Curriculum Writer - Education Specialization


Job Type

Full Time

Remote

Ok

Published:

01/29/2018

Start Date:

03/01/2018

Application Deadline:

02/28/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Organization: BlackFem, Inc.

Position: Curriculum Writer – Education Specialization

Position Location: NYC or Washington, DC


Mission:

“Our mission is to provide opportunities for women and girls of color to build and sustain wealth.”

Organization:


BlackFem, Inc.’s mission is to provide opportunities for women and girls of color to build and sustain wealth. Though we specifically target women and girls, our school programs are open to all students. Our core values of empowerment and social justice are achieved through the content of our programming, our commitment to reducing economic barriers to a quality financial education, and the long-term relationships we nurture with the communities we serve. Our mission is grounded in its commitment to unlimited access to financial education; we work to integrate our programs in all schools, even those who cannot meet the full cost of our services without community and grant support.


In 2015, BlackFem, Inc. was established in Harlem. Though New York City is a center for the United States’ financial services industry, there are extreme deficiencies in financial resources and education in communities of color, particularly in schools. After learning that most students in New York City rarely receive financial literacy education, if at all, during or after school, BlackFem, Inc. pledged to provide this education to as many schools as possible with the ultimate goal of providing it to even the most struggling school community at an affordable cost. By 2016 we had established a year-round program schedule for our BlackFem In-House programs and later introduced our BlackFem At School program. BlackFem, Inc. has served over 10,000 students from our At School programs with over 600 hours of programming.


Our programs are successful for two profound reasons. First, all of BlackFem’s curriculum is customized and infused with the experience of low-income communities of color. Each community we serve is different. The curriculum students learn from must address the issues in their daily lives and must reflect their experience or it will not connect with the students. Second, BlackFem’s team combines both financial experts and teachers. Simply put, financial education requires both finance and education. The BlackFem team has individuals with Wall Street experience, various professional financial certifications, Masters degrees in general and special education, and inner-city teaching experience. The financial expertise of the BlackFem team allows the organization to teach complex financial concepts and know that they are taught correctly. The teaching experts ensure that we adequately support our teachers and create curriculum that actually connects with students.


Position Summary:

 

Our curriculum writers are responsible for developing compelling educational instruction products using various technologies that empower and support teachers and students in low-income communities of color. You will design, develop, and implement curriculum content, teaching aids, and training materials that support BlackFem, Inc’s pedagogical model. Our model is founded on the premise that we do not need to lower the intellectual standards for our kids, rather we need to leverage differentiation to make complex financial concepts accessible. As a curriculum writer, you will be developing high-quality, customized, culturally relevant wealth and financial literacy curriculum intended to provide the tools for social and economic success for students who cannot afford to fail. We take great pride in creating curriculum that is unique, engaging, and dynamic and we expect our curriculum writers to serve as education, classroom, and pedagogy experts.


Location. This position can be based either in NYC or Washington, DC. Our team is largely virtual, so many BlackFem employees and team members work from home or out of shared office spaces. Monthly travel to a local partner school to test curriculum effectiveness will be required.


Time Commitment. This position requires flexible availability throughout the week (including weekends and evenings) to develop and adjust curriculum that will be delivered to classrooms on a weekly basis. The current time commitment is estimated to be 15 – 20 hours per week.

           

Key relationships.


·     Reports to: Chloe McKenzie, Founder and CEO, Tara Spruill-Jones (BlackFem At School Manager)

·     Frequent interaction with Emma Ross (BlackFem Teach Manager), and Milka Pericon (Special Assistant to the CEO).

 

Roles and Objectives.

·     Create wealth and financial literacy curricula to produce immersive, culturally relevant, and engaging experiences for a diverse student population consisting of grades K-12

·     Regularly provide training to teachers and other instructors on curriculum implementation

·     Adhere to iterative model of curriculum development and improvement utilizing teacher and student feedback

·     Work collaboratively with other writers to execute our strong pedagogical vision

·     Meet regularly with BF Teach Manager and BFAS Manager to ensure best-practice approaches and application of common core state standards

·     Conduct site visits as required either observing curriculum implementation or delivering curriculum to verify pedagogical success

 

Critical competencies and attributes.


·     Aptitude for operating in a startup nonprofit environment

·     Flexible availability

·     Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

·     Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in informal but deadline-driven environment

·     Self-motivated and highly organized, with exceptional follow-through, initiative, and commitment to excellence

·     Enthusiastic and supportive of BlackFem’s mission

 

Requirements.


·     Bachelors degree in English, Education, Instructional Design or related field; advanced degree strongly preferred

·     2+ years classroom experience including teaching to a diverse range of learners; special education and ELL experience strongly preferred

·     2+ years experience creating challenging and engaging curricula that integrates different genres, technologies, and mediums

·     Deep awareness of current cultural trends and interest of students

·     Ability to be creative and innovative in the face of ambiguous parameters

·     Experience with education technology and knowledge of current trends in digital and blended learning a strong plus





Please submit cover letter and resume to info@blackfem.org. Address your cover letter to Chloe McKenzie. BlackFem, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We hire equally, regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

info@blackfem.org

http://blackfem.org

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Please submit cover letter and resume to info@blackfem.org. Address your cover letter to Chloe McKenzie. BlackFem, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We hire equally, regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.


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