Curriculum and Instruction Director

Level Playing Field Institute - Oakland, CA - Full time

Level Playing Field Institute - Oakland, CA - Full time

Apply for this job


SMASH Academy, a program that US News and World Report called “Perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields” is heading into its 15th summer, growing at a national scale and exposure. It is the flagship program of the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), an organization committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

Founded in 2001, LPFI is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization. In addition to operating the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy, a year-round academic program that serves high school students, LPFI conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields. LPFI is funded by private donors, foundations, and corporate giving and is currently expanding in exciting ways.

Working at LPFI is about fast growth, personal commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the status quo. This is a pivotal time for LPFI as we begin building on the success of our education programs. We are embarking on an aggressive expansion strategy to achieve national impact. This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.


Reporting to the Chief Programs Officer, the Curriculum and Instruction Director (CID) will be responsible for sustaining and improving the transformative educational experience that SMASH Scholars need to pursue STEM majors at selective colleges. In this role, the CID will lead a dynamic team composed of both full time and seasonal curriculum designers and instructional leaders from each SMASH site. S/he provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for SMASH curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for all instructors and supervising academic management of the sites. With LPFI’s latest strategy and computer science initiatives, this person will be critical to the scaling of SMASH and placing it squarely on the map of national models. 


Key Responsibilities include:

  • Providing scalable instructional program leadership to all Lead Instructors including overseeing planning, development, implementation, assessment and improvement of curriculum across all current and future sites.
  • Coaching Site Director and Instructional Lead on curriculum implementation and supporting as needed with hiring, staff support, and parent/community engagement.
  • Recruiting, hiring and training highly qualified support staff to refine and scale SMASH curricula.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of SMASH along with Program Staff, making data-driven changes to the program as needed and ensuring alignment with LPFI’s mission, core values, academic standards and strategic goals.
  • Serving as an LPFI ambassador at conferences and community events and keeping abreast of relevant trends to promote LPFI’s leading position among STEM programs nationally.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal candidate will have:

  • A deep understanding of STEM, as demonstrated by an advanced degree in a STEM field, 4+ years of experience in STEM education, or equivalent
  • Extensive high school teaching experience in Math or Science
  • A passion for educational equity and demonstrated effectiveness in working with youth from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience in high quality education program design, integration, implementation and management with a STEM focus
  • Strong people management skills, including inspiring staff in a shared strategic vision, building an outstanding culture, and maintaining strong relationships across a variety of stakeholder groups
  • The ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment, including effectively adapting to changing priorities, juggling multiple projects, operating with a high degree of autonomy, and maintaining high levels of organization in a fast-paced environment
  • A clear orientation toward LPFI Organizational Values:

Focus on Impact

Strengthen Our Communities

Balance Passion and Practicality

Experiment, Evaluate, Modify, and Implement

Be a Strong Link in the Chain

Celebrate and Have Some Fun


LPFI provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, paid time off, 401k, volunteer time and flexible spending accounts (i.e. parking, transit, medical and dependent care). Our collaborative office is located in Oakland’s dynamic Uptown District. LPFI shares the building with several professional services and nonprofit organizations. We also hold community-building events and have a collegial atmosphere with a shared mission for social justice and educational equity.


Please submit your resume and thoughtful cover letter addressed to the LPFI Search Committee online at Contact Christin Whitener at or (510) 575-9635 with any questions.

In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/ harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on "protected categories," Level Playing Field Institute also strives to prevent other, subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (e.g., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at Level Playing Field Institute.

Apply for this job

Apply for this job


Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Senior Level

Apply for this job

Share this job

Find your

Dream job in edtech

EdSurge Connect Beta matches talented educators, technologists, and business leaders with amazing edtech companies.

Get Matched

News, research, and opportunities - sent weekly.
News, research, and opportunities - sent weekly.