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School Designer

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EL Education
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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 School Designer acts as the strategic thought-partner and capacity builder for a school's leadership team. School Designers play an integral role toward our goals with partners - impact educator effectiveness and improve student achievement through the implementation of the EL Education Core Practices and EL Education’s Design Principles. This position may also include strategic and tactical support to districts in implementing student-engaged assessment practices, as well as EL Education’s K-5 Literacy and Grades 6-8 ELA Curriculums. The School Designer works in four to eight schools, collaborating with a team of EL Education coaches and regional leadership. 

The School Designer position is an ideal opportunity for someone to play an active role in a growing and dynamic organization that is committed to helping students across the U.S. attain high levels of academic achievement in essential knowledge and skills, high quality work and character.

Areas of Responsibility

Specific responsibilities include:

School-based Professional Development and Leadership Support

  • Working alongside school leaders and lead teachers to identify needs and assets, and develop strategic plans to reach goals through implementation of EL Education Core Practices. 
  • Supporting teachers and leaders in organizing and developing high quality curriculum aligned to standards and EL Core Practices. 
  • Coaching for implementation of active and engaging instructional practices that promote equity and high expectations for all learners. 
  • Establishing practices that cultivate a strong school culture and foster character development. 
  • Guiding school leadership in developing systems and structures to support sustained school improvement through the implementation of the EL Education Core Practices. 
  • Designing strategic and customized professional development and coaching cycles to support specific partner goals and build leadership capacity.
  • Navigating grey areas with a deep sense of humility while building strong relationships with stakeholders. 
  •  Proactively engaging in crucial conversations to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. 

District-level Professional Development 

  • Supporting school leaders when engaging district-level leaders in their site-based improvement process.
  • Providing strategic, multi-year, planning support to district and CMO leaders in collaboration with the leadership team. 
  • Designing and leading high-quality, engaging professional development, in collaboration with internal team members, that supports educators in leadership development. 
  • Implementation of EL Education’s Grades K-5 Literacy and Grades 6-8 ELA Curriculums, included the embedded instructional and assessment practices.

Program Development and Facilitation 

  • Supporting the development and dissemination of EL professional development aligned to the new learning standards and other best practices in multiple formats: Face-to-face professional institutes agenda development and facilitation; 
  • Online/blended professional development agenda development and facilitation; 
  • Co-creating agendas, supporting materials, videos, webinars, etc. to memorialize and standardize the professional development sequences related to our partners; 

Other responsibilities to be assigned as needed. 

  • A passion for EL Education’s mission.
  • A master’s degree in education, leadership or a related field.
  • Required minimum 5 years classroom teaching experience, preferably in EL Education or similar schools in an urban setting.
  • Significant experience in school and/or district leadership with an emphasis on school reform and organizational change.
  • Remarkable leadership qualities, national caliber presentation, facilitation, and organizational skills, and personal characteristics to work effectively with educators of all backgrounds.
  • Proven experience and deep craft in the development and delivery of professional development for adult learners.
  • Strong background in reading and writing across the content areas, data-driven planning and project-based learning.
  • Self-directed & proactive in coming to solutions for complex organizational & conceptual challenges. Exceptional organizational skills, w/ an ability to manage multiple tasks & projects simultaneously & thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment
  • Experience with or enthusiasm for working with virtual teams across different geographical sites.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with a record of high performance in a variety of roles on teams.
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% and work flexible hours (e.g. ability to work and travel some weekends with comp days in return).
  • Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

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 VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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