Director, Literacy Content Learning
Director, Literacy Content Learning
Location: Flexible within the United States; some travel may be required
(Travel contingent upon organizational/state/federal regulations)
Position is available: Immediately
Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.
At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.
Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Times “Best Nonprofits to Work For” and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.
The Assessment, Content, and Resources Team develops high quality assessments, resources, and learning experiences for service teams and educators grounded in content expertise.
We are seeking a Director, Literacy Content Learning to design, deliver and curate professional learning sequences and materials. The ideal candidate is an expert adult learning facilitator, has had success evolving and implementing a standards-based literacy professional development strategy, and has K-12 instructional acumen to meet emerging partner priorities and needs. The Director will work closely with Service Teams and report to the Managing Director, Literacy Content Learning.
Design and deliver literacy learning opportunities for Service Team members <65%>
● Develop and lead opportunities for Service Team members to deepen and sharpen their understanding of literacy content and coaching to better meet the needs of our partners. (This may take the form of live or asynchronous delivery.) In 2021-22, we anticipate that training and support will include:
○ Significant side-by-side, job embedded, planning/observation/debrief engagements with coaches who are partnering with schools on foundational skills in literacy
○ Collaborating with members of the System Team to design and/or revise content for and prepare facilitation of new professional learning we are selling to school systems.
○ Identifying opportunities and creating materials to deepen coaches’ understanding of how to infuse culturally relevant pedagogy into literacy instruction.
○ Designing and delivering learning experiences for coaches grounded in instructional best practices that elevate the use and value of ANet’s Products and platforms.
● Following the delivery of literacy training, evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the support to inform future iterations
● Serve as an in-house expert on identified trends in literacy instruction by reading widely, attending relevant webinars, etc.
● Collect and synthesize trends and best practices in literacy coaching and instruction in our partner schools by participating in school interactions alongside coaches and/or watching videos of school interactions
Lead the curation of ANet’s literacy Professional Learning Catalog and Teaching & Learning Cycle materials <35%>
● Evaluate current state to determine whether modest or significant revisions are necessary
● Gather input and feedback from stakeholders (facilitators and audience) to inform decisions on content, format, and usability
● Update existing content to better reflect our current thinking on instructional best practices, centering equity and more thoroughly incorporating cultural responsiveness in literacy
● Track trends in literacy questions from service lines/schools and take action to weave findings into existing materials and/or new resources. Then evaluate the impact of new resources and adjust course as needed.
● Through side-by-side engagements with coaches (as outlined above), video review of coaching interactions, etc.-- develop perspective and opinions on the state of literacy instruction/coaching and use this perspective to inform updates to the Content Catalog, Teaching & Learning Cycle materials, etc.
WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU BRING
In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:
● Deep knowledge of best practices for literacy instruction and the literacy shifts/standards (including foundational skills)
● Demonstrated success as a session designer/facilitator for a variety of audiences
● Demonstrated ability to coach and develop other adults, particularly related to literacy.
● Strong judgement about high leverage instructional/coaching moves that will lead to improved outcomes for partners
● Excellent relationship builder
● Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities at the same time
● Learner orientation: a desire to become knowledgeable on new topics within literacy and ability distill relevant components of that learning into work
● Belief in the value of culturally relevant pedagogy within literacy instruction
ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; generous paid time-off including: vacation, 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, a paid floating holiday, paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.
We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.
ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.