California College Guidance Initiative,

Instructional Developer

1 month ago
Employment type
Remote within California

Instructional Content Developer,

California College Guidance Initiative

Remote/Virtual within California — Full-Time

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is looking for an instructional content developer to manage student lessons on The Senior Manager, Content* will develop new college and career planning lessons for 6th-12th grade students, and will be responsible for the continual review and iteration of all college, career, and financial aid lessons on lessons are fully web-based and designed to be completed independently by students. You’ll work with staff in product management, user research, and user experience design to ensure a seamless student experience that makes full use of the platform’s college, career, and financial aid planning tools.

The ideal candidate for this role is a tech savvy writer with experience developing accurate, engaging instructional content for middle and high school students. The Senior Manager must understand the importance of college and career readiness in a student’s journey, and be committed to maintaining expertise on college, career, and financial aid policy and counseling trends.

All staff who work for CCGI have a passion for promoting public education and advancing educational equity for California students.

*This is the official title of the position.

What Will You Do?

  • Develop web-based college and career planning lessons for
  • Manage review and iteration of all college, career, and financial aid lessons over time.
  • Ensure that all lessons are optimized for student users, meaning that they:
    • Meet intended learning objectives.
    • Are developmentally appropriate for 6th-12th graders.
    • Align with behavioral science best practices.
  • Collaborate with staff in product management, UX research and design to incorporate lessons effectively into the student experience.
  • Maintain expert knowledge of the education landscape in California, including policy developments and counseling trends, through research, webinars, or other professional development activities.
  • Use survey data, analytics, or other evidence to support data-driven decisions that best meet student’s needs.
  • Thought partner with the content team on the development of supplemental content for students, parents, and educators.
  • Provide quality assurance for all instructional content on by managing the development and implementation of protocols for tracking and maintenance.
  • Supervise one member of the content team.

What Skills and Experience Do You Need?

  • Relevant BA/BS, equivalent work experience, or a combination of both.
  • Minimum of three (3) + years of relevant experience in instructional content development, preferably for edtech or elearning tools for K-12 students.
  • Demonstrated understanding of college, career, and financial aid planning for California students, typically obtained through experience in K-12 counseling, college access, or other educational services organizations.
  • Minimum of one (1) + years of experience as a supervisor or comparable coaching experience.
  • Experience using technological tools for collaboration and project management, such as Salesforce, Google Suite, Zoom, Slack, or similar.

What Intangibles Do You Need?

  • Ability to communicate complex information simply, and write with attention to accuracy, audience, and concision.
  • Motivation to develop and maintain subject matter expertise and deep understanding of tools and resources.
  • Drive to further CCGI’s mission of increasing educational access and equity in California.
  • Confident decision-making skills and a collaborative spirit.
  • Excellent professional judgment.
  • Stellar organizational, project, and time-management skills, and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and advance work with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility when priorities shift or deadlines change, and resilience in the face of challenges.
  • Ready to thrive in a work culture with the following characteristics: collaboration and learning, data-driven practices, direct feedback, documentation, due diligence and preparation, professionalism and kindness, self-reflection, strategic thinking, and vulnerability.
  • Open and committed to using a nonviolent communication feedback model.

More about CCGI

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for postsecondary education and training.

This baseline is provided by, which provides California students and educators with a wide range of college and career planning information and tools. The site also houses, audits, and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, and course placement. CCGI provides technical assistance, support, and training to K-12 school districts in order to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of, including its transcript-informed tools.

CCGI forms the core of the college planning and application tools in California's newly-launched Cradle-to-Career System. Over the next few years, the Cradle-to-Career System will scale CCGI so that all California 6th-12th grade students can have free access to our transcript-informed tools.

CCGI is a positive, diverse, and supportive culture. At our core, we prioritize the needs of students above all else.

Everyone at CCGI works remotely. We are all located in various parts of California. We rarely meet in person. Instead, we make use of tools, such as ZOOM, Slack, and Salesforce, to communicate and document our work.

CCGI is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges but is an autonomous initiative with its own mission, goals, and leadership team.

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