Lead Learning Designer

Soomo Learning - Asheville, NC, United States

Employee Position, Remote

As Lead Learning Designer, you will oversee the learning design, strategy, and student experience of our online courses. In cooperation with our leadership team, subject matter experts, and production specialists, the Lead Learning Designer will ensure that our courses meet our high standards of excellence for instructors and adult learners in a variety of higher ed settings.

About Soomo Learning

Since 2004, Soomo Learning has been creating high-quality, interactive, digital textbooks for higher education. We launched with the objective to “create courseware that works better and costs less than a traditional textbook.” As we put our work to the test, we learned it takes much more than changing a textbook to improve student outcomes. Outcome improvement comes from careful attention to the problems at hand, collaboration with faculty, and iteration. Soomo Learning is an organization built to uncover the strategies and tools to best enable student success in any given course. Today, Soomo Learning provides a broad range of services, technology, and content development for the design, delivery, and improvement of online, blended, and traditional courses. Soomo is a team of people who have chosen to invest our lives in creating better digital resources for learning.

Report: position reports to Executive Editor


  • Develop course blueprints to map learning experiences, using backward design to scaffold outcomes to formative assessments and other measures that provide evidence for those outcomes

  • Conduct thorough course analyses, including evaluation of course goals and student needs, with an ability to demonstrate how and why learning designs succeed

  • Generate learning strategy solutions, compare potential approaches, and determine prototyping strategies

  • Supervise and mentor teammates (potentially with management responsibilities) in critically and creatively applying best learning design practices in their own work

  • Successfully partner with client schools and guide them toward embracing well-founded design practices

  • Work with editorial leadership and teammates to initiate ideas and solutions, anticipate and resolve problems, and ensure excellent results

  • Strengthen our products, processes, and outcomes by furthering your knowledge of disciplines and trends core to our team’s growth


  • 5+ years of relevant experience

  • Advanced degree in cognitive psychology, learning/curriculum design, or related discipline

  • Demonstrable knowledge in the application of learning methodologies, instructional practices, and online learning design

  • Track record of successful application of learning design and instructional practices in developing online learning

  • Ability to successfully manage and optimize projects and processes

  • Willingness to continually test assumptions and apply research in innovative ways

  • Strong technical skills using development and communication tools such as Word, Google Docs, and Slack

  • Willingness to learn new technologies and incorporate new skills and knowledge into daily work

  • Highly organized, self-motivated, with exceptional initiative and commitment to excellence

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Experience working with undergraduate curriculum strongly preferred

Posted On: Monday, March 15, 2021

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