Professional Development Facilitator

Job Type

Full Time




315 West 36th St.
New York
United States


Organizational Overview:

At Literacy Trust, we believe education is a basic human right and access to high-quality literacy instruction is a cornerstone of our democracy. Our mission is to leverage what already exists in school communities to increase educational capacity in order to create fluent, motivated, self-confident readers.

Through our signature program, Reading Rescue, we provide professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school community members. Simultaneously, students are provided literacy intervention, particularly students of color in high-poverty neighborhoods. We strive to implement sustainable intervention models that eventually become a core component of the school’s literacy ecosystem. Reading Rescue is currently partnering with 90 New York City schools, reaching over 800 educators and 1500 students, throughout the five boroughs.

At Literacy Trust, we promote events, ideas, thinking, programs, and communities that inspire action in pursuit of universal access to literacy. To learn more about Literacy Trust, please visit: To learn more about Rescue Rescue please visit:

Position Summary:

The Professional Development Facilitator’s primary role is to train, mentor, develop, and mobilize a team of school-based staff (classroom teachers, literacy coaches, and paraprofessionals) to deliver high-quality, effective one-on-one instruction to low performing students. The Professional Development Facilitator will be responsible for ensuring the current Reading Rescue training package is up to date, aligned with the Common Core, and differentiated to meet the needs of the target audience. The Professional Development Facilitator will also assume all responsibility for creating targeted professional development sessions for school staff who do not receive formal Reading Rescue training and that promote the use of best practices in classroom instruction for the continuous improvement of student learning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Become an expert in the Reading Rescue program
  • Organize and execute the Reading Rescue training for all Literacy Trust partnerships
  • Modify current professional development to foster engagement, adult learning, and teach literacy best practices
  • Collect and analyze data about professional development activities to track program quality and effectiveness
  • Work with Literacy Trust staff and partners to determine professional development needs
  • Design and implement innovative professional development opportunities for the After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) through the NYC Department of Education
  • Research, study and share current information on curriculum, teaching practices, and instructional strategies relevant to Program Managers and school needs
  • Attend workshops and seminars on topics relating to instructional strategies and curriculum relevant to organizational goals and turnkey information to the Literacy Trust team
  • Oversee the maintenance of a database containing records of professional development initiatives
  • Research, develop and manage other professional development opportunities that meet Literacy Trust organizational goals


  • Hold a Masters Degree in education, early literacy or other literacy related field
  • At least five (2) years experience as a teacher, as well as some experience coaching/instructing adults
  • Possess a strong familiarity with current trends in educational practices and professional development 
  • Have excellent instructional methods, participation strategies, delivery techniques and the ability to coach and train teachers and administrators in effective pedagogical strategies
  • Ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills and a variety of strategies and techniques to reach mutually beneficial goals over time
  • Ability to utilize verbal and writing skills to effectively communicate a message particular to an audience and to meet relevant goals, using a clear, concise, and compelling style
  • Knowledge of the New York City elementary education community
  • Ability to work independently in an innovative, fast-paced environment
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Willingness to travel across all five (5) boroughs of New York City to deliver professional development
  • Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including early morning, and occasional evenings
  • Passion for Literacy Trust's mission
  • Spanish speaking preferred
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status


Literacy Trust offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.

Literacy Trust is an equal opportunity employer. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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