Science Curriculum Writer

Areas of Accountability

  • Research and develop 2 hands-on STEM student workshops.
  • Create 5 lessons/activities for SPY’s Digital Learning HQ.
  • Train SPY youth education staff on delivery of developed programs.

Summary

The International Spy Museum’s hands-on student workshops are designed to deeply engage students in experiential learning opportunities. These workshops are interactive and include content-based activities, discussions, group work, and reflection. All workshops are designed to be offered virtually, onsite.  

Our Youth Education Team is looking to hire an experienced science curriculum developer (January – August 2023, approximately 25 hours a week). The goal of this writer is to expand SPY’s current educational workshop offerings for 3rd-12th grade students by developing two hands-on STEM workshops and activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Additionally, the science curriculum writer will create five classroom-ready lessons and activities for use on SPY’s digital learning website, Digital Learning HQ, increasing access for all. This curriculum writer is being generously funded by grant through the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation.

Success Traits

  • Enthusiasm for science education  
  • Creative thinker  
  • Experiential learner 
  • A desire to learn about the Museum’s content and have fun with it 

Responsibilities

SPY’s science curriculum developer will:

  • Research and develop 2 new 45–60-minute hands-on STEM student workshops that align with SPY’s inquiry-based learning approach along with NGSS/Common Core standards. 
    • Define concepts, write curriculum, and create materials for use in each workshop, as well as develop pre- and post-visit resources for classroom or home use.  
    • Create one workshop for upper elementary/middle school students and one workshop for high school students. 
    • Ensure that activities and techniques meet the needs of underserved youth and learners of varying abilities.  
    • Pilot the two workshops with at least three classes on-site and make refinements from observation and feedback. 
  • Create 5 relevant stand-alone activities using artifacts from the Spy Museum’s collection for inclusion in SPY’s Digital Learning HQ (searchable online SPY resource for lesson plans and other K-12 content for educators and caregivers) 
    • Ensure that activities are connected to NGSS and Common Core standards. 
  • Train SPY youth education staff on delivery of the two workshops and use of the accompanying Digital Learning HQ content with students. 

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science Education degree
  • Experience publishing science curriculum 
  • Knowledge of best practices in science education 
  • Knowledge of and experience with digital learning platforms. 
  • 3+ years as a certificated secondary science teacher

Experience Preferred

  • Master’s degree in Science Education, Secondary Education, Museum Education, or related field. 
  • Experience providing teachers with professional development.

How to apply: 

For employment consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample or lesson plan to the Science Curriculum Application Form.