Georgia Charter Schools Association

Utopian Academy of the Arts – Curriculum Specialist (Clayton)


JOB TITLE: Curriculum Specialist (Contracted Position)

Utopian Academy for the Arts is an independent public charter school serving middle school children and families throughout Clayton County, GA. Utopian Academy will enroll 300 students in the 2014-15 school year. Utopian Academy was approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia and will operate as a Local Education Agency (LEA). The rationale for the enrollment plan for Utopian Academy for the Arts is to provide a significant educational benefit of having a gender-based classroom environment, longer school day, longer school year, Saturday school, and classes in the dramatic, media, and culinary arts for students in Clayton County, GA.


  • Support leadership in the ongoing development, improvement, and evaluation of curriculum, instruction, and student data management;

  • Responsible for coaching teachers on instructional delivery and methods;

  • Assist Academic Director/ Principal in developing staff development programming;

  • Responsible for managing student data systems;

  • Assist in administration and scheduling of standardized assessments;

  • Assist Academic Director/Principal in the development of school created assessments;

  • Assist in making formal reports to the Governing Board of Directors and charter entity on student academic performance.


  • BA/BS Degree or graduate degree preferred in education, Curriculum and Instruction;

  • Administrative certification a plus;

  • Demonstrated successful 5 years of teaching experience; deep expertise to EL teaching and learning approach;

  • Proven expertise in teaching and learning, specifically literacy;

  • Strong experience in curriculum design for middle school;

  • Demonstrated ability in data management and presentation; strong Microsoft Office and other presentation formats such as videoconferencing and experience with online assessment tools;

  • Strong motivation and assessments skills, an effective independent worker;

  • Outstanding writing skills; to write and edit quickly with minimal supervision;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage projects and people simultaneously;

  • Exhibited leadership in working with professional staff, students, and the community;

  • Agreement with the academic goals and philosophy of Utopian Academy for the Arts;

  • Commitment to accountability, including a rigorous student testing regime;

  • Demonstrated success in encouraging parental involvement;

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member.


    This position is a contract position starting in the Summer 2014 with potential of becoming a permanent role depending upon grant funding. The compensation is based on:

  • Completion of EL modules ($500 per module) for the time spent with the team coaching outside the retreat and for any task not directly related to the lesson planning that you may be asked to perform.

  • Participation in design retreats at ($300 per day)

  • Completion of lessons and revision of lessons that you draft, revise and successfully deliver for inclusion in curriculum materials. ($150 per lesson)


    Application and materials must be submitted electronically by June 30th, 2014 to PLEASE STATE POSITION APPLIED FOR IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION.

  • Completed Application for Employment

  • Cover letter / letter of interest defining your strengths and your educational and leadership philosophy, including your experience with the writing curriculum for middle school age students or EL model. Please cite specific and measurable examples from your practice that have resulted in closing the academic achievement gap.

  • Resume

  • Copy of valid administrative licensure or certification, if obtained; or documented experience with curriculum writing, EL model training and development or a similar focus

  • 3 Current Letters of Recommendation with contact information