Learning Design Consultant

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
15 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
21 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time


POSITION TITLE: Learning Design Consultant

LOCATION: Suzhou Industrial park campus & Taicang campus

SALARY: Lecturer 3: 16,937-19,011 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 21,845 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in the post)


ADVERTISEMENT CLOSING DATE: August 21, 2020 (as long as needed to find a viable candidate)

JOB ID: 996262



Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is China’s leading Joint Venture university. Founded in 2006, it now has almost 1,000 students in China; and another 3,500 in Liverpool completing degrees. It plans to grow to about 27,000 students by 2025. The strengths of the university are in Science and Technology, as well as some professional subjects like Architecture and Business. There are currently 865 academic staff, about half of whom are not citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The language of instruction, committees, and administrative work at XJTLU is English.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China, including nearby Shanghai. SIP is a significant growth zone, including operations run by more than one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth-largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has been on the receiving end of both private and public investments into innovation and R&D.

About the Taicang campus

XJTLU is building a new teaching site in Taicang city - XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus), with the collaboration of the Taicang Municipal Government and industry partners, as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. Taicang is a county-level city in Greater Suzhou. The Taicang campus will be a pioneer of, and an educational model for, the future campus in developing talents and leaders to meet local, national, and global challenges from the 4th Industrial Revolution. XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus) is directed by a Leadership Team comprised of the Taicang Principal, Taicang Associate Principal, Chief Operating Officer, School Deans and Director of the Learning Mall. The Taicang Leadership Team reports through its Principal to the Executive President, who heads the Senior Management Team of XJTLU. 

About The XJTLU Learning Mall

The XJTLU Learning Mall (XJTLU-LM) acts as an innovation and entrepreneurial research and development hub as well as project and partner center. It will promote the concept of lifelong learning for the XJTLU and Greater China extended learning community. It will also work jointly with core XJTLU departments and premier external partners, collaborating on critical innovation projects and initiatives.

The XJTLU-LM officially launched on 22nd May 2020, welcoming its first round of new partners: AliCloud, McGraw-Hill, AMT, Skillshare, Talespin, YouYong XinDao, CiWei, Hujiang, and more.

The XJTLU-LM will provide online and onsite space, or “storefronts,” for top global partners to share their learning content with its user audience. It will integrate onsite and online programmes developed by the university, industry and external partners, offering them as learning resources to a wide net of different education consumers. The overarching goal of the XJTLU-LM is to act as an engaging innovation community, allowing its collaborators freedom to develop their resources within its creative hub.

The online XJTLU-LM space will be an online community platform, creating a centralized location for content from XJTLU schools as well as premier global partners, which all users can access.

The onsite XJTLU-LM facility, which is currently under construction, will be one kilometer in length, and occupy space in the core circle which unites the entire XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) campus and schools. In this space, XJTLU Learning Mall partners can host individual community spaces, leveraging their resources and contributing to a symbiotic ecosystem of learning - online and onsite, campus to community.


The role of XJTLU Learning Mall (XJTLU-LM) Learning Design Consultant Officer facilitates the creation of individual learning plans, pathways and profiles for interested lifelong learners and users of the XJTLU-LM. The candidate will provide advice on learning and development solutions to customers and stakeholders, offering them individualized plans that will help develop their areas of interest and build them toward a selected end goal. The XJTLU-LM Learning Design Consultant will foster a culture of continuous improvement to improve on the quality of service provided by the team as well as the overall learning experience of users in the XJTLU-LM. This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity enabling the post holder to gain extensive experience across the breadth of the XJTLU-LM’s operations.Support the implementation XJTLU Learning Mall’s vision for Learning and Teaching online and later onsite, creating a synergy of online and onsite learning as well as campus and community learning engagement;

  • Conduct learning needs analysis for individual users as requested as well as across the spectrum of courses and programmes offered through the XJTLU-LM to ensure growth and development in potential individualized learning tracks.
  • Conduct evaluation of all services provided to identify areas for improvement across the different learning services offered both online and onsite at the XJTLU-LM.
  • Design suitable, cost-effective learning pathways and products to address individualized learning needs.
  • Deliver requested learning profiles to individuals based on agreed deadlines and guarantee quality of suggested learning services.
  • Provide advice on the growth of learning solutions to fit the needs of individuals, industry and the university.
  • Proactively look for ways to improve service delivery and work with the team to suggest and introduce improvements.
  • Support and contribute to the aims, objectives and performance of the XJTLU-LM Learning Experience as a whole.
  • Undertake ad-hoc projects as agreed with the XJTLU-LM Director to support the development and delivery of business initiatives.
  • Contribute to enhancing the brand and reputation of the XJTLU-LM as well as that of XJTLU.
  • Report to the XJTLU-LM Director and be responsible for any other duties commensurate with the level and grade of this post, and any other tasks assigned as needed.


The XJTLU Learning Mall is adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE). SE is a new model that has been developed by the University to address future challenges from the 4th Industrial Revolution and is a core part of the University’s strategy for the next ten-year development that stresses innovation and entrepreneurship. SE aims at training syntegrative leaders with Management skills, International perspective, Discipline-specific knowledge, and adaptability in Industry (MIDI).

The position seeks individuals who will echo these values and are passionate about innovative online, hybrid and onsite learning. The XJTLU-LM seeks team members who can model the excitement of engagement, discovery, and creativity and who are committed to education as an integrated and transformational process.


  • Master’s degree in education or related field, and 3 years of experience with coordinating learner engagement and education, or Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of experience;
  • Two or more years previous experience in a learning and development role that involved analyzing individual learning needs;
  • Experience in developing individualized learning profiles, packages or pathways preferred;
  • Knowledge of learner support and development in education, specifically online education;
  • Work well independently and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty and staff in a team environment;
  • Fluent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills both in English and Chinese;
  • Strong organizational skills, able to priorities tasks and meet multiple deadlines;
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and innovative.
  • Strong sense of ownership and result driven.
  • A fast learner willing to challenge traditional ideas around education.

NOTE: While this position will begin at XJTLU SIP Campus in Suzhou in one and half to two years it will be relocated to the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) located in Taicang.


  • Experience in customer engagement and relations, related to education needs preferred.
  • A good track record of experience/engagement with business and industry and a commercial environment.


Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas.  Please be advised candidates over 65 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please send your application to AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. In the subject line write the Position you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference.

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

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