For nearly 25 years, Citizen Schools has been a pioneer in educational equity. Since opportunity, unlike talent, is not equally distributed, we have provided hands-on learning experiences that ignite curiosity, build confidence and expand horizons for over 50,000 underrepresented middle school students. Together with our partners, including 25,000 career mentors, we have exposed students to ideas and connections, helping them access even better opportunities than previous generations.

Today, we engage underserved students in hands-on learning, in school and after school. Our students are creators and problem-solvers, not just consumers. They become scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, writers, and programmers. We also apply best practices from our direct service work to systems-level advancement of STEM mentorship and learning by working with communities.

Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.


The Catalyst program is a unique opportunity for STEM teachers to explore how Project-Based Learning and Social Emotional Learning are fundamental levers to deepen student learning. Catalyst supports teachers to embed an industry expert into their classroom, offering their students access to exceptional content knowledge while forming mentor relationships for their students.


This role is responsible for ensuring exceptional delivery of hands-on, project-based learning experiences in participating middle school classrooms. The Director of Learning Design will work closely with the Managing Director of Catalyst (MDC) and the Director of Educator Development (DED)to develop a curriculum scope and sequence and training modules which engage teachers in a scaffolded process aimed at designing their own bespoke, interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experiences for their students.

To achieve this, the Director of Learning Design will manage the relationship with the team of external consultants that writes the foundational Catalyst projects, engage in intensive research to keep the team abreast of best practice in the field of experiential learning process and work with the DED to train Catalyst coaches to support teachers, teams, and school leaders through later-stage modules.

This is a remote role based in one of our core markets ( MA, NY, IL, OH, NC, TX) and will report to the MDC. The ideal candidate will be a skilled relationship-builder and facilitator, have knowledge and experience in experiential or project-based learning, and be someone who is excited to bring real-world learning to life through meaningful connections between all stakeholders. They will thrive in a dynamic environment, will be skilled in both the development and execution of programming, and will be adept at both collaborative and self-managed work.

Serving as a leader at Citizen Schools means working in a fast-paced environment that values rapid learning, continuous improvement, and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Citizen Schools is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.


Curriculum: Vision and Strategy (40%)

  • Develop and lead the strategic direction of Catalyst curriculum and curriculum modification. Design and execute a vision for how Catalyst will create and support a curriculum responsive to school and student needs.
  • Develop/maintain a clear and effective pedagogy that embodies our belief that instruction must be engaging, relevant, and rigorous; ability to clearly communicate this pedagogy with internal/external stakeholders.
  • Actively pursue opportunities to continue to learn best practices in curriculum writing through research, professional development, and other learning opportunities.

Curriculum: Development and Implementation (40%)

  • Manage partnerships with external curriculum vendors
  • Develop curricular goals and outlines for new curriculum and curriculum updates.
  • Develop/maintain project management plans in order to hit hard deadlines for curricula delivery using ASANA
  • Coordinate the review/assessment of the current curriculum to ensure that units are meeting intended objectives and requirements
  • Design Catalyst 5 C’s later-stage modules for training interdisciplinary cohorts of teachers on collaborative projects.
  • Work closely with the Director of Educator Development to ensure strong alignment between project materials (teacher, student, and volunteer guides) and professional development offerings; expand and modify professional development library as curriculum library expands.

Research and Analysis (20%)

  • Conduct curriculum audits and gather and utilize other sources of quantitative and qualitative data in conjunction with the Research and Evaluation Team to monitor progress towards improved student outcomes and assess the impact of shifts to curriculum and curricular resources, PD, and instructional practices on student outcomes.
  • Conduct ongoing research to further enhance practices for deeper student learning and overall impact


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • 5+ years of professional experience in curriculum design and development.
  • Experience facilitating project-based learning with students; experience teaching middle school a plus
  • Foundational understanding of experiential learning, social emotional learning, culturally-responsive instruction, and adult learning theory
  • Prior success working across a matrix organization, balancing the needs of national and regional needs and ability to navigate those needs with savviness
  • Desire and ability to travel to see our program in action, visiting schools and sites across the region
  • Ability to quickly grasp conceptual plans and implement them in a timely manner with close attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to synthesize complex information
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships across a wide variety of individuals and groups by phone and in person
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to make decisions and translate insights into programmatic improvement
  • Thrives in team cultures and approaches that generate learning through cycles of iteration and failure, using design thinking and collaborative problem solving
  • Highly organized with the ability to track and manage multiple projects and staff simultaneously, including ability to prioritize work streams and meet deadlines
  • Proactive attitude, out of the box thinking, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Desire and excitement to model Citizen Schools’ core values: Confidence; Curiosity; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Perseverance; and Teamwork.
  • The fundamental belief that all students can achieve academic and professional success


This is a full-time position with an annual salary range of $75,000 - 85,000; compensation is competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of comparable size and commensurate with experience. Our benefits include a generous flexible PTO policy, medical, dental and vision coverage, 403b retirement plan with a match, professional development stipend and 15+ paid holidays a year including a winter break.


Citizen Schools helps all students to thrive in school and beyond through hands-on learning and career mentors. Our vision is that all students have experiences and career mentors that ignite curiosity, build confidence, and help them develop into the next generation of leaders. Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.

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Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please contact us and we will work to accommodate your needs.