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Senior Curriculum Manager, College Leadership Tools & Training

Department: CEP
Salary: $100,000 - $115,000 per year

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

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The College Excellence Program (CEP) staff is a diverse team of driven and energetic professionals who share a commitment to increasing access to and success in higher education. We are motivated by the power of education to change lives, and we work hard to have measurable impact while also pushing ourselves to learn constantly, collaborate and innovate, and take joy from our work. The Aspen Institute's D.C. headquarters provides a vibrant setting in which to pursue these goals.

Position Overview

Title: Senior Curriculum Manager, College Leadership Tools & Training

Position description: The individual in this position will translate cutting-edge research into processes and materials – including learning outcomes, curricular agendas, materials, and assessment and data tools – for use in professional development programming for community college presidents and their teams, to be deployed in-person and virtually. Among the responsibilities of this position will be the development of new materials based on both existing and new research in close collaboration with internal and external partners.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Develop curriculum (including specific learning outcomes, detailed agendas, presentations, interview/panel questions, coaching guides, action planning resources, pre-work, participant guides, and other tools) for both in-person and virtual institutes for college leaders and teams
  • Develop curriculum for the presidents’ communities of practice in Aspen CEP initiatives
  • Develop curriculum for community college presidents for new offerings to the field to support transformational community college leadership
  • Collaborate deeply with internal Aspen CEP teams and external partners (such as those at the Community College Research Center) to ensure close alignment between curriculum design and delivery
  • Effectively project manage the development of curricular materials by building and monitoring project timelines in collaboration with other project managers at Aspen CEP
  • Prepare speakers, faculty, and coaches to effectively deploy curriculum
  • Manage onsite delivery of curriculum at in-person institutes and events for presidents
  • Contribute to internal knowledge management processes by routinely updating existing materials and sharing new learning from projects internally
  • Collaborate with the curriculum team to support other projects as needed (i.e., serving as a team facilitator for virtual events, peer reviewing documents)
  • Contribute to grant reports and other written products demonstrating impact to funders and the field

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Knowledge of community college sector with preferred experience in student success reform (incl. advising, transfer, workforce, guided pathways), either through research, field delivery, technical assistance, or as an employee of a community college
  • Experience translating research into curriculum for executive audiences or applying adult learning theory
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Masters degree in education, educational leadership, public policy or related field preferred
  • 7+ years working experience preferred

Local candidates preferred.  Applications from remote candidates will be considered.

To apply:

All interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. A one-page cover letter. CEP prefers cover letters that describe what motivates you and how you understand and relate to our mission, rather than a narrative version of your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
  2. Resume/CV.
  3. Work Product. Please submit either a set of sample materials (agenda, slide deck, participant-facing materials) from a session designed for adult learners or a writing sample.

The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Individuals needing an accommodation to complete the job application can contact or call (202) 736-1074.

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