Head of Content Strategy & Acquisition (VP-level)

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We’re seeking people who are learner-focused, outcomes-driven and share our passion for transforming education.

edX is the trusted platform for education and learning, home to more than 22 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Supporting learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion or exploring new interests, edX delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications. edX is where you go to learn.

Our educational content portfolio features hundreds of programs and thousands of courses from the world’s leading universities and organizations. As Head of Content Strategy and Acquisition, you will be responsible for defining our content offering, a critical component of edX’s strategy and ongoing success. You will lead a growing team of Category Managers who specialize in core subject areas our learners are seeking.

This is a VP-level position. You will report to the Vice President of Services and be a senior member of the group’s management team. This role also requires close collaboration and leadership with other key groups at edX including marketing, partner management, and product. 

The Head of Content Strategy and Acquisition will:

  • Define and execute edX’s content strategy that aligns with our overall company and product strategies. 
  • Grow our capability to identify and acquire the best courses, credentials, degrees and other types of content to meet our learners’ needs worldwide.
  • Grow our research capability and align content (existing or gaps) with the job market to help learners achieve their career outcomes.
  • Build strong working relationships with edX partner managers and content providers to ensure successful content acquisition.
  • Identify educational, business and labor trends and lead the necessary research, acquisition and experimentation to understand opportunity and impact.
  • Build, lead, develop and manage a team focused on content strategy and acquisition.
  • Represent and advance edXs’ goals at key public engagements, conferences, industry events and edX partner events, representing the company as an industry leader.

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in professional or continuing higher education or consulting focused on delivering best-in-class digital experiences to consumer markets.
  • A track record of success in business development, personally and leading teams that reliably meet goals.
  • Strong leadership skills, with experience collaborating and navigating in a matrixed organization.
  • Experience coaching direct reports and others, aligning teams to goals, setting a strategic vision and creating an engaging, positive work environment.
  • Ability to thrive and succeed in a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment.
  • Experience hiring and developing top talent and designing diverse, inclusive, effective and results-driven teams.
  • Position requires 30% - 50% travel.
  • Ability to foster working relationships with content providers. Develop and maintain good relationships with content partners and the industry at large, representing the company as an industry leader.

About edX:

edX is an MIT & Harvard funded start-up company that offers a highly competitive benefits plan, a pension program, free lunches every day as well as a plethora of other fun perks and meaningful work! Are you ready to be a part of re-inventing education?

Applicants must be able to work out of our Cambridge, MA office. Sorry, Visa sponsorship is not available.

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Location

edX is right near the MIT campus in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. There are cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, and a T stop nearby!

An Insider's view of edX

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Always fun and collaborative. I've never worked at a place where so many co-workers greeted me by name after just my first day.

Jim

Sales Development Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

My work focuses on enabling course teams at partner institutions to create high-quality learning experiences on edX.org. Right now couldn't be a more critical time for this work as we ramp up the amount of Master's degrees we are offering this Fall. I work with faculty, instructional designers, media producers, and project managers.

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Working at edX has given me invaluable experience that has allowed me to explore and develop my career. I’ve been able to take on challenges and learning opportunities that have helped me discover the work I’m most passionate about. In my time at edX I’ve grown into a new role and continue to learn more about my work and myself.

Mary Mooshian

Associate Product Marketing Manager

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

At edX, getting your work done is very important, but the company also understands that your life and well being outside of work is directly correlated to productivity during work hours. This is clearly communicated across all levels and departments. There is also lots of company wide fun activities that help us get to know our coworkers outside.

Juliana

Software Engineer I

What are edX Perks + Benefits

edX Benefits Overview

edX employees are eligible for all MIT benefits. Enjoy the benefits of an established benefits program, but still live startup life.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
edX volunteers for the Charles River Conservancy for a Cleanup day and is deeply embedded in the local edtech community.
Partners with Nonprofits
edX partners with Year Up and She Geeks Out.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
edX has a Sustainability committee, various employee resource groups, and an edX Cares committe involved in giving back to the community.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We have a pension plan too!
401(K) Matching
5% match
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive _40__ hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
edX hosts two company outings per year - in the summer and in the winter. There are department-specific outings throughout the year!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
edX has a running group and a pickup basketball team.
Fitness Subsidies
edX has access to the MIT gym at a great rate!
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We have a $5,000 tuition reimbursement (per calendar year) through MIT's benefits. Additionally, we have a $200 stipend (per calendar year) for edX courses.

Additional Perks + Benefits

As employees of MIT, we have some of the best benefits around! Free lunch every day (of various catered cuisines) brings people into the cafeteria to enjoy lunch as a group, and opens up edXer's culinary horizons.

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