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University of Washington CONTENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 187573


Posting Date: 02/22/2021

Closing Info: Closes On 02/28/2021

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Limited Recruitment: Open to Department employees only

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. (

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Work is ordinarily performed in an office environment but may be performed remotely depending on health and safety requirements under the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them – in Washington State and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professional the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.

At Cultivate Learning, we are champions of service and align with partners and initiatives that foster positive outcomes for children, families, and educators. We commit to equity by working to remove systemic oppression and institutional racism, so each community member can reach their full potential. We build environments of belonging and diversity where we communicate openly, support each other, and value the contributions of all identities. We practice innovation and quality by actively seeking creative ideas from multiple perspectives to evolve and inform the resources we develop.

Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for a Content Development Manager. This multi-faceted Center will be leading the national effort to put evidence-based early childhood practices into everyday practice in Head Start and childcare programs by developing print and multi-media products, developing and delivering training and professional development, guiding the successful transition of students and families to elementary school, and implementing a higher education strategy to help early learning teachers meet their educational requirements.

Context and Position Purpose: Reporting to the Associate Director of Resource Development, the Content Development Manager will be a key member of the content development team that will be independently responsible for collaborating to conceptualize, develop, and disseminate culturally relevant professional development materials in the areas of early care and education teaching practices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: In support of this effort the duties of the Content Development Manager will include, but are not limited to the following:

Content Development and Media Production (70% FTE): • Develop, write, and edit professional development content for higher education and professional development materials. Formats include print, Web, digital, and others. • Translate evidence-based research materials into language that can be understood by college level students, teachers, early care and education providers, and other users. • Translate evidence-based research into culturally relevant and responsive professional development material for teachers, early care and education providers, and other users • Research existing evidence from multiple sources to identify appropriate practices to be highlighted by the Center. • Integrate and synthesize research evidence. • Actively participate in a review and evaluation process, including peer review, to ensure creation of high-quality and culturally relevant and responsive content. • Collaborate across the center with the media team, graphic design, instructional design, and other units. • Lead projects from inception to completion and project manage on a regular basis. • Coordinate with the Communications Specialist on marketing plans as needed. • On a semi regular basis, this position will deliver instruction and training to early care and education professionals. • Other duties as assigned.

Supervision (30% FTE) • Supervise and lead work of 4 direct reports and several hourly employees. This position will have the authority to hire staff, evaluate job performance, and take corrective action if performance is not acceptable. • Provide ongoing leadership and direction to the Content Development team while also mentoring and providing growth opportunities for them to develop professionally in their positions. • Monitor the work of team members to ensure that correct procedures are followed. Provide direction to assure completion of tasks and projects. • Ensure team members are current on the latest trends, issues, and advances in creating professional development material for the early care and education workforce. • Support direct reports in achieving deliverables and meeting timelines for sponsors in part by offering professional development for them to learn and apply latest research and achieve or maintain certification in related areas. • In partnership with the Associate Director of Resource Development, meet regularly with lead graphic designers, media producers and instructional design teams to meet various grant deliverables and ambitious timelines. • Oversee staff performance, including annual staff performance review process, and work with the staff on corrective action plans and performance management as necessary. • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field AND at least 5 years of experience working or consulting with early care and learning environments. TO INCLUDE at least 2 years of experience in leading or supervising a team. TO INCLUDE 3 years of experience in writing, developing and editing professional development materials for teachers and informational materials for parents. • Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team. • Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner. • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills. • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner. • Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, and the Internet.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.