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CONSULTANT - Lead Curriculum Designer

  • Date Posted
    • 5.13.21
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Consultant
  • Location
    • Remote


Grade Level Lead Curriculum Designer: Grades K-5



EL Education is redefining student achievement in diverse communities across the country, ensuring that all students master rigorous content, develop positive character, and produce high-quality work. We create great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible.

EL Education’s portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on decades of deep partnership with schools and districts in our national school network—those implementing our school model—and in our family of literacy partners—those implementing our Language Arts curriculum.

Based on our founding principles of meaningful work, character, and respect for teachers, EL Education’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement. In addition to success on standardized tests, EL Education students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage, and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world.

EL Education, a 501c(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1992 by Outward Bound USA in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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EL has gained national recognition as an organization providing high quality K-8 curriculum and professional development on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Grade Level Lead Curriculum Designer: Grades K-5 will lead a team of designers to design and write high quality, engaging curriculum for a given grade level within the K-5 grade bands that integrates literacy and content learning. This position represents an exciting and challenging opportunity for individuals who:
Have proven leadership experience
Understand the backward design process
Have experience teaching content-based literacy in the K-5 grades
Understand diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism and culturally responsive education as it pertains to curriculum design
Have a deep understanding of the implications of the CCSS “instructional shifts.”

We seek 6 grade level lead curriculum designers total to begin in July 2021 and finish in February 2023, working 40 hours per week. Work will be paid at an hourly rate.


This position will report to the Director of Curriculum Design, and will:
Participate in virtual professional learning with our experts, and also potentially in person over the course of the project.
Lead the backward design and writing of four “content-based literacy modules” at a given grade level, and a closely aligned supplemental literacy block: 2 hours of instruction per day, written down to the daily lesson level.
Plan and facilitate team meetings, honoring EL’s organizational norms; building relationships; proactively communicating if issues with the group or individuals arise; naming milestones and celebrating successes; promoting reflection and ongoing improvement.
Serve as grade level project manager: Delegate tasks to team members and hold team members accountable in terms of tasks and timeline.
Coach and provide feedback to team members respectfully in a way that leads to growth.
Identify and/or guide the writing of appropriate supplemental texts for students (given content and literacy standards the module addresses) considering cultural responsiveness, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
Serve as the main liaison for the grade level team with EL’s Curriculum Design Team.
Participate in design and review of documents at the module, unit and lesson level.
Give and receive kind, specific, helpful feedback within and across grade level teams.
Support schools piloting new materials in Spring/Summer 2022.
As needed, carry out special projects or problem solving as assigned by the Director of Curriculum Design.

A successful candidate will have:
A master’s degree in education, specialization in curriculum design (preferred)
At least three years of leadership experience, supervising teams of three or more people
Proven experience and deep expertise in teaching and learning, specifically teaching and/or coaching literacy in primary and/or elementary grades
Proven passion for and ability to marry the research base of the CCSS with best practices for primary and elementary aged students
Expertise preferred in one of the following areas: Universal Design for Learning, Special Education, English Language Learners, early childhood development
Curriculum design expertise (backward design, holding the big picture and purpose, assessment, project-based learning, addressing CCSS standards and “shifts”)
Commitment to EL’s model of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and character development
Familiarity with EL’s K-8 ELA curriculum preferred
Extraordinary written and verbal communications skills (phone, email, in-person, video conference)
Strong research skills
Ability to manage complex tasks and tight deadlines independently and proactively
Keen eye for detail and ability to triage and problem-solve
Outstanding writing and editing skills (particular to the “curriculum genre”)
Strong self-motivation and self-management skills; an effective independent worker
Ability to effectively collaborate flexibly in the virtual environment while working toward a common goal
Commitment to self-reflection and a growth mindset as a member of a high-functioning team


Completive rate offered, not eligible for benefits.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 12 2021. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Please submit your resume and one page cover letter online (link to EL’s Career Page) in MS Word or PDF format. In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.
No phone calls please. EL will respond only to finalist candidates.


EL Education seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or citizenship status, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and parental status, HIV status, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, status as a veteran, or physical or mental disability or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE
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