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State of Massachusetts Instructional Policy Lead in Malden, Massachusetts

_First consideration will be given to those applicants who apply within the first 14 days._

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The Center for Instructional Support (CIS) is committed to ensuring that all Massachusetts students have meaningful access to challenging, engaging, coherent, and culturally sustaining instruction. We know that student experiences and outcomes are best when teachers are provided high-quality, standards-aligned materials along with the time and knowledge they need to use those materials skillfully to foster students’ diverse backgrounds and identities.

The Instructional Policy Lead/Educational Specialist D will play a key role in realizing this vision, coordinating work across the offices within CIS: Language Acquisition, Literacy & Humanities, STEM, and Educator Effectiveness. Responsibilities will include engaging with external stakeholders to support their use of CIS resources, coordinating internal coherence between CIS and other DESE offices, including the Office of District Reviews and Monitoring, the Statewide System of Support, and the Systems for Student Success Office, and produce resources to support schools and districts to adopt high-quality instructional materials for a range of grade spans and content areas.

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The selected candidate will:


Contribute to the development of policies affecting pre-service and PK-12 education.

Collaborate with the Systems for Student Success Office and the vendors selected to facilitate statewide tiered literacy and tiered math academies to ensure alignment of messages related to high-quality instruction and support the academies’ impact for participating districts.

Collaborate with the Office of District Reviews and Monitoring to support reviews related to curriculum & instruction, human resources & professional development, leadership, and assessment.

Plan and coordinate statewide convenings related to high-quality instruction.

Represent DESE at meetings of educational leaders to promote CIS priorities.

Explore approaches for supporting MA districts to adopt high-quality, evidenced-based open-source instructional materials for foundational literacy skills. This will likely involve collaboration with other state educational agencies.

Contribute to the ongoing evaluation of CIS’s efficacy, including surveying and interviewing stakeholders, collecting and analyzing feedback on CIS resources and supports, and making recommendations to improve impact.

Contribute to projects across the Center for Instructional Support, which includes the offices of Educator Effectiveness, Curriculum and Instruction, and Language Acquisition as assigned.

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Preferred qualifications:

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

Experience working with a racial equity lens. Knowledge of combating implicit bias, cultural competency and leading conversations related to race and culture in educational systems and public forums.

Superior project management skills. The ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities in a high-demand, fast-paced environment.

Detail-oriented approach

Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking ability

Experience working with an explicit equity-based lens, working on inclusive practices.

Strong ability to comprehend, analyze, and communicate complex information quickly.

Strategic initiative, especially in solving problems and anticipating risks.

Demonstrated success working independently and collaboratively.

Eagerness to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment where team members push each other's thinking and strive consistently toward the highest-quality work.

Improvement mindset

Experience working with a range of diverse stakeholders and tailoring approach and communication to successfully meet project goals and timelines.

Experience supporting schools and teachers with transition to standards-aligned curriculum.

Knowledge of current state and national research on improving strategic initiatives, standards, programs, and assessments for college and career readiness.

Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams and to contributing to an inclusive culture in the organization.

Knowledge of current trends in research and policy related to curriculum and instruction.

Commitment to educational equity and to strengthening the instructional core as a lever for equity.

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

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

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have a Master’s degree and at least five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service;

Based on assignment, candidates must possess at least one year of supervisory, program coordination or managerial experience;

a Doctorate degree in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience; one year of education equals 30 semester hours; education towards 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: Instructional Policy Lead

Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street

Requisition ID: 200003UB