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At Zeta, we pursue an unprecedented combination of high academic achievement and social-emotional development. We insist that every child receives a world-class education while fostering a love for learning. We are changing the public education landscape for all of New York City’s children, and we are uncompromising in our mission.

To achieve our vision, we are searching for an ambitious Director of Literacy with a Bachelors Degree and 4-6 years of of experience with literacy curriculum design in a teacher or leadership capacity.

Become a part of our world-class team

As the Director of Literacy, you will be responsible for developing innovative literacy curriculum for our growing K-3 school model. The Director of Literacy will be an excellent project manager with deep expertise in elementary school literacy curriculum and implementation. You’ll work with a team of mission-driven, high-achieving, passionate colleagues to help Zeta succeed in its mission to build and sustain high-performing schools that forge thriving communities of lifelong learners, problem solvers, and innovators.

In literacy, students participate in five components throughout the day that develop them as readers and writers. Our reading and writing workshop units, sourced from Teachers College content as well as Success Academy THINK Literacy materials, teach children a set of reading and writing skills that build to evaluation and expression of ideas. Teachers model with their own writing or familiar texts, and then through guided practice allow children to try with their own books or written pieces.

As a Director of Literacy, you will be responsible for:

  • Creating and developing common-core aligned elementary school literacy materials, including unit plans and assessments, in response to student achievement data and to ensure that literacy instruction is aligned to standards

  • Develop and facilitate professional development sessions on literacy curricula and pedagogy for leaders and teachers

  • Observe literacy instruction across our schools to support our leaders in prioritizing next steps for teachers to ensure that literacy instruction is implemented at a consistently high level

  • Creating systems to ensure leaders and teachers are using data to drive literacy instruction

Bring your whole self

You would make a fantastic candidate for this role if you have: 

  • Passion for hands-on, rigorous literacy curriculum and deep knowledge of Common Core State Standards in literacy

  • Proven ability to design engaging and rigorous curriculum and assessment material that inspires intellectual engagement and a love for reading

  • Experience leading engaging and effective professional development for adults

  • Excellent writing, communications, and relationship-building skills

  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision, and core values of Zeta Schools

  • Strong strategic thinking, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills

  • Strong leadership and management skills

  • Strong project management experience that drives efficiency and excellence in all aspects of work

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred, with an outstanding record of academic achievement and leadership

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Currently, Zeta operates two schools, one in upper Manhattan and one in the South Bronx. We have big growth plans because the educational crisis is massive and requires big solutions.  We plan to open two schools each year starting in 2020. Join our growing team today, and change the landscape of public education in New York City. If you can’t wait to get started, apply now!

Work authorization is required (candidate must have permanent authorization to work in the U.S.). Zeta is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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