Program Specialist - Writing

New Haven Unified School District

Class Title:

Program Specialist – Writing

Job Description

Basic Function

Under the direction of the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, provide support in curriculum and professional learning; coordinate and implement the District Writing Program; serve as a liaison between curriculum leaders, instructional personnel and other District staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide support in standards-based writing curriculum.
  • Provide support in curriculum and professional learning; collaborate with others to identify professional learning needs necessary to support established standards and adopted materials.
  • Provide support in textbook and curriculum adoption process; organize the development of content area standards and benchmarks.
  • Serve as writing coach.
  • Serve as a liaison between subject area committees, instructional personnel and other District staff; respond to inquiries and provide information concerning the District curriculum and assigned activities.
  • Provide support to classroom teachers with the implementation of the Writing Standards.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of program goals and curriculum.
  • Assist classroom teachers in diagnosing curricular weaknesses through interim assessment and planning appropriate differentiated instruction; provide professional development and training concerning research and teaching techniques.
  • Assist in the assessment of student skills; assist staff with analyzing and interpreting related data.
  • Assist classroom teachers with identifying appropriate interventions for students.
  • Provide assistance to classroom teachers in supporting the needs of English learners.
  • Conduct demonstration lessons that model effective instructional strategies.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to assigned activities; process forms and applications as necessary.
  • Collaborate with site administrators, program personnel, students and parents to enhance district instructional programs.
  • Provide support in Interventions and Summer School Program.
  • Coordinate assigned subject area committees; revise and edit standards and benchmarks in response to committee input.
  • Provide leadership to District writing program and assessments.
  • Attend and participate in assigned meetings and conferences.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to assigned activities.
  • Operate a variety of office equipment including a computer and assigned software.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Demonstrated Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge Of:

  • California Content Standards
  • Curricular practices, research and methodologies.
  • Instructional strategies used in the enhancement of curricular programs.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Standardized and performance based assessment practices.
  • School climate and culture.
  • Curriculum, goals and objectives.
  • Principles of training and providing work direction.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Public speaking techniques.
  • Record-keeping and report preparation techniques.
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

Ability To:

  • Provide support in standards-based classrooms.
  • Provide support in curriculum and professional learning.
  • Coordinate curriculum adoption process in assigned areas.
  • Serve as a liaison between subject area committees, instructional personnel and other District staff.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Learn District organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Learn department and program objectives and goals.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Pal and organize work.
  • Maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance.
  • Move hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  • Hear and speak to exchange information.
  • See to read a variety of materials.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Any combination equivalent to: bachelor’s degree and three years teaching experience.

Licenses and Other Requirements

  • Valid California Teaching Credential
  • Valid California Class C driver’s license

Working Conditions:


  • Office and classroom environment

How to Apply


The application process is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Browse New Haven US job listings and submit an online application on Ed-Join.
  2. When the hiring principal is ready to interview, applicants will be considered and may be selected to interview.
  3. If selected to interview, you will be contacted by the school to set an appointment.
  4. Once you have interviewed, if you are selected for the position, you will be contacted by the personnel department. If you are not selected for the position, you will be notified by the school.