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Lead Curriculum Designer

  • Date Posted
    • 6.9.20
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Remote


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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The Lead Curriculum Designer, K-8, supports the strategy to maximize impact of all aspects of EL Education’s national K-8 Language Arts curriculum. This includes: leading new curriculum design projects, maintaining and improving current products based on feedback from the field, responding to feedback and questions from the field about curriculum and related products, and supporting the design and review of programmatic resources to build the capacity of curriculum coaches both internally and externally. S/he will also facilitate professional learning (in person or through video-based coaching) for high priority curriculum partnerships. This is a full-time, national position that reports to the Director of Curriculum Design.


Specific responsibilities include:

Lead new curriculum design projects in collaboration with the Director of Curriculum Design, and the Product team:

  • Support the hiring of curriculum design consultants for projects.
  • Design online training for curriculum design consultants.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Curriculum Design, plan the agendas for in person curriculum design intensives
  • In collaboration with a project manager and the product team, lead a team of consultants, including national experts, and manage project timelines. Organize regular meetings, organize agendas for meetings, monitor workflow and progress, and escalate concerns to the Director of Curriculum Design in a timely manner.
  • Support the Director of Curriculum Design in providing regular feedback to curriculum design consultants.
  • Regularly review curriculum design work to ensure high-quality.
  • Provide a bridge between the curriculum design work and the work of the product team and external partners to include external production, external reviewers, states/district teams, and distribution/product partners.
  • Support the development of ancillary products for new curricula by reviewing and providing feedback to include professional learning products and publications.
  • Ensure the inclusion of culturally responsive instructional practices to engage and meet the needs of all students.

Maintain and improve current products based on feedback from the field:

  • In collaboration with the product team, respond efficiently and effectively to questions and feedback from the field and internal stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the product team and in line with feedback from the field and market research, identify revision priorities with a focus on improved cultural responsiveness and usability.

Support the design and review of programmatic resources to build the capacity of curriculum coaches both internally and externally:

  • Provide guidance on key features of new/revised products to highlight in professional learning.
  • Identify potential challenges with new/revised products to focus on in professional learning.
  • Review professional learning resources

Facilitate professional learning (in person or through video-based coaching) for high priority curriculum partnerships:

  • Facilitate professional learning to audiences of 15 to 300 attendees in alignment with EL best practices and pedagogy.

TRAVEL: Up to ~25% of the time (internal staff events and partner-facing work)


A successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for EL Education's mission and vision, and curriculum
  • Deep expertise in either implementing or coaching implementation of EL Education’s curriculum; curriculum design experience preferred
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in K-8 literacy, preference will be given to those with special education experience
  • Demonstrated experience leading and growing diverse teams
  • Project management experience: Proven ability to manage multiple large scale projects, with complex timelines and multiple deliverables
  • Expertise in culturally responsive curriculum and instructional practices
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students and their communities, and for the working environment
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating adult learning
  • A four-year college degree; masters degree in curriculum/instructional design preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (phone, email, video conference, etc.) and experience of working remotely
  • A collaborative, innovative, and flexible professional approach


Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.


The anticipated start date for this position is July 20th 2020. 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.


Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. EL Education is committed to equity across the organization: in services to our partners, in our workforce composition and practices, and in our organizational culture. 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 gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE VEVRAA Federal Contractor