Department: Education & Social Policy Salary/Grade: EXS/9
Job Summary: The Curriculum Development Specialist 2 (CDS2) will direct science curriculum materials and professional learning design work as part of a multi-institutional research and development project. The CDS2 will lead the effort to design a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned year-long course for high school, coordinating the efforts of multiple teams of graduate students, staff members, and teacher consultants developing the units that make up the course. Supervising the unit development teams will include working with the unit leads to ensure coherence of the year-long course across the individual units, responsiveness to the external reviews and field trial results, consistency of pedagogical approach, and consistent approach in teacher supports. The CDS2 will train staff members, and advise and provide feedback to design teams. The CDS2 will also work with the other course leads and project leaders across multiple institutions to collaborate on program-wide policies and to help coordinate the development work across sites. The CDS2 will also direct the design of professional development online resources and supervise a team of graduate student and staff members implementing the design. The person filling this position will also assist in writing grant proposals for additional projects, and in writing project reports and technical papers about the project.
Works with SESP faculty, collaborating faculty from partner institutions, and other course leads to collaborate on program-wide development processes, approaches, and policies guiding the development of a high school NGSS program at Northwestern and partner sites.
Leads the development and implementation of NGSS-designed high school course, ensuring that materials meet guidelines and are produced on deadline. Supports the lead of each unit design team in supervising team members consisting of staff, teachers, and graduate students from SESP and from partner institutions. Works with the lead of each unit design team to oversee the writing of all teacher guides, student materials, and professional learning resources. This includes training, advising, and giving feedback on work, and frequent collaboration with project development partners and external advisory teams for ongoing input and guidance.
Leads a unit design team to oversee the writing of all teacher guides, student materials, and professional learning resources. This includes training, advising, and giving feedback on work, and frequent collaboration with project development partners and external advisory teams for ongoing input and guidance.
Communicates and consults with external advisory teams and with a State Steering Committee providing input on the project.
Assist in writing grant proposals for additional projects as well as writing project reports and technical papers about the projects.
Additional duties as assigned.
A Master’s degree with a focus in curriculum development, instructional design, or equivalent
7 or more years of experience with science curriculum materials development
3 or more years of experience leading design teams for curriculum materials development
Strong understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and experience creating curriculum aligned with NGSS
Project management experience
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Interpersonal skills in managing collaborative teams
Five or more years of experience developing and implementing professional development for science teachers
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40531
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.