Language Arts Curriculum Developer

Art of Problem Solving - San Diego, California - Full time

Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) develops educational opportunities for many of the most eager students in the world. Since 2003, we have trained tens of thousands of the country’s top students, including nearly all the members of the US International Math Olympiad team, through our online school, learning centers, textbooks, and online learning systems. Over the years, our international online community of advanced problem solvers has grown to nearly 700,000 members. While our primary focus has been math for most of our history, we have started expanding into new subjects, such as language arts, science, and computer science.

Our Language Arts team is building a comprehensive curriculum that will complement the renowned math resources we’ve spent years creating. AoPS Language Arts is rooted in the idea that any time students are trying to communicate or understand something by reading, writing, or speaking—and that’s pretty much all the time—they are solving a Language Arts problem. Guided by this idea, we strive to create problems that students will want to solve. You can see this philosophy in action in our 3rd Grade Language Arts and middle-school Rhetoric courses at AoPS Academy. Our team is currently focused on building new Language Arts courses for AoPS Academy that will allow students to use their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to engage in meaningful problem-solving.

To reach this goal, we keep the following values front and center:

  • Motivation: We never assume students will solve a problem or complete an assignment simply because we’ve put it in front of them. We approach every problem, project, or lesson we create by asking, “What makes a student want to do this?”
  • Integration: We believe that the topics of Language Arts—reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and speaking—are best taught when they are integrated into challenging projects or problem-solving scenarios. As much as possible, we teach these topics together, rather than in separate lessons or textbook sections.
  • Discovery: Whenever possible, we frame our lessons through discovery, rather than teach-and-practice. We want students to approach grammar as linguists teasing out patterns in language; to approach an essay as writers searching for moves to emulate in published works; to approach literature as scholars searching for meaning. In short, we strive to create lessons that mirror how we as professional writers and readers approach language—and how we wish we’d been taught to approach language when we were young.

Do these values ring true for you? If so, then you might be a good fit for our team. We are seeking a team member with a strong background in writing and elementary or middle school education to work on our Language Arts curriculum.

Ideal candidates will...

  • have 3+ years of curriculum development and educational experience.
  • have excellent writing skills across a variety of genres and contexts.
  • have the ability to express complicated ideas in simple, clear language that is accessible to elementary and middle school audiences.
  • be capable of leading the planning and development of new material including courses, lesson plans, interactive online lessons, challenging problems and puzzles, and other educational resources for online or in-person courses.
  • be capable of leading efforts to maintain and improve existing educational material through review of teacher and student feedback and analysis of student performance.
  • be able to mentor other team members, review their work, and incorporate peer feedback into their own work.
  • be able to interact with students through teaching online courses, foster conversations on our message boards, or work with students in person at our learning centers.
  • work collaboratively with operations, engineering, and product directors to improve our language arts curriculum.

Background Check:

Please note that employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

Perks and Benefits:

This full-time position will be based at our headquarters in San Diego, CA. However, we are primarily working remotely until it is safe to go back to the office. Some benefits of the position include:

  • Casual work environment
  • Flexible schedule
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401K plan with company matching (up to 4%)
  • Year-end bonus based on individual and company performance
  • Relocation bonus (if currently located outside of San Diego)

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Role

Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Mid Level

Art of Problem Solving

Since 2003, Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) has trained hundreds of thousands of the country’s top students through our online school, learning centers, textbooks, and online learning systems. While our primary focus has been math, we expanded into language arts, science, and computer science.
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