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Senior Curriculum Writer

Synergy seeks a Senior Curriculum Writer to support a federal health client with a focus on mental health, substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. The role includes development of a high school level health and wellness curriculum that focuses on substance use prevention, mental health, and harm reduction. The curriculum will be based on prevention and the theoretical frameworks addressing the development of knowledge, skills, and competencies needed by adolescents as they progress through high school and afterwards.

The curriculum writer will be responsible for writing the modules, lessons, and exercises that provide students the opportunity to not only learn the content, but to practice important skills including positive communication and other social interactions with peers and their teachers, critical thinking and decision-making in regard to their health and wellness, setting goals and planning for their immediate and more long-term futures, and exploring and managing their emotions as they face stress and other challenges in their school and community.

Job location remote with ability to use an office and or meeting space when needed.  

Job Description

  • The curriculum writer will work with the project team on refining plans for the curriculum, including the coverage of the modules; consideration of how they fit into school district programming and individual school schedules; how they will best be designed for the teachers, health educators, school counselors and/or prevention staff who will deliver them; and other approaches to facilitate the design, development, and delivery of the curriculum.
  • Participate in ongoing planning meetings with the team and consultants during the development period.
  • Develop 12 modules with lessons and support materials for the initial pretesting with the target audience of high school students, submitting the modules on a rolling basis.
  • Work with the team to modify the material for production into the demonstration field version at the end of the year.


  • At least 5 years of teaching high school plus an advanced degree in curriculum development and/or assessment
  • Familiarity with teaching or assessing science-based curricula at the secondary level
  • Examples of completed curricula at the middle and high school level
  • Advisory experience in regard to district-level work with adherence to secondary school standards
  • Excellent writing skills in a variety of digital mass and social media
  • Developed and wrote lesson plans for a high school program
  • Created researched based lesson plans, unit plans, and curriculum including gender specific and culturally specific programming.
  • Examples of comprehensive, standards-based curriculum developed for high schools
  • Authorship of curricula and elective courses digitally and in print.
  • Examples of creative ability to develop imaginative exercises that deliver skills and practice opportunities for students
  • Examples of original curricula, assessment items, and standards alignment.
  • Written rigorous and age-appropriate assessment items.
  • Standards-based practice and assessment items for a variety of subject-specific skills.
  • Experience working as part of an evaluation process.
  • Proof of vaccination for COVID-19, or proof of valid medical or religious exemption, will be required upon hire. 

Additional information:

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle objects and documents; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.  Employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision. Employee may use office equipment such as telephone, computer, computer software, calculator, printer, copier, and facsimile. 
  • Work environment: Employees are not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and skills required of employees so classified.