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Job Req ID:  53716

Course Developer, LIVE


The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today’s brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We are looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY’s diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve.


General Summary/Purpose:  

LIVE Course Developers’ primary responsibility is to organize and write, in keeping with CTY guidelines, standardized lesson plans for synchronous class sessions and asynchronous activities and assignments for a LIVE course.


In CTY LIVE (live, interactive, virtual exploration) courses, students complete approximately 36 hours of academic work, including participating in synchronous class sessions and completing asynchronous activities and assignments. LIVE courses allow students to sample exciting content while fostering some of the connectivity and relationship building that makes a CTY on-site learning experience so unique. LIVE synchronous course sessions are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, and 9 PM. All times are Eastern.


Course Developers will work with provided templates to bring their LIVE course in alignment with CTY’s standards and guidelines, as applicable.


The courses will be for students in grades 2-12 in the following areas: 

  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Climate Science
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Game Design
  • Popular Culture
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science

Short course descriptions for each course can be found at https://cty.jhu.edu/online/live.html


There are multiple positions available.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Course developers are supervised by a full-time CTY staff member. 



  • Produce a complete curriculum for a CTY LIVE course in your area of expertise (36 contact hours) for academically talented students as specified in the course development guidelines provided by your supervisor. The deadline for completion is 70 days from hire date.
  • Produce a complete, standardized version of your course that follows the format provided by your supervisor and that includes all information a new instructor would need to teach your course successfully including, but not limited to:
      • clearly stated course goals and objectives, along with your course’s essential questions;
      • a robust course syllabus detailing all topics covered during the 9-unit session;
      • specific guidelines for each synchronous and asynchronous lesson plans, in the format provided by your supervisor;
      • Lesson modules, including instructor-facing annotations for all materials on Moodle and Office 365, covering all synchronous and asynchronous class sessions;
      • rubrics and other authentic assessment tools for evaluating student process and products.
  • In Moodle and/or Teams, build all curated materials necessary for your course including mini-lessons, exercises, readings, videos, etc., that student must do asynchronously by themselves or in small groups to meet your course’s goals and objectives



Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university is required.
  • At least one year of teaching or tutoring experience is required.
  • Additional (graduate) education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least two years of teaching or tutoring experience working specifically with elementary, middle, or high school students.
  • Experience teaching in CTY L.I.V.E., Online, or Summer Programs is strongly preferred.


Required Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Advanced knowledge of course(s) and exam content for applicable grades
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Positive, proactive, and professional written and spoken communication skills using various technology is critical.
  • Must be very student-oriented.
  • Ability to prepare lesson plans and audio-visual aids per the agreed-upon course syllabus.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills
  • Maturity, responsibility, and creativity


Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to access and transmit information using a computer;
  • Ability to communicate regularly via telephone or video conferencing software and email with internal and external audiences. Must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings
  • Significant degree of independent action and decision making required


Additional Information:

  • Must provide own laptop computer for use with appropriate software to complete assignments (Microsoft Office)
  • Must have access to broadband internet.
  • Candidate must be authorized to work in the US or live where there is a JHU entity.
  • All applicants must be eligible for employment in the US without sponsorship.
  • The successful candidate(s) for this position are subject to a pre-employment background check.
  • All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.


Classified Title: Curriculum Specialist 
Working Title: Course Developer, LIVE 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $1,500 per course
Employee group: Limited 
Schedule: Hours Vary/ 27 hrs week 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: Telework 
Department name: 10000115-Special Projects 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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