Instructional Designer - McKinsey Academy


  • University degree required
  • 5-8 years' experience in instructional design and development
  • Deep knowledge of adult learning approaches; familiarity with knowledge management practices
  • Superior editing, writing, and critical reasoning skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and presence
  • High intelligence and ability to quickly grasp range of complex business issues

Who You'll Work With

You will work with our McKinsey Academy team in New York. McKinsey Academy is part of Scale-ups and McKinsey New Ventures.

You'll be part of a group of highly motivated entrepreneurs to drive our go-to-market strategy, build client relationships, and ensure successful design and delivery of our client programs. McKinsey Academy's mission is to accelerate transformations of companies and countries by unlocking the potential of their people. We do this by closely partnering with business and HR leaders to re-imagine the approach to developing their leaders and building capabilities across the organization. McKinsey Academy is our center of excellence for leadership development and learning. We work closely with our client service teams and directly with large organizations to identify and develop opportunities. Our offerings include Signature Programs, Custom Programs, Coaching Journeys, and Proprietary Diagnostics. We also have a cutting-edge digital platform, developed in partnership with edX and organizations like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, to scale leadership development globally.

McKinsey Academy is designed for rising professionals and senior teams to develop the capabilities they need to help their organizations thrive. Our programs include courses developed and taught by McKinsey partners, combined with perspectives from the broader market including academics, executives, and thought leaders. The programs combine group-based project work and the newest social approaches that reinforce effective, lasting skills development. With optional in-person components, our programs can be a cost-effective way to build the capabilities of a large number of participants across an organization.

New Ventures is a recently formed part of McKinsey focused on fostering innovations driven by analytics, design thinking, mobile, social and other technologies and integrating them into our client work. It is a foundation for—and expands our investment in—our entrepreneurial culture.

As one of the fastest-growing parts of our firm, New Ventures has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals (including more than 800 analysts and data scientists) and we're hiring more mathematicians, data scientists, designers, software engineers, product managers, client development managers and general managers.

What You'll Do

You will help shape McKinsey Academy's knowledge architecture and will support practitioners and teams in the design, development, and delivery of leadership development modules and programs.

You will be responsible for managing learning and development knowledge (30%). You will design, develop, and continuously improve a dynamic library of best practice learning and development resources, including: Standard client-facing materials (e.g., design principles), Internal playbooks (e.g., how-to guides) and final materials for delivered, client-facing modules, cases, and program. You will regularly convene practitioners to help actively shape and develop the portfolio and support knowledge codification and dissemination efforts.

In addition, you will support client development and program delivery (20%). You will be an advisor and first alert for practitioners and our client service teams working on leadership development topic. You will guide teams to the best McKinsey Academy experts and materials (and related Firm resources), streamline and innovate McKinsey Academy's knowledge support and delivery system to proposal and engagement teams and design learning solutions (50%).

You will help create custom learning solutions for clients by developing and/or configuring a variety of appropriate strategies including interactive instructor-led classroom learning, web-based and virtual classroom training, performance support, and workplace-based learning. This includes adult learning principles to recommend design approaches and interactions that most effectively support specific performance objectives. Working closely with subject matter experts and clients to understand performance needs of the audience. Writing, editing, and manage content development at all stages of the lifecycle, enforcing quality standards, and adhering to deadlines. You will also work with designers, media practitioners, and vendors to create final materials.

We are looking for an individual who has deep knowledge of, and a passion for, the art and science of learning, development, and human performance. You should be entrepreneurial, able to work independently, adept at collaboration and network building, and able to engage and communicate effectively at all levels of the firm.

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