Director – Literacy & English Language Arts

Newark Public Schools | Newark, NJ


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Posted Date 5/18/2021
Expiration Date4/02/2023



Director – Literacy & English Language Arts

(Pending availability of funds and Superintendent’s approval)

The Superintendent invites qualified and interested persons to apply for the position of Director- Literacy & English Language Arts.


  1. Master’s degree required in Literacy & English Language Arts or educational administration/leadership.
  2. New Jersey School Administrator Certificate (preferred).
  3. New Jersey Principal Certificate.
  4. New Jersey Literacy & English Language Arts Certificate.
  5. Minimum of three (3) years successful experience as a principal or district administrator.
  6. Minimum of four (4) years successful experience in teaching Literacy & English Language Arts.


I. Management and Coaching of Instructional Staff

  1. Observes, coaches, and evaluates Teachers, Department Chairs, and District Supervisors, as well as provides ongoing professional development for targeted improvement in identified growth areas.
  2. Provides constructive feedback to Principals, Vice Principals, District Supervisors, and Department Chairs on the improvement of student achievement and effective implementation of the Literacy & English Language Arts curricular programs.
  3. Monitors all Teach NJ Educator Effectiveness activities (IPDP/CAP), observations, and evaluations) of Department Chairs of Literacy & English Language Arts, District Level Supervisors, and Teachers of Literacy & English Language Arts.
  4. Validates evaluation ratings of Department Chairs of Literacy & English Language Arts, District Level Supervisors, and Teachers of Literacy & English Language Arts.
  5. Assumes the orientation and mentor responsibilities of all novice Department Chairs of Literacy & English Language Arts and District-level Supervisors, as well as monitors the orientation and mentorship of Teachers and Teacher Coaches.
  6. Leverages Department Chairs of Literacy & English Language Arts, Teacher Coaches, and Academic Interventionists to reach maximum implementation of District approved curricular guides and intervention strategies by providing monthly and quarterly ongoing professional development opportunities.
  7. Synthesizes all Literacy & English Language Arts achievement quarterly reports and provide a comprehensive review and presentation at various forums throughout the school year.

II. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  1. Serves as the District’s leader and expert in the area of Literacy & English Language Arts.
  2. Authors, updates, and furnishes rigorous K-12 Literacy & English Language Arts curriculum guides, bridge manuals if applicable, and technological resources to the District.
  3. Leads the District’s textbook adoption committee and process ensuring all curricular resources and supplements are fully vetted; meeting State standards (NJSLS) and the diverse needs of all students.
  4. Develops a comprehensive strategy to guarantee an accurate inventory and timely distribution of all curricular resources.
  5. Develops all K-12 Literacy & English Language Arts diagnostics, interim assessments, District assessments, mid-term and final exams.
  6. Collaborates with the Director of Bilingual and ESL services, and the Executive Director of Special Education to ensure curriculum guides, units of student, resources, and assessments are tailored for all learners.
  7. Collaborates with all District Directors to ensure curriculum guides, units of study, resources, and assessments are aligned to State standards and result in interdisciplinary opportunities.

III. Organizational Leadership

  1. Establishes and executes organizational systems and strategies to monitor District Supervisors, Department Chairs, Teacher Coaches, and District goals.
  2. Develops and monitors strategies for high-level collaboration among faculty and staff.
  3. Communicates effectively and maintains a positive disposition in all circumstances to ensure an outcome that promotes student academic achievement, staff professional development, and District-wide success.
  4. Performs other duties as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.

IV. Literacy & English Language Arts Improvement Plan

  1. Engages collaboratively in the school-wide and District-wide Literacy & English Language Arts effort to build a shared vision and supportive culture, identify common goals, and monitor and evaluate progress toward those goals.
  2. Participates actively as a Literacy & English Language Arts team member to improve teaching and learning in the school and District.
  3. Participates actively as part of school team, giving feedback on Literacy & English Language Arts practice, examining student work, analyzing data from multiple sources, making decisions to improve student learning, and being accountable for each students learning in the area of Literacy & English Language Arts.
  4. Reports results of improvement plan effectiveness to school Principals as well as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and Deputy Superintendent on a regular basis.
  5. Helps design and participates in school and/or District professional development activities to improve Literacy & English Language Arts teachings and learning.
  6. Helps design and participates in parent and family workshops to enhance Literacy & English Language Arts learning at home and school.
  7. Engages in professional learning to enhance his/her knowledge and skill in Literacy & English Language Arts, contributes to the knowledge and skills of Supervisors, Department Chairpersons, Teacher Coaches, as well as Teachers, and work collaboratively to advance professional practice in Literacy & English Language Arts.
Knowledge and Abilities
  1. Knowledge of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for curriculum, assessment and instruction.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of subject specialty and effective teaching methods.
  3. Ability to create a District-level professional development program.
  4. Ability to maintain a positive learning environment.
  5. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  6. Required criminal history background check and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status *As defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-9 Instructional certificates.
Reports To
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Salary, Terms & Affiliation
  1. Salary: $125,000-$143,000
  2. Employment period: 12 Month
  3. Union affiliation: City Association of Supervisors and Administrators (C.A.S.A.).
How to Apply
Newark Board of Education is only accepting electronic applications.
Open and Close Dates

OPENING DATE: May 17, 2021
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled
Job ID: 594


Type of Job (K-12 or Higher Ed.)

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