K-5 Curriculum Specialist

Illustrative Mathematics - Remote - Full time

Position Summary

Illustrative Mathematics is looking for a K–5 Curriculum Specialist who will collaborate with the IM curriculum team to create, maintain, and revise K–5 curriculum materials. The person in this role will work under the direction of the Director, K-5 Curriculum, to help update the K-5 materials for the next release and create new features or products aligned with the core curriculum. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the IM K–5 Math™ curriculum and materials, as well as a vision for how our existing materials can be built upon to meet the needs of students and teachers.

Position Type: Full-Time

Job Family: Specialist

Location: Remote - United States only

Travel: <20 percent


As a member of our curriculum team, responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Revise and improve IM K–5 Math™ and prepare an updated version.
  • Review feedback on curriculum materials and use it to inform revision.
  • Improve existing curriculum components, such as revising how the Standards for Mathematical Practice are tagged in lesson and activity narratives to be more consistent across the grades.

Work mindfully and collaboratively—with purpose, flexibility, and transparency.

  • Understand project requirements, dependencies, and deliverables.
  • Collaborate with the team on project planning, product design, work processes, and problem-solving.
  • Commit to seeking and listening to feedback to help each other grow, see our blindspots, and recognize and disrupt patterns of inequity.
  • Communicate with IM and external stakeholders about products and processes.
    • Example: providing regular updates on specific projects.
  • Help train contractors and give feedback on their work.

Lead small-to-medium projects.

  • Plan project timelines and processes with the project manager.
  • Estimate costs for potential new projects.
  • Create training materials for contractors.
  • Review and approve monthly contractor invoices for projects they lead.
  • Solve problems that come up, either within the project team or by marshaling resources outside of the group.

Collaborate with other departments from across the company.

  • Provide feedback on IM’s and partners’ marketing efforts, ensuring accuracy and alignment with curriculum design principles.
  • Support efforts to screen or secure new projects by giving input on proposals or grant applications.
  • Provide feedback on professional learning products.
  • Support IM Impact work.

Work with providers of IM Certified curricula.

  • Ensure integrity and alignment of the core product, proposed new features, and product expansion with IM Certified criteria.
  • Evaluate potential supplementary products for alignment with IM Certified criteria.

Required Candidate Qualifications

  • A minimum of four years of experience creating, maintaining and revising K–5 math curriculum materials that meet Common Core State Standards.
  • A minimum of four years of experience designing problem-based math curriculum materials.
  • Excellent K–5 mathematics content knowledge, including knowledge of the Common Core State Standards and Progressions Documents.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the goals and design of IM K–12 Math™.
  • Demonstrated commitment to seeking and listening to feedback that encourages growth, surfaces blindspots, and recognizes and disrupts patterns of inequity.
  • Experience meeting the needs of teachers and students.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, relationship-building, collaborative environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Must reside in and be legally authorized to work in the USA.


  • Experience teaching or developing IM K-12 Math
  • Excellent stakeholder and project team communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills with cloud-based systems, especially Google Workspace applications, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Zoom, and Slack.
  • Comfortable with:
    • Website editing/typesetting including basic HTML, LaTex, or another markup language.
  • Willing to learn:
    • The IM Content Management System (CMS), Wrike, Asana.

Compensation and Benefits

In alignment with our commitment to equity in practice and policy, Illustrative Mathematics is committed to equity and transparency for our team and offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 4% of regular earnings, and a comprehensive group health benefits package, including medical, dental and vision. This position is exempt. The annual salary range for this position is $70,000 - $85,000.


Illustrative Mathematics is a non-profit an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization and does not discriminate against any applicant, candidate or staff member on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Mid Level

Illustrative Mathematics

IM seeks to ensure that students, particularly historically underserved students, and their teachers have access to aligned, grade-level, mathematics curriculum resources, and that teachers experience professional learning that leads to enduring mathematical learning for their students.
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