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Academic Lead



Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

About Primer

Our goal is simple: help the next generation of kids be more ambitious, more creative, and learn to think for themselves. To do that, we're creating a new education system— one that takes kids seriously.

At Primer, students learn at their own pace, pursue their passions, and get the support they deserve every day. We started Primer because standard schools can’t possibly make space for every kid’s curiosities. But a small school connected to a big network can. Our goal with Primer isn’t to teach you everything under the sun—it’s actually the opposite. We want you to go deep on whatever it is that drives you. Because we think passion is the surest path to learning. And the world could use more of it. Come join us, and do your life work.

About the Role

As the Academic Lead, you will set the standard for programmatic excellence across all 23 Primer microschools. Your experience in curriculum development and a variety of schools settings have equipped you to direct the academic program and the systems that enable students to master math and literacy as determined by NWEA MAP. Every day, you will commit to ensure Primer's "take kids seriously" culture is consistent across all campuses and be responsible for fulfilling the goal that all Primer students can pursue their passion.


  • Lead the scope and sequence of the K-8 academic program and individual student project library

  • Monitor academic program effectiveness across campuses using daily app work, MAP results analysis, and data collected through Primer’s proprietary operating system

  • Create solutions alongside Microschool Leaders for the students off their academic trajectory and evaluate incoming students for Primer success

  • Manage the Curriculum Team, Education Operations Lead, and Campus Leads

  • Lead Staff Training, including summer professional development, virtual teacher training, curriculum team training, and ongoing Microschool Leader development

  • Collaborate with Product Design team to develop the Primer Operating System and other relevant product


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Experience in academic leadership an academic instruction or corporation

  • Big Picture Thinking: Ability to view a problem from a macro organization-wide perspective, then dive into the details

  • Demonstrated strong decision making and communication skills

  • Passion for creating culturally align workplaces

  • Flexibility: Ability to work in a changing environment; Preferred experience in a high-growth environment or start-up

  • Execution: Proven track record of taking a project from initial idea to complete resolution of problem with attention to detail and ongoing performance reviews

If this sounds like you, fill out the application below with a bit about yourself and we'll take it from there! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at