Skills Development Writer

Teamed - Asheville, North Carolina or Remote - Full time

Full-Time Contract

Remote (Asheville, NC preferred)

*Opportunity for permanent position after the completion of contract

About Soomo Learning

Since 2004, Soomo Learning has been creating high-quality, interactive, digital textbooks for higher education. We launched with the objective to “create courseware that works better and costs less than a traditional textbook.” As we put our work to the test, we learned it takes much more than changing a textbook to improve student outcomes. Outcome improvement comes from careful attention to the problems at hand, collaboration with faculty, and iteration. Soomo Learning is an organization built to uncover the strategies and tools to best enable student success in any given course. Today, Soomo Learning provides a broad range of services, technology, and content development for the design, delivery, and improvement of online, blended, and traditional courses. Soomo is a team of people who have chosen to invest our lives in creating better digital resources for learning.

Overview of Role

The Skills Development Writer is responsible for writing and revising skill-development curriculum for inclusion in undergraduate webtexts, with a special focus on foundational skill development in the context of general education courses in the humanities and social science. Foundational skills include critical thinking, quantitative literacy, research, creativity, etc. Overall responsibilities include analysis of relevant instruction, skill mapping, the composition of content and questions, to enable an ongoing analysis of student performance, as well as project management tasks. Our ideal candidate has a portfolio of accessible, engaging writing, has years of experience developing formative assessment and revising in light of student performance, is an empathetic designer of learning experiences, and is excited about helping students develop key skills within college coursework.

Responsibilities

  • Analysis of historical student performance and institutional needs
  • Foundational skills research, analysis, and planning including mapping across the course
  • Analysis of discipline learning objectives and pedagogical challenges
  • Evaluation of instructional strategies
  • Development of skill and discipline content, activities, and assessment
  • Efficient project management and communication
  • Curation of remarkable, well-aligned text, illustration, and video resources
  • Production of new works of writing, illustration, or video as needed
  • Composition of pedagogically effective questions, in a variety of formats, to help students attend to and gain targeted competencies
  • Design of assignments emphasizing significance, relevance, and applicability of major ideas and skills
  • Coordination with Soomo teams including Student Support, Software Development, Design, Marketing, Production, and Permissions
  • Development of training materials for students and faculty
  • Demonstrations, training, and support for faculty

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred in relevant field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in professional writing for learners /or a combination of learning design, writing, copyediting in higher education
  • Desire to facilitate student learning in an online environment
  • Experience with skill development preferred
  • Demonstrable experience conforming to editorial and style standards
  • A sense of what makes writing or video accessible and engaging as well as academically rigorous
  • The ability to engage with statistics to analyze student usage patterns and an inquisitive spirit for finding anomalies and chasing down explanations
  • A willingness to work with faculty at many institutions who are new to active learning courseware and data-driven intervention
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to produce error-free work on schedule.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Strong technical skills using tools such as Word and Google Docs, communication tools such as email and Slack, and some familiarity with HTML
  • A willingness to learn new technologies and incorporate new skills and knowledge into daily work
  • A willingness to ask questions

Bonus points if you have:

  • Insight into where students struggle in intro-level general education courses, why they struggle, and ideas for how to help
  • A solid understanding of social science courses at the introductory level and why these courses are included in the general education curriculum

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Role

Curriculum Design

Experience Level

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