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Humanities Professional Development Manager

RemoteUnited States, District of Columbia, WashingtonServices - Implementation and Professional Development

Job description

Great Minds, a rapidly growing Public Benefits Corporation (PBC) that develops high quality knowledge building curricula for grades PK-12, seeks a Professional Development Manager to join our dynamic Humanities team.


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 1,000 people.


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.

Role Overview

The Professional Development Manager, Humanities supports Great Minds in its mission to promote effective adoption and implementation of all Humanities curriculum products. The Professional Development Manager is responsible for: (a) planning, implementing, and facilitating in-person and virtual Great Minds Humanities professional development sessions (b) proactively and effectively managing Great Minds Professional Development Facilitators, including Wit & Wisdom Fellows and (c) providing support for new users of Wit & Wisdom by helping new partners plan for their professional learning needs.

This role is an exceptional opportunity for skilled teachers, teacher leaders, and instructional leaders who are experienced in implementing a high-quality curriculum and in facilitating exceptional professional development in an effort to ensure all students have access to a high-quality, knowledge-based education. While the work is remote, this will also be a highly collaborative position, necessitating a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation

Reports To:

National Director, Professional Development, Humanities


  • Manage and develop a team of Wit & Wisdom regional Fellows and full-time facilitators to successfully execute professional development for external partners
  • Plan, implement, and facilitate Wit & Wisdom and Geodes Professional Development Sessions
  • Evaluate professional development sessions and provide feedback to facilitators based on the effectiveness of the sessions
  • Work with Implementation Leaders, Account Solutions Managers, and Professional Development Services team members to establish and implement regional plans, including protocols for preparation, debrief,  and addressing challenges with Professional Development sites
  • Manage team communications, resources, schedules, and work plans with a proactive, problem-solving approach
  • Promote and respond to requests for Great Minds’ professional development such that:
  • Effective adoption and implementation of the curricula is maximized
  • Great Minds strategic goals are prioritized
  • Decisions support efficient use of personnel and materials
  • The reputation of Great Minds is held in the highest regards
  • Provide timely communication to the National Director for Professional Development related to risks, feedback, and other matters relevant to Great Minds and its mission
  • Contribute to the development of a network of advocates for the mission of Great Minds
  • Collaborate within and across teams to provide feedback on the development of facilitator-support resources and professional development sessions
  • Cultivate and maintain a strong and supportive Great Minds culture in all work environments, with an emphasis on trust, collegiality, curiosity, and quality

Job requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience as a classroom teacher or educator
  • Experience implementing Wit & Wisdom, Geodes, and/or an aligned high-quality curriculum
  • Demonstrated proficiency in professional development facilitation
  • Experience managing PD facilitators and/or a professional development program
  • Substantial understanding of and experience with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Clear and succinct writing skills, with the ability to communicate effectively
  • Organized and detail oriented with a track record of meeting short - and long-term responsibilities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, high-volume organization
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, prioritize work streams and resources to meet goals, and communicate effectively with others to achieve objectives and meet deadlines
  • Possessing an executive presence with exceptional written and oral communication skills utilized for both internal and external audiences
  • Capacity to look ahead and balance strategic projects and initiatives with tactical day-to-day cadence
  • Highly collaborative with the ability to consistently exhibit diplomacy, tact, and integrity

Ideal Attributes

  • Passion for and commitment to the importance of high-quality, knowledge-rich curriculum
  • Embrace a learner mindset by being receptive to and elevating different perspectives
  • Commitment to high standards, instructional quality, and continuous improvement
  • Proficiency at both working independently and collaborating as part of a team
  • Ability to remain flexible in an ambiguous, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Appreciation for the challenges and victories faced everyday by classroom teachers
  • Empathy, curiosity, and the desire to continually grow as a learner
  • Positivity in all situations, bringing proactive problem-solving orientation to every task
  • Receptivity to feedback with a focus on reflective practice
  • Commitment to collective authorship
  • Deep belief that every child is capable of greatness

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree


  • Full-time


  • Remote
  • Approximately 30-40% travel, depending on strategic priorities

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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.