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LINGUIST List 25.2653

Sat Jun 21 2014

Jobs: English; Applied Linguistics: Manager, OKpanda

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <alamontlinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Jun-2014
From: Adam Gries <adamokpanda.com>
Subject: English; Applied Linguistics: Manager, OKpanda, New York, USA
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University or Organization: OKpanda
Job Location: New York, USA
Web Address: http://okpanda.com
Job Title: Digital Curriculum Lead

Job Rank: Manager

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)

Description:

What We Do
OKpanda is a venture funded (Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, 500 Startups, Mitch Kapor etc.) English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. In the same way 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.

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.

By offering unique personalized learning paths through live-video classes and cutting edge digital curricula we maintain learner motivation while delivering an awesome learning experience. We are executing fast and looking for amazing people to join us.

The Role
You will lead the connection between pedagogy, teaching, content and digital tools, collaborating with top technical, product and design resources. Additionally you will have a budget to build out a team to achieve our objectives

Pedagogy
- Articulate and marshal content development resources with allocated funds to deliver teaching outcomes
- Develop the guidelines for writing, editing, and QAing great content for our services
- Develop a framework for tagging English language learning content, online and in mobile applications
- Work with our Academic Advisor and thought leader, Prof. Karen Price (Boston University)

Digital Content Development
- Hire content production staff
- Brainstorm content ideas
- Use and help define our content management systems

General
- Participate in customer development and market research
- Provide product input at all levels wherein pedagogy and language content are involved
- Collaborate with the Heads of Product, Design and Engineering
- Keep project documentation and training materials up-to-date

The Qualifications You Bring
- Experience conceptualizing and developing digital content for online/mobile learning modalities
- 1+ years ESL/EFL materials writing and editing experience
- 1+ year(s) EFL teaching experience. Having taught in Japan and/or other East Asian countries is a plus but not required.
- 1+ year(s) CMS experience, i.e. content entry, editing, data management
- Strong command of English grammar and usage, CERF
- Strong applied linguistics experience and a firm academic foundation
- Project management experience is a plus
- Bonus: East Asian language skills

While Working at OKpanda You Will
- Report directly to the CEO and work with brilliant, international, friendly people.
- Work full time at our Manhattan office conveniently located 2 blocks from Penn Station.
- Spend at least 1 month of the year working in Tokyo, all expenses paid, with the team.
- Enjoy competitive compensation, free healthy food at the office, health insurance, free gym membership and a great equity package.
- 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.
- 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 lucrative employment with real impact.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: adamokpanda.com
Contact Information:
Adam Gries
Email: adamokpanda.com
Phone: 6177103569

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