Manager, Instructional Design

Product · New York, New York
Department Product
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Location: Chicago (IL), San Jose (CA), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC) 

Employment Type: Full-time

Start Date: Immediately

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to (Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.)

Hiring Manager: Jeana Kim, Head of Product


In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Despite 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students enrolling in college each year, only one in four will attain a strong first job or enroll in graduate school upon graduating.

In partnership with universities and employers, the Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation, meaningful careers, and lives of impact. Alongside educational institutions, Braven provides a scalable model to discover, develop, and connect extraordinary, diverse, and driven young people to high-quality skill building, opportunities, and networks. From the Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.

To date, 69% of Braven’s Fellows have landed a strong job or quality outcome within 6 months of graduation, as compared with the average of 54% for all students nationally.  Braven Fellows outpace their peers in internship attainment, non-cognitive skill growth, and college persistence. Braven currently operates in Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL, and San Jose, CA, and is launching in New York City. We aim to become the nation’s leading accelerator of diverse talent, putting 100,000 emerging leaders on the pathway to college completion and economic mobility. Our work is highly data-driven around the outcomes of college graduation; workforce readiness skills-based proficiency; employment in a high impact role within six months of graduation.

We believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.

The Role:

Braven is seeking a self-driven, creative, and disciplined problem-solver to join the Product team as a Manager of Design (MOD). The Manager of Design will play a critical role in creating and improving new and existing leadership and career development products. They will manage a diverse range of projects and work cross-functionally to deliver high-quality Braven experiences. At Braven, the MOD wears many hats from content designer to user experience researcher to project manager to content strategist to product owner. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Iterating on the Braven Accelerator Leadership Coach experience
  • Iterating on the Braven Booster 
  • Designing new innovation pilots
  • Managing and effectively prioritizing feedback for product iteration
  • Deeply understanding users with ongoing curiosity 
  • Using data and user research/interviews to drive insights and drill down to root causes
  • Brainstorming, synthesizing, proposing, testing, and implementing solutions that improve experiences
  • Participating in or leading cross-functional collaboration, decision-making, and stepbacks
  • Exploring, testing, and designing new tech, learning, and social media platforms 
  • Creating, managing, and following through on roadmaps
  • Engaging in team culture-building activities

To be successful at Braven during this phase of growth, on the Product team, and in this role, you must demonstrate Braven’s core values, skillfully navigate ambiguity and ongoing change, approach problems with curiosity and agency, and welcome constant feedback and learning. You will thrive if you can quickly jump into the Braven context, adapt to unexpected changes, love taking on new challenges, and can get yourself unstuck. You will need to take initiative and find a way when clear structures, systems, processes, and expectations are not well-defined. You must have a high degree of self-ownership, a team and mission-driven orientation, a low degree of ego, and a high degree of generosity of spirit. This kind of work is not for everyone but if it’s for you, this is a fantastic team of awesome humans and incredibly meaningful work to be a part of. Come join us in shaping the next generation of leaders!


Experiences, Skills, and Traits:


  • At least 5 years of work experience, BA or equivalent degree  
  • Excels in a fast-paced, team-oriented, start-up environment
  • Demonstrates alignment with Braven core values 
  • Cultural competence and experience working with diverse populations
  • Strong writing skills 
  • Ability to thoughtfully and quickly design empathy-driven, user-centered, high-quality, beautiful experiences that achieve intended outcomes
  • Ability to create and follow through on project plans with attention to detail and deadlines
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams 
  • Confidence in online learning platforms and with technology in general 
  • Learns quickly and manages large volumes of feedback on a regular basis

Total Rewards Philosophy:

Braven is committed to attracting and retaining extraordinary, diverse leaders who believe deeply in our mission and uphold our core values as organizational leaders and stewards within and outside of the organization. Braven provides a “total rewards package” that encompasses comprehensive and competitive benefits, compensation, recognition, and career development. Current benefits include: Braven covers 85% of health care costs, has unlimited vacation time, matches up to 5% of your 401K contribution starting your first full month, a paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff, and competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization and take internal equity seriously. Staff who are meeting expectations generally receive an annual 3% increase. Braven conducts benchmarking every other year; based on this external data, some salaries may also receive market adjustments to keep pace with relevant competition in similar roles. Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time.

The salary for this position depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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