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State of Massachusetts ELA Content Specialist in Malden, Massachusetts

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) seeks a high-performing educator to join the Office of Literacy and Humanities as ELA/Literacy Content Support Specialist.

The Content Specialist will join the Office of Literacy and Humanities, working with a team of other content specialists to support Massachusetts educators with English Language Arts and Literacy curriculum and instructional practice.

DESE was recently awarded a $20M grant from the federal government to support literacy in Massachusetts. Over the next 5 years, this grant award will allow DESE to offer numerous new supports to schools and districts, including professional development, assistance to expand high-quality preK seats, and resources to purchase instructional materials and assessments for literacy preK-12. This is a significant and high-impact new portfolio of work for the agency. The Content Specialist in this role will lead that portfolio.

Notwithstanding the terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement, the parties agree that the temporary position entitled ELA Content Specialist funded by the US Department of Education research and development grant on a project entitled MA Comprehensive Literacy State Development Proposal shall be posted and filled with the understanding that during the selected applicant's first two years of actual work in the position, the applicant shall not be entitled to bumping or recall rights under the collective bargaining agreement, but that the applicant may be impacted by the bumping process identified in the SEIU collective bargaining agreement.

The parties agree that thistemporary position will expire upon the occurrence of one of the following: the completion of the assigned project, the expiration of the funding source, if impacted by the bumping process, or on or before September 30, 2025, whichever situation occurs first.

The Content Lead will work in the Department’s Center for Instructional Support and will be based at the DESE office in Malden, MA.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Design and manage grant programs for Massachusetts schools and districts to support enhanced literacy learning

  2. Work directly with school and district leaders to support their work and monitor instructional progress in order to continually adapt and improve DESE’s programming and support

  3. Plan and execute several large-scale professional development conferences for grantees each year, including responsibility for event logistics as well as content

  4. Collaborate with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to support expansion of high-quality preK seats across the Commonwealth

  5. Contribute to the development of state policy related to curriculum and instruction; educator preparation; assessment; and educator evaluation as it relates to English Language Arts and Literacy

  6. Contribute expertise to various projects within the Center for Instructional Support and across the agency, in service of Massachusetts educators and students

  • Desired Knowledge and Skills*

  • Knowledge of the 2017 Massachusetts ELA/Literacy Framework, including the Guiding Principles and standards

  • Knowledge of anti-racist practice in education, especially focused on anti-racist and culturally proficient instructional strategies

  • Project management skills, including ability to manage complex and long-term projects

  • Event planning and execution

Desired Mindsets and Attributes

  • Commitment to equity in education, and a desire to work with teachers and educational leaders to help all our children receive an excellent education

  • Unwavering belief in the ability of all children to learn at high levels, and a demonstrated history of bringing an anti-racist lens to your work

  • Efficient and organized; able to create high-quality products independently and to coordinate various projects simultaneously

  • Self-reflective, committed to continuous improvement in the work

  • Collaborative; will be able to work with colleagues within and across other units to advance our shared goals

Desired Experience

  • Experience teaching in the preK-12 classroom; experience in multiple types of education roles (e.g., teacher, instructional coach, school leadership, district level) is preferred but not required

  • Experience managing complex projects from inception to completion, whether in a professional work setting or in your personal commitments (e.g. community groups, religious organizations, fraternities/sororities, professional organizations)

  • Experience planning and executing large events

  • *Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred *to Maureen.T.O’Brien@mass.gov.*

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service.

a Master’s degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience -- 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes.

Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Education

Organization: *Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Title: ELA Content Specialist

Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street

Requisition ID: 200006IG

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