Digital Curriculum Developer

| July 21, 2014

WHO WE ARE

OKpanda is a venture-funded English-language learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. In the same way that Uber allows anybody with a car to be a limo service, we allow any qualified English teacher to build their own English classroom.

We target the $20 billion English learning space in Asia, 90% of whose revenues still go to brick and mortar language schools. Our focus is Japan, a huge market with horrible learning outcomes, where we provide convenient and effective live online instruction and digital learning tools.

In December 2013 we released our first product on Japan’s Apple App Store, achieved the #1 position in the education category, and brought in 300K+ installs in only 12 weeks.

Despite a growing amount of great (and free) online content, a learner’s problem is knowing *what* to use, how to use it, and not giving up. By offering unique, personalized learning paths through live-video classes and cutting-edge digital curricula, we solve students’ #1 cause of failure – giving up – while delivering an awesome learning experience. We are executing that vision, growing fast, and looking for amazing people to join us!

THE AWESOME STUFF YOU’LL DO

●      Edit proprietary audio and written texts to ensure their conversational authenticity, linguistic accuracy, and pedagogical value.

●      Create new, high-quality content for our apps’ current functionality.

●      Develop new pedagogical offerings to be implemented within the existing apps.

●      Be constantly challenged, both operationally and intellectually. We are pushing the envelope on how learning happens, and want you to have a seat at the table!

THE QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING

●      1+ year(s) ESL/EFL teaching experience

●      A firm academic foundation, and strong command of English grammar and usage

●      Some applied linguistics experience (esp. lexis, morphology, syntax, adult second-language acquisition, and/or sociolinguistics)

●      A hunger to cultivate your career, make things happen, and move up in a young, rapidly-expanding company

●      Bonus: CMS experience, i.e. content entry, editing, management

●      Bonus: Experience in textbook analysis and/or materials design

●      Bonus: Experience teaching in Japan and/or other East Asian countries

●      Bonus: East Asian language skills

WHILE WORKING AT OK PANDA YOU WILL

●      Work collaboratively with a team of brilliant, international, friendly people to grow OKpanda’s digital curriculum.

●      Leave your mark on activities and L2 input used by tens of thousands of users daily.

●      Expand your TESOL materials-development skills in a variety of proficiency levels, syllabi formats (e.g. structural, situational, notional-functional, etc), and media modalities.

●      Develop a professional background in both the pedagogy and technology of computer-assisted language learning (CALL).

●      Learn about startup principles directly from from the OKpanda founders, who have scaled more than 10 different products to millions of users each on Facebook, iOS and MySpace.

●      Work by a flexible, personalized schedule, from home and our Manhattan office (conveniently located 2 blocks from Penn Station.)

●      Enjoy free healthy food at the office, as well as the potential prizes (and glory) associated with the weekly office dance-off competition.

●      Do something meaningful. (For our students we offer a cheaper, more effective way to master a life-changing skill and build new friendships. For our teachers, who are largely stay-at-home moms in the Philippines, we offer well-compensated employment with real societal impact.)

TO APPLY

First, feel free to read about us here or here. Please visit our site on Lever to submit an application – we look forward to hearing from you, working with you, and building something great together!