Literacy Curriculum Manager in Camden, NJ at Catapult Learning

Date Posted: 7/23/2019

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Camden, NJ
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    At least 5 year(s)
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Job Description


Catapult Learning, Inc., the largest provider of K–12 contracted instructional services in the U.S., is dedicated to improving academic performance for at-risk and struggling students, including potential dropouts and those with learning and emotional disabilities. The company’s comprehensive portfolio of proven-effective services and solutions complement school and district programs in supporting low-performing students, regardless of learning barrier. With an uncompromising commitment to educational quality, Catapult Learning’s team of 5,600 educators work to achieve sustained academic gains and build teacher and leadership capacity through research-based programs that include intervention, alternative school education, assessment, school improvement, and professional development solutions. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, the company reaches over 300,000 students and 25,000 teachers annually across 500 school districts nationwide.

As part of the Curriculum Team, and under the management of the Vice President, Academics the Manage, Literacy Curriculum and Instruction will manage and direct the development, implementation, and professional learning of literacy curriculum, assessment, and intervention practices. You will manage the development of research-based literacy programs and professional learning and will work collaboratively with the Instructional Excellence and field teams to ensure fidelity and quality of implementation.


  • Partner with leadership to establish and routinely revisit the organizational vision of literacy intervention instruction, incorporating lessons learned from literacy experts, peer organizations, national best-practices and research, and internal pilots
  • Direct and manage the development of proprietary literacy programs and professional learning for Catapult’s internal teams, including Instructional Excellence, field operators, and teachers (50%)
    • Partner with VP, Academics to develop short and long-term literacy curriculum development plans
    • Manage the development of literacy curriculum, including partnering with third-party vendors, hiring and training subject matter experts, and adhering to delivery schedules
    • Partner with Executive Director, instructional Excellence to develop and implement short and long-term professional learning plans
    • Collaborate with Instructional Excellence coaches as highly-skilled literacy leaders at the territory level with a robust skill and knowledge set specific to language and literacy learning
  • Coordinate the implementation of short and long-term professional development plans for Catapult teachers, the IE team, and field teams towards continuous improvement in language and literacy teaching practices to accelerate student learning (30%)
    • Collaborate with Instructional Excellence coaches towards defining/diagnosing territory-level instructional climates and developing strategic action plans towards consistent instructional quality
    • Direct field professional development plans to build program-level leadership capacity in facilitating technical and adaptive change in instructional practices
    • Utilize coaching and teaching relationships to build tailored professional development sessions for fidelity of implementation, increased teaching capacity, and acceleration towards student independence
  • Use data to analyze and improve responsive internal professional development for Catapult’s field teams, including literacy teachers, Supervisors, Area Managers, and Regional Directors (20%)
    • Partner with Research team to collect, manage, and use data to make decisions to improve instructional quality and academic achievement of our students
    • Establish and maintain relationships with Catapult teachers and students to observe implementation, support program-level adjustments, and iterate development of ongoing adult learning
    • Partner with, coach, and train the Instructional Excellence team and field operators in delivery of professional development sessions
    • Plan and run pilots and collect feedback; use feedback to develop national resources
    • Act as a crucial member on the Achieve Literacy Ambassador council

Job Requirements

We are looking for an experienced educator and leader with a diverse background and strong experience improving instructional quality and increasing academic achievement for students. You must be mission-driven and motivated by the opportunity to change children’s lives through education. Catapult will be a great fit for you if you enjoy mission-oriented work, learning from challenges, building and maintaining strong relationships, and you’re constantly looking for ways to push yourself and those around you to improve. We expect our Manager, Literacy Curriculum and Instruction to:

  • Have 5+ years’ teaching experience in K-8 literacy with at-risk students with a track record of strong student achievement.
  • Have 3+ years' teaching experience as a school or district-based interventionist with a focus on literacy learning.
  • Have prior experience in instructional coaching/training and professional development design.
  • Know effective intervention teaching and learning teaching when you see it. Whether you are watching a teacher deliver a lesson or looking at student performance data, you can identify areas in which the teacher is effective, the students show strength, independence, and/or confusion, and what both teacher and student can do to improve immediately and in the long-term.


  • Deep knowledge of content and instruction, especially as it pertains to high-risk, diverse student populations and reading/writing intervention
  • Masters degree in Literacy Acquisition or related field, Reading Specialist licensure, and/or Reading Recovery clinical certification required
  • Up-to-date knowledge of instructional best practices and educational research.
  • Previous experience managing people, preferably a remote workforce.
  • Previous experience planning, developing, and facilitating professional development for teachers and/or school leaders.
  • Ability to track and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to discover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve instructional quality and academic achievement.
  • Strong and transparent communicator who delivers feedback in a direct and compelling way that inspires immediate improvement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including exceptionally high emotional intelligence.
  • Comfort with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment. You will use your knowledge of strong instruction combined with performance data and anecdotal evidence from classroom observations to develop and implement company-wide instructional solutions.
  • An unrelenting commitment to constant learning and improvement, in both your own work and the work of others. You thrive on feedback and implement it quickly to continually improve your practice.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time, to work non-standard hours, and to occasionally work on weekends.