The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s (SSEC) mission is to transform K-12 education through science in collaboration with communities across the globe. The SSEC collects and disseminates information about exemplary teaching resources, develops and disseminates curriculum materials, and sponsors outreach activities, specifically in the areas of leadership, professional development and technical assistance, to help school districts develop and sustain transformational science programs.
For more information about the SSEC, please visit our website at www.ssec.si.edu.
We are currently seeking a Science Curriculum Developer. This person will report to the Division Director of Curriculum and Communications and will be primarily responsible for the planning, design, production, and editing of SSEC’s Smithsonian Science for Global Goals curriculum and other print and digital material.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required. This position is located in Washington, DC. You must live in the local commuting area of Washington, DC. This is not a remote position. This is a temporary appointment for 15 months.
Responsible for writing and editing a K-12 international science education curriculum and other digital or print information on subjects related to science, sustainability, global citizenship, and science education
In collaboration with a small team, assist in the development of new print and digital curricular products
The incumbent identifies and integrates scientific expertise from across the Smithsonian Institution and other agencies to integrate into SSEC’s curricular offerings
The incumbent will stay current with the latest scientific and socio-scientific research taking place among the Smithsonian community and advise SSEC staff of potential collaborations
The incumbent will ensure accuracy of all scientific content published by SSEC via print and digital channels
The incumbent interviews subject-matter specialists and program officials when the information needed is not available or not verifiable through other research methods.
The incumbent contributes to SSEC’s blog (STEMVisions) content according to SI guidelines
Required knowledge and skills:
A demonstrated passion for science, sustainability and education
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or education.
Portfolio of science writing or curriculum development
Ability to establish and uphold deadlines
An understanding of the needs of K-8 teachers and students
Ability to work collaboratively and constructively as part of a team
Ability and confidence to delegate work effectively among team-members
Comfortable with receiving and providing constructive critique and feedback
Understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage
Ability to communicate effectively to translate scientific information into written materials
A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation
Preferred knowledge and skills:
Advanced degree in education, natural science, or related field.
Understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to curriculum materials
Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
Understanding of the research into how students learn science
How to Apply:
Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to [email protected]. Reference in the subject line of your email: Science Curriculum Developer.
Resume Format: Submit your resume in chronological format only.
Our mission is to improve the learning and teaching of science for all students in the United States and throughout the world.
Smithsonian Science Education Center provides science education leadership development to:
Build awareness for science education among leaders;
Help develop science education leadership for groups from school districts and states;
Conduct programs that support the professional growth of teachers; and
Develop exemplary science instructional materials.