Curriculum Specialist

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Curriculum Specialist

Posted date
April 10, 2019

San Jose, CA

Employment Type


Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exist to change that.

Founded in 2006 by East San Jose native and National Board Certified Teacher Frances Teso, Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-language program. With the Voices dual-immersion model, students receive 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English starting in kindergarten. The percentages shift by 10% per year until reaching 50:50 in third grade. As a result, every student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.

In 2019-20, Voices will operate four public charter schools: Voices-Franklin McKinley (K-8), Voices-Morgan Hill and Voices-Mt. Pleasant (both Transitional Kindergarten - 5th, growing to Transitional Kindergarten - 8th) and Voices West Contra Costa (Transitional Kindergarten- 3rd). As we expand to serve more traditionally underserved students in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, Voices seeks additional team members who share a commitment to its mission and believe joyful learning and world-class academic preparation are not mutually exclusive.

Voices Academies’ Vision

All students graduating from Voices College-Bound Language Academies will possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in any career path they choose to pursue in life by mastering academic standards and subject matter. Students will be aware of the many positive possibilities for their future, and enjoy learning throughout their lives. They will be able to think critically by asking questions, especially when confronted with the status quo. Our students will have a sense of social responsibility to make their communities better.

Role Summary

Voices Academies’ Curriculum Specialist will be an inspiring educator with a passion for systems and instruction. Reporting to the Director of Professional Development (PD), the Curriculum Specialist will be responsible for maintaining our curriculum knowledge management systems, and leading the development, editing, quality control, and implementation of high quality curricula and associated professional development. The ideal candidate will have an unwavering commitment to ensure that students receive quality instruction, make accelerated educational progress, and reach or exceed their academic goals. As Voices Academies works to develop scalable systems across the network, there is a need for a significant investment in codifying our curriculum and ensuring teaching staff receives support in executing it with fidelity.

Key Responsibilities

Curriculum Development and Implementation:

Develop exemplar units, lesson plans, and instructional materials consistent with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and provide individualized instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students
Use data, CCSS knowledge, and internal reviews to make recommendations for how to develop curricular goals
Improve and edit curricula on an annual basis to ensure the program is meeting intended objectives
Conduct research and consult with teaching staff, Director of PD, and Chief Academic Officer (CAO) in the selection, development, and implementation of new curriculum
Write units using Understanding by Design framework for grade levels that need additional support
Understand TK-8 core curriculum, ELA, math, and writing program elements by observing lessons
Identify and lead a team of teachers who will assist in curriculum unpacking and implementation
Prepare plans for printing or ordering instructional material
Develop and maintain a research database that may be utilized to develop and review curriculum
Create and review interim assessments to align to CCSS and curriculum
Lead the adoption, implementation, and data analysis of Voices assessments
Create and monitor formative assessments
Organize and maintain Voices’ curriculum knowledge management system
Actively pursue opportunities to continue to learn best practices in academic content through research, professional development, and other learning opportunities
Curriculum Professional Development:

Model Voices’ professional development best practices and co-plan professional development sessions around curriculum and network academic priorities with Director of PD
Plan and execute monthly teacher planning days
Model unpacking of curriculum for course leads, administrators and teachers
Refine and implement intellectual preparation protocols
Provide in-class support and coaching to teachers using designated curricula, including coaching on teacher strategies, and assistance in leading classroom activities and lessons
Provide content knowledge support to school leaders through professional development
Train school leaders, when appropriate, on academic program practices tied to our curriculum

Voices Academies Curriculum Specialist candidates will have the following

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required
Knowledge of subject matter, including California Common Core Standards
Minimum 3 years of teaching experience
Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students from low-income communities
Knowledge of techniques and procedures used in the design and development of bilingual curriculum
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
Outstanding organizational skills with experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders
Commitment to accelerated educational progress of children
Experience or commitment to public education, social justice, efficacy and equity
High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Google Apps
Ability to work well independently and within a team environment; working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making decisions
Combine maturity, humility, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and a roll-up-my sleeves attitude to celebrate successes as well as navigate times of ambiguity and high levels of stress
Preferred Qualifications:

CA Credential: Multiple Subject with Bilingual Authorization (BCLAD/CLAD)
Knowledge of and experience working with low-income communities preferred
Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and demonstrated success in building a dual-immersion curriculum
Understanding of dual language instructional practices and school design and the unique characteristics of public charter schools is a plus
Working Conditions:
Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and crouch
Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
Occasional evening and or weekend work
Occasional travel
Willingness to be trained as needed
Prior to Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final contract:

First Aid/CPR Certification
Clear Criminal Background Check
Valid TB Clearance
Key Compensation:

Annual Salary Range of $55,000-$75,000
Medical benefits
Exceptional growth opportunities
Retirement plan
Reports directly to Director of Professional Development
Permanent Salaried, Exempt Position
At-Will Contract
If you have any questions about this position, please contact our hiring team by email at Thank you.

Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status