Content Specialist - Primary Education

University Of Southern California Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 4 weeks ago

Education Department

Program Specialist (Content Specialist)

Position Overview

The Education Department at USC Shoah Foundation works to bring testimony-based education programming, multimedia resources and digital tools to educators and students worldwide that support them in attaining curricular outcomes and promoting the capacity to counter hate in the world. As such, the Program Specialist (Content Specialist) contributes to the execution of the Department's content development strategy and professional development program. We seek a candidate who is dedicated to ensuring that the Department's testimony-based content and programming is innovative, compelling, accessible and high quality.

The Program Specialist (Content Specialist) create various types of educational content for K-12/University), including standards-based online/offline lessons, activities and learning objects, teacher guides and resources, and curated video clips among other types and formats (preferably for primary/elementary level). All content is grounded in 1.) audio-visual testimony from the Institute's Visual History Archive, 2.) developmentally-appropriate and research-based instructional practices, 3.) established guidelines and 4.) strategic priorities. The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to create well-written, high quality content within an established publication workflow involving review, feedback and short turn-around times. The Program Specialist (Content Specialist) also will develop online/face to face professional development programs including the creation of presentation materials, handouts, video clip curation, and implementation via online platforms and other related tasks.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of subject-matter knowledge (e.g. education, Holocaust/genocide education, other related areas), understanding of the field of education, ability to critically think through and prioritize tasks successfully. The Program Specialist (Content Specialist) will contribute to the development of the content plan and ensure its successful implementation. The candidate will demonstrate an interest in working closely within a cross-functional team, demonstrate strong communication and facilitation skills and demonstrate sensitivity and good judgment. The Program Specialist (Content Specialist) reports to the Head of Programs

  • Education.

This position is funded by contracts/grants or gifts.


Content development

  • Create standards-based, developmentally appropriate educational content for various age groups, subject matter/disciplines and delivery methods with a specific focus on primary/elementary grade level.

  • Work with the Head of Programs

  • Education to ensure understanding and direction for the development of content
  • Create well-written content appropriate for target audience

  • Apply research-based and established principles of learning and instruction, with attention to the needs of diverse students

  • Create content for online and offline use and thus be able to create content in various formats with quality, fidelity and high level of engagement per established guidelines

  • Contribute to the development of content in collaboration with content development team and others.

  • Participate in the content review process by providing feedback and ensuring review workflow is adhered to per established guidelines

  • Contribute to the development of the Department's content strategy

  • Becomes knowledgeable about all content offerings on the Institute's digital platforms and across programs (e.g. content type, quantity, connection between content and program objectives, how content meets Department objectives)

  • Maintain knowledge and keep abreast of developments in the fields of education, Holocaust/genocide education, digital education and learning and instruction.

Professional Development

  • Delivers professional development programs for educators and other related audiences

  • Develops all presentation materials for various types of programs and delivery methods, including online and face to face

  • Coordinates with the Content Manager to ensure alignment and adherence to standards

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Submits monitoring forms before and after all professional development programs to ensure accurate counts for reporting purposes

  • Monitors program quality via established processes

Required Knowledge, Characteristics and Skills

  • Background in education field (i.e. teaching and learning theories, pedagogy), curriculum development (e.g. lesson development, learning objects, activities, assessments), instructional design and Holocaust/genocide education

  • Ability to develop dynamic, engaging content for target audience grounded in research-based instructional practices

  • Ability to write content in an accessible way that resonates with target audience using multimedia source material including audiovisual testimony

  • Ability to use databases, identify content and curate source material

  • Experience editing educational content

  • Ability to follow structure and instructions to write templated lessons

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Experience with digital learning design

  • Understanding of educational pedagogy and learning theories

  • Ability to work closely within cross-functional teams

  • Sensitivity and good judgement

  • Ability to use multiple types of software and tools (e.g. Excel, One Drive, Outlook, Base Camp)

  • Cross-cultural competency

  • Interest and commitment to equity and justice issues

  • Bilingual competency a plus

  • Autonomous, self-directed and proactive

  • Exceptional organizational skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and thrive in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and facilitation

  • Professionalism in both internal and external communications


  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree strongly preferred
  • 3 years combined work experience in each of the following areas:

Curriculum development (e.g. online/offline) preferably in primary/elementary grade levels

Instructional design - preferably in primary/elementary grade levels

Education, Teaching and learning (K-12/University; classroom teaching)

Holocaust education/genocide education/diversity and inclusion

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated strong facilitation skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Excel, MS Word, online learning platforms

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.

  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.

  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 2 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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Content Specialist - Primary Education

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