Curriculum Development Specialist

  • SparkShop
  • 965 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
  • May 12, 2022
Full time Education Non-profit STEM

Job Description

Apply via email with a resume and cover letter to: before May 31st, 2022

This Role’s Mission:

To develop world-class and equitable curriculum packages that introduce elementary school students to engineering.

This Role’s Outcomes:

  1. Create original educational STEM content for 4th and 5th graders

    • Collaborate with Program Lead to design learning outcomes and activities 

    • Write culturally responsive engineering and humanities lesson plans (5 units per school year)

    • Build beautiful and informative student-facing slides

    • Film and edit 2 educational videos per month (typically 5-10 per year)

    • Align lessons to NGSS, SEL, and Common Core standards

  2. Increase accessibility and equity of SparkShop curriculum

    • Translate 100% of SparkShop curriculum and family-facing communications from English to Spanish

    • Create alternate lessons for students with IEP accommodations as needed

    • Build supplemental activities for heritage months that highlight STEM professionals with underrepresented identities

  3. Manage teacher professional development program

    • Run teacher professional development sessions

    • Coordinate partnership with Northwestern University to manage accreditation

    • Evaluate and report on program impact


  • Must have earned an Associate (2-year) or Bachelor’s (4-year) degree from an accredited academic institution

  • Must have at least two years of experience as a classroom teacher

  • Priority will be given to those fluent in spoken and written Spanish

  • This position includes moving and stacking boxes weighing up to 25 lbs within our storage space

  • All SparkShop employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19


  • Creativity - Imagines new and valuable educational content and delivery formats

  • Curiosity - Has a strong desire to learn and understand the world around them

  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and succinctly, is able to tell stories that resonate with children

  • Attention to detail - Thoroughly and accurately completes tasks while catching mistakes

Cultural Competencies:

  • Flexibility - Is able and willing to adapt behavior to new constraints and opportunities

  • Proactivity - Identifies projects and opportunities for improvement without waiting for work to be assigned

  • Design thinking - Solves problems with a user-centered, iterative, team-based approach that challenges assumptions and generates innovative solutions

  • Teamwork - Prefers working in a collaborative group of people to achieve common goals

  • Resourcefulness - Pursues quick and clever solutions to problems using the resources available to SparkShop

  • Intersectional Thinking - Understands the dynamics of race, socioeconomic class, and gender in the world, recognizes bias in themselves, and actively chooses to dismantle systems of oppression

Compensation and Benefits: 

  • Full-time exempt position with flexible working hours

  • Salary: $60k-$65k/year depending on experience

  • Health and dental insurance provided (90% employer, 10% employee)

  • 401K (no matching)

  • Unlimited PTO (2 week minimum in addition to holidays)

  • $2k budget for continued education or professional development

Work Environment:

  • Role is based in the Chicago-area

  • Office in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago

  • Hours are flexible, typically 80% remote. We value work-life balance and encourage employees to adjust their schedule to their liking and needs. Due to occasional events, flexibility in working hours is sometimes required

  • SparkShop is a small team with lots of collaboration and room to grow

Address: 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Start Date: June or July 2022

Apply via email with a resume and cover letter to: before May 31st, 2022

Interview Process: Phone screening, virtual interviews, and final round in-person masked interview

SparkShop is an equal opportunity employer. Our full anti-discrimination policy is available upon request.