What We Do
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We create custom eLearning and classroom training for our clients.
We simulate the job environment and then learners get to play the "game" of doing their job. By making choices and then seeing the results of their choices they develop their skills. Interactivity is key to our design philosophy. Not passive lectures, or reading, or videos. If learners aren't actively participating (which includes making mistakes and experiencing the consequences) they aren't going to get better at their jobs.
One of the best parts of the work we do is the variety. One week it's helping therapists learn how to work with borderline personality disorders, the next week it's sales training for a medical devices company, and the weeks after that we're designing a simulation of electrical circuits for car mechanics.
You can read more about the work we do and about us at http://www.HandcraftedLearning.com.
What's The Job?
This can vary, as do the projects, but here are some common tasks:
- Participating in client meetings and sending out follow-up emails shortly afterward
- Tracking and organizing project files
- Writing weekly status updates
- Brainstorming approaches with instructional designers
- Scheduling meetings with subject matter experts
- Troubleshooting technical problems with developers
- Reviewing articles, slide decks, and simulations
- Gathering weekly timesheets for projects
- Doing an hours estimate for a new project
- Creating a project schedule
Who We're Looking For
Over the years we've found that these are the four most important traits for people who do well at this job: organized thinker and do-er, general all-around intelligence, high personal standards and a sense of ownership, and computer fluency.
Some people organize things for fun. They can't help it. Their file folders are easy to navigate, they relish the opportunity to put together a good schedule for the local non-profit they're involved in, their spice rack is arranged alphabetically...or in order of most often used...or by shade of color - and you can bet they have strong feelings about why it's organized that way! We want someone who has a natural inclination toward organizing. Files, resources, calls, notes, people, images, research - you name it. Someone who appreciates efficiency and who likes to optimize processes. That doesn't mean they aren't creative, in fact their organization often makes it easier for them and the people they work with to be creative.
General all-around intelligence is hard to quantify. And it doesn't always appear on SAT scores or an IQ test. Rather, we're looking for people who are curious, who are interested in how multi-core processors work and how the soft art of leadership is learned. These people tend to have a wide range of interests and may be experts on the new avant-garde knitting movement as well as glacial geological formations. They tend to have a good memory, they're articulate, and they pick up on new things fast. We're looking for raw, intellectual horsepower and a broad desire to learn new things.
We can teach people how to design instruction and we can teach them the fine points of our development process, but we have yet to figure out how to teach someone to take ownership of their projects. At Handcrafted Learning a Project Manager holds everything: the color palette, the deadlines, the skills and abilities of the people working on the project, the acronyms, the recent changes in the organizational structure of our client, and the bottom-line business driver that is the reason we're creating this training in the first place. In our experience, these people tend to have very high personal standards. It's innate. They can't imagine sending out work that is below their own standards and that leads them to have a strong sense of ownership.
Computer fluency just seems to be one of those things people have or they don't. It's like a foreign language: there's a big difference between being able to order off a menu and being able to have a sophisticated discussion about economic policy. We need people who know how to use a computer inside and out. We're not talking about programming, though that's nice too. We mean someone who has worked with lots of different programs, so when they start using a new one it's relatively easy because it maps to many prior experiences. And it's just not that big a deal.
Here are some specific requirements:
- Excellent written and verbal English
- Great at meeting deadlines
- At least 3 years professional Project Management experience
- Intermediate-high MS Office skills
Here are some nice-to-haves, with bonus points:
- Interest in how people learn (+4)
- Sense of humor (can be goofy, witty, or dry) (+3)
- Articulate Storyline or media skills (+1)
- Interactive game or simulation experience (+3)
- Writing/editing skills (+4)
Who We Are
We're a small, but growing, custom learning company. Our headquarters are in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but we work with folks all over the country.
We work hard, we're dedicated to our craft and what we do, and we really value the community aspect of our work. We've built a great team of people who are smart, relaxed and pleasant. We laugh a lot, even when we're working on a tight deadline. Life is too short to work with jerks, wouldn't you agree?
Work can be enjoyable and challenging (in a good way). That's what we strive for.
You can check out our website here: http://www.HandcraftedLearning.com
This is a contract position, so the amount of work per week will fluctuate based on the projects we have with our clients. We anticipate that this position will average 40 hours a week once the person is trained. In fact, we're only interested in contractors who want to work 40+ hours a week on average. If you're looking for a half-time contracting position then this would not be a good fit.
We pay folks in this position $30/hr. We'd consider going slightly higher than that if someone was especially skilled and/or experienced.
This is a work from home contract position. You supply your own computer, desk, etc. We don't care where you're located so long as you have a good internet connection and you're in the main US time zones.
Send us a copy of your resume and some samples of your project management work. Schedules, budgets, project plans, status updates, etc. - anything that will show us how you organize and manage a project and communicate with clients and co-workers.
You can email Jason directly, his email address is on our website in the "About Us" section.