Curriculum Developer/Manager - NY or DC
The School of The New York Times
Washington, DC
About The School of The New York Times and Summer Academy

Highly innovative and acclaimed, The School of The New York Times (SoNYT), a collaboration between The New York Times and Cambridge Information Group, provides a comprehensive set of educational offerings for pre-college aged students. Whether through two-week residential programs, five-day courses, weekend workshops, one-to-three day Symposia, or Online Classes, students attending these programs hone their skills, discover their passions and explore how their studies mesh with the world in which they will live. Drawing on unequaled expertise and unrivaled access, the programs of SoNYT provide seminal formative experiences, giving students expanded vision and focus, while serving as the foundation for success in their future studies and in life itself.

Summer Academy, the Pre-College Division’s flagship program, is designed to provide students with an immersive environment during two-week terms over the course of the summer, in which they learn, investigate and explore while having fun and discovering friends, mentors and instructors who share their passions and interests. Academic and nonacademic components of the program are integrated to form a holistic approach that ensures students are making the most of their time both inside and outside the classroom.

Job Summary

The part-time Curriculum Developer/Manager (CDM) is responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of Summer Academy curricular planning and development services. The CDM liaises with Summer Academy instructors and SoNYT staff in order to get the best course experiences possible by overseeing all coordination, relationship management and creation of Summer Academy syllabi that include course activities (e.g. outlining course objectives, reviewing syllabi for coherence, suggesting guest speakers, site/field visits, etc.), as well as helping get all Faculty members up to speed on the finalized syllabi. The CDM also coordinates with SoNYT staff in order to ensure courses remain with their set budgets.

The CDM tracks deliverables for Summer Academy academics, helping set timelines and ensuring each course is on schedule to meet activity needs and that it is within budget. Thus, the CDM needs to create and maintain systems that deliver accurate snapshots and guarantee timely responses to requests.

Summer Academy courses consist of three levels of Faculty: Lead Instructors, Instructors and Academic Residential Assistants. Lead Instructors are usually journalists or other type of subject matter expert in the courses’ content, Instructors have deep pedagogical training and Academic Residential Assistants oversee students’ safety and well-being. As such, the CDM is also tasked with relationship management between the Faculty as well as ensure they have a shared understanding of course objectives and how to achieve them.


A Master's degree in a relevant field is required. The Curriculum Developer/Manager should have:

3+ years of education experience in an office setting with direct experience in relationship management; journalism or writing experience is a plus.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills - able to communicate directly, concisely and/or diplomatically as required, knowing how, when and what to communicate.

PC skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive.

Strong organizational and administrative skills with the ability to anticipate, improvise and adapt for optimal resolutions.

Outstanding interpersonal skills, work effectively on a team, maintain composure in stressful situations and work under deadline pressures.

Highly productive, able to work effectively on a variety of projects simultaneously.

Three references are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Curriculum Developer/Manager is key to staffing and running successful Summer Academy planning and execution as well as playing a vital role in making the program a success.

The Curriculum Developer/Manager will:
Complete updates to existing syllabi, reviewing syllabi and/or lesson plans from previous versions of a course, identifying aspects that need to be updated.

Work with Faculty and SoNYT staff to update and finish syllabi and/or lesson plans (which may include confirming guest speakers, field trips, reading assignments, final projects, etc.)

Identify aspects of the syllabi and/or lesson plans that need more detail so SoNYT can document and replicate the courses.

Work with Faculty and SoNYT staff to create new courses as needed.

Liaise with all Faculty levels to introduce syllabi and/or lesson plans, ensuring that Faculty members have a shared understanding and plan for the course. Introduce Faculty and attend first meetings, outlining roles and responsibilities, content, etc.

Create and maintain systems to ensure timely responses and deliverables related to Summer Academy curricular planning and development.

Track budget expenses to ensure that courses do not exceed their allotted funds.

Commitment Dates

Planning: November 15, 2019-May 31, 2020

Implementation: June 8-July 31, 2020

NOTE: The Curriculum Developer/Manager will work approximately 20 hours per week between the hours of 9am and 5pm, although hours may vary. The Curriculum Developer/Manager will mostly work from home, although in-person meetings may be required (with a preference for New York or Washington, DC metropolitan areas).

Language Skills

While no special language skills are required for the position, applicants should be capable of upholding the highest standards of written and spoken English.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of his/her job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to sit, stand, walk, travel up and down stairs, crouch, stoop and reach.

Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Ability to travel within the broader New York metropolitan area for purpose of meeting Faculty and SoNYT staff.


$40/hour, as an independent contractor (with a cap of $32,000).

Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2019.

Curriculum Developer/Manager applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Only qualified candidates should apply (NO RECRUITERS)

The School of the New York Times is an Equal Opportunity Employer