Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing charter public schools that are closing the academic achievement gap and preparing students from historically underserved communities for success in college and beyond. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than 20,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy.
Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at rates far higher than their peers. We believe that every child deserves an outstanding education, and we are committed to working beyond the walls of our schools to achieve that goal through our professional development workshops, books, and district partnerships.
Summary of Role
The Curriculum Writer for High School Science is responsible for creating high school level Science curriculum and assessments for two courses. A one-year position for the 2022-2023 school year, the Curriculum Writer is an essential member of the High School Curriculum and Assessment Team (HS CAT), who works closely with the Director of High School Science to craft college preparatory, high quality Science curriculum and assessments to ensure all high schools are driving towards key Science achievement outcomes. The role is a one-year position only with the potential of extending beyond one year.
Core Duties & Responsibilities
- Develop and craft curriculum for two high school Science courses—Chemistry and 12th grade level Science elective:
- Develop and revise the curriculum scope and sequence, aligning to AP exams/practices, success on the SAT, and key college readiness skills
- Design outstanding curriculum materials (unit plans, daily lesson plans and exemplars, assessments) with a focus on instructional delivery methods that are best suited for the learning environment and student experience
- Research the curriculum from external organizations to learn from the sector and to ensure we are creating materials that are superior to what already exists.
- Work directly with the Director of High School Science, receiving professional development and training as well as formal and informal feedback on the crafted materials and resources.
Proofreading and Copyediting
- Produce visually appealing documents that align with Uncommon’s branding guidelines
- Ensure that curriculum is free of errors and Uncommon jargon and shorthand
- Develop all aligned Science assessments and supporting resources
- Analyze internal student achievement data to resolve how to better develop materials and provide targeted, high quality teacher training
- Analyze AP exam and SAT results to inform curriculum work
- Meet with 1-2 teachers to discuss, where applicable, implementation and feedback on lesson plans
- When needed, conduct focused observations to see instructional resources in use and capture feedback and implement revisions based on quantitative and observational data
- Support with other related duties as needed and assigned
- Teaching experience: confirmed results in student learning as a teacher
- Curriculum and assessment writing experience
- Experience with analyzing and responding to achievement data
- Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment: able to work autonomously and thoroughly with independent self-reflection, as well as take direction as needed
- Exceptional and creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills with the ability to think beyond one’s own place in the organization
- Strong project management skills, enabling multiple projects to be completed on time
- Excellent interpersonal skills, speaks and writes clearly, and differentiates messaging to a variety of partners
- Ability to move comfortably between high level critical thinking and attention to intricate details
- Alignment to and passion for Uncommon’s mission
- Excellent teammate: always puts the team’s goals first and works to support and empower peers
- Excellent ability to inspire change and build investment through relationship building
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Master’s degree preferred
- 3+ years experience required, including instruction, curriculum design with outstanding content expertise, and a consistent track record of student achievement as a teacher
- Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
- Typically, travel involves single-day visits to high schools in all regions about 1-2 times per quarter
Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a very generous benefits and vacation package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students.
At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.