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Lead Curriculum Designer, Digital Specialist

  • Date Posted
    • 11.18.18
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Region
    • New York
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • LOCATION: NYC preferred; Remote locations possible. Travel required (~30%)

LOCATION: NYC preferred; Remote locations possible. Travel required (~30%)

ABOUT EL Education

EL Education is a leading K-12 education non-profit that is meeting the national challenge to raise student achievement. Combining challenging work with the joy of discovery and pride in mastery, EL offers the education we would want for every child: one that prepares citizens with both the skills and the character necessary for success throughout college, work and life.

Our portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on 20+ years of success in more than 160 EL schools, serving 4,000 teachers and 53,000 students in 31 states and Washington D.C. Based on founding principles of meaningful work, character and respect for teachers, EL’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement, regardless of student background.

EL students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world. For more information, visit

The Lead Curriculum Designer, Digital Specialist is responsible for informing the development of the vision and strategy for digital curriculum products, and overseeing content development of digital versions of the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum including core and ancillary products. This includes extensive external collaboration with a diverse portfolio of schools and educational technology organizations, internal collaboration with EL staff to innovate on new products to support educators using the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum, and collaborating with the Product Team to support maintenance of existing products. The Lead Curriculum Designer, Digital Specialist is also responsible for creating internal systems, structures, and trainings related to the new products created. S/he will provide direct services (in person or through video-based coaching) for high priority partnerships.
This is a full-time, national position that reports to the Director of Curriculum Design.

This position is grant funded. Contract extension beyond grant expiration is possible but not guaranteed.

Specific responsibilities include:

Inform the development of the vision and strategy for digital curriculum products in collaboration with the Director of Curriculum Design and Curriculum Product team

Support the Product Team with the design and collection of market research to identify field needs and digital curriculum products currently available.

Analyze market research as well as existing knowledge and experience in digital curriculum design to develop a vision for new digital access to curriculum products to support the implementation of our K-8 Language Arts Curriculum for diverse, broad audiences

Support the planning and integration of new products in the project plan

Support grant writing to seek funding for new digital curriculum products

Support the development of diverse partnerships with external organizations in support of the digital design vision and strategy, in partnership with the Product Team

Oversee the content development and maintenance of digital versions of the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum including core and ancillary products in collaboration with Director of Curriculum Design, Curriculum Design Team staff, Product team, and Publications team
Collaborate with product team on design of project plans for new products.

Collaborate with product team on the overall design of templates, forms, and the structure of curriculum products for print, digital, and other distribution that are aligned to user needs and best practices, including ADA compliance

Collaborate with Director of Curriculum Design and product team to hire and train diverse staff and consultants

Engage external experts, advisory boards, and support in the design and creation of digital products

Manage communication for project design consultants and experts with guidance from the Director of Curriculum Design. Send out regular updates and organize agendas and facilitating meetings

Manage materials delivery and feedback collection from content review panels

Build internal capacity to ensure that EL Education field staff are equipped with deep expertise to support implementation of new digital curriculum products across partnership types, in order to achieve impact goals
Design systems and structures for field staff to support ongoing learning and collaboration

Create a robust suite of programmatic resources for EL staff to use when coaching diverse audiences on digital curriculum products

Build external capacity of instructional coaches to support implementation of digital products, with integrity, across partnership types in order to achieve impact goals
Design and facilitate the “train the trainer” model (including developing all requisite programmatic resources)

Deliver coaching and professional development to diverse audiences, both internal and external (~approximately 40-50 days per year)

Deliver coaching services and professional development (in person or via video-based coaching) in high priority network schools and literacy partnerships to support high-quality implementation of digital curriculum products

Apply learning from partner-facing work to consider implications for building internal capacity (EL staff), external capacity (train the trainer), and programmatic resources


Travel up to ~30% of the time (internal staff events and partner-facing work)

A successful candidate will have:

A passion for EL Education's mission and vision

Passionate, unequivocal conviction that EL’s curriculum will help fulfill on our mission and support student achievement

A four-year college degree; masters degree preferred
Demonstrated experience and deep knowledge of best practices for K-8 ELA and digital curriculum design

Deep knowledge and experience with serving students in historically underserved communities or with high free and reduced lunch populations

Committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and expected to strengthen such capacity if hired

Expertise in EL Education’s curriculum materials; curriculum design experience preferred

Demonstrated experience designing systems and structures to support adult learning
Demonstrated experience supporting complex, deadline-intensive projects

Strong written and verbal communication skills (phone, email, video conference, etc.)

A collaborative, entrepreneurial, and flexible professional approach


We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a wide variety of benefits, including paid-time- off, 403b match, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, etc.

Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. The organization is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. The organization is committed to racial equity across the organization: in its services to clients, in our workforce composition and practices, and in our organizational culture. While still seeking to improve our demonstration of this commitment, candidates should know that racial equity is a cornerstone of our commitment to all communities in the region. 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