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Job Req ID:  72397

Senior Program Officer, Teaching and Learning

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’re 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. In return, we offer employees the opportunity to be part of the Johns Hopkins community and to take advantage of our generous benefits package, which includes affordable health-care options and tuition assistance for employees and their families.


We are seeking a Senior Program Officer of Teaching and Learning (SPO) who provides leadership for CTY’s synchronous and asynchronous online instructional and supervisory staff. The SPO will lead the instructional strategy and vision for a cross-subject area team covering Math, Science, Computer Science, Social Science and Humanities, Language Arts, and World Languages. This position will advise the Senior Director and be responsible for the development and implementation of CTY’s instructional approach aligned to national content and gifted instructional standards along with CTY’s conceptual framework. This position requires someone who can think strategically, while executing on the day-to-day work to realize their strategic vision.


Managing a team of instructional supervisors and part-time instructional staff the SPO will set the standards of instruction for the implementation of CTY’s curriculum. The SPO will be responsible for the ongoing professional development of the staff, implementing policies and procedures of the institution, including building systems and structures that ensure responsiveness to student needs, academic integrity, and, with CTY’s Research and Assessment Unit, research for continuous improvement. In collaboration with the Senior Program Officer, Curriculum Design, this role implements the curriculum while providing continuous improvement opportunities for the curriculum design team. The SPO will use ongoing data and analytics from our existing students and our instructors to develop instructional improvement recommendations as well as conceptualizing and implementing research and evaluation opportunities.


The Ideal Candidate

  • The ideal candidate for this role has spent the last 10+ years in increasing roles of responsibility in positions supervising and developing instructors in K-12 oriented education, preferably with experience in online education and supporting advanced pre-college learners.
  • The successful candidate will have managed a team across multiple subject areas. And, the successful candidate will have experience in developing and implementing rigorous instructor / teacher evaluation systems.
  • The SPO will have designed and executed a professional development program for staff to ensure the staff remain current in their respective subject matter, approaches to instruction, and remain current with national standards.
  • The successful candidate will know how to address parent concerns with compassion and patience while ensuring program integrity.
  • The candidate should have a passion for continuous improvement and evaluation in order to ensure the instructional approaches being implementing successfully meet the student’s learning needs.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Lead Setting Standards for Instruction and Measuring Quality

  • Build a culture of excellence in teaching and learning for advanced CTY students.
  • Set measurable National Standards for Quality Online Teaching-aligned standards for quality instruction and supportive supervision.
  • Develop cross-team processes, instructor supervision, and management workflows that support these standards.
  • Implement regular formal observation and review of instructors, providing meaningful feedback to improve their support of student learning.


Lead Curriculum Implementation and Improvement

  • Working with the Senior Program Officer, Curriculum Design, to design and develop appropriate methods to ensure that curriculum is implemented as designed.
  • Work to ensure that grading rubrics are implemented consistently across the courses and programs.
  • Develop strategies for use of synchronous meetings and tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom within predominantly asynchronous programs as well as within synchronous offerings.
  • Ensure all issues of academic integrity are handled thoroughly and professionally with appropriate documentation and adherence to Center policies.
  • Analyze instructional approaches and help instructional teams improve their instructional implementation.
  • Develop feedback mechanisms to capture instructor and supervisor feedback on curriculum to develop recommendations for improvement where appropriate.


Lead Instructor and Supervisor Training and Professional Development

  • Identify training and professional development opportunities to support excellence in both instructors and supervisors.
  • Develop and maintain onboarding and training for remote instructors to support age-appropriate instruction of advanced concepts to bright learners, approaches to pedagogy, as well as trends and developments in the field of advanced talent development overall.
  • Conduct ongoing town halls with remote staff to support their understanding and implementation of CTY’s instructional approach to supporting advanced learners in synchronous and asynchronous courseware.


Lead Family and School Support

  • Ensure families and school partner concerns related to instruction are addressed promptly and with professionalism.
  • Work with school partners to define formal and informal progress reports to meet partner needs.
  • Ensure instructors are meeting both contractual reporting requirements with districts and are meeting parent expectations for ongoing student progress communication.


Engage in Instructional Evaluation and Research

  • Supporting the Center’s mission as a part of a research university, design and implement studies, in collaboration with the CTY Research and Assessment Unit, that explore such areas as quality in student learning, instructional mode of best fit for different learners, best practices in online facilitation, etc.
  • Design projects to test the validity of our curriculum and reliability of our assessments using the student’s experience in the curriculum.
  • Evaluate links between teaching and instructional effectiveness, student feedback, and student achievement of academic goals.
  • Participate in ongoing and larger research studies of CTY, for example, the relationship between cognitive fingerprints and student achievement in courses.


Staff Management

  • Develop cross-team processes and manage workflows that support excellence.
  • Implement regular formal observation and review of full-time staff, providing meaningful feedback to improve their efforts.
  • Develop goals with measurable rubrics for both subject departments and individual team members.
  • Build staff and approaches which support the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Recognize and celebrate staff excellence, growth, and achievement.


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 Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s degree required
  • At least 7 years recent direct experience within a K-12, higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting.
    • 5+ years of direct teaching
    • Experience supporting advanced pre-college learners
  • Proven record of success developing and administering a program of professional development
  • Demonstrated success managing and evaluating teachers/instructors across multiple subject areas
  • Experience in online instruction
  • Strong multicultural competency; extensive experience and working knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Note: Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula*. Without a Graduate Level degree, 9 years of experience is required.



* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. 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. 


**  Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree is preferred.
  • 10+ years recent direct experience within a K-12, higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting.
    • Experience as a K-12 Principal, Assistant Principal, or Department Head preferred


Special Knowledge, SKills & Abilities:

  • The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills.
  • Critical thinking and proven experience in using data analysis as a decision-making and performance measurement tool.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize day-to-day implementation of department goals
  • Experience designing goals /action plans with measurable outcomes for both staff and learners.
  • Experience working in both synchronous and asynchronous programs.
  • Experience in the field of K-12 academic research around curriculum efficacy and student achievement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent attention to detail; excellent computer skills; excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with technology-oriented programs and/or distance education.


Physical Requirements:

Ability to access and transmit information using a computer; dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse pad and other office machinery; ability to communicate regularly via telephone or Skype, email, and face-to-face with internal and external audiences and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings.


Supervisory Responsibility:

Supervises instructional team of 30+ full time supervisors and over 1,000 part time instructional staff across Math, Science, Computer Science, Social Science and Humanities, Language Arts, and World Languages.


Budget Authority:

Need to manage to the approved annual budget – predominantly staff: time management with limited additional supplemental staff.


Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the US, and must either live in the US or another area in which JHU has a 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.
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule. Monday & Friday are eligible for telecommuting. Tuesday-Thursday are required in office days at our headquarters at the Mount Washington Campus. Standard business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EST).  All CTY staff have the option to work on a flexible schedule with leadership approval based on degree of conflict with business need. It is important to note CTY is a global operation, and in some cases business needs may extend beyond the traditional University hours and/or work days.


Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer
Working Title: Senior Program Officer, Teaching and Learning 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF 
Starting Salary Range:
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri/8:30-5pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/Mt Washington Campus (Baltimore, MD)
Department name: Distance Ed and Info Technology 

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.


Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/ and all other JHU applicants should visit https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/.


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