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Curriculum Support Specialist

  • Date Posted
    • 7.19.19
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Region
    • Midwest
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Remote; 40% travel required

ABOUT EL Education 

EL Education is redefining student achievement in diverse communities across the country, ensuring that all students master rigorous content, develop positive character, and produce high-quality work. We create great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible.

EL Education’s portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on decades of deep partnership with schools and districts in our national school network—those implementing our school model—and in our family of literacy partners—those implementing our Language Arts curriculum.

Based on our 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. In addition to success on standardized tests, EL Education students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage, and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world.

EL Education, a 501c(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1992 by Outward Bound USA in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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The Curriculum Support Specialist works with partners at the school and district levels to accelerate high-quality curriculum implementation in service of impact goals. As a member of the Curriculum Implementation Team, the Curriculum Support Specialist promotes, celebrates and explains the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum and related professional learning opportunities to current and prospective partners. S/he will skillfully deliver high-quality virtual and in-person professional development for a variety of national audiences and partnerships. The Curriculum Support Specialist brings expertise in literacy and deep understandings of the research, design, and theory of action of the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum. This is a full-time, national position that reports to the Director, Curriculum Partnerships. 

Note:This position is grant-funded for one year. Contract extension beyond that date is possible but not guaranteed.


Design and Facilitate Professional Learning Opportunities

  • Design high-quality virtual and in-person professional development materials to support high-quality curriculum implementation and impact goals.
  • Facilitate professional development in-person and virtually (curriculum coaching, strategic planning, data reviews, etc.) in a compelling manner in a variety of locations nationally.
  • Maintain a high level of expertise regarding EL Education’s curriculum – including its research and evidence base – and associated professional services at all times.
  • Collaborate with members of the Curriculum Implementation Team and other teams across the organization (including Program, Research, and Curriculum Design) to ensure coherence and consistency in messaging to partners.
  • Champion the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum, professional development, and other forms of partnership when applicable.

Support and Manage Partnerships

  • Support the creation and implementation of annual goal-based plans with partners in conjunction with school and district leaders and EL Education field staff.
  • Utilize planning and progress monitoring tools to inform professional development and coaching.
  • Develop and manage ongoing relationships, operations, scheduling, etc. with partners.
  • Maintain accurate records, documentation, and status updates regarding service delivery.
  • Communicate proactively, professionally, and effectively with partners, colleagues, and supervisor. 


A successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for EL’s mission
  • Passionate, unequivocal conviction that EL’s curriculum will help fulfill our mission and support student achievement
  • 5 years classroom teaching (K-8 literacy)
  • Experience as a coach (or leader of other adult learning); building leadership preferred 
  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred (literacy, education leadership, or related field) 
  • Expertise with the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum (K-2, 3-5 second edition, and/or 6-8)
  • Experience in curriculum design or PD design
  • A track record of strong facilitation of professional development
  • Experience successfully managing complex, long-term projects
  • Ability to embrace change and apply a growth mindset; flexible and willing to change course as needed to support reaching goals for maximum impact
  • Approach work with a ‘partner-first’ orientation, demonstrating dedication to serving teachers and students
  • Skill in prioritizing and executing strategies / tasks quickly and efficiently under time constraints
  • Ability and willingness to travel 40% of time to support national partner needs
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Google suite, Zoom; familiarity with Salesforce preferred


Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience. 


The anticipated start date for this position is Summer 2019. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Please submit your resume and one page cover letter online (link to EL’s Career Page) in MS Word or PDF format.
In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.
No phone calls please. EL will respond only to finalist candidates. 


Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. EL Education is committed to equity across the organization: in services to our partners, in our workforce composition and practices, and in our organizational culture. 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
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