Literacy Intervention Specialist

Instructional Richmond, California




Job Description

Title: Literacy Intervention Specialist

Division: School-wide

Location: Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports To: Director of Academic Support Services

Status:Full-time, Non-exempt (Year-Round)


Position Summary

The role of the Literacy Intervention Specialist, under the supervision of Director of Academic Support Services, fulfills three key roles: Instructor, Coach, and Teacher Leader. The Literacy Intervention Specialist is a member of the Intervention Services Team and collaborates closely with the Director of Academic Instruction, Humanities in coordinating and carrying out student-focused interventions and teacher development contributing to student success and advancement. In collaboration with other leaders, this position supports the goal of improving student outcomes in alignment with the WASC/LCAP action plan and the School-wide goals.


Primary Responsibilities

Response to Intervention and Instruction (RtI2)

        Monitor Tier 1 instruction to ensure all students are receiving Tier I instruction with appropriate scaffolds and differentiation by reviewing instructional plans, conducting classroom observations, and reviewing classroom assessment data.

        Conduct quarterly push-in classroom observations of all students on current Intervention Services caseloads as well as potential new students for caseload to further identify factors influencing academic outcomes.

        Coach teachers on Response to Intervention and Instruction (RtI2) best practices in core instruction and supplemental and intensive programs. 

        Identifies students in need of additional instruction and establishes a schedule to provide targeted instruction during push-in or pull-out situations

        Hold daily targeted and individualized intervention lessons for students on caseload based on academic skill data during DTI/Marlin Hour, Saturday and/or Summer Academy

        Maintain compliance with the Department of Academic Support Services initiatives, policies, procedures, and expectations.


Content Coaching & Collaboration

        Initiate regular and ongoing contact with all Humanities teachers, and create and maintain an environment of trust and respect 

        Cultivate a culture of professional inquiry where teachers are self-motivated to improve

        Collaborate effectively with staff, sharing expert content and instructional knowledge and resources while demonstrating creativity, flexibility, and responsiveness    

        Work collaboratively with the Academic Instruction Team, Academic Support Services Team, instructors, and tutors to facilitate seamless delivery of program services to all learners

        Represent the Academic Instruction Team in a positive, honest way; interacting with all colleagues, parents and students with respect and integrity


Teacher Leadership

        Demonstrate mastery of academy programs and work actively to continually shape programmatic elements 

        Constantly seek new resources to enrich teacher and Intervention Services team performance 

        Continually assume leadership roles within the school community, coordinating projects and reports, and making meaningful contributions at all levels 


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

       Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Making Waves Academy’s mission, core values, standards, competencies, and code of conduct outlined in the Employee Handbook.

       Participate in the school community – attending school competitions, performances, assemblies, and extracurricular activities.



        Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary, and sit for long periods of time.



Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.




        Minimum of five (5) years of classroom experience and/or direct academic coaching with proven student outcomes 

        Working knowledge of theory and research on the current best practices and instructional materials

        Ability to evaluate instructional methodology related to the academy’s humanities curriculum and the Common Core Curriculum Standards

        Strong background in specialty area and up to date with all professional trends

        Experience with implementation of Response to Intervention and Instruction (RTI2) in an educational setting



        Highly effective communication skills with a wide range of stakeholders: school-site leadership, staff, students, families, and community members

        Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes

        Ability to work collaboratively and independently

        Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environments with limited supervision

        Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and Calendar, if applicable)

        Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude



        Bachelor’s Degree required

        CA Teaching Credential required



        Certificates or advanced degree in Education preferred

        Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required


Equal Employment Opportunity Is Our Policy

The School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the School to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their perceived or identified: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); color; gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); marital/registered domestic partner status; age (forty (40) and over); national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; genetic information; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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