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4 Jan 2024

Full-Time National Curriculum and Training Specialist

americaneedsyou – Posted by americaneedsyou New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Are you ready to directly impact the lives of first-generation college students and champion economic mobility for all? 

About Us

Did you know that only 21% of low income, first-generation students in the U.S. graduate from college within six years? Those who do graduate have a median household income 27% lower than their peers. While there are a multitude of college access programs for high school seniors and job assistance programs for low-wage earners, there are few programs that ensure first-generation students stay in school and build the skills necessary to prepare for long-term careers. This is where America Needs You (ANY) comes in.


ANY fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New York City, ANY expanded to New Jersey in 2012, Illinois in 2015, and California in 2016, growing from serving 50 students to nearly 600 students annually. In 2021, ANY launched FirstGenU, a new virtual program designed to help 10,000 first-generation college students navigate their careers. Visit www.americaneedsyou.org to learn more.


Position Description

The National Curriculum and Training Specialist provides leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, assessment, and evaluation of ANY’s curriculum and workshops. The Specialist ensures that ANY’s learning objectives are aligned to robust career development frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of Fellow achievement and instructional excellence in workshops. The Specialist also leads ANY’s internal professional development for staff to provide best-in-class services to ANY Fellows.  The position is currently hybrid, based out of New York, NY, Northern, NJ, or Chicago, IL, and may require in-person support at monthly Saturday workshops and in-person attendance at other work-related events/meetings, as needed. This position reports to the National Program Director, collaborating closely with the FirstGenU Director and COO.

We Offer:

  • A warm, collaborative work environment with a rich culture of support and feedback
  • A generous benefits package (health/dental insurance, 403(b), FSA, three weeks vacation, etc.)
  • Ongoing internal and external opportunities for professional development
  • Connections to a large, high-powered professional network

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Is committed to ANY’s mission of supporting ambitious, first-generation college students
  • Is excited about supporting a large program operation hands-on
  • Is passionate about project management and operational efficiency
  • Connections to a large, high-powered professional networkKey Responsibilities:
    • Design and coordinate all programmatic curriculum development and review, ensuring that review and revision of curriculum and all related materials occurs continuously
    • Create and revise curriculum for the virtual program, including adapting content, reflections, and activities to fit asynchronous modules, as well as instructing and providing feedback to instructional designer.
    • Ensure that ANY’s curriculum and instructional practices promote set learning objectives, meet Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion competencies
    • Prepare and lead workshop trainings/previews, prepare program staff for workshop facilitation; refine instructional approaches and workshop operational standards; update facilitation and engagement tools and resources in various formats (in-person and virtual)
    • Ensure that curriculum drives students to acquire targeted competencies and skills as evidenced by program evaluation and survey results
    • Develop, guide, and support curricular innovation, including the development of new curriculum assets, tools, and systems for new virtual program offerings
    • Maintain current knowledge of curricular trends and research, reporting findings and making recommendations to the COO as appropriate
    • Implement a professional development program to address employee experience and skills gaps
    • Work with the COO to develop systems to evaluate the skill, experience, and professional development needs of all staff to deliver a high-quality program
    • Contribute to the implementation of ANY’s professional development and Learning Management Systems
    • Support program pilots and evaluation
    • Encourage strong cross-team collaboration and knowledge-sharing
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



    • Bachelor’s degree required, MA preferred
    • Experience in online learning
    • Demonstrated success developing and evaluating program models, and successfully operationalizing innovative programs
    • Proficient in using technology as a management reporting tool and experience working with staff to develop and implement program monitoring systems
    • Excellent project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth
    • Experience working with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group
    • Strength in developing and coaching individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance
    • Experience in student support and developing strong mentoring relationships
    • Experience in curriculum development for college students and first-generation college students preferred
    • Experience managing internal learning and development initiatives
    • Expertise in facilitation, training, and evaluation
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail
    • High level of drive and achievement
    • Integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for ANY’s mission
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How to Apply

To Apply:   Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@americaneedsyou.org (subject line: National Curriculum and Training Specialist – Last_Name, First_Name). Please note that your application will not be considered without a cover letter. No phone calls please.   Salary for this position is in the low to mid $70k range, commensurate with experience.

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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