Academic Manager

Zearn - Remote - Full time

Who We Are:

Zearn is the nonprofit educational organization behind Zearn Math, the top-rated math learning platform used by 1 in 4 elementary students nationwide. We support teachers with research-backed curriculum and digital lessons proven to double the learning gains of a typical year of instruction. Zearn Math instructional materials - including 400+ hours of digital math learning - are free for teachers and families. Zearn also offers school and district-wide licenses and professional development to support implementation.

Everything we do is driven by the belief that every kid can be a math kid. Learn more about us at

Over the past few years, Zearn’s Academic Team - which resides under Zearn’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO) – has expanded in both scope of work and number of team members, and we are looking to continue this growth. Zearn is seeking a talented educator who is passionate about standards, curriculum, and instruction and how these areas can support Zearn Math in providing students a rigorous and engaging experience.

The Academic Manager will be an essential addition to the Academic Team., working directly under Zearn’s Academic Director, and helping expand the reach of Zearn Math through deep analysis projects that require sustained focus, drive, and perseverance. The ultimate goal of this work is to ensure Zearn Math is a viable curricular offering in every state.

What you’ll do:

In this role, you will be responsible for;

helping the Academic Team stay abreast of the current landscape of mathematics standards and curricular choices. This work includes completing semi-annual reviews to check the status of each state’s standards and any revision processes states might be conducting, leading to the analysis of any new set of state standards in comparison to the standards for which Zearn Math was written. In addition to standards alignment, you will also be responsible for recommending ways we can position Zearn Math as a core complement in the mathematics classroom. Finally, you will assist in the curriculum review process (e.g., EdReports and individual state IMR processes), researching the expectations of each review process and auditing Zearn Math against those expectations.

The Academic Manager will help Zearn reach its goal of being seen as a viable curricular option in all 50 states. To meet this goal, you will:

  • Review state standards and compare them to the standards on which Zearn Math was built, clearly articulating similarities and differences
  • The final output of this work is a state-specific alignment guide 
  • Review expectations of HQIM related to high stakes review processes
  • Investigate where Zearn Math might need to make edits/additions to meet identified expectations and be prepared to provide suggestions for improved alignment
  • Research and stay abreast of curricular trends related to HQIM in mathematics
  • Audit Zearn Math’s curricular materials against latest trends

What You’ll Bring:

  • At least 5-7 years of experience in math education
  • Experience analyzing various sets of standards and comparing them to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Ability to think deeply about math standards
  • Experience reviewing/evaluating curricular materials (e.g., serving on a curriculum adoption committee)
  • Experience writing and/or evaluating assessments a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and consistently meet deadlines
  • Commitment to Zearn’s mission of providing an exceptional education to all children
  • A love of learning, and a love of math
  • A commitment to Zearn’s mission of providing an exceptional education to all children
  • A desire to join an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment at a high-growth organization
  • The willingness to comply with Zearn's vaccination (subject to legally valid exemptions) and Personal Protective Equipment policies


This role is remote, but you may be asked to travel to our New York City office periodically for team building when it reopens.

Compensation & Benefits:

We offer a competitive benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, 401K matching, parental leave, and a generous PTO policy. We also offer a collegial and passionate culture and the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of children.

Zearn is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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Experience Level

Mid Level


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