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NWEA is seeking an experienced Professional Learning Content Designer for a full-time position. In this role, you will design new literacy-focused professional learning services that include professional learning offerings, instructional support tools & guidance for educators aimed at expanding and deepening their pedagogical practice. Current projects include a focus on literacy instruction (beginning with PK-3, growing to 3-12), including but not limited to, instruction based on the Science of Reading, grade-level complex text instruction, and the integration of writing instruction. The Content Designer leverages their deep content and pedagogical knowledge, to design products that set a clear vision and action for high-quality, evidence-based literacy instruction teachers can implement with students. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a background in K-5 literacy education, and experience in applying content and curricular concepts to professional learning as well as experience in developing professional learning curriculum and materials for workshops with educators.


  • Design effective and cohesive professional learning offerings centered on the most pertinent problems of practice facing literacy educators in the field today.
  • Innovate beyond existing professional learning models to best fit educator needs, while contributing to proprietary suites of tools and resources to support literacy instruction
  • Lead the design of the project across several phases of development leveraging existing processes and creating new processes and protocols where necessary
  • Understand national trends in curriculum, standards, alignment, and instructional practice, evaluating their impact and efficacy as they relate to professional learning design
  • Integrate peer-reviewed research into professional learning to support educators’ literacy practice
  • Participate in collaborative, cross-functional design strategy and review initiatives to ensure consistent organizational positioning and alignment on excellent and equitable literacy instruction
  • Collaborate to create and help deliver the training program for facilitation staff that will be delivering the offering in the field
  • Actively seek out conference and presentation opportunities to share professional learning designs with the external market, in support of building NWEA’s credibility and reputation in the teaching and learning field
  • Collaborate with the Design team and cross-functional colleagues on analysis, evaluation, application of feedback, learning targets/success criteria, and content outlines
  • Collaborate with multiple teams to create a seamless partner experience
  • Plan and oversee efforts related to beta and user experience testing
  • Travel, as required, for the team and/or organizational meetings as well as oversight and gathering of feedback related to beta and piloting work

Skills and Abilities 

  • Skilled in initiating and drawing upon innovative and creative ideas in the design of NWEA Professional Learning services
  • Passion for and deep expertise in college and career-ready standards in literacy
  • Knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogy and its application in literacy instruction
  • Deep understanding of the issues pertinent to K-12 content, curriculum, delivery methods, and instruction as they relate to professional learning
  • Demonstrated skill and ability in designing high-quality, professional learning activities, materials, and resources
  • Ability to facilitate individual and team conversations to elicit ideas and “collective knowledge” from a variety of educational professionals and stakeholders throughout the Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate (ADDIE) phases of NWEA Academic Services Professional Learning Development
  • Ability to work effectively and manage projects in a growing organization
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide variety of educators and internal and external stakeholders 

Education and Experience 

  • 3+ years teaching or administration in a K-12 school setting required
  • 3+ years of experience in applying K-12 curricular concepts in literacy to professional learning required
  • 3+ years of experience in the development of professional learning curriculum required
  • Experience in classroom formative assessment practice is required
  • 3+ years experience in literacy instruction via classroom teaching, coaching, leadership, and/or curriculum design
  • 3+ years delivering professional learning for educators preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in the development of materials for workshops preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in K-12 or a closely related field preferred

About NWEA

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide timely data to help tailor instruction. For more than 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K–12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. More than 11 million students in 146 countries use our solutions to support their learning and growth each year.

What we can offer you

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees’ base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry-leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees’ holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer, click here.   

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization’s mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions, and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries. 

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NWEA is an equal-opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website. If you’d like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website 

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