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Senior Curriculum Designer, Standards and Assessment, Humanities

RemoteUnited States, District of Columbia, WashingtonHumanities

Job description

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


COMPANY PROFILE
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 1000 people.

For additional information please visit: www.greatminds.org


OUR MARKET POSITION

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 Senior Curriculum Designer, Standards and Assessment, plays a critical role in contributing to the vision, development, and execution of standards alignment and assessment strategy for the Wit & Wisdom curriculum. Working closely with the Content Architect for Humanities, the Senior Curriculum Designer advises, drives, and executes the instructional vision of standards and assessment, manages and develops a team of curriculum designers, and coordinates schedules, workflow, and production processes associated with the development of Wit & Wisdom.


This role is an exceptional opportunity for experienced teachers, writers, and curriculum developers who possess K-8 content knowledge and pedagogical expertise, passion for high-quality, knowledge-building curriculum, and the belief that every child is capable of greatness. This role also requires deep knowledge, understanding, and experience with standards-aligned instruction, backward-designed curriculum, and assessment development at the K-8 level. While the work is remote and the ideal candidate will work well independently, this will also be a highly collaborative position, necessitating a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation.

Reports To: Senior Content Architect, Humanities

Responsibilities

  • Lead and develop the Wit & Wisdom Standards and Assessment Design Team
  • Manage and coach a team of Curriculum Designers to maintain and execute standards and assessment vision across all grade bands
  • Work closely with the Senior Content Architect to advise, develop, and execute the curricular vision for standards alignment in the development of Wit & Wisdom
    • Provide ongoing feedback and support regarding standards-aligned instruction to the Standards and Assessment Design and Wit & Wisdom curriculum development teams by:
      • Developing and facilitating professional learning sessions
      • Creating and leading mini workshops,
      • Holding regularly scheduled office hours
      • Reviewing content to provide targeted and educative feedback on standards alignment
  • Work closely with the Senior Content Architect to advise, develop, and execute the assessment strategy in the development of Wit & Wisdom
    • Continually collaborate with the Standards and Assessment Design and Wit & Wisdom content development teams to study and understand the knowledge and skills being built in the modules
    • Coordinate with the Humanities Assessment Team on the overall Wit & Wisdom assessment vision and strategy, striving to ensure alignment between the Content and Assessment Teams by serving as a liaison and participating in calibration and planning meetings
    • Design high-quality assessments that drive instruction in Wit & Wisdom by:
      • Developing standards-aligned rubrics for writing and speaking tasks,
      • Reviewing and supporting creation of writing and speaking tasks and reading comprehension assessments.
  • Craft lessons that follow established Wit & Wisdom standards and norms, that adhere to lesson format (i.e., lesson template, structure, and visual vocabulary), and that are consistent and coherent with those being developed across the grade spans
  • Contribute to the creation of modules within a larger scope and sequence that tell a comprehensive knowledge story and make connections to other disciplines
  • Manage and execute grade-level team resources, schedules, and work plans with a pro-active, problem solving approach
  • Cultivate strong working relationships and maintain ongoing communication with Wit & Wisdom Curriculum Leads to facilitate curriculum development, identify and address issues, and ensure the development of a high quality product
  • Lead the drafting, editing, and revising of content for teams that aligns with the standards and assessment strategy for the Wit & Wisdom curriculum
  • Adhere to a deadline-driven workflow by completing the appropriate scope and sequence of work within the timeline required at each phase
  • Problem solve to create high-quality products by established deadlines
  • Exemplify Great Minds culture in all work environments, with an emphasis on trust, collegiality, continuous improvement, and quality

Job requirements

  • At least 5 years’ experience working in education with a track record of success in curriculum development, school-based leadership, and instructional leadership related to standards and assessment development
  • Substantial knowledge and understanding of the Common Core State Standards for ELA (CCSS for ELA)
  • Demonstrated experience aligning content to the CCSS for ELA
  • Familiarity with the entire K-12 scope and vertical progression of the CCSS for ELA
  • Experience mapping specific state standards to the CCSS for ELA (e.g., creating crosswalks, correlations, or alignment studies), including the ability to identify salient connections and subtle differences across similar concepts
  • Proficiency with and alignment to the philosophy, instructional design, and pedagogy of Wit & Wisdom’s knowledge-building vision
  • Experience developing literacy curriculum within the K-8 level
  • Ability to navigate the Great Minds climate, where leadership often drives vision and content decisions
  • Demonstrated success in a leadership role developing and executing a large-scale project or team
  • Possessing a leadership style that is collaborative and inclusive, creating the conditions, structure, and the framework leading to optimal levels of trust, efficiency, and success
  • Impeccable social, oral communication, and writing skills needed to incorporate different points of view and present them as a unified plan
  • Capacity to receive and then apply external and internal content feedback from advisors, senior leadership, consultants, and colleagues
  • Strong written, verbal, and social communication skills needed to incorporate different points of view in service of developing a high-quality product
  • Strong organizational habits necessary for successful goal setting, project management, collective decision making, deadline execution, and record keeping
  • Ability to demonstrate an editorial sensibility by
    • writing and editing precise language
    • identifying needed revisions to content
    • applying and supplying constructive feedback locally and globally in a timely manner
    • using writers’ guidelines and style guides to maintain and model consistent and appropriate style
    • proofreading for content accuracy, expression, and consistency in voice
  • Proven track record demonstrating personal accountability, urgency, and persistence in completing high-quality work products, preferably in a fast-paced publishing environment
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to produce precise, error-free work while adhering to editorial guidelines and processes
  • Familiarity with a mindset that values an iterative cycle of ideation, thought partnering, prototyping, drafting, development, review, and revision
  • Experience and the aptitude to maintain a positive, professional attitude under tight timelines and with multiple competing priorities
  • Capacity to prioritize flexible thinking to make solutions-oriented decisions by established deadlines

Ideal Attributes

  • Ability to remain flexible in an ambiguous, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Passion for and commitment to the importance of high-quality, knowledge-rich curriculum
  • Receptivity to feedback with a focus on reflective practice
  • Embrace a mindset that is receptive to the perspectives of others
  • Commitment to high standards and continuous improvement
  • Proficiency at both working independently and collaborating as part of a team
  • Highly collaborative with the ability to consistently exhibit diplomacy, tact, and integrity
  • Remains flexible during periods of rapid change
  • 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
  • Embrace a learner mindset by being receptive to and elevating different perspectives
  • Commitment to collective authorship
  • Deep belief that every child is capable of greatness

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree

Status

  • Full-time

Location

  • Remote
  • Approximately 5% travel, depending on strategic priorities


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


New employees will be required to successfully complete a background check and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, subject to potential accommodation as required by law.


The salary range displayed is specifically for those potential hires who will work or reside in the state of Colorado if selected for the role. For residents of the State of Colorado the expected salary range for this position is $63,353.99-$74,440.94. This range may vary above and below the expected amounts in the State of Colorado. In addition to the Company's benefit offerings, the position may be eligible for additional annual incentives at the Company's discretion. Any offered salary and other incentives are based on market data, applicant skills and relevant experience, degrees, certifications and internal equity considerations.


Any communication to applicants relating to the Great Minds hiring process will only come from email addresses with the domains greatminds.org or greatminds.recruitee.com. If in the course of the application or hiring process with Great Minds you are contacted through another domain, are requested to provide banking or other sensitive information, or you note any other suspicious activity, please contact security@greatminds.org


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.


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