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Director, Curriculum Innovation - National Geographic Society #2021-2660

Company: Staffing Advisors of Maryland
Location: Washington
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

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 change.
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 it.
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 scale.
    • 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 impact.
    • 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 curriculum delivery.
      • Disciplinary expertise in multiple relevant disciplines, including but not limited to geography, social studies, and science (preferred).
      • 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 competencies.
      • Experience and excellence in leadership and management in multi-dimensional organizations.
      • 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 levels.
      • 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 dynamic institution.
      • Writing for school-based audiences-educators, students, and youth.
      • 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 autonomously.
        • 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 problems.
          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 organization.
            Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Karin Carter at resumes@staffingadvisors.com with "NGS - Director, Curriculum Innovation #2021-2660 SA" as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
            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.
            Please note: our practice is to not disclose the salary ranges our clients would consider. Any salary information included in this posting was estimated without our input.
            Staffing Advisors is committed to reducing bias in every aspect of the hiring process. We have long recommended an evidence-based approach to hiring. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. You can learn more about our actions on our blog.

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