Literacy Specialist

inquirED - Chicago, Illinois or 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 Literacy Specialist that can bring our model of inquiry to life in a content rich, literacy curriculum.

In this role, you’ll be a visionary thinker as you work with the Head of Learning Experience to design the model as well as an executor as you create the prototype. The ideal candidate will have a deep passion for elementary literacy and an understanding of how to design inquiry-based, high quality instructional materials. You’ll have in-depth knowledge of the current literacy research base as well as a practical understanding of what teachers need in the classroom. You’ll have the aptitude for building something that doesn’t exist, thrive in ambiguity, and be highly iterative in your work.


  • Experience as an elementary literacy curriculum designer and reviewer
  • Experience in project management, specific to large-scale curriculum development projects
  • Strong managerial skills and ability to give and utilize 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 literacy standards and trends across a national landscape in grades K-5
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Extreme attention to detail, including skill in evaluating clarity, consistency, and alignment
  • Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities and meet ambitious deadlines
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, feedback driven environment in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance
  • Knowledge of second language acquisition in the curriculum content areas preferred
  • 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 start up 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: 401K matching, parental leave, and 12+ paid holidays

Must be U.S. based.

*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 $80-110K. 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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