Pearson Senior Instructional Designer in Glenview, Illinois

Senior Instructional Designer


At Pearson, we're committed to a world that's always learning and to our talented teams who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to live to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it's one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology - and each other to surpass these boundaries - we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world's innovations, personal and global, large and small.


The Senior Instructional Designer (Sr ID) position resides within a specific discipline Product Development team, which is responsible for the development of K-12 programs in that discipline. Reporting to the Director, Instructional Design & Technology, K-12, the Sr ID will assist in managing the processes of digital product conceptualization, budgeting, development and production. This process begins in the prototype phase and extends through a production phase, in which the Senior Instructional Designer collaborates closely with print and digital production colleagues. The candidate should have an excellent understanding of various Instructional Design methodologies and tools, and be able to apply creativity and sound instructional principles to solutions. The Sr ID may also lead other Instructional Designers on various projects.


Thework of the Senior Instructional Designer will impact K-12 education by helpingto bring 21stcentury learning to market. The decisions made by the SeniorInstructional Designer will influence the success of the Business Unit productofferings. The scope of the work willencompass everything from print products to computers to Interactive Whiteboardsto mobile devices to platforms and devices not yet available.


  • Work with editorial experts to develop instructional design plans that support program content within digital program platform and print components.

  • Work with User Interface team to design how content will be presented, organized and accessed within the program.

  • Work with Prototype Production team to create prototypes of digital content.

  • Work with Research and Usability Testing teams to ensure instructional design principles are validated as part of formative evaluation.

  • Review content in development to ensure functional specifications defined by the Senior Instructional Designer have been executed.

  • Participates in cross-functional teams to provide and receive input on how to instructionally enhance the content.

  • Recommends and provides guidance on new instructional formats and technologies.

  • Makes independent decisions to select processes and tools.

  • Follows current trends and research on innovations and developments in the fast-moving field of instructional design.

  • Advises on and implements process improvements.


  • A bachelor's degree in educational technology, instructional design, communications or related field. Masters degree preferred

  • 5-7 years of instructional design and development experience, preferably in the field of education.

  • Knowledge of instructional design principles and experience executing those principles.

  • Excellent communication skills, strong analytical and verbal communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Possesses an eye for detail and able to manifest ideas into a tangible form.

  • Experience writing highly detailed requirement documents.

  • Strong computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio) and other workflow and storyboard tools.

  • Highly organized and able to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.

  • High degree of flexibility and tolerance for change.

  • Ability to lead and collaborate actively with others on cross-functional teams.

  • Understanding of the software development process.

  • Expertise in documentation creation and management.

  • Prior experience with Content Management Systems.

  • Ability to develop innovative approaches to complex design problems.

  • Familiarity with various authoring and programming tools, including but not limited to HTML and javascript.

Primary Location: US-IL-Glenview

Other Locations US-AZ-Chandler, US-MA-Boston

Work Locations: US-IL-Glenview-1900 E. Lake 1900 East Lake Avenue Glenview 60025

Job: Professional Development

Organization: School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Experienced

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 13, 2016