Chief of Instruction and Design at Literacy Design Collaborative

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is an expanding set of classroom teachers, school and district leaders, state organizations, and a wide array of service providers meeting the literacy demands of the common core standards. Harnessing the “wisdom of teacher practice”, the LDC community has developed a shared teaching framework and built out tasks, modules, online tools, resources, and school-imbedded instructional processes created by teachers for teachers that meet the challenges of secondary literacy head on.

LDC is a new, non-profit organization with significant Gates Foundation funding. The organization has a nationwide reach in over 34 states and entrepreneurial focus to lead and manage LDC’s national efforts to support teachers’ implementation of the college and/or career ready expectations embodied in the Common Core Learning Standards. LDC is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity while its own 501(c)(3) designation is pending.

The Chief of Instruction and Design (CID) serves in a leadership and managerial capacity, working with other LDC staff and external consultants to develop and chart the national strategy to drive LDC adoption by tens of thousands more teachers over the next several years while addressing the need to implement systemic instructional quality methodologies at scale. To address these quality demands, the CID will work with staff, consultants, and external partners to create or source, from effective LDC practices in classrooms and schools across the country, a comprehensive system of professional development, training resources, and online content. Additionally, the CID plays a lead role in ensuring that LDC standards and supports are closely attuned to the realities of the classroom, so as to ensure that teacher voice informs all LDC organizational decisions.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this is an ideal opportunity for a seasoned manager and strategic thinker to play a critical role in leading a new organization as it creates a national profile to support hundreds of thousands of teachers in implementing the Common Core Standards.


– Play a primary leadership role in the development of LDC’s short, intermediate, and long-term instructional strategy to support teacher adoption of the LDC framework and resources.
– Advise the Executive Director and LDC Board on long-term organizational strategies.
– Work with the Executive Director and other senior staff to identify and implement measurable goals to confirm the extent of the framework’s adoption, the impact in changing teacher practice, and, ultimately, the improvement in student outcomes.
– Build quality professional development assurance systems, including the creation of a credentialing ladder and competency framework for LDC community members, which incorporate local context and innovation.
– Utilize data and feedback from educators to inform, refine, and enhance LDC program quality to better serve teachers and students and to build a strong community culture.
– Generate a strategy using LDC’s new online educator engagement tools and resources (blended, asynchronous, social media, etc.) to support teacher adoption and the development of a vibrant LDC learning community.
– Develop digital professional development resources with partner support, which promote the spread of quality LDC classroom implementation.
– Support the Marketing and Communication Director’s efforts in order to accelerate teacher adoption.
– Create systems to identify, collect, contextualize, and share LDC content (curriculum, modules, lesson plans, mini tasks, PD artifacts, student work exemplars, etc.) including support for emerging exemplary modules and other content quality control tools and processes.

Candidate Requirements:

– 5+ years of experience in (K-12) classroom instruction; middle or high school experience in and experience as a school administrator preferred
– Deep knowledge of literacy instruction in content areas
– Effectiveness at leading teacher learning/inquiry communities in a coaching role
– Demonstrated experience working with established curriculum design framework(s)
– A track record of success in driving student achievement through instructional, administrative, and programmatic means
– Substantial experience as a participant and/or leader within educator-led communities of practice, including blended and online communities
– Experience with organizing professional learning events for educators
– Effective project management skills and systems thinking orientation
– Innovative and entrepreneurial, action-oriented, and highly collaborative

How to apply

throughout US, New York
The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)