Lesley University — Primary Literacy Trainer

About Lesley University:
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 7,000 students and 83,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a tuition remission policy that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.

Job Description:
Conducts professional development for Grade PreK – 2 educators and administrators for the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative (CRR), including Literacy Collaborative and Leveled Literacy Intervention, and creates new professional development programs based on current research on effective practices.


  • Plan and deliver professional development offerings that include Literacy Collaborative, Leveled Literacy Intervention, and specialized institutes for school leaders and literacy coaches
  • Design and deliver professional development for teachers, coaches, administrators and school literacy teams.
  • Review and select professional development materials and children’s books for use in trainings.
  • Coordinate with clients and CRR support staff to ensure quality completion of projects.
  • Plan new models of professional development for a range of audiences and teaching platforms
  • With faculty team and under direction of Assistant Director, develop a range of Primary Literacy Programs, and design professional development for teachers that addresses the literacy needs of all students.
  • Collaborate with CRR staff on marketing strategies, including conducting client recruitment and information sessions.
  • Review and edit marketing materials as requested.
  • Serve as a faculty liaison to schools and districts implementing school-wide literacy improvement
  • Arrange site visits to support high quality implementation of the school improvement model to a roster of schools in a multi-state region. This includes coaching trainees about teaching children and adults, and providing guidance and information to school and district level teams, trainers and administrators.
  • Facilitate effective implementation of school-wide literacy improvement. This includes email, webinar, and telephone communication as well as ongoing professional development.
  • Monitor progress of school and districts through notes, correspondence and database entries. Read and provide feedback on school reports.
  • Work with school partners to ensure continuity of training and teaching.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of student information.
  • Author materials for program use and to advance the field
  • Collaborate with CRR faculty and school-based trainers to create publications and materials that advance the field.
  • Present at and participate in CRR-sponsored events and other education conferences.
  • Contribute to ongoing research and evaluation.
  • Work with CRR researchers and faculty as well as colleagues at other university training sites to guide national-level program evaluation and research. Generate questions to inform and guide research.
  • Analyze and respond to professional development and training evaluations.
  • With faculty, research and grant teams, generate ideas for training research, development and evaluation projects with potential for grant funding.
  • When involved in grant-funded projects, write and edit sections of grant project proposals and reports as requested.


  • M.A. or M.Ed. in Reading Instruction, Literacy, Elementary Education, or related field.
  • At least five years’ of successful classroom teaching experience, the majority of which should be at the PreK – 2 level.
  • One of the following required: a) Reading Recovery training OR b) Literacy Collaborative K – 2 Literacy coach training OR 3 years literacy coach/staff development experience.
  • Extensive understanding of current literacy theory, and experience in staff development of in-service and/or graduate level teachers in literacy and an academic background in literacy and language development.
  • Strong administrative skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of school stakeholders.
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license and a schedule that allows occasional evening and weekend work, as well as travel for up to a week at a time.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and the ability to create PowerPoint and online presentations.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a visa, your visa status must allow you to work at Lesley University.

Preferred Skills

  • K – 6 successful classroom teaching experience is a plus.
  • Interest in using technology to enhance teaching a plus.

Additional Information:
Salary Grade 27: $70,138 – $103,805


Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of the university community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:
A cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references must be included for full consideration.

Applications will be reviewed upon the establishment of an appropriate pool of candidates.

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