Algorithm Writer

Location: Boston, MA / Austin, TX / Remote

Position Overview:

The Algorithm Writer is a subject matter expert responsible for developing accurate, algorithmic math content for SRM and a client. In this position, the Algorithm Writer will write algorithmic assessment items based on predetermined skills derived from Common Core standards for grades 2–6. The Algorithm Writer supports content leads on the project by identifying and writing algorithms and parameters for skills supporting DOK 1–3 levels and utilizing common errors for distractors. The Algorithm Writer will develop the base algorithm that will be handed off to math writers who will complete the full manuscript development. This position will report to the Editorial Director, Math.


Writing/Content Development Skills

  • Apply understanding of a curriculum area to decide what concepts and difficulty levels are appropriate for material at a given grade level
  • Write accurate algorithms with necessary parameter restrictions that align to a skill
  • Produce content that aligns with approach, tone, and format of the program/project
  • Apply practical knowledge of what works in the classroom and what teachers expect from a good lesson and item

Content Refinement Skills

  • Ensure consistency of voice and adherence to client style, vision, and philosophy
  • Ensure that lessons align with client guidelines
  • Verify the accuracy of content
  • Effectively implement client and SRM feedback

Knowledge of Educational Marketplace

  • Apply an understanding of what is or isn’t acceptable content based on bias and sensitivity concerns in various markets
  • Incorporate national standards into content development
  • Maintain an awareness of trends, expectations, and standards of specific client marketplaces in order to keep content as marketable as possible

Other Skills

  • Promptly answer queries from team members
  • Adapt flexibly to changes in needs on projects
  • Follow editorial workflows
  • Meet as needed with the director or a content lead to prioritize workload and review work
  • Identify issues or risks to the project and raise concerns
  • Monitor time on task to ensure it keeps pace with the project’s production schedule

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, education, or related field required; master’s degree a plus
  • Experience developing algorithmic math items
  • Experience in curriculum development
  • Minimum of three years of teaching experience in mathematics
  • Experience with MS Office products
  • Adept at following guidelines and instructions
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style a plus
  • Familiarity with Common Core State Standards
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Meticulous approach to work and an eye for detail while maintaining a perspective of the totality of the project
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines while maintaining the quality of the product
  • Ability to follow explicit instructions consistently but also to exercise good judgment when making work-related decisions
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, proofreading, and speaking
  • Ability to quickly learn and master new technologies and processes
  • Ability to positively receive and implement constructive feedback
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with peers

Why Six Red Marbles

Do you believe learning matters? Well, we do too.

In fact, our entire business is built around the idea that we are all always learning and therefore always students. We believe everyone deserves the most engaging and innovative learning experiences available, and our employees are the secret to our success. Our values include:

  • Doing right by our people and partners
  • Taking an innovative, tech-forward approach to engage students of all ages
  • Putting the learner first in the content we create
  • Being transparent in all we do and how we do it
  • Working together to find the best solution, not the easiest solution
  • Embracing that we are Always a Student

About Six Red Marbles

Six Red Marbles delivers high-quality educational programs at scale and has decades of experience developing custom materials and assessments that can align with any educational standard. We have developed thousands of interactive learning programs for schools, publishers, universities, and more with the support of our global network of subject matter experts. Six Red Marbles has offices in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Brattleboro, VT; Delhi, India; and Chennai, India.

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