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Braven, Inc

Manager of Instructional Design

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time

Possible Locations: Chicago, IL | New York City, NY - apply here | Newark, NJ - apply hereSan Jose, CA - apply here



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 Manager, Instructional Design to join us in elevating the Braven experience as we grow. They will own the instructional design for Braven’s flagship program, the Braven Accelerator, which is a semester-long, credit-bearing college course on leadership and career development. The Manager, Instructional Design will need to gain context quickly and iterate on our online content and in-person lesson plans to meet ambitious goals and improve the experience for Fellows and volunteer Leadership Coaches. You will collaborate with other designers, engineers, and regional team members to create a world-class, engaging experience for everyone that touches the Braven Accelerator, ensuring our Fellows end the semester with the skills, confidence, networks, and experiences to secure a strong postgraduate opportunity.     


To be successful at Braven, on the Product Team, and in this role, you must demonstrate Braven’s core values, be comfortable with ambiguity and constant evolution, and welcome constant feedback and learning. We are a team that likes each other both in- and outside of “work”! Do you have a strong bias to action and enjoy making the complex simple all while driving and owning all aspects of your projects from conception to completion?  Come join us in shaping the next generation of leaders!


Experiences, Skills, and Traits:

  • 4-6 years of experience designing clear, engaging, purposeful, and culturally competent online content and in-person learning experiences 

  • Exceptional writer who expresses ideas clearly and simply and has strong design instincts

  • Experience in design thinking methodology and human-centered design

  • Competent in synthesizing different kinds of data - observations, user interviews, research, feedback, and quantitative data - to determine root problems and key improvements to make in instructional designs 

  • In the midst of ambiguity and complexity, finds a way to move forward purposefully and decisively 

  • Fluent with technology and experience creating content on learning management systems and content editors 

  • Believes feedback is vital to your work and processes copious amounts of feedback productively 

  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and influence and motivate colleagues to execute designs  

  • Ability to create, manage, and follow through on projects with strong attention to detail and deadlines 

  • Highly motivated, self-directed, results-oriented, data-driven, and curious

  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to meet team goals and achieve impact

  • Entrepreneurial and excels in a fast-paced, team-oriented, start-up environment

  • Experience working with diverse populations

  • BA or equivalent degree required

  • Ability to travel 1-2 times per month, 15% of the year 


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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