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Job Req ID:  52836

Curriculum Specialist - Mystery Stories


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:
Under the support and supervision of the Co-Directors of CTY Emerging Scholars Program, the employee will develop a 30-day curriculum for Mystery Stories extracurricular program for rising 5th graders, according to the specifications and expectations provided by CTY.


NOTE: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Multiple positions available.



  • Produce detailed curriculum materials for Mystery Stories course as part of a summer program, as specified in the work-for-hire agreement. 
  • The primary duties and responsibilities of the job include: evaluate any existing course materials and produce curriculum materials for a 6-week (60 contact hours) course for academically talented students, as specified in the work-for-hire agreement, including all necessary handouts and instructional notes (with complete bibliographic information) that an instructor would need to teach the course.  
  • Additionally, include specific instructions for grouping, materials needed, how to set up the activities, course objectives, length of time needed for activities, etc. 
  • Additional expectations are specified in the work-for-hire agreement.

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 required in Literature, Education or other course-related field. 
  • Minimum of one year of teaching experience in an educational setting, with experience teaching in the subject of the assigned course.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Literature, Education or other course-related field is preferred.
  • Knowledge of course subject; knowledge of pedagogy appropriate for CTY students
  • 3+ years of curriculum development experience
  • 3–5 years of teaching experience preferred, with experience teaching writing/reading
  • Experience working in the area of gifted education, preferably teaching in the course content area
  • Experience writing curriculum and instruction, preferably in the area of gifted education
  • Experience working with pre-university students


Required Special skills and knowledge:

  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Strong pedagogical and content knowledge 
  • Experience in out-of-school time academic programs is highly desired 
  • Strong organization skills 
  • Knowledge of both college and pre-college education is highly desired

Physical Requirements for the Job: 
Ability to access and transmit information via computer. Ability to operate a keyboard and mouse pad in to create Microsoft Word documents using a lesson plan template provided by CTY. Ability to communicate periodically via telephone and email with CTY Co-Directors, Project Managers, Program Managers, or Assistant Program Managers.

Machines and/or equipment used on the job, include % of time used:
PC, 100%


Computer or other special needs for the position:
Personal computer, knowledge of MS Word and its applications


Degree of independent action performed on the job:
Moderate degree of independent action.


Internal and external contacts required as part of the job:
Contact with the primary department and other CTY Academic departments as needed.

Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the US, or an area in which JHU has an authorized business entity.
  • 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
  • The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


Classified Title: Curriculum Specialist 
Working Title: Curriculum Specialist - Mystery Stories 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $5,000 total pay
Employee group: Limited 
Schedule: hours vary / 27 hrs wk 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: telework 
Department name: 10003444-Deans Office 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


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


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