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Head of Instructional Design, Plymouth



Plymouth, United Kingdom 

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Design, Education
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Job Description:

Sponge UK is looking for a Head of Instructional Design to lead our instructional design team in Plymouth. If you are a talented and creative Instructional Designer with 5 years’ experience in delivering elearning solutions and leading ID teams this could be for you.  
So what does the role involve? We anticipate a 50/40/10 split as described below.  

Managing the team: 50%
We have a team of 5 in house Instructional Designers with excellent skills and abilities, each bringing different talents to the table. In addition we are supported by a number of regular externals. You role is to guide and inspire them to produce high standards of work that delight our clients, as well supporting them in their personal growth.

Instructional design: 40%
You will lead on creative solutions and be responsible for your own work, including involvement throughout the whole life cycle of e-learning projects, from developing initial concepts and solutions at the proposal stage to creating storyboards and working collaboratively with clients and other members of the team. Travel is involved to visit clients based in the UK, mainland Europe and the US.

Vision and shaping: 10%
More strategically, you will also be relied upon to introducing the latest thinking into ID into the team, continuously adding to the expertise base and shaping the output for the company. You’ll liaise with the company directors to ensure that this is on the right track and will enhance company competitiveness with your creative vision, knowledge and open mindedness.
Key Responsibilities
Managing the team:
Responsible for the quality output of the team and their wellbeing
Hosting regular team meetings
Liaising with project managers on upcoming work
Negotiating tasks as needed
Allocating tasks appropriately
Managing external IDs
Reviewing work in relation to the standards
Supporting and growing ID skills
Carry out PDRs
Instructional design:
Writing solutions for client proposals (all aspects considered from concept to visual to technical)
Meeting clients and carrying out TNA’s and content workshops
Producing design specs, content maps, storyboards
Briefing the ID team on storyboard requirements
Working collaboratively on the delivery of elearning with design, development and media team and project management
Occasional – film shoot direction, animation direction, voiceover scripting.
Vision and shaping
Attend management meetings
Continually develop own knowledge of ID, technology and trends
Building new ideas into proposals
Gaining buy in

Job Requirements:

As well as being extremely creative and a visual thinker, the ideal Head of Instructional Design will:
  • Bring enthusiasm and positivity to the team
  • Possess leadership skills, building trust and respect
  • Have experience leading teams of IDs
  • Have a minimum of four years working for an e-learning company for a breadth of clients in the public and private sector
  • Is able to demonstrate working to best instructional design practices and processes
  • Excellent command of written English
  • Educated to degree level
  • Experience closely collaborating with and briefing designers and developers
  • Have an effective understanding and interest in the latest e-learning technologies
  • Strong organizational skills and manage time well
  • Have excellent client facing skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proactive and able to work on own initiative
  • Be a good team player
  • Demonstrate a pro-active interest in elearning, technology, design and creativity

Employment Type:

Full time
Company Info
Sponge UK
Plymouth Science Park
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1752 762101
Web Site: http://www.spongeuk.com/
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