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Curriculum Coordinator

Posted: 02/10/2021


TITLE: Curriculum Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Director of Curriculum and Program 

START DATE: June 2021


The Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is designed to accelerate student achievement in local public schools through the recruitment, preparation, and support of highly skilled and diverse new teachers. KCTR’s mission is to serve high-need urban schools in Kansas City, Missouri through the lens of our core values of mission-driven, high expectations, collaboration, growth mindset, care and love, ownership, and persistence. KCTR is a post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program that offers more time and development focused on the competencies of highly-effective teachers, more coaching and support through the Residency year and in the first three years of teaching, and more time in school learning alongside a Mentor Teacher for a full school year.

Pioneered in the early 2000s in Boston, Chicago, and Denver, teacher residency programs adapt the medical residency model to teacher preparation and are designed to provide Residents with the skills, knowledge, and practical experiences necessary to become highly effective teachers. In pursuit of this goal, KCTR is committed to providing the following support:

  • A rigorous, year-long Clinical Experience alongside a highly effective Mentor Teacher focusing on instructional practices proven to promote student learning;

  • Concentrated and aligned coursework focused on urban education, culminating in Initial Teacher Certification in the state of Missouri after year one, and a Master’s Degree from The University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) after year two;

  • A collaborative cohort experience with fellow Residents who share a passion for urban education;

  • A comprehensive Resident Graduate program during years 1-3 as a Teacher of Record.


  • A belief in the core values of KCTR, and a shared passion for our mission.

  • The ability to motivate, inspire, and interact with others on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion specifically around race.

  • Effective time management, including the ability to balance multiple priorities independently and cooperatively, in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize new information and processes quickly and with solid judgment.

  • The collaborative instinct, situational awareness, and acumen to build and maintain trusting relationships with adults.

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. 

  • Tact and diplomacy accompanied with active listening skills and an approachable personality.

  • The self-awareness, flexibility, and optimism necessary to navigate stressful situations and the willingness to improve as needed.


As a full time member of the KCTR Curriculum Team, the Curriculum Coordinator will work to achieve the mission of KCTR by coordinating and facilitating high quality learning experiences for program members throughout the course of the Residency, as well as ongoing learning in the Resident Graduate years.  The Curriculum Coordinator will collaborate within and across teams to ensure effective systems implementation, program alignment, and innovative practices in the field of teacher preparation and development.   


Course Instructor

  • Facilitation - The Curriculum Coordinator will serve as a primary or assistant instructor, dependent on course and collaboration with the Director of Curriculum and Program.  Courses are taught in a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and both online synchronous and asynchronous formats. Courses are structured in the following format:

    • Summer Institute: Combination of pedagogy and methods courses, five full days per week for five weeks.  

    • Seminar: Courses in education theory and pedagogy taught for a full day once per week during the fall and spring semesters.  

  • Planning and Development - KCTR is continually seeking to improve its curriculum to ensure program participants are receiving innovative, equitable, and responsive learning experiences.  The Curriculum Coordinator will collaborate on any necessary revisions to existing courses, and development of new courses.  This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Course summaries 

    • Syllabi 

    • Module plans 

    • Session plans 

    • Assessment plans (formative and performance assessments)

  • Feedback and Grading - Instructors are expected to provide ongoing, timely feedback to Residents.  

Curriculum and Program Coordination

  • Ensure alignment between curriculum and all other elements of KCTR programming and operations.

  • Collaborate within and across teams to ensure effective systems for data management, course reviews and updates, compliance with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • Communicate with UMKC administration and support staff to ensure effective processes for program participants’ admission, enrollment, and financial aid securement. 

  • Coordinate with the Member Success Coach to ensure curriculum and programming are supporting all program participants in their GPA certification requirements, and Master’s Degree requirements. 

Relationship Building

  • Cultivate relationships with Residents, Mentors, KCTR staff and various stakeholders;

  • Maintain a pulse on the health and well-being of Residents; 

  • Ensure frequent opportunities for communication and feedback;

  • Address proactively all Resident concerns, communicating with appropriate staff members as needed.


  • Master’s Degree required; Doctorate or Ed. Specialist preferred; 

  • 5 or more years of teaching in an urban school setting; 

  • Experience in leading adult professional development

  • Readiness to work non-standard hours over the course of the five-week pre-service Summer Institute and occasional weekends throughout the year;

  • Comfortable providing direct, in-the-moment feedback to teams and participants;

  • The ability to analyze and evaluate data to drive decision making and goal setting;

  • Proficient understanding of the Missouri Learning Standards and/or Common Core State Standards;  

  • Solid working knowledge of Google Apps;  

  • Highly invested in their own personal development and skill set.

  • Experience in urban public schools, with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges within that dynamic environment, is preferred


  • This role requires reliable transportation and willingness to travel to and from partner sites. Occasional overnight travel is required for training purposes.


  • The Kansas City Teacher Residency offers a competitive compensation package, including benefits, aligned to previous experience and the anticipated duties & responsibilities.  The average entry salary range for this position is  $55,000-$59,000, to be determined upon final offer.  

  • Benefits include: medical, dental, and vision; flexible paid time off, holidays and vacation, access to a retirement plan with 2% match, short & long-term disability, mileage reimbursement for business related travel, and cell phone allowance. 


  • Interested applicants can apply for this position by completing an application and submitting a cover letter and resume. Submit your materials on the Kansas City Teacher Residency webpage at  

All of the statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. This document describes the position currently available. KCTR reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time, including after the position is filled.


Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999