Associate – English Language Arts Specialist, edCount, LLC

Job Type

Full Time




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




1800 Diagonal Road
Suite 600
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 associate-level position, we require a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree is preferred) in English, English Language Arts Education, Reading Education, or equivalent and 3+ 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 beyond the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Job Details:

At edCount, associates are the first level of advancement beyond the entry level role of research assistant. Associates typically have fewer administrative support duties, more in-depth work, more leadership opportunities, and more client interaction than assistants. Associates will begin to direct project tasks, and are expected to complete research, technical, or administrative tasks assigned by others with little supervision. They may also assign and manage assistants in addition to managing their own work; thus, associates are expected to demonstrate leadership and management skills that help to support and build critical thinking skills in others.

Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Demonstrating expertise in the area of English language arts instruction and assessment and supporting senior staff by applying content expertise to projects;
  • Managing tasks and workflows within projects, based on instruction or guidance from project directors;
  • Supporting senior staff in the planning and design of protocols, instruments, and reports for the development or improvement of curriculum development and standards, assessment, and accountability;
  • Developing, analyzing, and refining items and stimuli (graphics) 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;
  • Supporting the design and delivery of professional development training and presentations for a variety of education stakeholders (e.g., teachers, instructional facilitators, school administrators); and
  • Contributing to the planning and design of protocols and instruments for the development or improvement of curriculum development and standards, assessment, and accountability.


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 is highly desired and strong writing 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. 


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

4-year 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 “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.

edCount is an equal opportunity employer.

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