content Strategy. We have a close knit team culture in the office and are very flexible with work hour schedules or work from home requests.

Other Attributes That Will Help You in This Role

  • Excellent and persuasive communication skills both orally, and in writing
  • Instinct to identify ways in which things can be done
  • Experience designing quantitative and qualitative research studies and analyzing the results
  • You are a better listener than all your friends
  • Willingness to travel to
 the campuses of our partner schools as needed
  • Experience working with academics or content experts

EEO statement:
2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay and dismissal.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs. Our Platform, a fusion services and technology, enables schools to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students around the world. Our company culture is united by our No Back Row® philosophy; the idea that when we each lean in and do our part, we are better individually and collectively.

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement
At 2U, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities of our employees. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by the ways in which we are different, as well as the ways in which we are the same.

Why It’s Great to Work at 2U
2U offers a high-energy work environment that’s both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our offices are casual and social places. We wear jeans to work and fuel brainstorming sessions with snacks and seltzer.

2U offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Life insurance, disability and 401(k)
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • Generous paid leave policies including a PTO allowance for your vacation, personal, or sick days
  • Additional time off benefits include:
    • time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations
    • parental leave after 12 months of employment
    • holidays that include a winter break from Christmas through New Year and more!
  • Tuition reimbursement program