Senior Curriculum Developer & Designer

Opportunity Education is developing an innovative high school curriculum that will serve as the basis for the development of student-centric high schools. This curriculum places a premium on relevance and engagement and seeks to develop students who achieve the vision laid out in our whitepaper: The Well Educated Individual and the Foundations of Next Generation Learning. The Senior Curriculum Developer and Designer (SCDD) is responsible for the development of curriculum specifications in one or more subject areas and for overseeing a team that will work to develop units of problem-based/inquiry-based learning that we call “quests.”

Full-time benefits eligible positions and part-time consulting position are available.

Responsibilities

  • Curriculum Development: Design complete high-school level curriculum framework in a subject area. The curriculum framework for each subject area specifies the organization, themes or topics, skills, and artifacts expected of learners at each year or phase of the high-school curriculum. The framework is implemented through quests.

  • Manage Quest Design and Production (“show-running”): Work with quest designers to conceive and design quests that meet the curriculum specifications of the framework and NGL design principles.  Ensure coherence of the curriculum across the quests and between quests in different subject areas.  Develop longer narrative arcs that underscore the broader objectives of the curriculum.

  • Quest Review: Review quest proposals and drafts of quests to ensure adherence to the curriculum framework and NGL design principles, and for soundness of the treatment of subject-area material.

  • Communication: An SCDD will communicate with OE colleagues and quest designers in regular group and individual meetings.

  • Project Management: Coordinate the work of a team of quest designers in a given subject area. This includes leading weekly quest designer meetings, assigning and reviewing draft quests, and coordinating work with the Project Manager.

Personal Characteristics

The OE Next Generation Learning team is distributed across various US locations. To work effectively, team members should display the following characteristics:

  • An appreciation for the NGL design principles and broader curricular objectives and a willingness to employ non-traditional instructional methods in realizing these objectives.

  • Intense curiosity about creating relevant and engaging active learning experiences for high school students.

  • High standard of quality and ability to evaluate his or her own work, and the work of others, critically.

  • Willingness to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams.

  • Eagerness to share and develop new ideas.

  • Commitment to timeliness and deadlines established by the organization.

Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent coursework/experience in a discipline relevant to the area of instruction.

  • 3+ years of teaching experience, preferably involving secondary-school students.

  • Experience designing curriculum and familiarity with high-school curriculum and pedagogy.

  • An appreciation for the importance of well-crafted curriculum as a backbone for innovative instruction.

  • Excellent research and writing skills.

  • Supervisory or project management experience.

Reporting

The Senior Curriculum Developer and Designer reports to the Director of Learning Design.

 

How to Apply

Please send your resume to jobs@opportunityeducation.org