Breakthrough Schools, Managing Director of Literacy

Breakthrough Schools - Cleveland, Ohio - Full time


Breakthrough Schools is a nationally recognized network that was rated the best CMO network in Ohio by the 2017 CREDO study at Stanford University. Breakthrough Schools originated as a commitment to increase educational options for Cleveland families. In 2009, three of Cleveland’s top stand-alone public charter schools discovered the challenges of operating individually and decided that sharing administrative functions would help them operate more efficiently and serve more students. As a result, they formed Breakthrough Schools, a charter management organization, in 2010 with the mission to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life.

Breakthrough manages core administrative responsibilities including human resources, finance, information technology, facilities, student recruitment, and marketing for schools within the network. Next school year, Breakthrough Schools will serve more than 3,600 K-8 students and is committed to setting them on an early pathway to lifelong success in school, college, and career.

To learn more about Breakthrough Schools, please visit


The Managing Director of Literacy will provide leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review, and evaluation of network-wide literacy (Non-Fiction Literacy and English Language Arts). The Managing Director of Literacy ensures that the network’s educational objectives are aligned to state frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of achievement and instructional excellence. The Managing Director of Literacy reports to the Chief Academic Officer and leads a team of content area specialists.

The ideal candidate for Breakthrough’s Managing Director of Literacy will be:

  • An exemplary ELA teacher with a track record of strong student achievement results;
  • An experienced teacher coach with extensive experience managing adults;
  • A literacy curriculum expert with deep content and pedagogical knowledge of foundational reading skills, reading comprehension skills, a wide range of texts, and beyond.


Key Responsibilities of the Managing Director of Literacy include:

  • Managing the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive curriculum implementation plan for the following: literacy (includes both reading and writing) and social studies;
  • Planning and facilitating professional learning related to curriculum implementation and best practices for schools; as well as professional learning for the network academic team;
  • Supervising the creation and analysis of all network-wide and school-level assessments, including the creation of an annual network-wide assessment calendar;
  • Recruiting, selecting and retaining outstanding literacy specialists for the network team;
  • Analyzing network-wide data, in collaboration with the Head of Schools and provides strong recommendations to ensure all schools are on track to achieving EOY targets and 2021 goals.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Managing Director of Literacy candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to the vision, mission, and values;
  • Deep content knowledge in literacy;
  • Knowledge of ELA content and learning theory, current educational trends, blended learning practices, methods, research, technology, and program planning and implementation;
  • Demonstrated the ability to lead people and get results through others;
  • Demonstrated a commitment to investing in one's own cultural competence while also promoting a culture that is diverse and inclusive;
  • 4 or more years of exemplary ELA teaching experience with strong student achievement results;
  • 3 years or more of exemplary teacher coaching and adult management experience.


This position offers a competitive salary range of $93,000 - $110,000, as well as a robust benefits package including a 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Ila Shah at

Breakthrough Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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