Open Positions - Five Keys Charter School - San Francisco, Los Angeles, East Bay, Solano — Five Keys Schools and Programs

Interim Curriculum Developer

    • Job Tracking ID: 512638-686918
    • Job Location: Southern California , CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Part-Time
    • Date Updated: May 31, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Salary: Based on Education and Experience
    • Site/Location: Northern/Southern CA
    • Work Schedule: Part-time, 20 hours per week, Monday-Friday during the hours of 8am to 4pm
    • On-site Hours/Week: 20 hrs per week
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Job Description:


Our mission is to further social and restorative justice by counteracting poverty, inequity, and trauma with accessible, high-quality programs that offer meaningful opportunities for individuals, families, and communities.


Our vision is that all people have access to the resources needed to lead positive, productive, and self-determined lives. Our commitment to the pursuit of equity is expressed through collaborative partnerships and innovative approaches across three areas of impact: access to education, workforce development, and promoting vibrant communities.


Five Keys was founded in 2003 by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as the first accredited charter high school in the nation to provide diploma programs for adults in county jails. Today, we are proud to offer high school education, vocational skills, life skills classes and access to college and workforce programs.

We have expanded far beyond the walls of county jails. Beginning in 2008, Five Keys began providing innovative access to a high school education and vocational skills in underserved neighborhoods throughout California. Our 80 community learning centers serve students of any age and regardless of background or circumstance.

Today, we have more than 550 dedicated employees serving 25,000 individuals each year in 7 counties, including San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties, with expansion into Marin and Sonoma Counties on the horizon.

We have experienced 20-30% growth for the past 3 years. Some of this growth is due to serving students in more county jails and community learning centers. However, the majority of the growth is due to diversification of services we offer. We now operate career centers inside county jails and create linkages to community-based workforce networks. We manage a transitional housing shelter in San Francisco. We also hire people directly into our transitional employment positions for formerly incarcerated individuals and people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness.


Under the direction of the Curriculum Coordinator, this position supports the Curriculum Development team in enhancing the quality of Five Keys’ curricula.

  • Editing curriculum to be user-friendly and aligned with Common Core Standards

  • Assist with creating curriculum, following a provided outline and/or using existing materials as provided by the Curriculum Coordinator. Depending on the curriculum writer’s expertise, potential courses include:

    • English Composition

    • Literacy

    • Math

    • Health (revising Unit 3 to meet new state legislation)

    • Digital Literacy

  • Assist the Curriculum Development Specialist with organizing and maintaining the ISP curriculum for the school and carrying out the curriculum development process. This includes the following:

  • Editing and updating ISP curriculum, according to submissions through the Curriculum Corrections form and the list of curriculum priorities

  • Updating ISP cover sheets, which includes:

    • A careful review of the content to fix any formatting issues, clarify confusing instructions, improve teacher guides, etc.

    • Spelling and grammar corrections

    • Identifying key assignments and re-writing descriptions so they can be used as Educational Activities on WPRs

    • Identifying CCSS addressed

  • Enhancing our A-G course program, which includes:

    • A-G Course Submission (Syllabus writing and editing)

    • Writing course outlines for site based classes

    • Modifying A-G courses for ISP classes

  • Other duties as assigned, in relation to curriculum development and revisions. This may include:

    • Creating materials for workshops, staff meetings, or trainings around curriculum

    • Attending PDs to research new curriculum and academic programs

    • Adapting paper curriculum into a digital format

    • Supporting curriculum pilot groups

    • Supporting curriculum roll out to staff


Experience and Skills:

  • Completes work to deadlines

  • Attention to detail (i.e., checking for content errors, formatting, consistency)

  • Comfort with navigating technology

  • Research skills

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with CCSS and 21st century instructional strategies

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationship with individuals, groups, public and private agency personnel

  • Exceptional written communication skills; ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision in written documents

  • Excellent computer literacy / technology skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances

  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously


This position typically requires:

  • BA in education-related field

  • Preliminary or clear teaching credential in a core academic subject

  • Curriculum writing experience (able to provide samples of previous work)

  • Frequent and prolonged standing, walking, and sitting

  • Frequent talking and hearing conversations

  • Occasional reaching with hands and arms

  • Occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds

  • Ability to follow oral directions in emergency situations

  • Clear TB Risk Assessment (or results, as needed) dated within 60 days of hire to be submitted within 10 days of hire required

  • Work environment varies from site to site. There is some personal safety risk working with the at-risk population

  • Moderate noise level

Five Keys Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.