Strategic Designer, English Language Learners (ELL) (Remote)
Who We Are
Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization that designs for the students whose potential is not currently being realized by the American public education system. We believe that addressing this issue, which is most persistent for Black students and students who are English learners, is critical to supporting all students. We stand firm in the belief that effective educational leadership and instruction persistently takes action to eradicate racist systems and policies so that all students can thrive academically.
Core to our work is the notion that challenging K-12 academic standards, in the context of culturally relevant teaching and equitable classroom practice, are non-negotiable when it comes to improving student outcomes. In partnership with other passionate change-makers, we design tools and resources, professional learning, and other supports, grounded in research and the reality of the classroom. We share these resources freely with educators across the country through our website.
Student Achievement Partners is committed to becoming an anti-racist, multi-cultural institution. Student Achievement Partners is an equal opportunity employer, committed to reflecting the diversity of the students we serve. We welcome applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.
Candidates should thrive in a collaborative, remote environment that emphasizes equitable design principles, excellence, attention to detail, analytical rigor, and critical thinking. We use team collaboration software such as Zoom Video Conference, Microsoft Teams, Dropbox and Google Docs to facilitate communication and collaboration while working remotely. We value and provide growth opportunities to individuals who are eager and self-motivated in learning about equitable literacy and mathematics instruction and education.
About the Position
We are seeking a full-time Designer, focusing on instruction and achievement for English language learners. This position is available immediately.
The Designer will interrogate and operationalize how an asset-based approach can be leveraged for English acquisition at scale. The Designer is responsible for providing specific expertise about how best to provide English learners with productive opportunities to simultaneously nurture their English language competence and build their content knowledge base and conceptual understanding. Additional expertise is welcome in such areas as literacy, mathematics, research, culturally relevant pedagogy, and assessment. The position will include providing instructional experience (teacher, coach, administrative) to design teams, as well as advisory expertise to our network of educators and partner organizations. As a team member of Student Achievement Partners, the Designer also contributes towards our commitment to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization.
- Contribute content expertise, specifically in questions of evidence-based best practices of instruction for English learners, to design teams and partners.
- Lead efforts in strengthening SAP’s impact in the field by staying connected to emerging content and research that aligns with SAPs mission-driven work.
- Co-lead one or more design teams across the organization.
- Lead the planning and execution of the action research activities in service of the project team’s, our organization’s and our partners’ ongoing reflection, learning and accountability for impact.
- Support the design team to apply the equitable design principles and tools consistently and effectively.
- Collaborate and strategize with the design team to inform decisions regarding the use of consultants and budgets to expand the project team’s capacity to execute projects.
- Develop and maintain relationships with partner organizations.
Travel is not currently required, but as travel guidelines evolve some travel for this role will be required.
- At least 3–5 years of experience teaching English learners in a mono-lingual or dual language public education setting, including an understanding of the targeted supports ELs need and deserve to access rigorous content;
- A minimum of 3–5 years of experience providing professional learning, coaching, curricular development and/or contributing to program design focused on promoting English learners’ content (math and/or literacy) and language development;
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;
- Commitment to the mission and vision of equitable instruction of Student Achievement Partners;
- Demonstrated record of strong written and verbal communication; and
- High level of initiative, critical thinking, sound judgment and problem-solving skills, and excellent attention to detail.