Code.org is based in Seattle, but many of our team members are remote; remote candidates are welcome and encouraged to apply!
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups.
Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education. The leading provider of K-12 computer science curriculum in the largest school districts in the United States, Code.org also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world.
Code.org is looking for a Curriculum Writer with several years of experience teaching computer science at the elementary school level.
Successful candidates will have some experience developing and writing curriculum, ideally for a wide audience, a passion for creating equitable lessons that encourage young women and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and ideally experience integrating CS into other subjects.
Join our team to help us strengthen our K-5 course materials and develop high-quality, engaging, equitable curricula that will be used by thousands of teachers and students around the country!
In This Role, You Will
- Work as a member of a team of writers to develop, write, and revise Code.org’s K-5 curriculum.
- Incorporate research-based best practices for equity and pedagogy to build engaging and approachable lessons for all students (particularly young women and underrepresented groups) and their teachers.
- Actively seek and incorporate feedback from the team, teachers, and students through ongoing testing and evaluation of the curriculum.
- Revise the curriculum based on feedback you have received.
- Provide feedback to other writers on the curricular materials they have developed.
We anticipate that this role will require flexibility to travel <10% of your working time per year, once COVID restrictions are lifted.
Experience and Qualifications
As our ideal candidate, you have experience developing and writing computer science curriculum to standards; strong writing and communications skills; are quick to pick up new technology, effectively prioritize and multi-task, and excel under pressure.
- Recent K-5 classroom experience (additional middle school experience is a plus)
- Comprehensive knowledge of computer science, including the concepts covered in the K-5 band of the CSTA standards
- Deep understanding of and dedication to equity, best practices to support equitable classroom environments, and gender- and culturally-responsive teaching practices
- The creativity and expertise to develop engaging, fun CS activities that can be used successfully with a wide range of learners, and be taught by a wide range of teachers
- Prior curriculum writing/activity design experience
- Some familiarity with principles of pedagogy and research-based best practices in education
- Experience integrating computer science education into other subject areas such as ELA and math
- Experience teaching in a classroom environment with students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in computer science and/or students from low-income communities (strongly preferred)
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education or Computer Science
- Experience/familiarity with Code.org curriculum, and with other K-5 CS curricula
- Experience supporting and collaborating with other teachers on CS lessons
What Is the Interview Process Like?
Step 1: Informational - learn more about the role and share your experience (~45 minutes)
Step 2: Homework (~3 hours)
Step 3: Interviews with the team (~4 hours)
Step 4: Final Interview with Chief Programs Officer (~1 hour)
Note: All interviews are currently being conducted virtually via Google Meet
The initial review of applications for this position will begin on Monday, May 24, and preference will be given to applications submitted by this date. Our team will review all applications and if we believe your qualifications would make a great fit, we'll contact you to schedule an informational interview.
Please include a lesson plan sample that is your original work. Ideally, this lesson plan will be for K-5 students. In your cover letter, highlight relevant experience teaching elementary school computer science, and developing and writing curricular materials.
Position is open immediately. Preferred start date by the end of June 2021. This role is for a two-year term.
We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes:
- Competitive Salary
- Technology subsidy consistent with our Bring Your Own Device environment
- Flexible, engaging working environment
- Paid time off: 3 weeks vacation annually, sick leave, and 'winter break' office closure the two weeks that include Christmas and New Years.
- Medical, dental and vision premiums paid at 100% for FT positions and their dependents
- Option to participate in 403b retirement savings plan
- Annual professional development stipend
- The opportunity to help students learn better and change the face of computer science
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.