2300 Washington Street
WriteBoston is a youth literacy focused non-profit. We believe that powerful literacy skills are core to social justice, social mobility, and equal opportunity. We are an engaging, hardworking, education-focused team. The demand for our work supporting schools, districts, educators, and education partners is rapidly expanding and we are looking to grow our team.
WriteBoston’s work is centered around three strands of programming—our youth newspaper, our writing centers, and our support for educators. They come together in service of one goal: to honor, center, and strengthen the voices of youth in Massachusetts. To see more about the specifics of our work please go to www.writeboston.com.
The position of Literacy Coach/Instructional Leader will be most heavily focused on our third strand of programming – support for educators. Specifically, providing professional development and coaching services that help schools, districts, and education organizations better serve youth in their development as readers, writers and critical thinkers. An ideal candidate would be willing and able to participate in and support work in the other strands and would be able to clearly see the connections between the programs.
While this job absolutely requires specific skills and experience, the right orientation is equally important. So if this job and this organization speak to you, please apply. The specifics are flexible, the right person is non-negotiable!
Scope of Work
One of the reasons our team loves working together is that the exact nature of our daily work varies depending on the needs of clients we are serving. Here are some illustrative examples of the kinds of work this position might involve:
· Designing a workshop focused on creating engaging, common core aligned argument-based writing prompts and text sets for a high school English teachers
· Running a Looking At Student Work (LASW) session for middle school social studies teachers to help align their writing values and grading practices
· Serving as an embedded coach and thought partner for a gateway city school district with responsibilities ranging from classroom level coaching to running professional development for teachers and administrators
· Running coaching-the-coach sessions that support school-based instructional leaders
· Working closely with schools that support specific student populations (ELL, students with behavioral disabilities) to design high impact literacy trainings and educator supports
Who you are
You are someone who feels energized and excited by the range of roles and responsibilities this role could entail! You should think about applying for this position if you are someone who:
· Is passionate about and motivated by youth work and social justice. We do what we do every day for the students we serve, for the teachers we support, and out of an abiding belief that respectful, responsive, and meaningful literacy work is social justice work.
· Has extensive experience in education as a teacher, a coach, or an administrator. While the exact form may vary, experience with schools and classrooms is non-negotiable.
· Is an excellent communicator and problem solver! No matter what shape this role takes, you will spend a lot of time helping youth and educators work through thorny dilemmas, confront interesting problems, and be responsible for designing and implementing next steps.
· Enjoys working on a team, but can also fly solo when necessary. You won’t lack for thought partners and problem solvers (our team is awesome!) but you will often need to take the ball and run with it. We are looking for someone who is both a team player and self-starter.
· Feels comfortable stepping in and leading. This role will involve facilitating meetings, running workshops, and meeting regularly with school leaders. Running meetings and facilitating training should be appealing to you.
· Is an avid reader and writer. Are you always in the middle of a great book or hoping to someday finish writing the novel in your dresser drawer? We try to practice what we preach when it comes to a love of reading and writing!
WriteBoston’s offices are located in the Bruce Bolling Building at 2300 Washington Street in Dudley Square, Roxbury. However, this role will involve extensive travel to schools, districts, and partner organizations in Boston and the Gateway Cities. A car or another plan for reliable transport is essential.
This position is envisioned as full time, 40 hours a week position - but we are also willing to consider a part-time position for the right person. We are an explicitly family-friendly organization. We expect employees to work hard but also prioritize work/life balance and a culture of work that is both rigorous and humane.
Seeking Diverse Candidates
WriteBoston is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or gender. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. We actively seek to build a staff that reflects the students and communities we serve.
Salary and Benefits
· $65-80K annual salary, based upon level of past experience
· 4 weeks of paid vacation + 11 paid holidays
· Personal time, sick leave, and Dependent Care Assistance Plan
· Health and dental insurance
· Paid parental leave (eligible after 3 months full time employment)
Level of Language Proficiency
English required; Spanish desired.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to the attention of Jessie Gerson and Sarah Poulter at email@example.com.
Finalists will be asked to bring in a portfolio that reflects their teaching and coaching expertise, and will be asked to complete a on-site performance task.
We are accepting aplications on a rolling basis. We look forward to hearing from you!