Instructional Design Manager

Location: Boston, MA / Austin, TX / Remote

Position Overview:

The Instructional Design Manager (ID Mgr) is a key leader in Six Red Marbles’ design team. The ID Mgr conceives innovative learning experience solutions to meet client needs, is responsible for quality, acts as a point of escalation for projects, and manages and mentors designers. The ID Mgr will interface with clients and prospective clients and participate in the scoping/pricing process.


 Leadership Skills

  • Has primary responsibility for overall quality, rigor, and engagement of all learning experiences within assigned programs
  • Is a steward for SRM and supports the company in a positive manner while providing feedback and recommendations for ways to improve the operation
  • Leads the development of new approaches within the team
  • Will liaise between clients, internal designers, freelance Instructional Designers, and cross-functional internal teams to ensure consistent quality across all aspects of a program
  • Can lead multiple projects with multiple clients simultaneously
  • Is able to confidently manage others and coach others
  • Displays excellent problem-solving skills
  • Is consistently well-organized and has answers to queries from team, management, or client at fingertips even when under pressure
  • Maintains professionalism, calm approach, and commitment to projects
  • Works collaboratively with project management
  • Anticipates team needs and works proactively to address them
  • Is comfortable making judgment calls that impact project processes and deliverables

Client-Facing and Business Orientation

  • Is comfortable and effective in communication with prospective clients
  • May contribute to sales conversations, proposal writing, initial workflow creation, and budget conversations with the presales team
  • Engaged in project kickoffs and often acts as a primary liaison between SRM and the client organization
  • Must be a highly skilled communicator with a keen sense of how to maintain excellent relationships
  • Facilitates project planning events with clients, both on-site and virtually
  • Is aware of important sales and marketing concerns that affect the success of a product or service we are designing


  • Recruits new team members
  • Prospects qualified Instructional Designers and vets freelancers as needed
  • Provides supervision and feedback to direct reports
  • Identifies and implements development opportunities for staff
  • Trains and supervises Instructional Designers for program, including freelancers
  • Participates in resource allocation

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred, degree in instructional design a major plus
  • 7+ years of experience in instructional design
  • Experience managing staff
  • Strategic and process-oriented thinker
  • Ability to participate in scoping and pricing activities

Why Six Red Marbles

Do you believe learning matters? Well, we do too.

In fact, our entire business is built around the idea that we are all always learning and therefore always students. We believe everyone deserves the most engaging and innovative learning experiences available, and our employees are the secret to our success. Our values include:

  • Doing right by our people and partners
  • Taking an innovative, tech-forward approach to engage students of all ages
  • Putting the learner first in the content we create
  • Being transparent in all we do and how we do it
  • Working together to find the best solution, not the easiest solution
  • Embracing that we are Always a Student

About Six Red Marbles

Six Red Marbles delivers high-quality educational programs at scale and has decades of experience developing custom materials and assessments that can align with any educational standard. We have developed thousands of interactive learning programs for schools, publishers, universities, and more with the support of our global network of subject matter experts. Six Red Marbles has offices in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Brattleboro, VT; Delhi, India; and Chennai, India.

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Six Red Marbles is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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We only bring the best and the brightest to our team. Interested in a career with Six Red Marbles? Lifelong learners need apply.

If you have questions about what it’s like to work with or for Six Red Marbles, we’re happy to answer.

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