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Carnegie Learning

Director of Instructional Design, Literacy (6-12)

🇺🇸 Remote - US

🕑 Full-Time

💰 $115,000 - $125,000

💻 Instructional Design

🗓️ March 26th, 2024

6-12 ELA Literacy

Carnegie Learning is seeking a Director of Instructional Design to guide the development of our 6-12 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum. As the operational leader of the 6-12 ELA content creation, the Director of Instructional Design, Literacy 6-12 directs a team of content writers and instructional designers, ensuring that curriculum content is instructionally accurate and pedagogically sound, supports the needs of diverse learners, aligns to e-learning best practices, and reflects the needs of the market. The Director of Instructional Design, Literacy 6-12 will work closely with Product Management, Editorial, Professional Learning, Platform, Design, Production, Program/Project Management, and Marketing/Sales teams on product vision and decisions, processes/workflows, product communication/documentation, and implementation. The ideal candidate has a strong background in 6-12 ELA instruction, extensive experience leading teams through the end-to-end print and digital product development life cycles, and is committed to advocating for what best supports learning outcomes.

The Director of Instructional Design, Literacy 6-12 reports to the Senior Director of Curriculum Design & Editorial, Literacy 6-12.

  • Lead the continued development and delivery of Carnegie Learning’s new 6-12 ELA core curriculum for market release for BTS 2024.
  • Direct the ongoing instructional design and development needed for dynamic ELA products that include state-specific versions and new content year over year.
  • Drive the instructional design and content strategy for engaging print and digital curricula for the 6-12 ELA market.
  • Integrate technology tools and digital resources to enhance ELA instruction and promote student engagement and achievement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in best practices in the teaching, pedagogy, and assessment of 6-12 ELA to ensure instructional materials are effective, engaging, and meet the diverse needs of students.
  • Cultivate and maintain deep knowledge of the ELA research base and market, including customer and state-specific values and needs.
  • Manage and grow a cohesive team of content writers and instructional designers, including facilitating the professional growth and satisfaction of instructional design staff.
  • Manage staff ID’s and contract content writers, as well as coordinate with third-party partners to execute product delivery against roadmap expectations.
  • Partner with Product Management to determine product requirements and deliver digital-first products that incorporate the best pedagogical uses of technology.
  • Partner with Editorial on developing writing templates and guidelines, content reviews, and overall quality assurance of print and digital products.
  • Collaborate with Platform, Visual Design, and UX Design on the ideation, implementation, and testing of the product’s features, visual story, and usability.
  • Work with Production leads to establish clear and efficient processes for communicating content authoring needs. 
  • Work strategically with Product Management, Professional Learning, and Marketing/Sales to ensure the successful execution of all 6-12 products, including supporting needs related to pilots, correlations, RFP’s, and other product resources.
  • Ensure adherence to product development schedules and manage the division of responsibilities within the instructional design team to meet program schedules.
  • Provide cross-functional leadership and mentorship with regard to operational and delivery best practices, particularly in context of digital content development.
  • Work strategically with the K-5 ELA team to ensure vertical product alignment. 
  • Foster an instructional design community of practice across divisions to share ideas, exchange best practices, problem-solve, and address shared needs.


  • 5-7 years of print and digital instructional design experience in 6-12 ELA
  • Experience building and delivering to market core and supplemental print and digital ELA programs
  • BA in Education or English
  • MA in Education, English, or Instructional Design (preferred)
  • Classroom experience preferred
  • Expert knowledge of ELA educational standards, curriculum frameworks, and evidence-based instruction
  • Expertise in the publishing process, including understanding of cross-functional roles in the content development process, the K-12 sales cycle, and product life cycle
  • Familiarity with educational technology tools, content and learning management systems, and digital resources for ELA instruction
  • Ability to set and strongly adhere to priorities, project budgets, and timelines; to predict and proactively mitigate risks; and to see the big picture, think critically, and also pay exquisite attention to detail
  • Disposition to relentlessly solve problems rather than be stopped by them
  • Strategies for guiding teams to decisions when there is not a clear answer
  • An understanding of the concepts and impact of institutional and structural racism and bias and how to support principles of anti-bias education within curricula 
  • A passion for education and a thirst for educational innovation, specifically in literacy
  • Enthusiasm for investigating ways to incorporate use of AI in completing tasks
  • Exceptional writing and editorial skills
  • Desire and ability to foster a culture of curiosity, innovation, teamwork, collaboration, flexibility, empowerment, and joy
  • Intellectual curiosity, an unstoppable desire to grow a business, and a positive attitude 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Content platforms (including Drive, Docs, and Sheets), and Adobe Acrobat


Others teach what; we teach why. For over 25 years, Carnegie Learning has developed solutions that help students achieve Aha moments and set them up for long-term learning success. We’re driven to find new, better ways to support teachers and reach more students, so we put our leading cognitive science research and real-world insights into solutions for how students think, learn, and do their best. This is a key part of our commitment to helping teachers spark student curiosity.  As a Carnegie Learning team member, you’ll work alongside a team of passionate individuals dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of students and educators. 

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    • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance at no cost to you
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    • Flexible work arrangements with our Work From Anywhere Policy
    • Your Time, Your Way - paid time off that you can use as you see fit to recharge and nurture your personal life
  • Empowering Parenthood 
    • Paid Parental Leave 
    • Reduced working hours on full pay for soon-to-be and new parents
    • Free access to CL products for employees and their children
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    • Quarterly Wellness Incentives
    • Monthly employee activities + recognition program
    • 9 Employee Resource Groups
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