Description of Organization

The John Locke Foundation was created in 1990 as an independent, nonprofit think tank that would work “for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina.” The Foundation is named for John Locke (1632-1704), an English philosopher whose writings inspired Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders. The John Locke Foundation envisions a strong North Carolina committed to individual freedom, personal responsibility, and limited, constitutional government both now and for the future. In January 2021, the John Locke Foundation and the Civitas Institute merged to become a “powerhouse” for freedom in North Carolina.

Locke employs research, journalism, and outreach programs to transform government by applying the principles of competition, innovation, personal freedom, and personal responsibility to issue areas such as fiscal policy, regulation, education, health care, and transportation. Locke seeks to expose barriers to freedom and then advocate to advance public policy. The organization desires a better balance between the public sector and private institutions of family, faith, community, and enterprise. Locke currently has 31 employees working from its headquarters in the state capital, Raleigh, as well as several other contractors and freelancers.

Locke’s Cultural Distinctives:

Locke stands for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina. Four statements help to describe the organization’s vision of a freer North Carolina. These are:

  • We are a land of liberty where the natural rights of individuals precede and supersede the power of the state.
  • We are a constitutional republic in which government power is limited and employed for the purpose of providing legitimate public goods rather than for the benefit of insiders and narrow interest groups.
  • We are a free market in which persons, individually or collectively, have the natural right to sell goods and services to willing buyers, and in which the individual pursuit of economic opportunity benefits all.
  • We are a free society in which citizens solve social problems not only through government but also by working together in families, neighborhoods, churches, charities, and other private, voluntary organizations.

Locke is seeking a talented and energetic individual to direct Locke’s Curriculum Development Project.

The director’s goals are fourfold:

  1. Oversee the updating and expansion of the North Carolina History Project, including improvements to the website. 
  2. Develop high quality history and social studies curricula for use in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout North Carolina. Publicize curricular products and oversee the implementation in North Carolina Schools. The director is responsible for all phases of curriculum, planning, development, and implementation.
  3. Establish a network of educators, historians, and professionals to enhance curriculum, fundraising, and outreach activities associated with the North Carolina History Project.
  4. Engage with the media, professional organizations, and community groups to discuss major trends in social studies education, civic literacy, and debates about American social, political, and economic history.

The project will be part of the Center for Effective Education. The project coordinator will be part of a team that includes the Director of the Center for Effective Education and Senior Fellow.

The initial term of employment is two years. An extension of this term will depend on organizational resources and other factors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Translate state standards and objectives into unit plans, lesson plans, curricular materials, and assessments for use by public, private, and home school educators
  • Work with teachers and other specialists to help develop, shape, and inform curricula and resource materials
  • Develop and maintain research database that may be utilized for ongoing development and review of instructional materials and related products
  • Identify appropriate academic content and best practices in history and social studies curriculum development
  • Meet with content experts and teachers to develop supplemental resources and activities
  • Collaborate with policy and communications staff to market and disseminate curricular materials to administrators, educators, parents, members of the public, and other stakeholders
  • Provide occasional commentary on trends in historical scholarship and social studies education

Core Competencies and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current research literature in American history and social studies education
  • Knowledge of current techniques and procedures used in the design and development of social studies curricula
  • Knowledge of current debates in social studies education in North Carolina, including the process of implementing social studies standards and curricula in North Carolina public schools

General Competencies and Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively both oral and written; research, develop, present, and promote projects; work independently; prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness
  • Ability to interpret data
  • Strong communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills 
  • Occasional travel and event coordination required

Experience and Credentials:

  • Minimum master’s degree in history, political science, social studies education, or related field. Doctorate preferred
  • Minimum of two years of experience in program or curriculum development
  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience or working with teachers directly
  • Competitive salary and full-time benefits available

Send resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and one writing sample as email attachments to:

Terry L. Stoops, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Effective Education
John Locke Foundation
[email protected]

The deadline for submission of application materials is January 28, 2022.