Video Lesson Lead, Humanities
Great Minds, a rapidly growing challenger brand in the PK-12 instructional materials space, seeks an experienced Video Lessons Lead, Humanities to join our dynamic, dedicated 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 600 people.
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For the Video Lesson Lead role, Great Minds seeks experienced teachers, writers, and educators who are excited to help expand Great Minds’ English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, through a digital platform, called In Sync. The ideal candidate possesses K-8 ELA content and pedagogical expertise, an understanding of intellectual rigor, passion for high-quality knowledge-rich curriculum, managerial experience, proficiency with virtual teaching, attention to detail, and the belief that every child is capable of greatness.
Reporting directly to the Managing Editor, the Video Lesson Lead will work closely with virtual teachers, the design team, and the video production team and be responsible for organizing workflow, and executing product and instructional vision. The Video Lesson Lead will be expected to collaborate with both a smaller team (based on project needs and individual expertise) and a larger humanities curricular team to adapt existing Wit & Wisdom® curricular materials into a digital form. While the work is remote and the ideal candidate will work well independently, this will also be a highly collaborative project, necessitating a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced teacher, skilled editor, talented writer, or adept team manager to contribute to Great Mind’s growth and organizational mission.
The Video Lesson Lead will play a critical role in the development and execution of Humanities products and processes, by
- Executing product and instructional vision
- Managing and coaching a team of teachers with the execution of lessons for digital lessons for Great Minds In Sync
- Contributing to the development of project definition and resources
- Coordinating grade-level meetings, schedules, and work flow
- Ushering grade-level content through copy edits and production processes.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The Video Lesson Lead duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Embrace and exemplify a mindset that values an iterative cycle of ideation, including thought partnering, prototyping, drafting, development, review, and revision
- Develop curriculum resources so that content and pedagogy are of the highest quality and reflects the Great Minds philosophy
- Contribute to, execute, and ensure the realization of the curricular vision to create an effective teacher and student experience
- Work with Great Minds’ staff to ensure accurate content and presentation in a developmentally appropriate sequence
- Engage in the highest standard of writing and editing for all content, through the use of:
- Precise, academic language that reflects thoughtful instructional decision making and reflection on lesson and language efficacy
- Proofreading for accuracy, expression, and consistency in voice
- Openness to giving and receiving constructive feedback
- Implementation of revisions in a timely manner
- Use writer’s guidelines and style guides to maintain and model consistent and appropriate style
- Follow the product life cycle for the project, completing the appropriate scope and sequence of work within the timeline required at each phase.
- 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
- Collaborate within and across grade-level teams to ensure consistency of content
- Demonstrate deep knowledge of Wit & Wisdom’s instructional design
- Demonstrate deep knowledge of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts
- Coach grade-level team of writers to produce content that meets quality standards and instructional goals
- Manage and execute grade-level team resources, schedules, and work plans with a pro-active, problem-solving approach
- Maintain ongoing communication with grade-level team and Managing Editor and Curriculum Lead to facilitate product development, identify and address issues, and provide support and guidance
- Develop, maintain, and execute grade-level team communications, resources, schedules, and work plans with a pro-active, problem-solving approach
- Exemplify Great Minds culture in all work environments, with an emphasis on trust, collegiality, continuous improvement, and quality
- Provide consistent support and feedback of grade-level writers that exemplifies Great Minds culture
- Embrace and exemplify an academic mindset that values drafting, development, review, and revision
- Embrace and exemplify an academic mindset that values an iterative cycle of ideation, thought partnering, prototyping, drafting, development, review, and revision
- Develop and maintain processes, tools, and strategies for the development and execution of the product
- Ensure and adhere to a task- and deadline-driven workflow
- Problem solve to create high-quality products by established deadlines
- Communicate clearly within and across grade-level teams
- Collaborate effectively with team members on instructional decision-making
- Work independently and collaboratively in a remote work environment
Relevant Experience and Skills
- Deep content knowledge in English Language Arts with a Bachelors or Masters degree in an associated content area
- Proficiency with or alignment to Wit & Wisdom’s instructional design and pedagogy
- Deep understanding of the Common Core Standards
- Demonstrated practice in coaching and supporting teachers
- Minimum 3-5 years experience as a classroom teacher or educator required
- Management or experience with the product life cycle of ideation, drafting, iterating, development
- Team management or leadership experience
- Superior writing and editing skills with demonstrated writing ability (writing sample required)
- Superior organizational skills
- Respect for teacher professionals
- Understanding of how to develop a culture of intellectual rigor in the classroom
- Passion for the importance of high-quality curriculum
- Commitment to high standards, instructional quality, and continuous improvement
- Proficiency at both working independently and collaborating as part of a team
- Empathy, curiosity, and the desire to continually grow as a learner
- Positivity in all situations, bringing a can-do attitude to every task
- Receptivity to multiple viewpoints and feedback with a focus on reflective practice and iterative cycle of content development
- Flexible thinking
- Ability to contribute to big-picture vision
- Proactive problem solving
- Commitment to collective authorship
- Deep belief that every child is capable of greatness
Remote. Some travel (approximately 5-10% of the time) may be required to participate in quarterly or annual team meetings (average of 1-3 times/year) and to attend Professional Development.
Managing Editor, Humanities
If selected a 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.