Curriculum Lead, 9-12, Humanities

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Curriculum Lead, 9-12, Humanities

Job description

Company Profile

Great Minds, a rapidly growing public benefit corporation that develops world-class curricula and professional development for PK-12, seeks a Curriculum Lead to head a team of educators and writers in publishing a high-quality curriculum for Grades 9-12.


Great Minds, a mission driven Public Benefit Corporation, brings teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™ and PhD Science™, all support teachers as they take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Founded in 2007, Great Minds now employs more than 900 people.

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Great Minds’ Eureka Math is the most widely used curriculum in the history of American education. It enjoys an unrivaled 40+ net promoter score. Eureka and its sister products, Wit & Wisdom English and PhD Science, embrace much higher expectations for all students and all teachers. In a market dominated by scripted, procedural materials that drive expectations down, Great Minds produces curricula that celebrate knowledge, respect the craft of teaching, and acknowledge the true capabilities of students.

Position Summary

The Curriculum Lead, 9-12, Humanities will lead a team of curriculum experts to develop a series of courses for Wit & Wisdom 9-12, a comprehensive high school ELA curriculum that prepares students to:

  1. Understand the depth and breadth of American and Global literature and scholarship;
  1. Build skills for evidence-based speaking and writing.

The Curriculum Lead, 9-12, Humanities is responsible for executing team processes, meeting project guidelines and deadlines, communicating effectively, and ensuring that Great Minds’ content meets the organization’s high standards for quality and coherence.

The Curriculum Lead’s primary responsibilities are the following:

  • Advise, drive, and execute product and instructional vision, managing the overall vision for the project
  • Align organizational values with project and product development
  • Participate in all facets of the publishing process
  • Establish and implement, through cross-team calibration, the project and product core values
  • Inform development of all project policies and guidelines
  • Manage and coach a team of teacher-writers to conceptualize, write, and edit content

This role is an exciting opportunity for a skilled educator, writer, and communicator to contribute to Great Mind’s organizational mission to create curriculum and resources that ensure all students have access to a quality education in the full range of liberal arts and sciences.


Great Minds is headquartered in Washington, D.C.; however, many members of our team work remotely. Though the Curriculum Lead will work remotely, attendance will be required for virtual meetings during business hours M-F, 9am-6pm EST.

Future travel may be required to:

  • participate in quarterly or annual team meetings (average of 1-3 times/year)
  • attend Professional Development in the field

The Curriculum Lead, 9-12, Humanities reports to the Editorial Director, Humanities.

Core Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Instructional Vision and Content Development

  • Develop curriculum resources that are of the highest quality, reflect Great Minds’ philosophy, and ensure the successful language development and knowledge-acquisition of all learners
  • Contribute to, execute, and ensure the realization of the curricular vision to create an effective teacher and student experience that meets the needs and demands of high school
  • Lead the drafting, editing, and revising of content for teams that aligns to product goals
  • reviewing the quality, accuracy, logic, and clarity of ideas and writing
  • ensuring content executes product vision and criteria for success
  • offering high-level and targeted feedback that is educative
  • providing revision suggestions and direct edits
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge of Wit & Wisdom’s instructional design
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts
  • Embrace and exemplify a mindset that values an iterative cycle of ideation, including thought partnering, prototyping, drafting, development, review, and revision
  • Demonstrate an editorial sensibility, including ability to
    • write and edit using precise, academic language
    • identify needed revisions to content
    • apply and supply constructive feedback locally and globally in a timely manner
    • use writer’s guidelines and style guides to maintain and model consistent and appropriate style
    • proofread for content accuracy, expression, and consistency in voice
  • Edit the content of writers’ drafts by
    • reviewing the quality, accuracy, logic, and clarity of ideas and writing
    • ensuring content executes product vision and criteria for success
    • offering high-level and targeted feedback that is educative
    • providing revision suggestions and direct edits
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge of Wit & Wisdom’s instructional design
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts
  • Collaborate within and across grade-level teams to ensure consistency of content

Team Management

  • Coach grade-level content leads on content quality and content decision-making Coach writers to produce content that meets quality standards and instructional goals and supports the goal of innovating formative and summative assessment
  • Manage and execute grade-level team resources, schedules, and work plans with a pro-active, problem-solving approach
  • Provide consistent support and feedback of grade-level writers that exemplifies Great Minds culture
  • Maintain ongoing communication with grade-level teams, Curriculum Designers, Managing Editors, and other grade-band Curriculum Leads to facilitate product development, identify and address issues, and provide support and guidance
  • Exemplify Great Minds culture in all work environments, with an emphasis on trust, collegiality, continuous improvement, and quality

Project Execution

  • Ensure and adhere to a deadline-driven work flow by following the product life cycle for the project, completing the appropriate scope and sequence of work within the timeline required at each phase
  • Communicate clearly within and across grade-level teams
  • Collaborate effectively with team members on instructional decision-making
  • Problem solve to create high-quality products by established deadlines
  • Work independently and collaboratively in a remote work environment


Relevant Experience and Skills

  • Approximately 7-10 years of classroom teaching and/or leadership experience in Grades 7-12
  • Superior writing and editing skills with demonstrated writing ability (writing sample required)
  • Experience implementing Wit & Wisdom and/or writing curriculum
  • Deep content knowledge in English Language Arts with a Bachelors or Masters degree in an associated content area
  • Knowledge of the Common Core State Standards
  • Management or experience with the product life cycle of ideation, drafting, iterating, development
  • Team management or leadership experience

Ideal Attributes

  • Respect for teacher professionals
  • Commitment to high standards and instructional quality
  • Flexible thinking
  • Focus on continuous improvement
  • Proactive problem solving
  • Receptivity to multiple viewpoints
  • Academic and growth mindset
  • Positive energy

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.

If selected for an interview, background check will be required.

Great Minds is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the organization’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.