Director, Curriculum Innovation - National Geographic Society #2021-2660
Company: Staffing Advisors of Maryland
Posted on: November 22, 2021
Overview:Director, Curriculum InnovationThe National Geographic
Society uses the power of science, exploration, education, and
storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. As
the Director, Curriculum Innovation, you will serve on the National
Geographic Society's (NGS) Education Content team and will lead the
development and implementation of high-quality educational
resources and experiences for educators and youth to be distributed
through our various partners and platforms across the globe. We
believe that young people, and the educators who reach them, are
key to addressing the planet's most pressing problems and your work
on the Content team will help empower the next generation of
explorers, leaders, and solution seekers. Working with a large
network of disciplinary experts, including NGS explorers,
educators, scientists, storytellers, technologists, and partners,
you will develop authentic learning experiences and teaching
resources intended to develop empathy for the planet in young
people and spread geographic knowledge and thinking. You will use
the unique assets of NGS to help create the enabling conditions for
Reporting to the Senior Director, Curriculum & Content Innovation,
you will develop strong working relationships with other NGS
divisions and National Geographic Partners, serving on internal
cross-platform workgroups to deliver integrated products and
programs in line with the NG NEXT strategic plan. You will work to
provide game-changing tools to 2.5 million teachers and reach 100
million students across the globe with a goal of moving them across
a continuum of being curious, gaining knowledge, developing
empathy, and taking action to become solution-seekers and
tomorrow's leaders. NGS uses a learning framework to shape its
educational products and programs. However, you will also have the
freedom to leverage our unparalleled assets into powerful
resources. You will use sound instructional design and innovative
dissemination to support educators and students in learning about
the world and how it works, understanding the interconnectedness of
the earth's systems, and cultivating empathy for all who inhabit
Building upon the Society's commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion you will join the Content team in making educational
resources available any time, any place, and on a continuum of
technological capacities at scale across the globe.
Organization OverviewSince 1888, the National Geographic Society
has driven impact by identifying and investing in an international
community of Explorers: leading scientists, educators,
storytellers, conservationists, technologists, and many other
changemakers who help us address some of the critical challenges of
our time, drive new knowledge, advance new solutions, and inspire
positive transformative change in our five focus areas-Ocean, Land,
Wildlife, Human History & Cultures, and Human Ingenuity.
- Lead the development of high-impact education offerings in line
with the NG NEXT strategy using educator/youth user needs to inform
content development decisions.
- Lead three aspects of NG education integrated content:
- 1) development of global, innovative inquiry-based content, in
concert with educator learning, intended to scale youth planetary
empathy and leadership globally.
- 2) connecting students to a network of disciplinary experts and
data within authentic learning experiences.
- 3) building NGS into a disciplinary knowledge center, providing
a way for the world to access the unique geographic knowledge,
research, curriculum, instruction, mapping, storytelling, media,
and data analysis central to the Society.
- Ensure curriculum meets National Geographic standards of
instructional design, quality, and creativity and enacts NGS's
commitment to eliminating lag time between technology innovations
and classroom use.
- Identify key opportunities for expanding our reach and
supporting global expansion efforts.
- Collaborate and communicate with colleagues from other NGS
divisions, NG Partners, and outside funders/entities to make
program decisions. Serve and/or lead cross-Education and cross-NGS
workgroups to maximize integrated education strategy results and
- Develop multi-year plans, goals, and metrics; direct all
aspects of these plans from inception to completion including
budgets, program plans, timelines, MOUs, and contract staff. Manage
annual budgets and support efforts to raise revenue through
philanthropy, grants, and other.
- Contribute to continuous learning, evaluation, and feedback of
educational products and programs by implementing/participating in
needs assessment, gap analysis, and feedback exercises.
- Identify, cultivate, and manage programmatic and community
partners and stakeholders to support initiatives and maximize
- Manage a high-functioning team of staff and contract editors,
instructional designers, and writers, ensuring high-quality content
reaches multiple audiences (educators and youth) and is optimized
for multiple media formats.
- Supervise 3-5 staff members.
- Bachelor's degree in education, English, communications, or
related field required. Master's degree or doctorate in a
disciplinary content area, education, English, communications,
curriculum writing, instructional design, professional learning, or
similar field preferred.
- 10+ years of experience in education, community architecture,
professional development, curriculum design, or similar and 3+
years of management experience.
- Deep experience in K-12 curriculum development and
instructional design, including cutting-edge innovation in
- Disciplinary expertise in multiple relevant disciplines,
including but not limited to geography, social studies, and science
- Experience building communities of practice or networks
designed to scale the knowledge of discourse communities.
- Experience with scale-especially taking educational innovations
and implementing them to show impact on student learning or
- Experience and excellence in leadership and management in
- Reputation for high ethical standards and integrity, displaying
diplomacy and tact in difficult or sensitive situations.
- Highly developed oral and written communication skills and
ability to collaborate with individuals and groups at all
- Ability to work on multiple projects, under deadlines, with
changing priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced, environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams that span
organizations and cultures, and internally within a diverse and
- Writing for school-based audiences-educators, students, and
- Educational writing and editing in print or web-based
publishing, or multimedia development.
- Related project or program management experience.
- Knowledgeable. You bring a deep understanding of instructional
design for student, teacher, and adult learner audiences and have
engaged in and are aware of recent research in this field.
- Innovative. You like to solve a variety of problems. You are
innovative, technically creative, and provide sensible solutions.
No task is too big or too small.
- Curious. You are intellectually curious and eager to embrace
diverse cultures. You like learning new things and like to collect
and share information.
- Relationship oriented. You nurture productive relationships.
You value what each team member brings to the table and know how to
maintain relationships and get the work done.
- Productive. You don't just show up for work on time, you also
have a strong work ethic and are highly productive, always looking
to do more.
- Collaborative. You share information, coordinate effectively,
and execute your responsibilities while working across teams. In
projects, you seek out relevant information, decide the appropriate
steps, and facilitate the desired results.
- Adaptable. You anticipate and respond to change in a fast-paced
environment and demonstrate a willingness to learn new ways of
approaching your work to achieve better results.
- Priority management. You prioritize and work with tight
deadlines while keeping within budgetary constraints. You have
proven experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and
- Project manager. You set priorities wisely and know how to make
tough resource allocation decisions-always finding a way to forward
strategic initiatives. However, you also know how to translate
strategy into action. You enjoy solving tactical and process
What's Attractive to the Right Candidate?
- Your work will make a direct impact on students and teachers
globally as we seek to make learning more engaging, providing
opportunities for students to ignite their wonder and curiosity
while also ensuring they have the skills to be architects of
change. Our team believes that young people and educators are the
keys to addressing the pressing issues of the world.
- You will be joining inspiring people doing inspiring work and
facilitating the work of the NGS Explorers. We have a rich history
to draw on, as well as the dynamic and constantly evolving work of
our current Explorers.
- Our unique access to Explorers gives us the ability to create
fun, immersive, visually engaging, responsive, personalized
learning experiences for students and teachers to experience the
world. Wherever their paths take them-in the lab, behind the lens,
in the classroom, or in the field-Explorers make profound
contributions that help to realize our mission and vision.
- While NGS represents diverse backgrounds and fields of work, we
are united by shared values and steadfast commitment to our
mission. Our Explorer mindset means that we are leaders and problem
solvers, working to create and foster a global community committed
to a sustainable future.
To ApplyWe encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a
100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with
relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly
matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in
return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive
Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to
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Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions:
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Curriculum and
Content, Director of Curriculum Development, Chief Academic
Officer, Director of Educational Content.
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