Curriculum SpecialistPost Date: August 24, 2022
Who we are looking for:
The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is interested in filling a grant-funded 12-month, full-time position with an enthusiastic educator with a background in history or social studies education. Interest and knowledge of African American, Black, Latino and/or Puerto Rican studies is preferred. The ideal candidate is comfortable working with high school students, teachers, museum archives and collections, and producing digital content. You will join a friendly and dedicated staff, working in the Education Department and collaborating with Marketing and Collections staff. This position is hybrid with most work (70%) being completed remotely. This position does require some travel to locations across the state of Connecticut.
What is the Supporting Equity in Education project?
The Supporting Equity in Education (SEE) project is funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant. This project will produce 10 digital resource packs with content related to Black and African American studies and Latino and Puerto Rican studies. These packs will support Connecticut teachers as they respond to new state legislation that mandates every secondary school in Connecticut offer a course on Black and Latino studies starting in the 2022-2023 school year. These digital resource packs will utilize primary sources from the CHS collection to highlight local and Connecticut Black and Latino stories. This project will be supported throughout all phases by a Teacher Advisory Board comprised of a diverse selection of teachers from various school districts throughout the state. This board will provide feedback and insight to ensure the project meets the precise needs of the target population. This position will run for 12 months, beginning in late fall 2022 and ending in late fall 2023.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties will include, but not be limited to:
· Work as part of a collaborative team with CHS’s Director of Education, School Programs Manager, and Education Project Specialist to develop 10 digital resource packs (DRPs);
· Work with the Education Project Specialist to research the CHS collection and identify collection items to be used in the DRPs;
· Use CHS collection items to identify themes for the DRPs and align the packs with the state’s Black and Latino Studies curriculum;
· Develop at least 10 lesson plans for grades 9-12 for the DRPs to be utilized by teachers in their teaching of the Black and Latino studies course, along with all accompanying teacher materials and student activities, ensuring that lesson plans are aligned with curriculum learning objectives;
· Work with the Marketing and Communications Manager and Welcome Desk Coordinator/Digital Assets Coordinator to film and produce at least 10 short (2-3 min) videos to accompany the digital resource packs. You may be asked to be on camera. We anticipate some filming occurring at the CHS and some filming occurring off-site at relevant sites around Connecticut;
· Oversee the Teacher Advisory Board, including facilitating meetings with teachers (at the CHS, at schools, and/or on Zoom), managing the teacher review of the DRP drafts, incorporating changes to the DRPs based on board feedback, and building relationships with teachers throughout the year;
· Design, format, and finalize the DRPs and work with the Marketing and Communications Manager to oversee their upload to the CHS website by July of 2023;
· Work with the Marketing and Communications Manager to create a marketing strategy to recruit additional teachers for piloting of the DRPs;
· Create a structure and process for the pilot, evaluation, and refinement stages of this project, including the evaluation tools that will be used by pilot teachers;
· Other duties as assigned.
· Bachelor’s degree with a preference for majors in History, Education or Secondary Social Studies Education, or a related field;
· Teaching experience with high school-level students either in school or out of school;
· Experience with developing, modifying, or implementing lesson plans and standardized curriculum;
· Experience teaching with primary sources;
· Comfort in building and sustaining relationships with community partners;
· Effective and consistent interpersonal and communication skills;
· Ability to work independently and collaboratively while juggling multiple responsibilities;
· Superior organizational and administrative skills;
· Flexibility and excellent time management skills;
· Affinity for excellent internal and external customer service;
· Exhibit proven reliability and trustworthiness;
· Positive demeanor.
· Familiarity with library and museum collections;
· Interest and familiarity in Connecticut and/or New England history;
· Knowledge of programs including Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, and GSuite programs a plus
· Access to reliable transportation;
· Ability to lift 30 lbs.
Full time. Monday through Friday, 70% remote work. Some evenings and weekends as needed for occasional meetings and responsibilities.
The funding through IMLS supports an annualized salary of $41,860 for this position.
Eligible for all standard full time CHS employee benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability, employer contributions to 403(b) plan, and paid vacation and sick days.
How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources, [email protected], by Friday, October 7, 2022.
CHS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.