Associate Director, Program Development

Job Type

Full Time




247 W 35th Street
New York
United States


EL Education

Associate Director, Program Development

MAY 2018


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 Associate Director, Program Development shepherds strategy and management of creation, curation, and dissemination of key program resources that support the implementation of the EL Education K-8 English Language Arts Curriculum. (This includes our 6-8 curriculum, as well as our new K-5 Language Arts curriculum: a comprehensive, standards-based core literacy program that engages teachers and students through compelling, real world content.) 

Program resources include plans for professional development institutes and events, online course content, coaching resources, screencasts, and other related resources. This position also supports training staff on our curriculum, the resources that exist to support implementation, and how to use them to promote greatest impact with partners.  

The Associate Director, Program Development serves as the key connector between our resources and the needs of the field: developing, training on, and revising programmatic materials based on the needs of EL field staff (coaches) and field feedback. This position serves on both the EL Leadership and Resources Coherence Teams. This is a full-time, national position that reports to the Director of Program Development and works in close collaboration with leaders on the Curriculum Implementation team and all members of the small program team.



Specific responsibilities include:

1. Oversee Strategy related to Program Development for Literacy Partnerships

  • In deep collaboration with Senior Director, Curriculum Implementation team, drive strategy regarding the content and sequence of professional development resources (known internally as “bundles and pathways”) to support our literacy partners.
  • Ensure program alignment with the recommendations from EL Education’s district strategy (in deep collaboration with senior directors, directors, and coaches on the curriculum implementation team).
  • Manage development and curation of curriculum implementation pathway(s), collections of programmatic resources, and PD agendas for literacy partners (at school and district level).
  • Integrate online and large-scale learning opportunities as a seamless component of our strategy to extend the reach and impact of our support for literacy partners (in close collaboration with Senior Professional Development Specialist, online learning).
  • Partner closely with the research team and Chief Curriculum Services Officer to ensure program resources for literacy partnerships align with and support EL Education’s research agenda for literacy partnerships.
  • Monitor professional development evaluation data for literacy partners, and analyze trends to inform future program development for literacy partnerships.
  • Serve on EL Education’s Leadership Team and other Internal Teams as needed.

2. Build the Capacity of Staff and 3rd Party PD Providers to Design Program Resources for Literacy Partnerships

  • Supervise 1 direct report, and other members of program team (or consultants) hired to design professional development resources for literacy partnerships.
  • Train and support curriculum implementation coaches, PD specialists, or other EL Education field staff to design professional development resources for literacy partners.
  • Design ongoing structures and/or improve on existing structures to ensure program coherence and quality related to all resources used with our literacy partners.
  • In collaboration with Curriculum Implementation team, design and facIlitate training for 3rd party PD providers who will develop their own branded training on our curriculum. 


3. Curate and Manage Program Resources for Literacy Partnerships and 3rd party Professional Development Providers

  • Ensure quality and alignment of program materials for literacy partnerships.
  • Analyze data based on existing resource and input form the field to inform revisions or new creation.
  • Implement and support a “keeper” system for literacy institutes, parallel to existing system for network institutes: support designated colleagues as “keepers” to create and revise specific institute content and related program resources.
  • In close collaboration with the Director of Program Development, ensure that all relevant program content is housed in EL Education’s Content Management System.
  • Organize and disseminate program resources appropriately in public, member, and staff libraries and other channels of dissemination as needed. 
  • 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 for use by internal and external audiences, including school districts, PD providers, and partners.
  • Manage multiple versions of resources for various audiences.

 4. Support Field Staff Development and Lead New Field Staff Development

  • Collaborate with Program and members of the Field Staff Development Design Team to design and implement exemplary professional development to EL coaches supporting literacy partnerships. This involves building field staff’s understanding of the curriculum itself and their skill with PD facilitation.
  • Co-Lead New Field Staff Development institutes and initiatives.
  • Identify learning opportunities for any EL coaches supporting the curriculum (within and beyond network schools) to implement literacy partnership bundles.
  • Identify and coordinate learning opportunities for staff to use program resources (including online resources, Professional Development Packs, etc.).

5. Deliver Coaching and Professional Development to High Stakes 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.


  • Travel may be required up to 30% of the time (for partner-facing work and internal meetings)


An ideal candidate for the Associate Director, Program Development will have deep understanding of the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum, implementation across contexts, and our overall strategy for literacy partnerships. S/he will have a proven track record of creating/contributing to programmatic creation/intellectual property and a demonstrated commitment to equity. S/he also will have a keen eye for quality and detail.

  • A passion for EL Education’s mission and vision
  • A commitment to and proven ability to live EL Education’s organizational norms (in particular considering diverse voices, ideas, and perspectives; and addressing conflict directly, productively, and with compassion)
  • A Master’s Degree in literacy and/or extensive knowledge of literacy instruction
  • At least 3 years of classroom-based literacy instruction, preferably K-5
  • Expertise in the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum materials
  • Experience with implementing our curriculum and/or supporting literacy curriculum implementation at both the school and district level
  • Strong strategic thinking, initiative, and a commitment to innovation and iteration
  • Proven ability to prioritize and execute strategies/tasks under pressure when needed; demonstrated experience managing complex deadline-intensive projects
  • Ability to think flexibly (responsive to needs of partners and Curriculum Services team)
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and a sense of humor
  • Proven ability to inspire and manage a team towards completing a project or goal.
  • Ability to embrace change, give and receive feedback, and apply a growth mindset
  • Proven ability to develop high quality professional development and supporting materials for multiple audiences in multiple formats (face-to-face and online)
  • Proven ability to facilitate high-quality professional development for multiple audiences
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively; excellent organization, self-management, relationship-building, and collaboration skills
  • Extraordinary verbal and written communication skills
  • School and district leadership experience preferred
  • Formal supervision experience preferred
  • Proficiency with multiple online learning platforms: Canvas and Adobe preferred
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office and Google Applications
  • Willingness to travel as needed, up to 30%
  • Willingness to work either in an office (NYC or Amherst) or from home (depending on the location of the 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 the position is filled.

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