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Lead Instructor, Web Development

Note: By applying to this position your application is automatically submitted to the following locations: Lanham, MD; Remote: US, WFH

At 2U, we are all in on purpose. We are motivated by our mission – to eliminate the back row in education – and connected by our shared passion to deliver world-class digital education at scale. As the parent company of edX, the world’s leading online learning platform, 2U powers more than 4,000 online higher education offerings – from free courses to full degrees. Together with more than 230 colleges, universities, and corporate partners, we are helping to unlock human potential.

What We’re Looking For:

As a Full-Time 2U Instructor, you will deliver our course curriculum, facilitate learning, lead a team of educational support staff, and create the conditions for an outstanding student. You are an industry professional who combines deep applied experience with a passion for sharing knowledge and positively impacting students’ lives. In this role, you will identify, develop, and implement improvements to our current offerings and curriculum. You are able to differentiate based on student needs, effectively deliver content while also creating and maintaining a productive learning environment for instructors and Teaching Assistants.  You will also assist with the development of our part-time faculty in your market.

A successful candidate will have a growth mindset, technical expertise, industry knowledge, and an ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and concise way. This role has both teaching assignments and organization-wide responsibilities.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Instruction and Pedagogical Duties, including, but not limited to: Preparing and leading class sessions, sharing real-world industry experience, monitoring student concerns and inquiries, analyzing weekly student data and differentiating instruction based on student needs, and supervising Teaching Assistants (TAs) assigned to the course section.
  • Instructional Staff Tracks and Organization-wide Collaboration, including but not limited to: Participating in one instructional staff track per cohort and one instructional staff track in between cohorts, and partner with relevant stakeholders and team members across the organization to ensure successful student outcomes including but not limited to: Curriculum, Learning and Development, Marketing, Technology, Centralized Support, Data Analysis, and/or Career Services.
  • Market and Organizational Expectations, including but not limited to: Being knowledgeable of and compliant with all 2U policies, participating in market events such as Demo Day, Admissions Events, and Tech Talks, providing administrative support for Student Success Manager (SSM) in market, and participating in bi-weekly regional Full-Time Instruction Calls
  • Lead & Support Part-time Educational Staff, Including but not limited to: Manage the day to day performance of PT Instructional team members including, pedagogical performance, time, attendance, compensation, and development.

Things That Should Be In Your Background:

  • Bachelor's Degree Required 
  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in Web Development
  • Version control (Git, Github) and deployment servers such as Heroku
  • Proficiency in:
    • General - Git, MVC, Object-Oriented Programming
    • Browser-Based Technologies - HTML/CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, Responsive Design, Bootstrap, and React.js
    • Server-Side Development - User Authentication, Progressive Web Applications (PWAs),and MERN Stack (MongoDB, Express.js, React.js, Node.js), ORM, Template Engines (Handlebars.js)
    • Databases - MySQL and MongoDB
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills – effective in one-on-one, small group, and large group settings
  • Agility and willingness to adapt to change, shift course, alter approaches, and assume new responsibilities


  • The schedule for this role varies based on market needs; however, there are breaks throughout the work day. 
  • Attend all class sessions and be available during scheduled Office Hours.
  • On average four, 12-week class cohorts in a year; however, there may be part-time cohorts assigned based on market needs. Full-Time class sessions meet five times per week for 12 weeks (22.5 hours/week of instruction). Ability to work evening hours may be required for substituting, part-time cohorts, or peer mentoring).
  • Office Hours are held before and after every class session (45-minutes before and 30-minutes after).

Benefits & Culture

Our global employee base is a diverse collection of innovators, dreamers, and doers working together to transform lives through higher education. We believe that every employee can advance our shared purpose, and that life at 2U should be fun and meaningful. If you’re excited by the opportunity to provide over 40 million learners and counting with access to world-class online higher education, then join us – and do work that makes a difference. #NoBackRow

We offer comprehensive benefits (unique per country) and excellent work/life balance.
Full-time, U.S. benefits include: 

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Life insurance, disability, and 401(k) employer match
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Free snacks and drinks in-office
  • Generous paid holidays and leave policies, including unlimited PTO
  • Additional time off benefits include: volunteer days, parental leave, and a company-wide winter break

The anticipated base salary range for this role is ($80,000 -$90,000), with potential bonus eligibility (if the bonus eligibility is applicable). Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, budget for the position and cost of labor in the market in which the candidate will be hired.

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At 2U, we are committed to building and sustaining a culture of belonging, respect, and inclusion. We are proud of the steps we’ve taken to bring together an employee base that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by what makes us different, as well as by how we are alike. 

2U is committed to providing reasonable accommodations during our recruitment process. If you need assistance or accommodations, please reach out to us at2U is committed to providing reasonable accommodations during our recruitment process. If you need assistance or accommodations, please reach out to us at: 

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

For more than a decade, 2U, Inc. has been the digital transformation partner of choice to great non-profit colleges and universities delivering high-quality online education at scale. As the parent company of edX, a leading global online learning platform, 2U provides over 45 million learners with access to world-class education in partnership with more than 230 colleges, universities, and corporations. Our people and technology are powering more than 4,000 digital education offerings — from free courses to full degrees — and helping unlock human potential. To learn more: visit

About edX

edX is the education movement for restless learners and a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU). Together with the majority of the world’s top-ranked universities and industry-leading companies, we bring our community of over 45 million learners world-class education to support them at every stage of their lives and careers, from free courses to full degrees. And we're not stopping there — we're relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location. Learn more at

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