Lead Professional Development Specialist- Massachusetts

Service Remote, Massachusetts


Lead Professional Development Specialist- Massachusetts 


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The Lead Professional Development Specialist will have a background in teaching mathematics or ELA, coaching teachers of mathematics or ELA, delivering mathematics or ELA-related professional development and support, analyzing assessment data, and working directly with school and district leaders. Working closely with the sales team and other Curriculum Associates professionals and will be responsible for overseeing strategic and large district implementations by providing an implementation plan, targeted professional development, ongoing in-classroom support, data analysis, daily project management, and communication with district and site leadersYou will also assist with onboarding, mentoring, and coaching their team, as well as taking a larger role at internal professional development training opportunitiesAt times, the Lead PD Specialist will be sent into strategic district meetings in lieu of the PD Manager. 


The impact you’ll have: 

  • Support large district-wide implementations and adoptions of the Ready Mathematics program and the i-Ready online diagnostic and instruction program 
  • Onboard, train, coach and manage a team of primarily part-time Educational Consultants 
  • Conduct regular formal observations, performance evaluations, and regular check-ins to ensure customers are receiving quality outcome-based PD focused on impacting student and teacher practice 
  • Facilitate, adapt, and deliver professional development to various audiences, including teachers, coaches, and leaders, on how to effectively implement Ready and i-Ready to impact classroom learning 
  • Provide on-site targeted support to teachers, coaches and leaders – this may range from providing lesson planning and pacing support, to helping educators analyze data and apply it to instruction, to working with leaders to identify evidence of implementation successes and challenges 
  • Serve as lead trainer for large or strategic accounts, including managing the workflow of multiple trainers 
  • Build and maintain strong and influential relationships with district leader and site leaders 
  • Assist in developing, reviewing and revising annual professional development plans and schedules, remove barriers to implementation, and keep abreast of progress 
  • Consistently handle high-level customer meetings, including high-stakes conversations 
  • Onboard, coach and mentor other team members successfully as well as conduct formal observations of part time staff upon request 
  • Assist with facilitating internal training and development efforts for the team. 
  • Serve as an ambassador for Curriculum Associates, exemplifying the company’s mission-driven approach and commitment to creating better classrooms for students and teachers 
  • Learn and maintain knowledge of multiple products and facilitation best practices through internal certification processes 
  • Manage priorities and workflow, including training notes, expense reports, scheduling, etc. 
  • Serve in place of manager, when needed. 


Who we’re looking for:  

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5+ years of experience in teaching mathematics or ELA, coaching teachers of mathematics or ELA, and providing mathematics or ELA professional development 
  • Understand principles of adult learning and how to apply them to professional development 
  • Strong evidence of past success in a Professional Development Specialist role 
  • Ability to manage, monitor, evaluate, and ensure integrity of program implementations 
  • Able to provide high-quality classroom coaching to ensure teachers have the skills necessary to deliver CA solutions effectively 
  • Ability to manage a team remotely through regular communications and leveraging data reports 
  • Ability to work effectively with district and school leaders 
  • Growth mindset, with commitment to ongoing learning and willingness to be flexible to meet evolving educator needs 
  • Evidence of a high-level of trust and independence with various members of PD leadership 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately 
  • Proven organization skills, high attention to details, and superior time management 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Ability to lift 50lbs (travel and printed materials) 
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time during training 


Not required, but we’d like to see: 

  • Strong working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards or local state standards for Mathematics for Grades K-8 (or comparable state standards), including both the content standards and the practice standards. Understanding of the ELA Standards for K-8 also preferred 
  • Fluency with using digital tools including online assessments, and a high-level of comfort discussing and applying data with teachers and leaders 
  • Experience with OneNote, SharePoint, Salesforce 


Compensation & Benefits: Competitive salary with great benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, employer contributed 401K, and company cell phone. Ability to keep all travel points for flights and hotels booked for work-related travel. Mileage reimbursement may be available for applicable travel. Personal credit card for car rental and reimbursable expenses. 


Travel: Travel 50-90% is required and considered an essential function of the job for all educator-facing positions. Travel includes overnight stays at hotels and transportation via car, plane, and/or public transportation. Must have personal credit card for car rental and reimbursable expenses.

Location: This position will be required to cover the Massachusetts  territory in order to provide live support to districts. Additionally, a valid driver's license is required for this role. 


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