The Playful Journey Lab within MIT Open Learning focuses on developing playful ways to support future-ready skills through innovative assessment and learning designs. Our approach to assessment is student-centered, authentic, and performance-based, empowering learners to take ownership of their own learning pathways and supporting teachers to build capacity in assessment design. Members of our interdisciplinary team collaborate on designing, implementing, and researching assessment tools in order to create tools for lifelong learning experiences, and we also spend time as a community wrestling with big problems in education and exploring new ideas for the future of assessment and learning.
We’re seeking an enthusiastic and creative project manager to expand our team and bring new ideas and ways of working. The person in this role will collaborate with the rest of the team on a set of connected projects around the design, development, and research of game-based assessments. They will be an integral part of a fun, interdisciplinary team passionate about transforming education and assessment.
This role will include a variety of responsibilities at different times depending on the phase of the project. Examples include:
- Gather requirements and work with project leads to understand the phases of design and research
- Create project plans including milestones and deliverables, and hold team members accountable for their responsibilities and timeline
- Continually assess the scope of the project and work with project leads to adjust expectations and staff time as needed
- Apply methods for team-building as needed to ensure smooth collaboration
- Manage data collected during research phases to ensure consent, privacy, and accuracy of data
- Help out with project work such as playtesting, giving demos and presentations, interacting with research participants, etc.
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
· Bachelor’s degree
· 2 years experience managing creative projects
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
This role should have experience managing projects using as many as possible of the following skills:
- Creative approaches to problem solving and team building
- Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to learn and change course quickly and comfortably
- Superb written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to pinpoint and resolve miscommunications
- Comfort working with developers, academics, and educators, and the ability to understand their needs and perspectives
- Background or interest in education technology, learning science, working with schools, etc.
- Willingness to bring all of yourself to the group, sharing outside interests and ideas
- Desire to be part of and shape our playful, quirky team of folks passionate about learning
This is a temporary, one-year position, renewable on an annual basis.
MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.