Current Opportunities

Content Specialist, ELA

Post Date: Tue Dec 18 00:00:00 UTC 2018

Mission 
EdReports.org is at the forefront of the curriculum reform movement. With the firm belief that what is taught matters and that all students deserve high quality materials, EdReports.org publishes free, online, evidence-rich reviews of instructional materials. By increasing the capacity of educators to identify and demand the highest quality curriculum, EdReports.org is both disrupting a multi-billion dollar market and transforming the way students are taught and ultimately perform.

Purpose of Position
The Content Specialist, ELA serves as an integral member of the content review teams and will play a critical role in the success of EdReports. This person is responsible for growing and improving support for the ELA activities at EdReports.org, including but not limited to the review of ELA instructional materials for Grades K-12. The Content Specialist will work closely with the Director of ELA, ELA team, other content teams, and the Executive Director to continue improving K-12 education by informing educators’ decisions about high quality and aligned instructional materials to support their classrooms and schools across the country. Specifically, this position focuses primarily on the review of materials claiming alignment to ELA CCSS. This position will allow for a highly motivated person to apply their expertise to positively impact the course of ELA education across the nation. This position provides a unique opportunity for someone who can manage multiple system components, enjoys working at the detail and big-picture level across projects, and wants to contribute to the success of a growing organization.

Key Responsibilities

Support ELA Reviews –  80%

  • Partner with the ELA team to train reviewers, monitor review progress, read evidence collected by reviewers, calibrate across review teams, and ensure evidence guides are being utilized by review teams for foundational skills and comprehensive ELA reviews;
  • Coach teams of ELA educators with extensive experience and interest in CCSS ELA as they deeply engage in the review of ELA instructional materials;
  • Lead communities of practice, facilitating productive conversations, through consensus-building and problem-solving;
  • Track and communicate reports progress through cycles, identify problems of practices, and work to accelerate reviews and solve problems through individual action and collaboration with the ELA team and other experts; and
  • Participate in content team conferences and trainings, leading and facilitating components as assigned;
  • Support logistics regarding materials procurement between review teams and publishers.

Research, Improvement, and Expansion into New Areas– 10%

  • Enhance ELA training and processes in K-12 literacy informed by current research; and
  • Create documents for communication purposes regarding the review process for internal and external audiences.

Content Team Collaboration and Outreach —10%

  • Represent EdReports at literacy and education convenings;
  • Provide targeted support to stakeholders;
  • Provide support to cross-EdReports team on projects as needed;
  • Work with Outreach specialist and Content specialists on developing ongoing trainings;
  • Support the organization’s internal communications structures;
  • Stay abreast of relevant research and articles and contributing to the knowledge of the team; and
  • Work across content areas to support earlyK-12 connections in mathematics and science where appropriate.

Other – As Assigned

  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction and effectiveness of the organization;
  • Lead and support cross-functional teams on projects as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Travel: up to 15% 

National travel will occur related to organizational needs and for professional learning, as needed. Amount of travel will be monitored to ensure it is appropriate for both the organization and the Specialist.

Qualifications

  • Passion for the EdReports.org’s mission and vision;
  • Deep expertise in literacy standards and best practices;

Professional experience in English language arts education, required; K-5 classroom and/or leadership experience, preferred;

  • Demonstrated knowledge with best practices for reading and writing development and literacy assessment systems and applications (CCSS ELA experience preferred);
  • Minimum of seven years of work experience in education settings, teaching, or other related fields;

Minimum of five years of people and project management experience;

  • Fluent in MS Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google suite, preferred; and
  • Obtained or pursuing a Master’s degree (or higher) in a related field (Bachelor’s degree required).

Interested and qualified applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter (with salary requirements). 

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