Curriculum Development Specialist

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Girls on the Run International is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Over 180 Councils in 50 states serve 200,000+ girls a year, and engage close to 100,000 volunteers.

At Girls on the Run, our core values guide our way and we stand firm in our long-standing commitment to building a world where every person can know and activate their limitless potential. We warmly welcome the participation of any child who identifies as “girl”, non-binary, or gender expansive in our programs. We are committed to leveraging our intellectual, financial, and human resources to advance strategies to be inclusive, equitable and accessible to all. Our headquarters and councils are working to bring diverse voices to the table as we know that unique perspectives strengthen the quality and scope of our organization. We pledge to be a reflection of the communities we engage, not only in appearance, but also through fostering an atmosphere of community connectedness that serves as a model for our girls and other stakeholders.

Girls in the Run has been described by its employees in a recent third-party work culture survey as: collaborative, joyful, hardworking, caring, fast-paced and quality-focused. We are a passionate group of people and today’s climate requires that our team be adaptable and flexible to continue to serve our stakeholders.

The Curriculum Development Specialist has primary responsibility for creating culturally responsive, creative and impactful programming solutions that meet the organization’s mission and strategic objectives.


Girls on the Run uses running and other physical activity as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes for girls in third through eighth grade. Our innovative lessons are specifically targeted to foster confidence, competence, caring, character, connection, and contribution, in addition to teaching critical life-skills such as managing emotions, helping others, intentional decision-making and conflict resolution. The Curriculum Development Specialist should possess a passion for creating relevant, engaging materials for third through eighth grade girls and have expertise in designing culturally responsive, girl-centered lessons and content.

This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
Mission-based curriculum and program delivery
• Under the direction of the Director of Program Development, designs and develops culturally responsive, creative and impactful curricula that addresses the needs of youth
o Contributes to the design of needs assessments and uses data to inform curricula development
o Writes and pilots new mission-based curricula
o Revises existing mission-based curricula to ensure relevance, accessibility and program impact
• Develops content for ancillary program materials such as program journals and parent/guardian resources that meet mission and strategic objectives
• Develops supporting tools and resources to ensure effective launch of curricula and programs, coordinating across departments as necessary
• Develops content for the “parent resource” section of the Girls on the Run site that aligns with curriculum topics and overall mission
• Stays abreast of trends and issues facing youth to ensure forthcoming program solutions are relevant, creative and impactful
• Serves as subject matter expert for development of staff and volunteer curriculum training that ensures quality program delivery
• Serves as the main point of contact and subject matter expert for councils for curriculum and program delivery
• Serve as a role model for Girls on the Run
• Develop positive relationships with staff and council members
• Any other duties deemed necessary by the Director of Program Development and senior management

• Demonstrated experience designing lessons/content/curriculum for elementary and/or middle-school aged children
• Demonstrated experience working with and supporting young people (teaching, coaching, counseling, etc.)
• Knowledge of and/or expertise in creating culturally responsive lessons and content
• Willing and excited about collaborating on design process
• Welcoming feedback, able to integrate and revise based on feedback, able to pivot and think flexibly
• Can work independently to meet tight deadlines and goals
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Passion for engaging with, listening to, and learning from a broad range of stakeholders
• Experience with collecting, analyzing and synthesizing data to inform program development
• Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to teaching, curriculum, pedagogy, and youth development preferred, or equivalent years of experience in a similar specialized field
• Knowledge and expertise in integrating physical activity within lesson content, preferred
• Dedication to using the opportunities and responsibilities of this role to make Girls on the Run a more Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable and Accessible program
• Passion for empowering girls to reach their limitless potential!

Interested applicants must submit a resume, sample lesson and cover letter explaining how their qualifications fit this opportunity. The sample lesson can be any lesson you have written and you are not required to write a lesson specifically for this application. The sample lesson should be uploaded within the questions below. Please note that applicants who do not submit a sample lesson and cover letter will not be considered for this position.

This is an exempt, full-time position at 40 hours per week, offering a compensation range of $50,000 – $58,000, depending on experience. In addition, Girls on the Run International is proud to offer a generous PTO plan, a comprehensive benefits package including company-subsidized medical and dental coverage, vision coverage, life insurance, paid medical leave and a 401K with an employer match. This position is currently remote, with the ability to work from anywhere in the United States.