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Specialist, Instructional Design (Literacy)



Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024

Working Configuration: Hybrid (3+ days a week in office)

Office Location: Cambridge, MA

Reports To: Director, Instructional Design

Who We Are - About NewGlobe

NewGlobe is working with visionary governments around the world to dramatically improve the quality of basic education. Founded in 2007, we partner with governments to provide integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement -- all grounded in learning science -- to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, Our data-driven approach has been validated by a Nobel-winning researcher and recognition by international leaders in Education. We imagine a world where all children can access an education that unlocks their full potential.

NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe -- a more equitable globe -- to join us. More information:

About the Role

The Global Programs team writes foundational skill programs. One of these is a leveled reading program, which has been designed so that each grade in each of our programs receives a reading course pitched at the just-right level.

For many students, we don’t have a just-right level to offer yet. In schools just starting a partnership with us, there is a staggering number of students who are in the middle of primary school or older and cannot read at all. The lowest level of our reading program isn’t right for them; it was written for young children who have had little exposure to print before, who have more language and skills to learn at a slower rate.

We are building a remedial reading program for older students who need to learn basic phonics and decoding with materials that are developmentally appropriate, no-frills, and focused tightly on catching students up to their peers.

As the Literacy Specialist, you will be the lead author of this program.

What You Will Do

  • Design a scope and sequence for a year-long remedial program that brings students reading below 40 correct words per minute on texts leveled at Grade 1 to 60 correct words per minute to texts leveled at Grade 3.
  • Design a textbook and create specifications for decodable reading passages
  • Develop fully-scripted lessons that contain phonics, decoding, and remedial reading exercises
  • Work with a program director and team of writers to guide the execution of all program components
  • Apply feedback from stakeholders to iterate on and perfect the program

What You Should Have

  • At least 5 years of experience teaching reading interventions or developing remedial reading programs
  • Pedagogical alignment with approaches based on systematic phonics and the science of reading and scripted instruction
  • Experience responding to fluency data to help students meet fluency goals or adjust interventions
  • Openness to adapting materials or an approach to suit different global contexts
  • Familiarity with standard reading assessments, programs, and norms (EGRA, DIBELS, Woodcock Reading Mastery tests, Reading A-Z, Hasbrouck and Tindal, Reading Mastery)

What We Offer

  • Opportunity for impact: The Instructional Design department as a whole directly impacts the experiences of over one million children
  • Flexible hybrid working arrangement.
  • Health + Dental insurance
  • 20 paid leave days (excluding public holidays) and 6 sick days
  • Career Mobility: Needs within the organization are growing rapidly. Mobility to other teams is welcomed!

Values of Successful Employees at NewGlobe

We are looking for new joiners who are energized by our mission and share our values.

Detailed doers, creative problem-solvers, relentless advocates, malleable learners, data-driven decision-makers and curious investigators do well at NewGlobe. Learn more about our values and how to succeed as a job-seeker at NewGlobe on our LinkedIn page.

What to Expect from the Interview Process

We have a rigorous, merit based hiring process. The process is designed to simulate the essential parts of the job and introduce you to your role in the business should you join our team. Apply via our website.

  • A brief online assessment and personality inventory
  • A screening interview with a member of the TA team
  • A functional interview with the reporting manager
  • A values interview with a member of the hiring team A reference check

We are committed to a fair process free of discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship or disability.