Expeditions Designer

Achievement First - Multiple Locations or Remote - Full time

Expeditions & Enrichment at Greenfield

Expeditions are two week mini-courses that give students new and exciting learning experiences - a hands on, real-world taste of career and college options. Expeditions aim to spark student passions, provide space for students to “try on” different careers and passions and provide exposure to both community groups and role models that share students backgrounds. Expeditions breakdown the traditional school walls to leverage the rich assets on offer in each of our communities. The end of Expeditions showcase is a chance for students to cultivate presentation skills and build awesomely powerful community as families come to school and celebrate their learning. Greenfield students have 3 rounds of Expeditions each year.

Greenfield schools also have robust enrichment programs. Students choose two disciplines from 6 options offered at each school - one physical education course (dance, sports, or martial arts) and one other enrichment course (theater, band, or coding & robotics). Both enrichment courses meet daily during the regular school day for the entire year. Intensive daily practice enables students to pursue excellence and develop deep skill in areas of interest. In enrichment, students become more than scholars - they become flutists and trombonists, robotics engineers, Hip Hop dancers, and martial arts masters.

At Greenfield, we want students to love school. We want students to explore their interests and cultivate a strong sense of community. We want them to reflect and gain insight into their passions, and feel a sense of pride in their expertise and skills. That’s what expeditions and enrichment is all about.

Position Summary

The Expeditions Designer role is an exciting opportunity for a former teacher, curriculum designer, or school leader to work closely with a high performing, innovative team. The core function of this role is to design diverse, culturally relevant, rigorous, engaging, meaningful and fun Expeditions curriculum for use in Greenfield middle schools. The Expeditions Designer will also play a central role in building a vision for the expeditions program in high school, and designing expeditions aligned to that vision. The Expeditions Designer works closely with other Greenfield curriculum designers, operations staff, network leaders, school leaders and community members across our three geographies: Brooklyn, New Haven, and Providence. The Expeditions Designer reports to the Expeditions and Enrichment Team Lead.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Expeditions Design - Middle & High School (Grades 5-12)
    • Design hands-on, rigorous, culturally relevant two week long career focused Expeditions on a broad range of careers related to agriculture and natural sciences, business and information systems, engineering and technology, health sciences, and fine arts.
    • Leverage the full assets of each community in selecting community partners and role models that place special emphasis on people of color who can serve as role models and mentors in key career fields.
    • Design curriculum and support materials for each Expedition by sourcing input and ideas from a diversity of sources and voices (unit overviews, lesson plans, slide decks, and student-facing materials)
    • Ensure that Expeditions design materials are motivating, positive, teacher and scholar friendly, and reflective of Greenfield values, pedagogy, culture and priorities
    • Coordinate with the E&E Operations Associate on planning of all field lessons and guest educators
    • Revise existing Expeditions to continuously improve quality, strengthen our diversity, equity and inclusiveness lens and to codify best practices in support of scaling the Greenfield model
    • Develop and revise systems, structures, and guidance to facilitate smooth and effective implementation of the program
    • Collaborate on the creation of a high school vision for Expeditions that builds upon our middle school program and provides engaging, challenging, real world career experiences
    • Design high school Expeditions that prepare students for a broad range of career and college options (this could include Internships, J-Terms, Independent Study, AP Capstone, etc.)
  • Expeditions Professional Development & Execution Support
    • Plan and lead PD sessions for Expeditions leaders and teachers throughout the year
    • Support school level leaders to ensure smooth and strong planning and execution
    • Assess Expeditions by analyzing student and teacher data and reflections, reviewing student products and performances, and developing a plan for improving the program
    • Identify “bright spots” in Expeditions and leverage with all schools using video examples, scholar work, and observation data
  • Greenfield Team Participation & Partnership
    • Engage actively with Expeditions & Enrichment teammates - sharing, debating, and testing ideas for innovation and constant improvement and ensuring the team lives up to our lead for racial equity core value
    • Collaborate with Expeditions & Enrichment teammates on all planning, training and support tasks
    • Coordinate with Greenfield’s Director of Motivation to ensure consistency, alignment and synergy in program, values, habits, and vocabulary
    • Serve as an active member of the broader Greenfield team and participate in regular team meetings and PDs
    • Develop strong relationships and effective partnerships with school leaders to ensure strong school-site execution and continuous improvement
    • Foster a collaborative workspace where a diversity of views, backgrounds and perspectives are valued. Fully leverage the diversity and power of our network, families and community partners. 

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from a competitive college or university, master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience as an educator or in a related field working directly with schools, preferably as a coach, school leader, program designer, or design consultant
  • Experience with Expeditionary Learning or other rigorous project-based learning strongly preferred.
  • Proven track record of success as a teacher, curriculum designer, and/or school leader.

See additional details about the Expeditions Program, this role, and how to apply here: http://bit.ly/expeditionsdesigner

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New York
New Haven, Connecticut
Providence, Rhode Island


Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Mid Level

Achievement First

Achievement First is a non-profit charter management organization. At 5 of our 30+ schools, Achievement First pilots the innovative Greenfield middle school model, providing rigorous instruction within a nurturing community and developing self-motivated learners, problem solvers, and leaders. 

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