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Curriculum Designer, Reading Foundational Skills and Intervention Specialist

  • Date Posted
    • 11.18.18
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Region
    • New York
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • LOCATION: NYC, Amherst or Remote location; travel required (~25%)

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 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’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement, regardless of student background.

EL 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 Curriculum Designer, Reading Foundational Skills and Intervention Specialist supports the strategy to maximize impact of all aspects of EL Education’s K-2 Reading Foundational Skills curriculum, and reading intervention products. This includes: building internal capacity of EL coaches, building capacity of instructional coaches across partnership types, supporting the development of demonstration sites where educators can see the Skills Block curriculum in action, continuing to innovate on new products to support educators using EL Education’s K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Curriculum, developing products to support reading interventions in grades 3-8, and helping to lay out the research agenda related to our K-2 curriculum more broadly. The Curriculum Designer, Reading Foundational Skills and Intervention Specialist is responsible for maintaining EL Education’s K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block and related products, and creating systems, structures, and trainings related to the Skills Block. S/he will provide direct services (in person or through video-based coaching) for high priority partnerships.
This is a full-time, national position that reports to the Director of Curriculum Design.

Specific responsibilities include:

Maintain predictable cycle of revisions for K-2 Skills Block and additional related products, based on timeline and high level process determined by Product team and Director of Curriculum Design
Respond efficiently and effectively to questions and feedback from the field and internal stakeholders. Provide additional support as needed.

Prioritize and oversee revisions for 2019 and beyond including improving usability.

Innovate on new print and digital intervention products related to the K-8 curriculum, in collaboration with Director of Curriculum Design, Curriculum Design Team staff, Product team, and Publications team
Create ancillary products to support implementation of K-2 Skills Block that incorporate culturally responsive practices

Create reading intervention products that incorporate culturally responsive practices, including using the research base and fundamentals of the EL Education K-2 Skills Block program, to support teachers and students in grades 3-8

In collaboration with EL’s communications and publications teams, write articles and blogs sharing the “story” of the skills block to diverse audiences, highlighting culturally responsive practices

Build internal capacity to ensure that EL Education grows a cohort of skills and reading intervention specialists with deep expertise to support implementation of the K-2 Skills block across partnership types, in order to achieve impact goals
Support training process for EL field staff who are designated skills and/or reading intervention specialists.

Design systems and structures for ongoing learning, collaboration, and innovation by skills and reading intervention specialists.

Create a robust suite of programmatic resources for EL staff to use when coaching on the K-2 Skills Block and reading intervention products.
Build external capacity of instructional coaches to support implementation of the Skills block and reading intervention products, with integrity, across partnership types in order to achieve impact goals
In partnership with other skills and interventions specialists, design and facilitate the “train the trainer” model (including developing all requisite programmatic resources).

Deliver coaching and professional development to diverse audiences (~approximately 40-50 days per year)

Deliver coaching services and professional development (in person or via video-based coaching) in high priority network schools and PS partnerships to support high-quality implementation of the Reading Foundations Skills block and reading intervention products.

Develop curriculum based site seminars/demonstration sites for the Skills block: In partnership with internal staff, grow 3+ “proof points” across the country where Skills block is being implemented with high impact.

Apply learning from partner-facing work to consider implications for building internal capacity (EL staff), external capacity (train the trainer), and programmatic resources.

Travel up to ~25% of the time (internal staff events and partner-facing work)

A successful candidate will have:

A passion for EL Education's mission and vision

Passionate, unequivocal conviction that EL’s curriculum as a whole, and the Reading Foundations Skills block in particular, will help fulfill on our mission and support student achievement

A four-year college degree; masters degree preferred
Demonstrated classroom experience in primary literacy broadly, and phonics specifically

Demonstrated classroom experience in reading interventions

Deep knowledge and experience with serving students in historically underserved communities or with high free and reduced lunch populations

Committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and expected to strengthen such capacity if hired

Expertise in EL Education’s curriculum materials; curriculum design experience preferred

Demonstrated experience designing systems and structures to support adult learning
Demonstrated experience supporting complex, deadline-intensive projects

Strong written and verbal communication skills (phone, email, video conference, etc.)

A collaborative, entrepreneurial, and flexible professional approach


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

Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. The organization is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. The organization is committed to racial equity across the organization: in its services to clients, in our workforce composition and practices, and in our organizational culture. While still seeking to improve our demonstration of this commitment, candidates should know that racial equity is a cornerstone of our commitment to all communities in the region.

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.