The Executive Director of Curriculum will be responsible for leading the curriculum content to create effective computer-delivered literacy and language instruction for English language students in primary schools within the US. This person would also be responsible to determine content acquisitions including the process for acquiring content. Included in those processes are contract negotiation, research and evaluation, and business development. This position will be the point of contact for external distributors and content creators as well as the relevant internal groups, managing internal information in deal-related matters.
Essential Functions and Basic Duties
- Drive content vision, planning and execution throughout the product lifecycle to deliver content that supports the company's core business as well as future products and enhancements.
- Oversees the design of instructional activities to develop literacy and language and ensures that such designs are based on sound instructional design principles as well as educational research.
- Ensures that methods and processes are implemented and followed for efficiency in content design.
- Ensure that the content built meets State and Common Core standards and fulfills the market needs. Gains additional specifications through collaboration with product management, educational researchers and consultants, and the involvement of key customers.
- Presents to employees and customers, describing Imagine Learning curriculum.
- Provides input and helps to execute the strategic plan to acquire the necessary content to build company’s software product(s). Communicates strategy to internal and external stakeholders on on-going and project-by-project basis.
- Researches and evaluates content across a wide collection of distributors to determine fit with company’s curriculum needs. Tracks key industry trends and works closely with internal stakeholders to adjust direction, as needed.
- Serves as point person for all inquiries in connection with third-party acquisitions; provides regular updates to appropriate internal partners.
- Effectively coach and mentor design team employees with meaningful feedback on their designs of future content.
- Manages contracts, invoices and payments, and other contractual obligations with vendors.
- Graduate studies in English/language arts, ESL, or Instructional Design
Required Experience and Knowledge:
- Three or more years’ experience teaching elementary school, preferably with English Learners
- 10-12 years’ experience leading publishing teams with an emphasis in digital content design
- Demonstrable success in acquiring content and media assets
- Experience in curriculum development, professional development, and/or instructional design
- Demonstrable success in designing for current technologies, such as tablet
- Experience in content evaluation, acquisition, licensing, and business contracts
- Knowledge of the education marketplace, including knowledge of funding, policies, standards, pedagogy
- Knowledge and associated experience with authoring tools preferred
- Experience with usability testing preferred
- Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills
- Ability to lead the vision of the curriculum design
- Ability to work and manage cross-functional teams
- High energy level and an entrepreneurial spirit
- Self-motivated, disciplined, and able to effectively manage the workload with minimal supervision
- Proactive, independent worker with ability to produce quality curriculum designs in a short amount of time
- Honest, reliable, punctual
- Ability to respond well to constructive criticism
- Ability to work well in a team environment
- Strong planning and research skills
- Highly creative with ability to create engaging curriculum products
- Ability to cultivate internal and external relationships
- Ability to evaluate content and assets