Content Specialist, ELA
Location: Flexible within the United States
Position is available: Immediately


Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools – both district and charter – in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.

At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partners. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.


We are seeking an ELA Content Specialist to join our team in providing high-quality, standards-aligned formative assessments to teachers and students across our existing and new school partners. ANet’s assessments are a key resource to provide data to teachers and leaders as well as to support them in understanding the expectations of the standards. Reporting to the Managing Director, ELA Assessments, the Content Specialist will serve as an ELA subject matter expert for internal teams and have responsibility for the content development and design of ANet’s ELA interim assessments and diagnostic fluency assessments. They will collaborate regularly with other members of the Instructional Products Team as well as other internal teams to ensure alignment and progress towards national-level priorities. The Content Specialist will also lead and manage critical projects in support of the Instructional Products Team and organization-wide goals.


Create ANet ELA interim assessments and supporting materials

  • Determine item selection and design for ANet interim formative assessments
  • Write, review, revise and edit items aligned to standards, including traditional and innovative (e.g., technology-enhanced) item types
  • Develop supplementary materials for schools (e.g. analysis and scoring guides)
  • Meet all interim and final due dates for assessment creation

Ensure ANet interim assessments align with state standards and appropriate rigor to measure student performance

  • Research and analyze state standards and other assessment item examples from states and other external organizations
  • Gather and resolve feedback on assessment content from multiple sources, including internal teams, school and district partners, and external experts
  • Contribute to the development of assessment and item design specs and review criteria
  • Provide specific feedback to internal and external assessment writers and editors, ensuring quality and alignment to design principles
  • Approve items for use on assessments

Create and revise ANet diagnostic fluency assessments

  • Develop texts for use on fluency assessments for diagnostic and progress monitoring purposes
  • Revise supporting materials used for administration of the diagnostics and progress monitors

Serve as ELA assessment subject matter expert and resource for overall success of ANet internal teams

  • Collaborate with the rest of the ELA Assessment Team to support school partner-facing colleagues across the country
  • Respond to assessment questions and feedback on an ongoing basis
  • Serves as a resource and consultant for internal teams such as Product, Operations, and School & System Services
  • Support and, in time, manage ELA Assessment Team projects that inform the team’s operational, content, and/or partner support work
  • Work closely with the other members of the ELA Assessment Team to develop and execute on a strategy to improve and expand our offering to schools


In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • You have prior experience with, and understanding of, standards-based literacy instruction.
  • You have a solid understanding of ELA Common Core State Standards.
  • You bring working knowledge of assessment design principles and best practices.
  • You know how to communicate complex ideas clearly and confidently and thrive at planning and facilitating meetings or presentations which meaningfully engage participants.
  • You sweat the small stuff and have a proven track record of producing error-free work, even when working under tight deadlines.
  • You are a strong project manager who knows how to organize work streams and take initiative to get stuff done.
  • You are motivated by an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly-collaborative team environment, and desire to contribute to a growing organization.
  • You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily.
  • You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet’s Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.
  • Most importantly, you have a passionate commitment to, and a sense of urgency for, the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

  • You have prior instructional experience teaching ELA.


Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Times Best Nonprofits to Work For and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.

We offer comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: medical, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; generous paid time-off including 10 paid holidays and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays; paid parental leave; educational expenses reimbursements; flexible spending accounts; professional development; a 401(k) plan with a 4% match; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance. We also offer an inclusive environment where we welcome you to bring your whole self to work every day.

The salary range for this position is $78,800 – $118,200. New staff members typically start between the range minimum and midpoint based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In order to uphold our commitment to equity, ANet does not negotiate pay.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application online.

ANet has implemented a Mandatory Vaccination Policy, which requires all staff to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons prior to commencement of employment unless applicable state or local law provides otherwise.


ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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