Curricula Manager

Role: Curricula Manager

Job Summary: The Curricula Manager is a new, full-time role joining Pilot Light’s programming team who will oversee the maintenance and continued growth of the online Food Education Center, scoping & sequencing existing Pilot Light lessons and leading the development of new Food Education curricula. 

Location: Chicagoland preferred; currently remote transitioning to a hybrid work environment. Must be an Illinois resident and authorized to work in the U.S. 

Position Type: Full-time exempt position

Start Date: Position currently available.

How to apply: Applications are now closed! Thank you for your interest in joining the Pilot Light team. Stay tuned to your email for updates on your application. 

Duties of the Position: The Curricula Manager will be responsible for a variety of online lesson plans, curricula writing, and coordination of new curricula materials, including: 

(30%) Management of Food Education Center (FEC) Resources and Interface 

  • Organize and upload new Pilot Light lessons and curricula to the online lesson library 
  • Work with the Pilot Light program team to evaluate past & current website data, metrics, and user feedback to improve the overall effectiveness of FEC 
  • Manage the FEC interface & content via WordPress in collaboration with Pilot Light’s web design consultant, including a strategy to build an interactive online communication element to the FEC’s lesson library
  • Improve FEC functionality and user experience through resource expansion 
  • Drive FEC growth by setting and fulfilling goals to increase teacher downloads, participation, and implementation of the FEC lesson library 
  • Evaluate the need for and spearhead efforts to author and upload additional content to the FEC in order to improve user experience and functionality 


(35%) Curriculum Writing and Editing

  • Standardize and build out current Pilot Light lessons to reflect up-to-date branding, format, and depth of information 
  • Scope and sequence pre-existing lessons with new additional content in order to build out units of instruction 
  • Consistently edit and refine new lesson & curricula submissions on an ongoing basis 


(25%) Supervision of Contract Curriculum Writers + Leadership of Curriculum Events

  • Recruit, train, and support contracted teachers or curricula writers in their development of units aligned to the Food Education Standards (seasonal, as needed) 
  • Provide operational support and educator expertise surrounding curricula writing and development


(10%) Other duties as assigned 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job.

Reporting: The Curricula Manager will report to the Director of School and District Partnerships.

Qualifications And Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of teaching experience in the PreK-12 setting 
  • Formal curricula development or coaching experience preferred 
  • Experience delivering integrated Food Education preferred
  • Passion for Pilot Light’s mission, vision, and core values
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Familiarity with online web design platforms (i.e. WordPress) and/or willingness to learn new interfaces 
  • Experience with Google Suite and graphic design a plus 
  • High level of organization and attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated project management abilities

Travel may be required occasionally, as well as attending weekend and evening functions as needed. 

Salary Range: $50-60K, depending on experience.

Benefits include:

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Group medical (HMO + PPO) with 75% coverage for employees and dependents
  • Group dental for employees and dependents
  • Vision for employee
  • Access to simple IRA
  • Generous paid time off, sick leave, and holiday pay
  • Paid parental leave
  • One all-staff paid wellness week where the office is closed

Equal Opportunity Employer

Pilot Light embraces a philosophy that recognizes, values, and actively seeks diversity among its team. We seek to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

About Pilot Light

Pilot Light is a Chicago-founded 501(c)(3) Food Education nonprofit organization that partners with educators to support them in teaching their students through food and about food. Students develop knowledge and skills to advocate for informed food choices for themselves, their families and their communities.

Pilot Light’s teacher-led model is game-changing: through our approach, PreK–12 teachers are provided with the support and resources needed to integrate Food Education into their classrooms and engage students during implementation while also teaching them about food and its importance in their lives outside of school. 

Over the past 10 years, Pilot Light has grown from one Chicago elementary school to reach over 20,000 students across the country. During the pandemic, the organization scaled its offerings nationwide through virtual content and the introduction of several new programs and partnerships.

Pilot Light leads in Food Education through programming and professional development rooted in our Food Education Standards. We serve districts, schools, teachers, and learners through our Food Education Center, the annual Food Education Fellowship, Fellowship Alumni Network, and a variety of rapidly growing school and district partnerships. We are currently seeking several individuals who will join Pilot Light during this exciting time in our growth.

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