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Job Req ID:  59476

Curriculum Specialist - Competitive Math

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.


General Nature or purpose of the position:

Under the support and supervision of CTY Online Programs staff, the employee will develop and update online curricula for Competitive Math courses, according to the specifications and expectations provided by CTY.


NOTE: This position is not benefits eligible.
Multiple positions available.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.



  • Produce detailed curriculum materials for Competitive Math courses 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 an online course with asynchronous and synchronous components for academically talented students, as specified in the work-for-hire agreement.
    • Course is to be deployed in a learning management system, Moodle, and the course will be taught using Moodle and tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Office 365.
    • Scope of work for both synchronous and asynchronous courses includes all necessary lessons, activities, assessments, and instructional notes (with complete bibliographic information) that an instructor would need to teach the course.
    • Specific instructions for synchronous group work, materials needed, how to set up the activities, course objectives, length of time needed for activities, etc.
    • Evaluate best resources and vendors to Competitive Math online to gifted students.
    • Update the course to meet Quality Matters and WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards.
  • To accomplish this scope, you will:
    • Collaborate with curricular project team members
    • Design engaging and innovative lessons that leverage technology, research-based strategies, and best practices for online instruction
    • Working with our Instructional Designer’s guidance, create lessons that follow established CTY standards and norms, adhering to curriculum formats (i.e. lesson template, structure, and assessments), and that are consistent and coherent with those being developed across the department
    • Using Universal Design for Learning principles, build scaffolds/accommodations/accessibility to meet the needs of all learners, including students with special needs
    • Work with CTY staff to ensure accurate and developmentally appropriate content
    • Embrace and exemplify an academic mindset that values drafting, development, review, and revision
    • Complete the appropriate scope and sequence of work within the timeline required at each phase, adhering to a task- and deadline-driven workflow
  • 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 from an accredited college/university in mathematics or related field is required; Additional (graduate) education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.
  • One year teaching, tutoring, or coaching experience with competitive math or related field. 

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 Qualifications:

  • knowledge of math competitions such as Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS), MATHCOUNTS, American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8, 10 and 12), and/or American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME)
  • knowledge of pedagogy appropriate for gifted students
  • 3–5 years of teaching experience, preferably online
  • experience working in the area of gifted education, preferably teaching in the course content area
  • experience writing curriculum that has been used in the online, public, preferably in the content area
  • knowledge of current technology, curriculum instruction, and assessment practices
  • knowledge of LaTeX, HTML, and online educational tools
  • experience with self-directed, deadline driven work
  • strong organization and interpersonal skills
  • effective communication skills, written and verbal
  • ability to give and receive clear and specific feedback



Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:


  • Experience with web-based course management tools (especially Moodle) and online conferencing software (such as Zoom)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365 apps and Teams and
  • Experience on Mac and PC platforms.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies 
  • Knowledge of online math competitions


Internal and External Contacts:  

Contact with the primary department and other CTY Academic departments as needed. Work with other curricular project team members, including contract curriculum specialists and instructional designers.


Required Special Skills and Knowledge:

Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; computer literate; strong pedagogical and content knowledge; strong organization skills; knowledge of math competitions and grade level content is highly desired.


Physical Requirements for the Job:

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.


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

PC, Phone, 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:

Significant degree of independent action


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


Classified Title: Curriculum Specialist 
Working Title: Curriculum Specialist - Competitive Math 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $21.00 - $24.15 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: hours vary/ 27 hrs week 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: telework 
Department name: 10000113-DE Math Science Computer Science 
Personnel area: Academic Centers


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


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