Open executive Job in Academic & University Director of Academics and Research to Practice

A program of the Atlanta Speech School (the “School”), the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy (the “Rollins Center”) is dedicated to
the mission of training and supporting teachers and other providers of young children in the area of language and literacy development. The
Rollins Center works in partnership with other organizations to end our state and nation’s illiteracy epidemic. More specifically, the
Rollins Center strives to break the cycle of illiteracy for children whose families have experienced generational lack of access to
educational opportunity. We synthesize the nation’s best research in this area and translate it into best practices that teachers, schools,
and school and public health systems can act upon immediately. Through our on-site live work and online campus, we offer ongoing mentoring
and coaching to teachers with the goal that by 2020, ALL children are on a path to reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Our
online Read Right from the Start on the Cox Campus courses are available free of charge ( There are currently
23,000 teachers and other providers from all 50 states and 24 other countries who are enrolled on the Campus.


January 2018

The Rollins Center is seeking a Director of Academics
and Research to Practice to be a part of the School’s leadership team and work in partnership with the Rollins Center’s Director of Strategy
and Operations toward the Center’s 2020 goal. Reporting to the School’s Chief Academic Officer, the Director of Academics and Research to
Practice will be responsible for the quality and integrity of Rollins core academic content, and professional learning practices, and

Main areas of responsibilities are:

  • provide academic content leadership in the area of
    best practices that support the language and literacy development of children birth to 8 years and in proven instructional coaching methods
    that will support the implementation of such practices
  • mentor and support Rollins Center facilitators staff (internal professional
  • guide work relating to the collection, analysis, interpretation, and sharing of information and data for the purpose
    of organizational learning and continuous program improvement

The Director will engage with national experts and researchers on
brain and language and literacy development and external agencies regarding the development of academic content, to ensure our content
remains aligned with latest research and developments.

The ideal candidate:

  • excels as a subject
    matter expert in the area of language and literacy engagement and instruction practices for children birth to 8 years
  • has
    established experience in proven instructional coaching practices that support implementation and systems change to ensure teachers
    understand and are committed to bringing research to practice in their classrooms



  • Guide the development of academic content in the area of
    language and literacy development and research-based practices for teachers, support staff, and educational health leaders of children birth
    to 3rd grade
  • Work closely with and serve as a subject matter expert to instructional designers and other team members in the
    development of content
  • Plan and guide the development of instructional coaching content (e.g. our adapted Jim Knight coaching
    model) for teachers, support staff, and educational leaders of children birth to 3rd grade
  • Actively pursue opportunities to
    continue to learn best practices in coaching through research, professional development, and other learning opportunities
  • In
    consultation with internal and external subject matter experts, review/evaluate current content to ensure that it is meeting the intended
    objectives, and make improvements and revisions, as needed


  • In
    partnership with other Rollins leadership team members, develop annual professional learning plans for all facilitator staff members to
    master new and updated content
  • Develop an on-boarding training plan for all new Rollins Center facilitators staff
  • Develop
    fidelity measures/checklists to evaluate facilitators on their knowledge and delivery of content
  • Manage professional learning plans
    within set budget
  • Collaborate with Directors and Curriculum Specialists of the Speech School’s academic and clinical programs to
    develop a plan for reciprocal sharing of academic, coaching, and professional content, to integrate institutional knowledge and practices
    across the School’s various departments


  • Use evaluation and outcome data to make
    improvements to content that will ensure efficacy of core content and coaching model
  • Oversee all evaluation-related activities
    including acting as a liaison for all external evaluation work and leading all outcome-related reporting activities
  • Identify
    indicators of success and set challenging but achievable annual targets
  • Make recommendations for data gathering strategies or
  • In close collaboration with data analyst and Speech School’s Director of Research and Innovation, lead preparation of
    reports with analyzed data for a variety of audiences
  • Interpret data and contribute to report writing that communicates a
    compelling story for partners and funders
  • Present data in various formats to multiple audiences, including public presentations,
    partner meetings, and written documents

Supervisory Responsibilities: Directly supervises content development
teams, instructional designers and data and evaluation analyst.


  • Ph.D. preferred,
    Master’s degree required in Language and Literacy Education or closely related field, with at least 10 years of experience in language and
    literacy coaching and teacher training
  • 7+ years of experience in leadership preferred
  • Strong background in early literacy
    content and pedagogy – with specific emphasis on knowledge and implementation of construction of the reading brain
  • Ability to
    utilize effective professional development models and evaluation data to instruct personnel on best practices in education and
    research-based instructional strategies that have been proven to increase teacher effectiveness in the classroom
  • Extensive and
    successful background in teaching
  • Previous experience and proficiency in producing high-quality, original written reports for
    presentations both internally and externally
  • Experience in curriculum design/content development and instructional design
  • Knowledge of principles of education theory and practice
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills – including experience with Grant writing
  • Passion, integrity,
    positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

Compensation and

This is a 220-day, full-time position, offering a generous benefit package including health/dental/life/vision and
long term disability insurance. The Speech School subsidizes health insurance premiums of staff and families. Other benefits include
Flexible Spending Account; 403(b) Plan; cost reduction of some Atlanta Speech School services; complimentary meals during onsite working
hours; and accrued sick leave.

Salary is commensurate with experience.


To ensure that your application is considered, please submit all of the following documents:
cover letter,
resume, and college transcript. In addition, please provide a written statement describing how your skills, talents, and expertise would
support the Rollins Center in reaching its 2020 goal of ALL children being on a path to reading proficiently by the end of third grade
(please limit to 500 words).

Iris Goodson
Director of Human Resources


Subject line:
Director of Academics and Research to Practice

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