Curriculum Writer

Position: Curriculum Writer
Reports to: Editorial Director
Status: Full-time, exempt
Location: Brookline, MA or close to another Facing History office; a remote, home-based arrangement may be considered for the right candidate
Start date: July 1, 2017

Position description:
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational nonprofit that provides educational content, curriculum resources, and professional development to secondary school social studies, civics, humanities, and English teachers. Facing History’s educational content is informed by a unique pedagogical model that helps students explore questions of identity, human behavior, prejudice, and civic responsibility, and make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives today. We currently apply this model to explore case studies of pivotal historical moments such as the Holocaust and the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War, as well as rich works of literature such as To Kill a Mockingbird.

As a member of the Educator Content Development team, the Curriculum Writer will play a key role in helping Facing History exponentially scale its impact over the next five years. This is an exciting opportunity for candidates with a passion for using the humanities to help adolescents practice ethical reflection and become civically engaged. The ideal candidate is a writer, teacher, and learner at heart, who is passionate about our mission and excited to work with the wide range of issues, histories, works of literature, and current events that comprise our editorial portfolio.

The successful candidate will have experience teaching and writing curriculum materials for students with diverse learning styles, abilities, and backgrounds and their teachers. Using Facing History’s pedagogy as a framework, she or he will be able to envision effective classroom instruction and write clear and accessible curriculum materials to guide teachers in implementing the content.

Responsibilities include:
·Develop web- and print-based content for middle and high school teachers and students, including lesson plans, units, study guides, and resource books.

·Become an expert in Facing History’s unique pedagogical model, the “scope and sequence” and use it as a framework for all curriculum.

·Research, write, and summarize complex histories to provide context for resource books, lesson plans, and documentary video.

·In partnership with the online learning and video production teams, help develop scripts for classroom video shoots and serve as subject matter expert/content writer for online courses, workshops, and webinars.

·Participate in the planning and delivery of staff training for new curricula and educational resources.

·Provide timely, constructive, and ongoing editorial feedback to other members of the writing team as required.
·Collaborate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure curricula meets goals and objectives.
·Seek out and maintain knowledge about teacher/student use of digital products in the classroom and selectively integrate latest tools and trends into Facing History’s curriculum materials.
·Maintain knowledge and expertise in best practices in teaching, pedagogy, and assessment, and ensure those practices are reflected as appropriate in Facing History content.

Essential Skills/Qualities:
·5-7 years of experience writing curricula for middle or high school history, social studies/civics,or literature courses.
·Teaching experience in middle or high school social studies, history, or English language arts.
·Interest and curiosity in educational technology and finding creative ways to present and deliver instructional content to teachers and students on digital platforms.
·Knowledge of and experience with culturally responsive and social emotional learning ·Superior research skills, and an ability to identify historical and literary sources (including primary documents) that are intellectually and emotionally appropriate and engaging for adolescents.
·Curiosity and eagerness to learn about unfamiliar history and literature topics.
·Self-starter with the ability to work on multiple projects relating to different topics at once.

Preferred Skills
·Knowledge and experience of methods for differentiating instruction (especially according to reading ability) in middle and high school history, social studies, and literature classrooms.
·Familiarity with the Understanding By Design curriculum design frameworks.
·Training and experience with Facing History pedagogy/curricula preferable.

Compensation and Benefits:
In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans, limited free parking and a friendly work environment.

Facing History proudly values diversity. To read our full statement on diversity, please follow the link from our careers page. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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