Department: Education & Social Policy Salary/Grade: EXS/7
Job Summary: We seek a motivated, creative individual who shares our mission of promoting equity through the development of instructional materials that center the interests and concerns of Black, Latinx, Native American, female and gender nonbinary, neurodiverse, and emerging multilingual students and their communities. The Curriculum Development Specialist will play a central role in the design and development of a new high school science course that will focus primarily on Chemistry but will include Earth and Space Science as well. In this role, the Curriculum Development Specialist will work closely with other curriculum writing team members and independent contractors to collaboratively research and write teacher and student materials. This includes participating as a team member in the design process, identifying and using appropriate science resources that will support student learning (e.g., data, images, videos, simulations), writing teacher-facing and student-facing text, and assisting in the production process to finalize the materials. This position requires candidates to have expertise in both: the development of instructional materials for science; and the interests and social identities of marginalized populations and the obstacles to learning they face in formal and informal settings in the US. We recognize that both formal study and practical experience can be valuable sources of this expertise
Works with principal investigator, chemistry course lead, and staff to develop a scope and sequence and unit specifications for a new NGSS-aligned HS Chemistry course.
Serves as unit design lead, coordinating staff writers and contractors developing the lesson materials that make up the unit; providing feedback and guidance on lesson materials work products.
Works with other staff and contractors to develop curriculum materials including teacher guidance, student materials for NGSS lessons within the chemistry course, and revise materials based on data from field trials.
Works with professional development design team to assist in design of professional learning materials for the chemistry course.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in science content area or science education.
At least two years of experience using or developing instructional materials that are designed with the Next Generation Science Storylines, OpenSciEd, or similar instructional model.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Understanding of three-dimensional, phenomenon-driven and problem-driven science teaching and learning as called for by the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Proficiency in using collaborative digital tools
Extensive experience developing instructional materials for secondary school science, including experience using the Next Generation Science Storylines, OpenSciEd, or similar instructional model
Science content and science teaching (pedagogical content) knowledge for Chemistry and Earth/space science as called for by the Next Generation Science Standards.
Teaching experience at the secondary school level, preferably in HS Chemistry, HS Earth Science, or other similar courses.
Experience designing for or working with historically marginalized populations
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Ability to manage complex work and achieve specified goals under time and resource constraints;
Ability to collaborate effectively in diverse groups across a variety of contexts;
Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Expertise in supporting emergent multilingual learners;
Expertise in research-based science instructional practices
Ability and expertise with regard to how to integrate the interests and social identities of marginalized populations and the obstacles they face in educational settings into curriculum materials and designs for professional development
Expertise in the development of instructional materials and in educational practices that are equitable and inclusive of students from marginalized populations.
A commitment to equity and social justice in education
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: 40532
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.