Content Specialist, ELA

The Achievement Network - Remote - Full time

Content Specialist, ELA

Location: Flexible within the United States

Position is available: Immediately


Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.

At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.


We are seeking an ELA Content Specialist to join our team in providing high-quality, standards-aligned formative assessments to teachers and students across our existing and new school partners. ANet's assessments are a key resource to provide data to teachers and leaders as well as to support them in understanding the expectations of the standards. Reporting to the Director, ELA Content Production, the Content Specialist will serve as an ELA subject matter expert for internal teams and have responsibility for the content development and design of ANet's ELA interim assessments and diagnostic fluency assessments. They will collaborate regularly with other members of the Instructional Products Team as well as other internal teams to ensure alignment and progress towards national-level priorities. The Content Specialist will also lead and manage critical projects in support of the Instructional Products Team and organization-wide goals.


Create ANet ELA interim assessments and supporting materials

Determine item selection and design for ANet interim formative assessments

Write, review, revise and edit items aligned to standards, including traditional and innovative (e.g., technology-enhanced) item types

Develop supplementary materials for schools (e.g. analysis and scoring guides)

Meet all interim and final due dates for assessment creation

Ensure ANet interim assessments align with state standards and appropriate rigor to measure student performance

Research and analyze state standards and other assessment item examples from states and other external organizations

Gather and resolve feedback on assessment content from multiple sources, including internal teams, school and district partners, and external experts

Contribute to the development of assessment and item design specs and review criteria

Provide specific feedback to internal and external assessment writers and editors, ensuring quality and alignment to design principles

Approve items for use on assessments

Create and revise ANet diagnostic fluency assessments

Develop texts for use on fluency assessments for diagnostic and progress monitoring purposes

Revise supporting materials used for administration of the diagnostics and progress monitors

Serve as ELA assessment subject matter expert and resource for overall success of ANet internal teams

Collaborate with the rest of the ELA Assessment Team to support school partner-facing colleagues across the country

Respond to assessment questions and feedback on an ongoing basis

Serves as a resource and consultant for internal teams such as Product, Operations, and School & System Services

Support and, in time, manage ELA Assessment Team projects that inform the team's operational, content, and/or partner support work

Work closely with the other members of the ELA Assessment Team to develop and execute on a strategy to improve and expand our offering to schools


In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates must demonstrate the following:

You have prior experience with, and understanding of, standards-based literacy instruction.

You have a solid understanding of ELA Common Core State Standards.

You bring working knowledge of assessment design principles and best practices.

You know how to communicate complex ideas clearly and confidently and thrive at planning and facilitating meetings or presentations which meaningfully engage participants.

You sweat the small stuff and have a proven track record of producing error-free work, even when working under tight deadlines.

You are a strong project manager who knows how to organize work streams and take initiative to get stuff done.

You are motivated by an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly-collaborative team environment, and desire to contribute to a growing organization.

Most importantly, you have a passionate commitment to, and a sense of urgency for, the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.

You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily.

You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following

preferred qualifications:

You have prior instructional experience teaching ELA.


Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Times Best Nonprofits to Work For and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.

ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; generous paid time-off including 10 paid holidays and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue Apply button.

This role is not intended to be performed in Colorado.

ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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