State-level ELA Content Manager (part-time)

Teaching Lab seeks a part-time ELA Content Manager to join our State-level Content Development team to lead the design of high-quality, curriculum-aligned virtual professional learning experiences for teachers and schools implementing ELA-specific high quality instructional materials (HQIM) for grades K-12.

Type of Vacancy: Salaried part-time (50%), starting ASAP

Location: Remote/home office anywhere in the United States

Reports to: Director of State Partnerships

Travel Required: None; likely 20-40% starting July 2021

Compensation: The starting salary for this role is $40,000. Teaching Lab is committed to equity for all of our team members and does not negotiate salaries.

Teaching Lab is an equal-opportunity employer committed to reflecting the diversity of the students we serve. We pursue equity as both a means and an end and enthusiastically welcome candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Who We Are

Teaching Lab is a nonprofit organization with a mission to fundamentally shift the paradigm of teacher professional learning to achieve educational equity. We envision a world where teachers and students thrive together in communities that enable life-long learning and meaningful lives. In partnership with teachers, we transform professional learning from the ground up to dramatically improve student outcomes. We also work with school, district, and state leaders to create the instructional systems necessary to support these changes.

Our model is based on the best educational research and years of experience using exceptional instructional materials with teachers. Our team of experienced educators is committed to ensuring all students—especially students traditionally underserved by our school systems—meet the academic expectations necessary to succeed now and in the future. Our partners believe in the power of great teaching to inspire students at all levels to learn and grow. Together, we are building a nationwide movement for evidence-based teacher professional learning.

Our Model

The core of Teaching Lab’s work is a belief that stronger professional learning for teachers can radically improve student opportunities and equity. Research suggests that effective professional learning incorporates four critical components:


We integrate Head, Heart, and Habits through the creation of “Labs” in schools and districts:

Summary of Position

Teaching Lab is seeking a state-level ELA Content Manager to join our State-Level Partnerships Team to design high quality virtual ELA professional learning content using Teaching Lab’s model (of Head, Heart, Habit, and Equity), in support of teachers, leaders, schools, districts, and states implementing K-12 high quality instructional materials (HQIM).

Specifically, the state-level ELA Content Manager will engage in five major workstreams:

  1. Professional Learning Content: Execute on Teaching Lab’s vision and strategy for professional learning content development to build high-quality, research-based, user-centered professional learning content that is adaptable for a virtual environment (e.g., utilizing a learning management system, virtual facilitation tools, etc.).
  2. Project management: Support the execution of project plans that ensure the continued development of high-quality, research-based, user-centered professional learning content and allow for contextualization and adaptation of core content to meet partner needs.
  3. Learning and Research: Keep abreast of current field research, context-specific needs, and best practices in ELA, with regard to HQIM and virtual professional learning design.
  4. Collaboration: Engage in learning and community experiences, and team meetings with the Teaching Lab Community to ensure a sense of connection and cohesion across the Teaching Lab team. Contribute to a culture of collaboration with external stakeholders, district leaders, and professional learning organizations, to ensure success for our school system partners and the students they serve.
  5. Facilitation: Effectively lead professional learning sessions for district leaders, school leaders, and teachers that deepen pedagogical content knowledge of the high-quality curriculum through Teaching Lab’s model for professional learning. Reflect on participant feedback and adjust support in response to partners’ needs. Teaching Lab will be leading all professional learning sessions virtually through July 2021 with a possibility of shifting to in-person professional learning for the 2021-2022 school year.

Teaching Lab is a mission- and values- driven organization. We seek outstanding leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to education equity and racial equity.


Key Responsibilities & Workstreams

Professional Learning Content Development - To build high-quality, research based, user-centered professional learning content, the State-Level ELA Content Manager will:

  • Create professional learning content that supports implementation of ELA-specific HQIM, and reflects Teaching Lab’s Head, Heart, Habits, Equity model for professional learning
  • Apply best practices for virtual adult learning in the design of professional learning content
  • Implement user-centered design processes and use learning and insights to inform content design
  • Maintain, implement, and iterate upon content development principles, tools, and processes
  • Hold self and others accountable to high standards and agreed upon guidelines and processes for content finalization and maintaining Teaching Lab’s brand identity

Project Management - To implement scopes of work, the State-level ELA Content Manager will:

  • Support high-level project management across Teaching Lab’s state-level portfolio of ELA content development projects
  • Collaborate with other state-level Content Managers to innovate staffing and project management systems and structures to increase impact, efficiency, and sustainable knowledge management
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills, time management, and workflow management while attending to the diverse needs of partners

Learning and Research - To keep abreast of current research and best field practices, the State-level ELA Content Manager will:

  • Critically consume current field research in ELA content and integrate that learning into Teaching Lab’s evolving program and professional learning design
  • Deepen and expand knowledge in ELA content and curriculum by attending webinars, engaging with curriculum authors, and attending conferences and symposiums as appropriate
  • Reflect on analyses of landscape and partner needs assessment data

Collaboration - To foster a culture of collaboration, the State-level ELA Content Manager will:

  • Collaborate with State-level Partnership Managers and the Director of State Partnerships to adapt Teaching Lab’s high-quality professional learning content and sequences to partners’ needs. Support the State-level Partnerships team to maintain site-specific versions of content and to train facilitators in preparation for implementation and delivery.
  • Support Teaching Lab’s data collection and impact evaluation processes in conjunction with the Research and Learning team.
  • Participate in organization wide working groups, committees, and meetings to further personal and organization growth and learning, specifically engaging in the organization wide arc of learning with respect to becoming an anti-racist organization.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders, including other professional learning organizations and district and school leaders to ensure continued success of Teaching Lab’s work with school systems.

Facilitation - To effectively lead professional learning sessions, the State-level ELA Content Manager will:

  • Plan and lead professional learning for state and district leaders, aligned to the Teaching Lab’s model of professional learning
  • Collect, reflect on, and apply data from participant feedback surveys to improve facilitation, relationships, and knowledge building at each site
  • Build skill in professional learning best practices and facilitation techniques, particularly in a virtual environment, and engage in preparation practices to internalize and effectively lead Teaching Lab’s high-quality curriculum-aligned professional learning sequences

Qualifications

We seek team members who bring relevant experience, knowledge, and skills, as well as a commitment to shared values and norms. Prospective State-Level ELA Content Manager candidates should be able to demonstrate experience or background in the following categories:

Educational & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum five years experience working in PK-12 education
  • Minimum of 2 years teaching experience with PK-12 students from traditionally underserved backgrounds with demonstrated evidence of impact
  • Experience implementing ELA- specific HQIM or coaching other educators to implement ELA HQIM for 2-3 years
  • Experience designing and facilitating culturally responsive impactful professional learning for educators, preferably in a virtual environment

Knowledge

  • Deep knowledge and experience with Common Core or College- and Career-Ready ELA/Literacy standards
  • Deep content area expertise in ELA
  • Deep understanding of HQIM in ELA, including its design and component parts
  • Deep knowledge of culturally responsive teaching practices in service of communities of Black, Indigenous, and people of color

Skills

  • Exceptional design skills, including demonstrated ability in programmatic design and experience in adhering to style guidelines and creating visually appealing materials
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, able to demonstrate a capacity to build rapport quickly
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Superior critical thinking and creative problem-solving capabilities, including a self-starting entrepreneurial approach to difficult problems

Values

  • Deep commitment to Teaching Lab’s organizational mission and Values, racial equity, and educational equity for traditionally underserved students
  • Strong commitment to growth mindset for both adults and students, and a desire to work collaboratively to grow team skills and capabilities
  • Belief in the power of relationships to drive collaboration
  • Relentless focus on results for traditionally underserved students, including a high bar for quality work


Working at Teaching Lab

This position is eligible for remote work in the United States. Starting July 2021 this position may require work related travel based on organizational needs and capacity and time of year.

The starting salary for this position is $40,000. Teaching Lab is committed to equity for all of our team members and does not negotiate salaries.

We are committed to building a sustainable organization. We love our work and want to be able to do it for years to come. This means that despite our relentless focus on impact and results for educators and students, we commit to maintaining a balance between work and other parts of our lives.

To Learn More About Teaching Lab

To Apply

If interested apply here. Application deadline is August 3, 2020. Additional questions may be directed to jobs@teachinglab.org.

Teaching Lab is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all team members.

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