Who we are

We believe “the science of reading” is neither a momentary trend nor a call for phonics-only instruction. Rather, it is a definitive body of research that articulates the skills, knowledge, and types of instruction children need to become skilled readers. While a pathway for equitable reading instruction exists, bringing the research into everyday practice can feel daunting and at times overwhelming. This is why Lit is on a mission to translate the “science of reading” into scalable, research-aligned programs and replicable practices so educators can focus on tapping into student potential and achieving equitable reading outcomes for students, particularly Black, Latino/a, and students currently experiencing poverty. We are looking for a Senior Instructional Specialist who wants to join Lit to:

  • improve reading ecosystems, adult practice, and student outcomes by supporting educators in aligning program and practice to research
  • disrupt dominant narratives about reading achievement in racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse student populations
  • advance the belief that a commitment to research is a commitment to equity

The opportunity

Lit is looking for a skilled and dynamic educator to serve as a Senior Instructional Specialist that will work with schools and districts/networks across the country to ensure there is no daylight between research and equitable reading instruction.

The Senior Instructional Specialist will report to our Director of School Support and will work on our direct-to-partner service team that leads schools and systems through phases of reading ecosystem change: adoption, implementation, and sustainment of an equitable and research-based reading program. In collaboration with our partners, the Senior Instructional Specialist is directly responsible for facilitating programmatic change, lifting instructional efficacy, and increasing outcomes for students. This is the perfect role for someone who has experience designing, monitoring, and facilitating system-wide data strategy meetings, supporting system- and school-based leaders in monitoring and measuring strategic plan implementation, and coaching school-level academic leaders to lead change within their schools.

What you'll do

  • Support a portfolio of school partners across multiple grade spans, states, and school types (district, charter, etc.) by:
    • Working with an agile partner team to lead schools and systems through multi-year phases of change management, curriculum and assessment adoption, professional learning, and mindset shifts
    • Coaching and supporting a range of leaders: from mid- level systems-leaders that implement network-level decisions to school-level leaders that coach teachers and support them in developing classroom expertise
    • Acting as a strategic connector by sharing resources, tools, and effective practices from other schools and systems; and connecting leaders with others to facilitate learning, sharing, and community building
  • Lead cycles of reading ecosystem adoption by:
    • Assessing the state of a partner’s reading ecosystem: facilitating reviews of current reading programming and crafting written reports that outline a phased prescription for improvement and change
    • Creating and facilitating strategic planning processes with teams: supporting schools and systems with making intentional shifts to their reading programs to best meet the needs of their teaching community and students
    • Bringing strategic plans to life: collaborating with and teaching school- and systems-level leaders to design, build, and embed enabling conditions for reading ecosystems to thrive and attain breakthrough results for students
    • Setting goals, measuring and monitoring progress towards meeting milestones in reading ecosystem redesign, and adapting and pivoting strategically to achieve desired outcomes
  • Lead cycles of reading ecosystem implementation and sustainment work by:
    • Designing and leading data strategies and observation cycles with leaders that include setting goals, collecting and analyzing observational and quantitative data, and monitoring and measuring progress
    • Coaching leaders on leading data-informed observations, leading data strategy meetings, and facilitating professional learning
    • Designing and facilitating professional learning that develops leaders in using observation-feedback, data, and curricular knowledge to inform coaching and instructional practice
    • Setting goals, monitoring, and measuring progress towards meeting leader development milestones, and adapting and pivoting strategically to achieve desired outcomes
  • Contribute to growing and scaling Lit’s impact by:
    • Working cross-functionally to develop tools, coaching strategies, and ideas for the organization that improve our ability to coach schools
    • Serving on internal teams that support Lit’s growth and scale our work
    • Investing in internal and external professional learning opportunities that deepen knowledge and sharpen skills that will allow you to strengthen our impact in schools

You are someone who

  • Is a highly experienced PK-12 district/CMO-level academic leader that:
    • Has 4+ years of experience as a district/CMO-level academic leader (e.g., Director of Literacy, Director of Academics, Director of ELA, or the equivalent)
    • Has managed or collaborated with others to implement academic programs with coherence and impact
    • Has led or been a part of a team that has evaluated the foundation of an academic program, reset the conditions necessary for instructional programming, and invested others in that change
    • Has experience with the science of reading, implementing evidence-based literacy instructional materials and practices, and/or the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
    • Has experience designing, monitoring, and measuring data strategy
    • Has a demonstrated record of success with facilitating professional learning experiences that have resulted in measurable change in adult practice and student success
    • Has the ability to successfully navigate a wide variety of environments and contexts
    • Is able to synthesize large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data and produce clear and digestible summaries and presentations
    • Has strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates constant curiosity
    • embraces continuous discovery
    • takes responsibility and seeks out opportunities to unlearn, relearn, and learn with the goal of closing skills gaps in order to perform duties
  • Models organizational ownership
    • manages complexity, contradiction, and paradoxes and work through them thoughtfully and effectively
    • puts the organization’s health before personal professional gain
  • Values excellence over perfection
    • brings mistakes, failures, and missteps to colleagues and talks about them in an open and honest way
    • prioritizes individuals and the interactions that will move people to achieve outcomes over following a process that won’t get them there
  • Demonstrates emotional maturity
    • are able to reset after setbacks rather than staying stuck in emotion
    • recognize and manage emotions during struggle
  • Is committed to cosmic urgency
    • wants to move our mission forward by engaging in conversations about race, class, gender, and privilege to support our always-evolving organizational journey to becoming an inclusive organization

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

  • PK-12 consulting experience in a variety of contexts
  • Experience working on adaptive, agile teams, and/or working within a scrum framework

While we do not expect candidates to meet all qualifications, we will only consider candidates for the Senior Instructional Specialist position that have district/CMO-level leadership experience (e.g., Director of Literacy, Director of Academics, Director of ELA, or the equivalent) at minimum. 

What we provide

Compensation: This is a full-time staff, exempt position with an annual salary range up to $130,000. A compensation offer is based on relevant years of experience in relation to the position and location. Because of our strong commitment to equity and growth, Lit does not negotiate or place compensation offers at the top of the range.

Benefits: In addition to offering the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of educators, we provide all full-time employees with a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, and parental leave. We offer a generous PTO policy and holiday calendar. We also provide an employer-sponsored 401K retirement plan with an annual 3% match.

Location: This role is 100% remote. While our team is distributed across the country, we believe in balancing productive remote work with moments of in-person collaborative work with our partners and colleagues.

Travel: Travel is an essential part of how we support our partners, collaborate with our team, and fulfill our mission. Schedule and timing for travel may vary by team and role, and may change as the company’s business needs continue to evolve. Expect to travel up to 35% of the year.

Vaccination Policy: Together Education, our operating partner, requires all staff be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief). Together Education abides by each state’s requirements, acknowledging that those may change over time.

Lit is an equal opportunity employer.


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