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29 Mar 2023

Instructional Support Professional Learning Specialist

Illustrative Mathematics

Job Description

Specialist, Professional Learning

Position Summary

The Specialist, Professional Learning will bring together an understanding of IM’s professional learning catalog and IM K–12 Math™, to ensure that professional learning materials are completed, organized, and ready to be delivered according to the product specifications. They will bring attention to detail, management skills, and a deep understanding of professional learning design to develop materials that are of high-quality and fit the needs of sales, implementation, and teacher learning. The Specialist, Professional Learning will report to the Senior Director, K–12 Professional Learning Catalog.

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Remote – United States only

Job Family: Manager/Specialist

Travel: <20 percent 



As a member of our PL team, responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Develop PL materials:
    • Draft, pilot, and revise new PL products and services 
    • Revise products to better align with PL and IM frameworks, style guides, event feedback, and shifting conditions in schools
    • Create project exemplars for larger projects
  2. Bring expertise to the design and revision of PL materials such as advising on ensuring IM’s commitment to access, or to equity, or to supporting effective implementation, is reflected in the design of synchronous and asynchronous PL materials
  3. Work in conjunction with the Manager, PL Operations, PL Project Manager, and the PL Product Manager to ensure on-time delivery of materials
  4. Incorporate research and best practices around equitable teaching practices and culturally responsive teaching pedagogies
  5. Observe PL events (virtually and onsite) and facilitating consultative conversations with customers for the purpose of piloting, revising, and iterating a new product
  6. Lead projects. Examples include:
    • Lead a team to design and create a new PL product
    • Update current PL offerings based on customer feedback and curriculum revisions and enhancements, e.g., editing slides, Pear Deck questions, and documents; updating slide notes; and adding facilitating guidance for particular situations
  7. Collaborate with curriculum and PL teams to create materials and train contractors, facilitators, and partner sales teams
  8. Work with the Implementation Products and Services team to create, pilot, and review new products; and use this work to inform PL product development
  9. About 20 hours of meetings between 10a and 5p ET monthly and about 10 hours of communication with contractors outside of 10a and 5p ET monthly with otherwise flexible working hours
  10. Periodic travel for facilitator training and professional learning


Required Qualifications and Skills

  • A minimum of four years of experience implementing problem-based instruction or supporting educators to implement problem-based instruction
  • A minimum of two years of experience facilitating professional learning for elementary school, middle school, or high school educators
  • A minimum of two years of experience writing professional learning workshops and materials for elementary school, middle school, or high school math educators
  • Demonstrated knowledge of problem-based curriculum; knowledge of the goals and design of IM K–12 Math™ is preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning, teacher professional knowledge, and how teachers can best be supported to shift their practice
  • Excellent mathematics content knowledge, K–12, K–5, or 6–12, including knowledge of the Common Core State Standards and Progressions Documents
  • Familiarity with the purpose, design and implementation of common instructional routines and Math Language Routines, such as Number Talks, Notice and Wonder, and Co-Craft Questions
  • Excellent self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a highly collaborative team to meet departmental and organizational goals]
  • Flexibility to change course when needed and collaborate to refine and improve processes
  • Demonstrated commitment to seeking and listening to feedback that encourages growth, surfaces blindspots, and recognizes and disrupts patterns of inequity.
  • Comfortable with Google Workspace: Drive (permissions, shared drives, etc.), Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc. 
  • Willing to learn: Pear Deck, a Learning Management System, LaTex, Slack, Asana project management software 
  • Must reside in and be legally authorized to work in the USA


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in schools supporting the use of IM K–12 Math or the implementation of problem-based instruction – with students, teachers, and instructional leaders
  • Experience creating materials for professional learning that will be facilitated by others
  • Expertise in any one of the following specific domains
    • Facilitating the learning of coaches, instructional leaders, and other school leaders
    • Coaching teachers or understanding the needs of coaches
    • Designing asynchronous or online professional learning experiences
    • Curating online resources for educators
    • Attending to issues of access (language access, Universal Design for Learning) including for adult learners
    • Attending to issues of equity, and specifically facilitating the learning and reflection of teachers and leaders as they grow in ambitious, equitable instructional practice 


Compensation and Benefits

In alignment with our commitment to equity in practice and policy, Illustrative Mathematics is committed to equity and transparency for our team and offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education. This position is exempt. The annual salary range for this position is $70,000 – $85,000.

IM also offers employees a comprehensive group health benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision, and an employer-sponsored 403b plan with an employer match up to 4% of regular earnings.

How to Apply

Please find more information and the application on our website. Professional Learning Specialist job at IM

Bureaus: Chicago. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.