Academic Content Specialist - Literacy

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Organization Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 03/10/17



Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income families across 28 open enrollment public charter high schools and middle schools. Alliance schools significantly outperform traditional public schools across almost every measure; for example, 95% of Alliance students graduate high school in four years and 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college. We are committed to hiring the most dedicated, qualified, and talented teachers, school leaders, and staff to join our team and serve our students.


At Alliance, we believe that all of our students, including our most vulnerable, can achieve at a high level. The Content Specialist – Literacy will work from Alliance’s Home Office with Alliance’s network of 28 schools to provide curricular and instructional leadership in the development, implementation, coordination, and assessment of the 6-12 academic program to improve student achievement and meet student, school, and network goals. In particular, the Content Specialist will be responsible for enhancing our approach to Common Core aligned, rigorous Literacy instruction, ensuring that our schools provide best-in-class Literacy programs.

The Content Specialist - Literacy will serve on the Alliance Home Office Academic Team and will report directly to the Director of Literacy. The ideal candidate will possess deep knowledge of exemplary Literacy standards, curriculum and aligned teaching practices, an unwavering commitment to data-driven instruction and experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.


Content and Curriculum Expertise

Serve as resident literacy expert by holding a deep knowledge of 6-12 Literacy content, standards, curricular materials and resources
Support development and implementation of network’s vision for exceptional Literacy instruction
Revise and create Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned curricular materials in response to student achievement data, including curricular maps, unit plans and assessments

Assessment and Data Analysis

Deeply analyze student achievement data (student work samples, interim assessments and AP tests) to determine how to better develop curricular materials and provide targeted, high quality teacher training
Create materials and systems to ensure leaders and teachers are effectively using data to drive instruction
Facilitate data meetings for leaders, teacher leaders and teachers that dive deeply into formative data to inform future instruction

Coaching & Professional Development

With the Home Office Academic Team, design and facilitate high-quality, relevant Literacy professional development sessions for leaders and teacher leaders that translate into immediate, measurable improvements to instruction and to student achievement
Support the development of Alliance teacher leaders to provide content- specific, targeted feedback to teachers at their school site
Conduct focused observations 4-5 times a month across Alliance schools to push content-specific instructional practices, improve implementation of curriculum, gather information on best practices and pilot new projects


Education and Experience:

Deep knowledge of exemplary teaching, with four or more years of highly successful Literacy teaching experience preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a proven track record of raising student achievement. We will consider a candidate with a minimum of two years of teaching experience with exceptional results if there is relevant prior work experience
Deep content and pedagogical expertise in 6-12 Literacy, including the CCSS Literacy standards and instructional shifts
Firm grasp of curricula, strong data analysis skills and an unwavering commitment to data-driven instruction
Experience designing and facilitating professional development trainings for adult learners
Proven track record of effective collaboration with colleagues and forming strong relationships with others in the workplace in order to find common goals and achieve solutions

Skills, Beliefs, and Mindset:

Ability to manage multiple priorities from a variety of sources, as well as organize and prioritize effectively to impact areas of greatest need
Belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships with teachers, coaches, school leaders and other home office departments
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture


Alliance College-Ready Public Schools prides itself in offering its employees a competitive salary and excellent group benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage for the employee and her/his eligible dependents. Retirement benefits are also offered and include an employer match/contribution.

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Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.