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Bilingual Senior Coach (Spanish Home Language Arts) & Curriculum Developer

Full-time, Hybrid (New York metropolitan area)

Start Date: As early as June 1, 2023 

About Us: Bridges to Academic Success, a project of the Graduate Center, CUNY, provides educational services and advocates for newcomer multilingual students who enter U.S. schools with limited academic skills, including low levels of literacy and numeracy in their home languages through school programming, curricula, and professional development for educators. We train teachers and administrators to support Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE) and Newcomer multilingual learners with implementation of our curricular materials and resources.  Bridges is grant-funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

General Job Description: We are looking for a full-time Bilingual Senior Instructional Coach and Instructional Designer to join our team of coaches, professional learning developers, curriculum developers and researchers.  The ideal candidate will have a language, literacy and bilingual Spanish background and have experience teaching Newcomer English learners. The candidate will have some experience coaching teachers and/or leading and designing professional learning.

Under the general supervision of an RF (Research Foundation) Project Director/RF Principal Investigator (RFPI), the Instructional Coach must exercise substantial judgment and responsibility in leading the content area of Spanish Home Language Arts in alignment with the extensive systems required to develop and implement multiple Bridges projects across New York State. The Instructional Coach will be responsible for the consistency of Spanish Home Language Arts, coaching, and professional learning with the overall project goals and deadlines of the larger Bridges program.  To accomplish this, the Instructional Coach will maintain rigorous standards of project design and time management, meet regularly with team members to review projects, evaluate progress, set standards, and establish intermediate goals. They will be responsible for communicating efficiently about deadlines and content with all stakeholders about deliverables. 

Specific Job Responsibilities: The Instructional Coach will lead a year-long, online professional learning course, including synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, for the Bridges-NYSED Spanish Home Language Arts (HLA) curriculum. This includes developing all professional learning materials and building a professional learning community among NYS HLA teachers. 

In addition, he/she/they will develop and facilitate professional learning and coaching more broadly for secondary content-area teachers, including an emphasis on language development and scaffolds required to meet the needs of all newcomer ELLs. This will require both individual and collaborative work, on-site and remotely, with teachers and in professional development workshops, with the goal of supporting teachers to accelerate the learning of SIFE and newcomers in language and literacy. 

The coach will be responsible for designing and creating content as well as short videos to support teacher professional learning. All coaches and professional developers are expected to keep logs of their work and debrief on a weekly or biweekly basis with their direct supervisor, who will also offer training and support.  Other tasks will be discussed and designed as needed. 

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience teaching literacy at the K-12 level, with at least some experience at the secondary level;
  • 3+ years experience working with and teaching English Language Learners and preferably SIFE and newcomers; 
  • Experience coaching or mentoring teachers;
  • Experience designing and facilitating professional learning sessions for teachers
  • Strong track record of managing deliverables for external stakeholders
  • Bilingual in Spanish, fluent 
  • Interest in learning Bridges instructional methods, coaching model and design of professional development sessions;
  • Knowledge and experience with curriculum development and design, including backwards design and the integration of content and language objectives;
  • Willingness to give and receive feedback on work and to revise in response to feedback;
  • Ability to develop and adhere to project management timelines and independently manage time effectively; 
  • Ability to adapt to different school contexts; for example, different secondary grade levels, regional differences, school size and population of SIFE and newcomers; 
  • Facility with online platforms or technology including Google Suite; MSOffice; Adobe Acrobat; familiarity and interest in learning additional technology applications as needed; 
  • Ability to fulfill a hybrid position, i.e., remote work plus school visits required in schools across Long Island, New York City, Hudson Valley, occasionally areas of upstate and the West NY region.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with teacher teams. 

The salary range for this position is $82 to 85K, commensurate with experience. 

Benefits include medical and dental insurance, 403(b) plan eligibility, paid vacation and sick leave, and more.

Persons of color and linguistically diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications for the position to [email protected]. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.