About the organization
You will be part of Generation – Generation is the world’s largest, fastest scaling global employment program, providing young adults with the opportunity to launch successful careers and change their life trajectories. Our goal is to deliver for our learners and employers simultaneously: supporting the personal and financial well-being of our graduates, while helping businesses make entry-level hires who are higher productivity, higher quality, retain longer, and are faster to promotion than peers. Founded by McKinsey & Company, Generation is its own legal non-profit entity active in 6 countries to date – USA, Kenya, Spain, Mexico, India, and Hong Kong – and is actively launching additional sites.
About our approach
Generation’s programmatic approach includes operating 3-12 week “bootcamp” trainings for young adults to prepare them for employment in a specific profession. The Generation curriculum team designs curricula for the “bootcamps” across our countries and professions. Trainings are based on the technical and behavioral skills and mindsets specific to a given profession determined by our team’s analysis. Technical and behavioral skills and mindsets are taught and practiced in an integrated way throughout the bootcamp training.
About the role
We are seeking a talented US Curriculum Lead, interested in leading curriculum design projects and in providing strategic thought partnership on curriculum & instruction topics in the US. As a member of our global team, you will also contribute to strategic projects as needed to continuously innovative on our methodology and learn from best practices in deploying our methodology around the world. This role is suited for an experienced curriculum development leader who is excited to be at the cutting-edge of workforce development and to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing, global environment.
The role is remote, with preference to be based near an existing US Generation office. The role requires significant domestic travel (~30%, up to 1 week at a time).
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be successful you'll need:
Mindsets & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required, preferably a master’s degree
- Minimum of 5 years instructional design experience, including multi-week programs, based on needs analysis and active, practice-based learning experiences
- Mastery of adult learning principles and experience designing instructional materials for adult learners (>18 years of age)
- Strong project management skills, managing many stakeholders and workflows on a tight timeline
- Success building and managing collaborative relationships
- Experience teaching and/or designing instructional content for students from low-income, diverse communities
- Experience teaching young adults, 18-29 years old
- Experience teaching and/or designing instructional materials for populations from different cultures
- Experience designing blended learning experiences
- Fluency in additional languages beyond English
- Excited by the idea of working in a fast-moving global environment
- Proactive collaborator, willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise, debate their merits, and make final recommendations for curriculum design
- Self-reflective and open to receiving and giving frequent feedback
- A self-starter who can thrive in a remote work environment
- Excitement for substantial travel
What you'll do:
A. Curriculum development (60%)
- Lead the design or revision of curriculum using the Generation methodology for a wide variety of professions, geographic contexts, and learner types. Conduct or provide support to a junior team member for the following activities: design performance goals, conceptualize program architecture, sequence modules and learning sessions
- Ensure curriculum projects are executed on time, with the engagement of key internal and external stakeholders. Conduct and/or provide support to a junior team member in the following activities: assemble a team of internal or contract designers and subject matter experts, develop a project timeline, and solicit / respond to feedback from key stakeholders
- With the support of our Global Training team, ensure programs are designed with likely instructor profile in mind, and provide input into “train the trainer” experiences needed to ensure instructors are well-prepared
B. Curriculum & instruction strategy (20%)
- Provide guidance and thought leadership to country-level leadership, business development personnel, and program launch/operations teams to: scope new projects, determine time and cost implications of program design, and identify potential improvements to curriculum based on instructor, student, and employer feedback
- Join business and partnership development conversations at all stages, in order to represent the Generation methodology
- Share best practices in curriculum & instruction across countries, including proposing creative ways to develop and deliver content in the country / region
C. Strategic projects and team management (10%)
- In collaboration with the Global Director of Curriculum & Instruction, refine Generation’s curriculum design principles and curricular approach and explore new methodologies or formats (e.g., online learning)
- Participate in global taskforces / special project teams to provide the curriculum & instruction perspective
- Contribute to professional development of junior team members, either through creating and delivering training experiences and/or directly manage a junior team member(s)
D. Training and capacity development (10%)
- Support the onboarding and training of other team members (e.g., program coordinators, business development personnel) to ensure they can represent Generation’s curriculum methodology and partner with the curriculum team effectively
- Engage in trainings on instructor support as requested by the Global Training team
Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation was created in 2014 to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale.
We’re building a skills-training methodology that can serve hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, of young people a year. And we’re building proof that this training creates real business outcomes for employers, and lasting career impact for trainees—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills. Our goal is to help our students achieve personal and professional success—and fundamentally change their life trajectories. Generation programs prepare unemployed or underemployed young people, aged 18 to 29, for jobs in four sectors: healthcare, technology, retail/sales, and skilled trades.
Today, Generation is active in nine countries—78 cities and 195+ sites—with diverse social, economic and labor-market contexts.