Curriculum Architect (K-5 Social Studies Design Lead)

inquirED - Remote - Full time


inquirED was founded by teachers with the mission of bringing inquiry-based learning to every student. Inquiry Journeys, inquirED’s elementary social studies curriculum, is used in schools and districts in 30+ states to help students develop deep social studies content knowledge and build the skills essential for a thriving democracy. We’re looking for a Curriculum Architect to continue the iteration and buildout of our elementary social studies product.

This role will work closely with the Director of Social Studies, other Curriculum Architects, and Curriculum Designers to envision and construct K-5 social studies units that are standards-aligned, developmentally appropriate, and rigorously inquiry-based. The ideal candidate will have a deep passion for elementary social studies and an understanding of how to design inquiry-based, high-quality instructional materials.

Regular responsibilities will include:

  • Envisioning the structure of an inquiry-based social studies unit that is driven forward by a compelling inquiry question and aligned to predetermined learning targets
  • Crafting a build of essential questions and progressions of learning that cover necessary topics through student-centered learning experiences
  • Drafting and refining a progression of formative assessment opportunities that logically support a culminating summative assessment task
  • Navigating a highly iterative design process that entails returning to work frequently at different stages
  • Evaluating the fidelity of designs throughout development to ensure adherence to inquirED’s model of inquiry-based instruction as well as specific design constraints established during each stage of the iterative design process
  • Providing support to Curriculum Designers in the form of thought partnership, written feedback, and coaching opportunities
  • Triangulating feedback from other experts in the work to continually iterate and refine the curriculum while adhering to inquirED’s model of inquiry-based instruction
  • Managing 2-3 Curriculum Designers


  • Experience as an elementary social studies curriculum designer and reviewer
  • Experience in project management
  • Strong managerial skills and ability to provide and process both quantitative and qualitative data and feedback to drive product iteration
  • Strong understanding of and proven success with rapid iterative design process
  • Strong understanding of inquiry-based curriculum design
  • Deep knowledge of social studies standards and trends across the national landscape (with particular emphasis on California state standards) in grades K-5
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Extreme attention to detail, including skill in evaluating clarity, consistency, and alignment in curricular design
  • Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, juggle multiple responsibilities and meet ambitious deadlines
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, feedback-driven environment in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance
  • A willingness to be scrappy, creative, and unconventional
  • A commitment to inquirED’s mission and model of inquiry


Why work for us

  • Health & Wellness: Competitive medical, dental and vision plans.
  • Impact: Growing startup where your voice matters and you can make a real impact.
  • Work from Home: Almost all of our roles are fully remote – tech stipend included!
  • Time Off: Flexible PTO plan that's about getting the work done, not clocking hours.
  • Other Benefits: 401(k) matching, parental leave, and 12+ paid holidays

*Please note that because of high application volume, we are only able to respond to applicants moving forward in the process.

The base compensation range for this role is $90-110K. Total compensation for this role also includes a full benefits package. This compensation range and title may be adjusted based on actual experience.

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Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Mid Level


inquirED is a growing mission driven startup, founded by educators to give teachers the tools to activate students’ natural curiosities and incorporate the lived and historical experiences of each student.
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