OCAA & ISA Ontario

Date Posted:
May 10, 2018
Curriculum Developer/Technical Writer Job Posting
Remote, curriculum meetings to take place in Toronto, ON

EXTENDED! IF you applied for the Curriculum Developer / Technical Writer position, please RESEND your resume to cmccann@careerfoundation.org, if you have not already sent it to THAT address.

The Curriculum Developer/Technical Writer will be involved in the development of an industry-based certificate training program that provides entry-level grounds crew training to new inexperienced individuals pursuing arboriculture. The Curriculum Developer/Technical Writer will develop and design all content and curriculum including the preparation of a teaching manual and student handbook. The position reports to a team of three Curriculum Advisors who will assist with curriculum planning and development by offering guidance, direction, resources and information.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop the structure, content and objectives of a newly created arboriculture program;
  • Identify, design, and develop appropriate learning materials for a practical trades training program;
  • Working with Curriculum Advisors, create teaching manual and student handbook;
  • Work with Curriculum Advisors to get thorough understanding of the learning styles of target audience;
  • Effectively communicate written content including learning objectives, learning outcomes, and competency testing tools;
  • Evaluate other existing arborist curriculum to ensure new content compliments other programs;
  • Assist program partners in the development of new certificate program;
  • Design assessment tool appropriate to outcomes-based program;
  • Maintain alignment of all teaching materials with the course learning outcomes;
  • Work in partnership with Curriculum Advisors, as well as all three industry partners overseeing the project;
  • Share curriculum with Curriculum Advisors, partners and Advisory Committee;
  • Become familiar with current arborist industry training programs/curriculum, employer requirements and new classroom instruction and techniques;
  • Report to Curriculum Advisors on an ongoing basis throughout project;
  • Organize and prepare for curriculum development meetings with Advisory Committee.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong planning, time-management, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate his or her experience as an effective leader and team member;
  • Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse group of inexperienced students, including some groups that are underrepresented in the field of arboriculture;
  • Able to apply current theories and practices in trades training;
  • Can effectively share knowledge and experience in a clear and concise manner; able to break down complex concepts and adapt teaching materials in order to enhance the learning experience for a diverse group of students;
  • Able to produce quality written documentation;
  • Professional, self-starter, who takes initiative and excels with time management including meeting tight deadlines;
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team and participate in consultative decision making;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple deadlines;
  • Organizational skills to take a project from an initial idea through delivery, working under pressure, with minimal supervision;
  • Intermediate to advanced software skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Experience with design software (Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, etc.) is preferred.


  • Experience with curriculum development and/or technical writing preferred;
  • Experience with content design and editing;
  • Excellent research and critical thinking skills;
  • Familiar with adult education practices including working with learning materials and lesson plans;
  • Successful completion of relevant education preferred;
  • Arboriculture knowledge is an asset but not required;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team management skills;
  • Able to deliver and facilitate project presentations to the curriculum team and  Program Advisory Committee;
  • Demonstrated ability to create content for diverse groups, including some with special needs;
  • Use of your own personal computer and software programs and internet access.
Date Ad Expires:
May 25, 2018
How to Apply:
  • Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted in late May. Interviewees will be requested to bring sample(s) of work to the interview;
  • EXTENDED:  The application deadline is: Friday, May 25, 2018 (11:59 p.m.);
  • Please email resumes to: cmccann@careerfoundation.org

Please click HERE for a .pdf of the job ad.

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