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18 Aug 2023

Instructional Support Director, K-12 Curriculum Development

The New School
 New York, New York County, New York, United States

Job Description

The New School was founded by forward-thinking educators in 1919 to defy the intellectual constraints of a traditional college education.

The New School is a progressive university housing five extraordinary schools—including Parsons School of Design and Mannes School of Music—as well as a renowned continuing education program. It is a place where scholars, writers, artists, designers, and musicians of all ages and at all life stages can collaborate and find the support they need to courageously challenge convention. Our academic centers in New York City and Paris offer over 10,000 students more than 135 degree and non-degree programs designed to prepare them to make a more just, more beautiful, and better world.

The New School’s Continuing and Professional Education unit is expanding access to design education within the K-12 space. The K-12 Curriculum Development Director will be an experienced professional who will strategically review and iterate on the university’s existing youth content and programs while also proposing and leading the development of new educational products, primarily in the middle and high school areas. Candidates should demonstrate a desire to collaboratively discover and prototype opportunities within district and state standards and to facilitate new partnerships that expand the university’s impact via youth offerings. The candidate must have experience developing middle and high school curriculum and preferably in art, design, and other creative content areas.

This is an academic administrative role that will report to the Senior Director of Youth and Global in the Continuing and Professional Education unit. The ideal candidate will be a thoughtful administrator committed to excellent youth curriculum and education. They will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrate business acumen, and provide exceptional attention to detail. The candidate, in collaboration with leadership, will ensure the highest possible quality of curriculum. This position will be expected to travel intermittently for program development, campus workshops, business development, and conferences.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups as well as candidates who share this commitment.


Review, Iterate, and Develop The New School’s K-12 Curriculum

In partnership with Continuing & Professional Education leadership and the Senior Director of Youth and Global, strategically review and assess existing youth offerings (including Pre-College Academy in NYC and China, Summer Intensive Studies in NYC and Paris, the Parsons Scholars Program, Parsons’ partnership with the Newark Board of Education, Mannes Prep, and online classes) to strengthen the curriculum and identify opportunities for educational product development.

Lead the development of new youth curricular initiatives responsive to market research and in consideration of offerings at peer institutions while leveraging the expertise of The New School’s pedagogy and faculty.

Oversee the development of K­-12 curriculum aligned to various state, national, and organizational standards, ensuring high school and college readiness.

Identify appropriate faculty collaborators to co-create with and implement curriculum, programs, licensing, and associated professional development opportunities.

Program Strategy and Project Management

Lead and support collaboration between the Continuing and Professional Education and N Ventures units with opportunity assessment, proposal development, and closing opportunities with the goal of building new business lines and revenue streams.

Conduct needs assessments to determine short and long range projects; effectively communicate the business case to senior leadership.

Monitor Individualized Learning Plan data and data tracking systems to ensure the youth programs are delivering against outcomes including student learning; faculty, family, and partner satisfaction; enrollment; and business targets, among others.

Ensure timelines and budgets are met with associated margins.

Stay informed about and research current trends and practices in the various subject matter fields and disseminate professional information and materials to staff.


Master’s degree in Education or equivalent.

5+ years leading K-12 development projects; proven track record of curriculum development and innovation within middle and high school education; expertise in instructional design.

Possess a passion for youth education and a deep commitment to the mission of promoting educational equity, access, and excellence for students of all backgrounds.

Experience in youth development and a commitment to addressing issues that underserved communities face.

Demonstrated ability to develop, communicate, and execute deliverables across complex organizations with multiple constituencies and audiences.

Strong technological proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, the Google Suite, and Canvas. Knowledge of educational technology platforms.

Collaborative and collegial orientation with strong interpersonal and intercultural skills.

Awareness of various K-12 calendars, common core curriculum, AP and IB standards, badging, and 21st century learning domains.


Doctorate in Education or equivalent.

K-12 teaching experience.

Experience working in Higher Education; thorough understanding of the Higher Education landscape and the opportunities for expansion into K-12.

Experience developing and implementing pre-college curriculum through university systems and partnerships.

Knowledge of Art and Design Education.


Hybrid/Remote – Employees hired for this position primarily work remotely with the occasional on-campus presence required with advanced notice. Employees in this role will also be expected to use their best judgment to be on campus when necessary in order to best fulfill the responsibilities of their job descriptions.


$95,000 to $110,000

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.