Curriculum Development Specialist

Class: Academic Professional | Exempt status: Exempt | Grade: 3

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Under the direction of management, the Curriculum Development Specialist supports College-wide efforts around curriculum development and the curriculum approval process. Researches and advises faculty, departments, and staff on curriculum requirements and supports program and course proposal development. Assists and acts as a resource for faculty and management on curriculum development and approval.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists faculty, management, and staff with curriculum design and development in alignment with College and program goals, and works to ensure alignment and compliance with state and PCC regulations and guidelines.
  2. Supports benchmark research for development of new courses and designated programs, including feasibility, quality, and impact assessments, sector strategies and labor market research.
  3. Supports the degree and certificate approval process both internally and for the state, including creation of notices of intent, program applications, and board resolutions.
  4. Provides project management support and facilitation for curriculum development projects involving faculty, staff, management, and external partners.
  5. Researches and responds to inquiries and requests for information related to the curriculum process and curriculum issues from faculty, management, staff, students, the community, and other colleges.
  6. Supports and attends committee meetings related to curriculum requirements and development.
  7. Creates, completes, and assists with other curriculum requirements and development communications, data gathering, reports, and submissions.
  8. Maintains related records, files, reports, databases and resource material pertinent to curriculum activities to ensure effective operations and compliance.
  9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work is generally performed in an office and home environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Education, Student Development, Instructional Design, Business Administration, Communications, Social Science, Training & Development or related field.

One (1) year of work experience in a post-secondary education setting, applying and/or interpreting policies, procedures, and regulations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Higher education curriculum development;
  • Curriculum development cycles;
  • Student learning outcomes;
  • Computers and applicable programs and software.
Skills in:
  • Project management and meeting facilitation;
  • Working effectively in complex and interconnected academic processes and systems;
  • Interpreting and applying local, state, and federal requirements and regulations;
  • Reading and writing technical documentation;
  • Working with diverse academic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college and staff.
Ability to:
  • Manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and on an ongoing basis;
  • Use computer technology for communication, data gathering, and reporting;
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written mediums;
  • Operate a variety of office equipment.



Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.