Senior Associate – English Language Arts Specialist, edCount, LLC

Job Type

Full Time




Details: Very competitive with recognition of experience/education level.




United States


Would you like to work with an organization deeply involved in the core issues of national education policy? Are you energetic, organized, efficient, and able to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously? Are you eager, curious, and able to adapt to changing circumstances and duties with flexibility and willingness? Can you keep pace in a demanding work environment? If so, you are a candidate to be the next member of our high performing staff. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in advancing his or her career in an organization dedicated to supporting education agencies and institutions through research, policy analysis, and technical assistance.


edCount, LLC is a woman-owned small business with multiple long-term contracts serving federal and state governments, universities, research centers, and non-profits. Primary topics of interest at edCount are: education standards, assessment, and accountability systems; education of students with special needs and English learners; the interpretation and implementation of federal and state K-12 education policy; and providing research and technical assistance that will help educators and policymakers to better serve all students.

We are presently seeking individuals with a background in the area of K-12 English language arts’ standards, assessment, curriculum, pedagogy, or teaching who think creatively and analytically, write clearly and convincingly, and can provide support to a variety of large-scale projects focused on standards, assessment and curriculum development and accountability. For this Senior Associate-level position, we require a Master’s degree in English, English Language Arts Education, or equivalent and 5+ years’ extensive experience teaching English language arts courses in a K-12 setting.

We seek candidates with a strong background in English language arts teaching and assessment, including research-based instructional and assessment methodologies that can guide lesson planning and curriculum and assessment development. Candidates must have extensive knowledge of the Common Core State Standards, student skills, current tools and resources, and educational practices in English language arts. Experience designing and implementing formative, interim, and summative classroom and large-scale assessment measures and rubrics to evaluate student performance and progress in English language arts is highly desirable. This expertise may come from a combination of graduate-level research, experience working in an educational setting (e.g., as a teacher, district administrator, higher education, etc.), for an assessment vendor or technical assistance provider, or working in a policy-oriented setting (e.g., for federal or state-level government, education consulting firm, etc.).

Familiarity with learning progressions and the Understanding by Design as research-based approaches to curriculum design, as well as expertise in writing learning activities, performance tasks, and large-scale assessment items to support or enhance students’ learning of English language arts content will be looked upon very favorably. Strong communication, presentation, and project-management and time-management skills are essential to the role.

edCount’s staff, located throughout the U.S., are constantly connected through collaboration software such as Skype for Business, Box, SmartSheet, Adobe Connect, and Nitro PDF. The selected candidate will work in our Washington, D.C. office or, if exceptionally well qualified, telecommute from a home office in or around the greater Phoenix area.

Job Details:

At edCount, Senior Associates are expected to successfully direct small to medium-sized projects and manage the work of more junior staff who work on these projects. Senior Associates must demonstrate an understanding of organizational objectives and achieve those objectives through their advanced level of technical work or the work of Assistants or Associates for whom they define and supervise appropriate roles and work responsibilities. Senior Associates will have the breadth of knowledge and skills that enable them to accomplish tasks or projects with multiple components, add value to the work of more junior staff, and take responsibility for the quality of work produced under their supervision.

Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Demonstrating expertise in the area of English language arts instruction and assessment and serving as a technical content expert within edCount;
  • Developing, analyzing, and refining items and stimuli (passages) for the purposes of improving criterion-referenced large-scale assessments in English language arts;
  • Developing and revising formative, interim, and summative classroom assessments aligned to student learning targets and desired instructional outcomes;
  • Assisting in the design and review of large-scale assessments in English language arts;
  • Facilitating review meetings for educators and clients to provide input on assessment and curricular materials;
  • Developing and revising curricular materials in English language arts, including year-long planning materials (i.e., pacing calendars, scope and sequence documents, etc.), unit overviews, daily learning activities, performance tasks, and assessments;
  • Designing and conducting professional development training and presentations for a variety of education stakeholders (e.g., teachers, instructional facilitators, school administrators);
  • Contributing to the planning and design of protocols and instruments for the development or improvement of curriculum development and standards, assessment, and accountability;
  • Managing small-to-medium projects efficiently, on time and within budget, using appropriate resources of time, funds and personnel;
  • Modeling effective leadership of activities and tasks of a project team and promoting collaboration among team members to achieve project objectives;
  • Developing plans for accomplishing individual and team-based tasks in a manner that fits with long- and short-term project goals;
  • Managing other individuals to consistently produce deliverables on deadline that meet edCount's technical quality standards;
  • Soliciting feedback and input from peers and more senior colleagues as needed to develop effective work plans and ensure high-quality deliverables;
  • Reviewing and monitoring own work and the work of direct reports for quality, consistency, and technical rigor;
  • Providing regular feedback on individual activities and performance, supplying advice and counsel when asked or warranted, and helping Associates and Assistants to set development goals;
  • Providing training, instruction, and development opportunities for junior staff; and
  • Strengthening technical skills and enhancing knowledge of a practice area.


We seek flexible, resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working individuals who are capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating and often intense work environment. Experience in K-12 English language arts assessment development or providing technical assistance in a school-based setting are highly desired and strong writing and communication skills are a must, as is facility with the more common Windows-based MS software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Project management experiences are also looked upon favorably. Candidates should have strong communication, time-management, and organizational skills, meet deadlines and deliverables in a timely fashion, and be capable of handling multiple, diverse tasks simultaneously. 


Benefits: Very generous – allowance for health care costs, 20 days paid time off, 10 holidays, annual 401 (k) contribution after 6 months vesting.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

In a single package, send a resume, cover letter that not only explains why edCount might be a good fit for you but also serves as an excellent sample of your writing capabilities, and three references to with “Senior Associate – English Language Arts Specialist” in the subject line. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the successful candidates are selected, so please apply as soon as possible. 

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