Curriculum Designer

Oakland, CA
Full Time

About Kingmakers of Oakland

At Kingmakers of Oakland, we fundamentally believe that all Black males are brilliant, beautiful, and possess innate greatness. Because our society and educational systems aren't set up to help Black boys reach their potential, our collective opportunity and responsibility are to co-create the school environment every child deserves. The Kingmakers of Oakland approach proves that it is possible to rebuild the systems, structures, culture, and conditions of school so Black boys can thrive

Position Summary 

The successful candidate will join a Black-led organization that has a team of passionate, fun, intelligent professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to engaging, encouraging, and empowering the next generation of leaders and changemakers. This position is remote until further notice.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Director of Curriculum and Training, create culturally responsive curriculum to be licensed to district partners
  • Develop course outlines, and lesson plans
  • Develop teacher training materials that align with the new curriculum 
  • Conduct needs assessments to determine which topics need to be covered in the new curriculum
  • Develop syllabi and lesson plans to ensure that topics are taught within the best practices of personified learning
  • Develop textbooks or other instructional materials such as workbooks or study guides as needed
  • Use current technology to create lesson plans that are dynamic and engage students in the learning process, i.e.  computer programs, interactive whiteboards 
  • Select age-appropriate texts or other materials 
  • Develop educational materials to use with curriculum, handouts, tests, and quizzes
  • Review digital social media platforms to keep materials current and relevant
  • Attend meetings and retreats as scheduled
  • Additional duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)


  • Mission alignment as it relates to engaging, encouraging, and empowering youth of color and towards systemic change in education
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Curriculum Designer or an equivalent of education and experience in a related discipline
  • Experience in culturally responsive pedagogy and anti-racist curriculum development, project-based instruction, and alternative assessment
  • Familiar with African and African American history
  • Strong digital and research skills
  • Excellent collaboration skills and vast experience with networking 
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to successfully navigate within a young start-up nonprofit environment
  • Understand and work within scope of authority
  • Communicate and articulate verbally and in writing at an exceptional level
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with all levels of staff, stakeholders and Board members
  • Proficiency with common office software programs including GSuite, Microsoft Office, Zoom and video conferencing, and a variety of web-based platforms
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Willingness to take responsibility for ensuring completion of work across diverse and collaborative teams
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple simultaneous responsibilities
  • Value and contribute to a workplace culture based on trust, collaboration, respect and honesty


Physical Demands and Work Environment 

The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this position successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee frequently sits for prolonged periods and is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. 


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.



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