Position Title:

Literacy Specialist – 2 positions

Reports to:

Literacy Director


Achievement Schools – Central Office 

Memphis, Tennessee

About the Achievement School District:

In January 2010, Tennessee passed the First to the Top Act, a sweeping reform of the state’s education policy that was the cornerstone of its successful Race to the Top application. The Act created the Achievement School District (ASD), a state-run education authority with the power to directly run eligible schools and to authorize charter management organizations to operate schools. The ASD was charged with enacting bold reforms to drive transformational results for students zoned to attend or attending Priority schools. In doing so, the ASD acts as an operator of schools (the directly managed “Achievement Schools” clustered in the Frayser neighborhood in Memphis), authorizes non-profit partners, and works as a catalyst for state-wide school improvement through increased focus on Priority schools and improved student outcomes. The vision of the ASD is for all students in Priority schools to be prepared for success in education, career, and citizenship after high school. In support of this vision, our mission is to fight for justice for Priority school students by committing to excellence, equity, and community in their schools and lives.

Position Overview:

An Achievement School District Literacy Specialist is responsible for designing and executing a teaching and learning strategy that rapidly moves students from current levels of performance to significantly higher performance. The Specialist will serve as a supporter, provide content-focused professional development for teachers and leaders, and collaborate with school leaders to establish and sustain the Achievement Schools’ vision for excellent, sustainable, neighborhood- responsive schools. The Specialist will also collaborate across the ASD portfolio. 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Assists teachers through the development and/or refinement of curriculum and pacing guides. Ensures that curriculum is aligned to district goals, TN Academic Standards and identify skill gaps between grades, thereby ensuring a seamless progression from K through grade 12. 
  • Support district and state-wide initiatives Formulates targets, goals, and activities that support the district and state-wide goals and initiatives. 
  • Guides and supports the selection of textbooks, instructional materials, resources, and technology needed to support curriculum implementation. 
  • Provide high-quality resource materials to content leads and teachers across the portfolio.
  • Monitors implementation of curriculum to support the instructional program in schools. 
  • Plans and conducts monthly professional development sessions for content teachers, principals, and support staff to enhance their content and pedagogical knowledge.
  • Interprets data to determine appropriate professional development opportunities for schools. 
  • Works collaboratively with other content specialists to achieve a system-wide result. 
  • Executes the responsibilities according to lawful and ethical standards. Uses personal judgment and initiative to develop effective and constructive solutions to challenges and obstacles. 
  • Research evidence-based practices and recent literature to improve instructional practices and student achievement. 
  • Create Interim Assessments, analyze the data and align professional learning opportunities with data-determined needs.
  • Conduct school walk-throughs and provide observation feedback to appropriate stakeholders to improve instructional practices.
  • Uses a system for data collection focused on coaching support for each teacher/school. 
  • Shares effective instructional strategies with teachers both individually and through in-service workshops. Assists with unit and lesson planning, observes teachers in the classroom as requested by principals and makes recommendations for improvement in performance. Offers different methods of instructional coaching as needed. 
  • Analyzes state and district assessment data to help target professional development needs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or directed. 

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to swiftly and accurately understand complex data and perform analysis; 
  • Skills in developing data-supported solutions and using fact-based logic; ability to translate complex analysis in easy-to- understand manner and present to a broad audience; 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; 
  • Outstanding leadership skills and ability to enhance high-performing teams through school-based instructional support 
  • Ability to manage daily administrative tasks without losing sight of long-term goals and planning 


    • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution 
    • Master’s in Education from an accredited educational institution preferred 
    • At least 6 years of work experience; Preferably 5 or more years of teaching experience 
    • Experience with turn-around work
    • Experience writing curriculum (and related assessments) 
    • Preferably experience presenting professional development to teachers 
    • Willingness and comfort with facilitating difficult conversations 
    • Ability to lead through influence 
    • Proficient in the use of technology to include video presentation, word processing, database and spreadsheet applications 

Salary and Benefits: 

Salary: up to $83,000. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to lindsey.osborne@tnasd.org

Pursuant to the State of TN’s policy of non-discrimination, the Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.