Start Date: June 2021
Time: Part-time contract work for 1 year at .5-.75 time
About Achievement First and AF Accelerate:
Achievement First (AF) exists to address the legacy of racism in education in America. We know that all children—regardless of race, zip code, or economic status—need and deserve access to a great education.
Achievement First has consistently been rated one of the top charter school networks in the country, AND we are still learning and growing. AF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that currently supports 37 public charter schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The mission of AF is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all children. We currently employ more than 2,000 staff — 47% of whom identify as Black, Latinx, or Multi-racial — who collectively educate more than 14,300 students. More than 85% of our students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. Our students are proving what’s possible by achieving breakthrough results in terms of academic achievement and long-term college persistence. For more information about Achievement First, please visit our website.
AF Accelerate is a division of Achievement First that provides strategic support to educators beyond AF and partners with them to achieve stronger outcomes for students. We also work to foster an open source and collective learning environment within the broader education community to ensure quality resources, proven practices, lessons learned and promising ideas are available to all. AF Accelerate works with entrepreneurs starting charter networks and with traditional district schools through two programs, the Charter Network Accelerator and Navigator, putting 60,000 students on the path to college, and plans to scale to impact the outcomes of 150,000 students in the next 5 years. Our work is based on Achievement First’s open source materials, creating nearly limitless reach.
About Navigator ELA:
Navigator ELA is an Achievement First open source program designed to support charter school networks in accelerating their middle school ELA achievement by sharing AF’s middle school ELA curriculum and providing intensive, individualized coaching support to networks participating in the program. Navigator is designed to be a two-year program resulting in a significant increase in student achievement.
The Associate Director of 5-8 ELA is an integral part of the Navigator team that is charged with refining high quality curriculum materials in alignment with a rigorous vision for ELA instruction. We work closely as a team, and with our partners, to ensure that the curriculum materials we design are rigorous, culturally responsive, and driven by research-based best practices. This position offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of instructional design work that will impact tens of thousands of students and educators across the country.
Responsibilities of the Associate Director of 5-8 ELA, Navigator will Include but are not limited to:
· Develop Curriculum
o Develop exemplary curriculum materials that are aligned to the Navigator’s vision for instructional excellence. Specifically, these materials will include unit plans, assessments, accompanying lesson plans, exemplars, and student work samples.
o Work collaboratively with a team of teachers and deans to solicit and implement feedback on materials to ensure they maintain a commitment to rigor and culturally responsive teaching best practices.
· Data analysis and action planning:
o Regular analysis of data including: student achievement data, partner experience data, and partner skill progression, with an attention to potential variations across lines of difference;
o Develop of data-driven action plans to determine how to better develop materials and/or adjust coaching and support to partners.
· Serve as member of a Navigator ELA sub-team:
o Attend weekly sub-team meetings to engage in problem solving and development;
o Recognize that race and power dynamics play out within our organization and on our team, and commit to interrupting those inequities through honest and difficult conversations about race and power as a commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive organization that honors marginalized identities.
Skills and Characteristics
· Deep content and pedagogical expertise in literacy
· Exceptional collaboration, communication, analytical and influencing skills
· Exemplary writing skills
· Willingness to do “whatever it takes” and strong team player
· The ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
· Solid technical skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite
· An acute attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
· The ability to see through multiple projects with many moving parts from beginning to end
· Belief in the Achievement First mission and open to educational model
· Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
Educational Background and Work Experience
We would prefer a candidate with:
· A bachelor’s degree
· Experience as a highly successful ELA teacher and/or dean
· A proven, multi-year track record of exemplary ELA achievement, especially the achievement of low-income, minority students
Periodic evening work (to host teacher feedback focus groups) required.
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Email a cover letter and resume to:
In your cover letter please respond to the following:
· Why do you want to work at Achievement First?
· Describe your track record of exemplary student achievement and explain how this experience has prepared you for this role.
· How have your experiences and education prepared you for the demanding work necessary to push literacy practices and student achievement forward?
Please visit the Achievement First careers site at http://www.achievementfirst.org/careers/. Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: http://www.achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/.