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Learning and Development Content Specialist

Job Description

The Education Department at USC Shoah Foundation works to bring testimony-based education programming, multimedia resources and digital tools to educators and students worldwide that support them in attaining curricular outcomes and promoting the capacity to counter hate in the world. As such, the Learning and Development Specialist (Content Specialist) contributes to the execution of the Department’s content and curriculum development strategy, training and professional development program. We seek a candidate who is dedicated to ensuring that the Department’s testimony-based content and programming is innovative, compelling, accessible and high quality.

The Learning and Development Specialist (Content Specialist) creates various types of educational content (learning plans, curriculum, resources and materials), including standards-based online/offline lessons, activities and learning objects, teacher guides and resources, and curated video clips among other types and formats for Spanish speaking kindergarten to senior high school audience in the U.S. and Latin America. All content is grounded in 1.) audio-visual testimony from the Institute’s Visual History Archive, 2.) developmentally-appropriate and research-based instructional practices, 3.) established guidelines and 4.) strategic priorities. The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to create well-written, high quality content within an established publication workflow involving review, feedback and short turn-around times. The Learning and Development Specialist (Content Specialist) also will develop online/face to face training and professional development programs including the creation of presentation materials, handouts, video clip curation, and implementation via online platforms and other related tasks.  This individual will determine the most effective instructional methods and resources to reach the desired audiences.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of subject-matter knowledge in (e.g. Holocaust/genocide education, social-emotional learning, and other related areas), understanding of the field of education, ability to critically think through and prioritize tasks successfully. The Learning and Development Specialist (Content Specialist) will contribute to the development of the content plan and ensure its successful implementation. The candidate will demonstrate an interest in working closely within a cross-functional team, demonstrate strong communication and facilitation skills and demonstrate sensitivity and good judgment. The Learning and Development Specialist (Content Specialist) reports to the Head of Programs - Education.

Responsibilities

  • Content development
    • Create standards-based, developmentally appropriate educational content, training plans, curriculum for various age groups, subject matter/disciplines and delivery methods – with a specific focus on Spanish language kindergarten to senior high school audiences in the U.S. and Latin America.
    • Work with the Head of Programs - Education to ensure understanding and direction for the development of content
    • Create well-written content appropriate for target audience
    • Apply research-based and established principles of learning and instruction, with attention to the needs of diverse students
    • Create content for online and offline use and thus be able to create content in various formats with quality, fidelity and high level of engagement per established guidelines
    • Contribute to the development of content in collaboration with content development team and others.
    • Participate in the content review process by providing feedback and ensuring review workflow is adhered to per established guidelines
    • Contribute to the development of the Department’s content strategy
    • Becomes knowledgeable about all content offerings on the Institute’s digital platforms and across programs (e.g. content type, quantity, connection between content and program objectives, how content meets Department objectives)
    • Maintain knowledge and keep abreast of developments in the fields of education, Holocaust/genocide education, digital education and learning and instruction.
  • Professional Development and Training
    • Delivers professional development programs for educators and other related audiences
    • Develops all presentation materials for various types of programs and delivery methods, including online and face to face
    • Coordinates with the Content Manager to ensure alignment and adherence to standards
    • Coordinates with partner organizations on Spanish-language content and training.
  • Monitoring and Reporting
    • Submits monitoring forms before and after all professional development programs to ensure accurate counts for reporting purposes
    • Monitors program quality via established processes
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Requirements

  • Background in education field (i.e. teaching and learning theories, pedagogy), curriculum development (e.g. lesson development, learning objects, activities, assessments), instructional design and Holocaust/genocide education
  • Competence in Holocaust history
  • Bilingual Spanish/English competency (reading/writing and speaking/listening fluency)
  • Ability to develop dynamic, engaging content for target audience (Spanish language kindergarten to senior high school level) grounded in research-based instructional practices
  • Ability to write content in an accessible way that resonates with target audience using multimedia source material including audiovisual testimony
  • Ability to use databases, identify content and curate source material
  • Experience editing educational content
  • Ability to follow structure and instructions to write templated lessons
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience with digital learning design
  • Understanding of educational pedagogy and learning theories
  • Ability to work closely within cross-functional teams
  • Sensitivity and good judgement
  • Ability to use multiple types of software and tools (e.g. Excel, One Drive, Outlook, Base Camp)
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Interest and commitment to equity and justice issues
  • Autonomous, self-directed and proactive
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and thrive in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and facilitation
  • Professionalism in both internal and external communications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree strongly preferred
  • 3 years combined work experience in each of the following areas:
    • Curriculum development (e.g. online/offline) – preferably in middle/high school grade levels
    • Instructional design - preferably in middle/high school grade levels
    • Education, Teaching and learning (K-12/University; classroom teaching)
    • Holocaust education/genocide education/diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strong facilitation skills
  • Fluent in Spanish and English.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Excel, MS Word, online learning platforms

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience in developing and conducting training classes. Development of instructional materials.