School Success Specialist

at University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

University of Delaware

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Job No: 501025
Work Type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Full Time, Trainers & Educators



The School Success Center (SSC) is a professional learning, research translation, and policy center that aims to improve public education in the K-12 community. With centers located in Newark, DE and Georgetown, DE, SSC provides district administrators, school leaders, and teachers with high-quality professional development, coaching and advocacy for evidenced-based education practices and policies. The SSC supports a dedicated team of approximately 40 full time and part-time education professionals and maintains several school and community partnerships in Delaware and increasingly across the country.

Under the limited direction of the Assistant Director the School Success Specialist is committed to working with and supporting educators in schools by designing and delivering high quality professional development, coaching teachers, and administrators, and influencing State policy related to standards, training and working conditions for teachers and school leaders. This position requires someone with significant knowledge of PK-12 educational leadership in low-performing urban and/or rural schools with diverse populations.

The Literacy School Success Specialist supports schools nationwide in improving literacy instruction at all grade levels. The position requires coaching and the development of professional learning for literacy teachers aligned with the Science of Reading research.

The position requires coaching and professional development, as well as experience working with Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), writing School Improvement Plans, designing and implementing professional learning programs for education leaders, responding to Requests for Proposals from the Delaware Department of Education or other external funding source, and understanding performance evaluation systems for teachers and administrators. This person must be committed to growing and developing school leaders throughout the career continuum, preparing them to tackle the challenges of leading schools in the 21st-century.


  • Customize and provide Professional Learning to meet Local Education Agency needs.
  • Provide coaching support to Local Education Agency that is cohesive across work groups and departments.
  • Ensure brand integrity across docs, slides, etc.
  • Market services of SSC via committee assignments, conference presentations, print materials, product production, and networking.
  • Collaborate with grant writing working group.
  • Serve on and implement SSC initiatives.
  • Design, plan, prepare, deliver, and follow-up on face-to-face, hybrid, and virtual Professional Learning and coaching with as assigned. 100% contact load.
  • Serve on hiring committees.
  • Collect data.


  • Bachelor’s degree, advance degree preferred, and five years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Four years’ experience teaching PK-16.
  • Strong knowledge of evidence-based practices for professional development.
  • Deep knowledge of evidence-based practices in K-12 leadership, math, literacy, or Multi-tiered Systems of Support.
  • Ability to provide professional development and technical guidance in integrating new curriculum and evidence-based instructional strategies into the classroom.
  • Ability to problem-solve, implement, and evaluate solutions.
  • Program coordination and organizational skills.
  • Experience delivering professional development in schools, or at state and national conferences.
  • Experience working in low-performing urban and rural schools with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders including the State Department of Education, department, district and school administrators, teacher, parents and community members.
  • Competence in Microsoft Office products and Google Apps with the ability to write reports and prepare professional presentations.
  • Demonstrated understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

Special Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel in-State and out-of-state with short notice, sometimes for a week.

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Job Posting: 1280384

Posted On: Jun 21, 2024

Updated On: Jun 21, 2024

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