Director of Literacy

Job Type

Full Time




1800 Washington Boulevard
Suite 411
United States


Director of Literacy


Urban Teachers is recruiting a full-time Director of Literacy. The Director of Literacy will provide lead support on curriculum and assessment design and faculty professional development across the Urban Teachers’ literacy licenses. Qualified individuals who are fully invested in Urban Teachers’ mission and vision and who thrive in fast-paced, results-oriented settings are encouraged to apply.


About Urban Teachers


The mission of Urban Teachers is to prepare highly effective teachers who significantly accelerate student achievement and remain teaching in the nation’s highest-need schools. Urban Teachers accomplishes this by recruiting outstanding candidates, equipping them with state-of-the-art training, and linking their certification to their demonstration of effective teaching practices and skills. Founded in 2009, Urban Teachers is on the cutting edge of urban school reform by virtue of its link between teacher effectiveness and certification eligibility. Our residents and teachers will provide the necessary proof points to make a national case for educator effectiveness and accountability. Learn more about Urban Teachers on our website:


About the Team

The Director of Literacy is a member of the Curriculum and Professional Development (CPD) team at Urban Teachers. This individual reports directly to the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development and closely collaborates with the Director of Coaching and the Content Directors for Early Childhood Education, STEM, and Special Education.


The Director of Literacy will also partner with teams across Urban Teachers, routinely conferring and collaborating with members of these teams:

  • Marketing/Communications
  • Performance & Evaluation
  • Recruitment
  • Site


Roles and Responsibilities


The Director of Literacy will serve two main functions:


(1) Directly manage the design and implementation of a robust training and development program for early childhood, elementary, and secondary teachers of English Language Arts/literacy

  • Directly manage literacy courses in the Elementary Education and Secondary English Language Arts Programs of Study; including development and revision work.
  • Directly support the professional learning of faculty who deliver English Language Arts/literacy coursework and coaching at local Urban Teachers sites, e.g., coordinating or managing mentoring, directly observing faculty enactment of the curricular and coaching program to inform professional development, etc.
  • Directly observe the practice of participants in the program at different phases/stages of their Urban Teachers ‘life-cycle’, e.g., resident vs. fellows, coursework vs. coaching, etc., to inform curricular revisions and professional development 
  • Establish discrete goals and strategies to manage the alignment between the intended and actual outcomes for the literacy program.
  • Think flexibly, and creatively, about various options for literacy program design, revision, and implementation.

(2) Collaborate to further the mission of Urban Teachers with both internal and external teams including higher education partners, credentialing agencies, and “like-minded” organizations

  • Actively research and/or contribute to the identification of evidence and research-based practices that are emerging in the field of English Language Arts/literacy teaching training, teacher quality, urban education, and classroom instruction in order to ensure we meet our commitment to the partners and communities we serve.
  • Collaborate with higher education partners and state credentialing agencies to ensure that the goals and outcomes of the English Language Arts/literacy courses are fully aligned to relevant metrics. 
  • Collaborate with internal teams (e.g. Site, Performance & Evaluation), using data, to identify needs and prioritize appropriate responses to challenges which emerge in the work.


Responsible for other duties as assigned and designated by the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development.


This position requires travel to Urban Teachers sites (currently Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Dallas/Fort Worth), professional development opportunities, and other partners as needed.



This position requires:

  • Exceptional organizational, writing, analytical, presentation, and research skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills for both working on and leading teams.
  • Strong sense of urgency, flexibility, and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Professional discretion, independent judgment, and diplomacy.



  • A graduate degree, MAT, M.Ed., with a English Language Arts/Literacy focus is required; though a Ph.D. is preferred
  • Content expertise in Literacy education
  • At least five years of experience as a K-12 educator; experience with low-income urban environments is highly valued
  • At least three years’ experience as a professional developer or other position supporting the learning of adults
  • Demonstrated depth of knowledge of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy as evidenced in the design or delivery of curriculum and/or professional learning
  • Management and leadership experience at the school or district-level focused on promoting quality teaching & learning in urban English Language Arts/literacy classrooms with successful, evidence-based outcomes
  • Ability to work as a member of a high-functioning team and to effectively communicate complex ideas in access ways
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to manage multiple, complex projects against short-cycle timelines


Application materials should include the following:

  • Résumé and cover letter that include thorough information on prior employment related to education (especially any prior experience doing professional development, working with prospective teachers, or other work related to K-12 education)
  • Educational background (i.e., degrees)
  • Information on teacher certification status
  • Three references (with contact information)


The interview process includes:

  • Interviews both on the phone and in-person with Urban Teachers’ site team, content team, and university partners
  • Submission of a hiring assessment task that evaluates content knowledge, project management, and communication skills
  • Submission of application to university partner for approval
  • Final step in the interview process may include a site visit to local school partner


Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and are competitive with major nonprofits.

Urban Teachers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other programs.


Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and are competitive with major nonprofits.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

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