Current Opportunities

Director, English Language Arts

Post Date: 2021/11/22

Mission 

EdReports.org is at the forefront of the curriculum reform movement. By increasing the capacity of educators to identify and demand the highest quality curriculum, EdReports.org is both disrupting a multibillion-dollar market and transforming teaching and learning. 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. 

Purpose of Position 

The Director, ELA will ensure that the highest quality reviews are published on EdReports.org by overseeing all ELA materials reviews, leading strategic initiatives within and across the Academic Office, and collaborating with education leaders nationwide. EdReports has an impressive track record of success in providing information about curricular programs through our online reports. Beginning with K-8 ELA, we have now expanded to providing reports for K-12 curricula, including specific K-2 Foundational Skills and have close to 330 published ELA grade/course program reports on our website. We have documented use by districts representing over 11M students and national surveys show that EdReports is the best known and utilized resource for supporting curriculum decision making in the country. 

As an experienced and collaborative manager, the Director, ELA will build on this success and lead EdReports into new growth and impact; they will partner with other leaders to revise and enact strategies for training educator reviewers, conduct curriculum reviews, and maintain a robust materials pipeline. They will consider the needs of districts and classrooms alongside the state of the curriculum market to identify new or improved review criteria or areas for emphasis. Ideal candidates have extensive knowledge of College and Career Readiness Standards, including the Common Core State Standards, ELA curriculum development and implementation, along with experience with elements of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Culturally Centered Education.  One area of focus will be on supports for multilingual learners and culturally centered education. We are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned leader and strong supervisor, skilled in building diverse, equitable teams with a strong sense of belonging who enjoys highly collaborative work and has a passion for ensuring that all students have high-quality instruction. The Director, ELA reports directly to the Chief Academic Officer and serves as an integral member of the EdReports leadership team. 

Key Responsibilities

Lead Organization’s ELA Reviews and Review Strategy - 60%

  • Supervise the ELA team:
    • Lead, coach, and support the ELA team of full-time staff and consultants to execute on activities that advance the organization’s mission, meet annual performance goals, and support the field with more information about the quality of ELA instructional materials.
  • Set annual team goals and ensure all members are a part of a robust performance management process;
  • Plan and oversee rolling reviews of K-12 ELA year-long instructional materials, including ensuring a robust materials pipeline:
    • Ensure all ELA reviews are high-quality, evidence-rich, and well-calibrated; 
    • Develop and execute a coherent strategy to enhance EdReports’ Reviews to provide increased information on how well materials support pedagogy and information about texts in any curriculum;
    • Institute and oversee the maintenance of a robust feedback loop between educator-reviewers, staff, and stakeholders to ensure reports and processes are effective, efficient, and support the  short- and long-term development of EdReports reviews and processes; 
    • Refine and oversee recruitment strategy and support for contracting educator review teams;
    • Create and deliver high-quality training for internal staff and review teams in partnership with all Academic Office teams;
    • Represent EdReports with publishers to acquire curricular series, explain the review process, and communicate during and following a review; and 
    • Partner with other content area directors to develop, refine, and lead content specialists to work with reviewers throughout review processes.
  • Research and develop special projects across the organization to provide the field with new, timely information: 
    • Identify areas for research and monitoring to inform future of reviews and future direction of EdReports e.g., cultural relevance, supports for English learners, new product types
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the ELA community, including through an ELA advisory panel. 
    • Develop and implement a plan to provide enhanced information on elements of quality in texts

Thought Leadership and External Engagements - 15%  

  • Work with the communications and outreach teams to proactively identify thought-leadership opportunities, key partners, and outlets for advocating for high-quality materials and educating the field about the characteristics of quality; and
  • Conduct outreach to explain the results of EdReports ELA reviews for a variety of external audiences, including educators, districts, states, and partner nonprofits that use our resources to select curriculum.

Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning - 15% 

  • Codify impact and learning from reviews and translate into Academics Office strategy and organizational storytelling; and
  • Develop and ensure execution of processes to respond to new projects, produce scopes of work with consultants as needed, and strategically staff projects.

Organizational Leadership - 10%

  • Contribute to the organizational strategy and governance as a member of the leadership team (Directors, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Executive Director).

Travel: Up to 20% 

National travel will happen occasionally throughout the year (COVID-19 dependent), as needed for partner relations, service delivery, organizational retreats, and professional learning.

Qualifications 

  • Passion for EdReports’ mission and vision and our commitment to Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion, and Equity;
  • A commitment to uphold EdReports organizational core values and norms;
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in school districts, state departments of education, and/or nonprofit instructional leadership;
  • Deep expertise in ELA education, current research trends, and standards landscape at the national, state, or district level;
  • Experience with research and elements of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Culturally Centered Education;
  • Understanding of best practices to support multilingual learners;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in leading professional development and adult learning;
  • Demonstrated respect for elevating and promoting educator voice and educator leadership;
  • 5+ years supervising teams, with a preference for candidates with experience leading multi-layered teams in either a start-up, non-profit, or growing environment;
  • Exceptional written and spoken communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build support for current and new initiatives across a diverse range of stakeholders and audiences; 
  • A proven strategic and project management skillset, including the ability to effectively manage multiple stakeholders and meet ambitious timelines;
  • An ability to work independently and collaborate with colleagues and educators in a virtual work environment;
  • Experience overseeing budgets and staffing complex projects;
  • Ability to manage and prioritize amongst competing demands and deadlines, while continuing to produce high-quality work; and
  • A degree is required, an advanced degree is preferred.

Benefits:

We offer a highly-competitive benefits package for eligible employees that includes PTO, prorated to start date, of 4 weeks of vacation per calendar year, 3 personal days, and unlimited sick time; medical, dental, and vision insurance; short and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan, a whole host of ancillary benefits, and twelve (12) paid holidays.

Salary:

The range for this position is $115,000 - $125,000 annually. At EdReports, in setting a final offer for a position, we consider the experience and skill of the candidates while striving to maintain equity in our compensation bands. For this and other reasons, our salary offers are non-negotiable. Please also note that due to the holidays and other priorities, phone screens will begin in January 2022, but we will begin scheduling those interviews by mid-to-late December.  

We Value All Voices:

EdReports is committed to equal-employment principles and we recognize the value of committed employees who feel they are being treated in an equitable and professional manner. We strive to find ways to attract, develop, and retain the talent needed to meet business objectives, and to recruit and employ highly qualified individuals representing the diverse communities in which we live, work, and serve.  As such, all employment decisions at EdReports are based on business needs, job requirements,  and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.