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Now Hiring: Curriculum & Professional Development Coordinator


The World Affairs Council’s mission is to convene and connect people around global issues to build a thriving, competitive, and inclusive Pittsburgh. Serving more than 1,000 students and 1,200 community members each year, the Council has established itself in its over 90-year history as a regional asset in global learning. We envision a globally minded and globally connected world that is equitable and just for all.


Position Summary

The World Affairs Council seeks a passionate and qualified individual to support its youth programming initiatives through the development of curricula, online courses, professional development trainings, learning materials, and classroom resources for multiple platforms and audiences. The position’s primary responsibility is to support youth-centered efforts and educator/adult ally professional development, as well as for supporting the Council’s digital learning platform and digital learning initiatives. 


Key Objectives

  • – Design curricula, online courses, and other learning materials, in collaboration with youth and partners, on topics related to Council events, youth leadership, Global Minds programming, Global Careers, and more.
  • – Develop cohesive and innovative professional development offerings, teaching strategies, and classroom resources for educators and school districts based on identified trends and needs related to relevant local and global issues.
  • – Coordinate implementation of the Council’s digital learning platform, allowing youth to connect and explore various global topics through courses, events, groups, and discussions to gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be “future ready.”


This position is full time (40 hours per week), reports to the Youth Programming Manager, and works closely with the Director of Youth Programming. Duties will primarily be performed hybrid (i.e., in-person and telecommuting). Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.



  • – Apply effective and proactive planning and project management skills to create curricula and professional development trainings for educational programming, aligned with the Council’s strategic plan.
  • – Work with consultants to develop and implement a cohort-model teacher training program with an equity-centered approach to integrating global competency and cultural humility into teaching.
  • – Oversee the use of appropriate tools and technology to support overall programmatic and engagement goals.
  • – Provide oversight and guidance for the Council’s digital platform (CanopyLAB) including ongoing course content design and creation, engagement, monitoring, and maintenance; ensure all Council team members, youth, and partners working in the digital space understand the process to develop and maintain high-quality and mission-aligned content across the platform.
  • – Utilize digital resources to foster belonging and to encourage ongoing discussion and participation, and build an active online learning community.
  • – Uphold positive youth development and youth-adult partnership principles to guide the work.
  • – Research relevant global topics, trends, tech, speakers, and community partners to inform event planning and design, and create learning materials and resources for students and educators.
  • – Support the continuous evaluation of youth programming using agreed upon shared processes and metrics (e.g. surveys, testimonials).
  • – Strengthen existing partnerships and develop new partnerships through active engagement with youth, schools, and community partners.
  • – Stay up to date on the latest research and data regarding best practices in students’ academic preparedness, digital learning and design, youth leadership, youth-adult partnership, community engagement, cultural humility, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • – Accept new challenges and responsibilities to advance the Council’s mission as needed.


Preferred Qualifications

  • – Track record in curriculum design, education, or youth program design and implementation with 2+ years preferred.
  • – Deep understanding of and fidelity to youth voice and youth leadership.
  • – Previous work with adult allies (i.e., educators and others professionals who work with youth), especially around professional development or training.
  • – Expertise in the design and development of curriculum and instructional materials, professional development resources, and teaching strategies.
  • – Experience/familiarity with curriculum development for virtual learning, learning management systems (LMS/ LMX), and/or  microcredentials/digital badging.
  • – Excellent communicator, enjoys building relationships.
  • – High energy, positive attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative and a proactive and intentional approach to their work; solutions-oriented.
  • – Commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to thoughtfully and authentically represent the Council to diverse audiences.
  • – Experience in community engagement and developing partnerships across sectors.
  • – Strategic thinker with on-the-ground understanding of what needs to get done and how. 
  • – International work/travel experience or work with diverse populations.
  • – Experience with social media; MS Office, Google Workspace, and other platforms such as Slack and Airtable to support communication, data tracking, and manage outcomes.
  • – Represent the Council at meetings and events including on evenings and weekends.
  • – Proficiency in a foreign language, in addition to English fluency.



  • – ACT 33/34 Clearances and FBI Background Check upon hire.
  • – Valid driver’s license and/or ability to commute to work-related events across the Pittsburgh region.
  • – A laptop or personal computer, reliable access to WiFi, and phone.




INCLUSION We celebrate and embrace diverse lived experiences. We invest in relationships, elevate youth voice, and value all perspectives because we know a collaborative approach to our work is necessary to embody antiracism and pursue equity.


INQUIRY We lead with curiosity. We ask questions and prioritize reflection as we strive for continuous improvement. We allow ourselves and those around us to be vulnerable in the pursuit of learning and growth.


INITIATIVE We take action to solve problems. We meet challenges with a “can do” attitude, push ourselves to reimagine what could be, and take smart risks to find new opportunities and ways to be of service to others.


INTEGRITY We build on a foundation of trust and reliability to consistently deliver quality. We take the time to prepare, hold ourselves and those around us accountable, and take a mindset of alignment and shared purpose into everything we do.


Compensation & Benefits 

  • – Salary is in the $38,000 to $40,000 range, based on experience
  • – Competitive insurance package
  • – Generous paid time off, including Federal Holidays and personal days
  • – Professional development opportunities
  • – Flexible teleworking 


To apply please email with “Curriculum & Professional Development Coordinator” in the subject line and include the following documents: 


  • – Resume 
  • – Cover letter with salary requirements and available start date


Candidates are actively being considered on a weekly basis. If interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a culture of inclusion that celebrates and recognizes the strength in our diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.