Program Development Literacy Specialist

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



247 W 35th Street
New York
United States


LOCATION: New York City, Amherst, or Remote location; travel required (~30%)

ABOUT EL Education 

EL Education is a leading K-12 education non-profit that is meeting the national challenge to raise student achievement. Combining challenging work with the joy of discovery and pride in mastery, EL Education offers the education we would want for every child: one that prepares citizens with both the skills and the character necessary for success throughout college, work and life.

Our portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on 20+ years of success in more than 160 EL schools, serving 4,000 teachers and 53,000 students in 31 states and Washington D.C. Based on founding principles of meaningful work, character and respect for teachers, EL Education’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement, regardless of student background.

In addition to success on standardized tests, EL Education’s students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world. For more information, visit


The Program Development Literacy Specialist is responsible for design, development , quality control, and ongoing revision of program materials related to literacy and implementation of the EL Education K-8 curriculum, bundled and sequenced for specific outcomes and audiences. Audiences for the program materials span EL staff members, literacy partners, and network school partners.

This is a full-time, national position that reports to the Associate Director, Program Development. This person will work in deep collaboration with the Associate Director and serve as a member of the Program Team. The person in this position will dedicate time to learn with and alongside the Curriculum Design Team, Curriculum Implementation Team and collaborate closely with members of the Curriculum Product teams. This position also is responsible for informing staff development and providing ongoing support to staff members in the realm of curriculum implementation.


Design program resources related to literacy instruction and implementation of EL Education’s K-8 curriculum, in close collaboration with staff members from various teams

  • Develop and update program materials and coaching tools for the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum and new curriculum-related products.
  • Participate as a deep learner in curriculum-related training (e.g., attending Curriculum Design Intensives, piloting, webinars, etc. when possible), in order to inform future professional development.
  • Collaborate with field staff and external partners when needed to design resources.
  • Serve on EL Education internal teams as needed (as determined by the Associate Director and Managing Director of Program).

 Update and Revise Program Resources for Literacy Partnerships

  • Ensure quality and alignment of program materials for literacy partnerships.
  • Analyze data based on existing resources and input from the field to inform revisions or new creation.
  • Revise existing institutes that support implementation of our K-5 Language Arts curriculum, both print and online.
  • Revise existing resources (“bundles”) and sequencing based on partnership needs.

Manage Resources and Systems

  • In close collaboration with the Associate Director of Program Development, ensure that all relevant program content is housed in EL Education’s Content Management System.
  • Curate existing offerings, Assessment in Daily Instruction and Management in the Active Classroom.
  • Organize and disseminate program resources appropriately in public, member, and staff libraries and other channels of dissemination as needed.
  • Coordinate the uploading of our curriculum institute offerings to our online ordering platform.
  • Manage copyedit, brand design, and quality assurance processes for program materials.
  • Manage intellectual property and copyright of our program resources, including tracking permissions and rights.
  • Prepare resources (related to curriculum services and professional services) for use by internal and external audiences, including school districts, PD providers, and partners.
  • Manage multiple versions of resources for various audiences.

 Provide ongoing support to EL Education staff related to curriculum institutes

  • Field test curriculum implementation professional development to inform revision and to build the capacity of EL Education field staff.
  • Provide project management and feedback around the design of Professional Development agendas and online learning tools related to curriculum.
  • Act as point person for field staff inquiries related to the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum content and professional development offerings.

 Deliver Coaching and Professional Development to High Priority Literacy Partners (~20%)

  • Deliver 20-25 days coaching services and professional development (in person or video-based) in high priority literacy partnerships.
  • Take an inquiry/action research stance toward partner-facing work: apply learning in the field and consider implications for program resources and field staff development.


A successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for EL Education’s mission and vision and a deep commitment to equity and social justice
  • At least 3 years of classroom-based literacy instruction, preferably K-8
  • A Master’s Degree in literacy preferred and/or extensive knowledge of historical trends in literacy instruction
  • Expertise in the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum materials
  • Experience with implementing the EL Education Language Arts curriculum at the school and/or district level
  • Expertise in Universal Design for Learning and/or supporting English Language Learners preferred
  • A track record of developing quality professional development and supporting materials, both face-to-face and online
  • A track record of strong facilitation, both face-to-face and online
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a sense of humor
  • Excellent project management, organization, and collaboration skills
  • Ability to prioritize and execute strategies/tasks under pressure when needed
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to give and receive feedback and integrate feedback appropriately
  • Ability to embrace change and apply a growth mindset
  • An ability to model EL Education’s organizational norms, including considering diverse voices, ideas, and perspectives; and addressing conflict directly, productively, and with compassion
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively; excellent organization, self-management and relationship building
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office and Google Applications
  • Proficiency with online learning platforms preferred
  • Willingness to travel as needed, up to 30%
  • Willingness to work from either home or office (Amherst or NYC) depending upon the location of person hired


We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a wide variety of benefits, including paid-time- off, 403 b plan with employer match, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, and more.



Applications will be reviewed until September 28, 2018.

Please submit your resume and one page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format by applying on our website.

In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for “Associate Director, Program Development” and how  you heard of the job opening and EL Education.

No phone calls please. EL Education will respond only to finalist candidates.


EL Education seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  EOE

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree