Instructional Specialist
Job Details
Northern VA: Prince William, Woodbridge, Stafford, Richmond - , VA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Up to 50%
Instructional Specialist

The Teacher Resources Instructional Specialist (TRIS) is laser focused on providing instructional support, coaching,  and ongoing programmatic inputs for Participate Learning’s cultural exchange teachers. The TRIS contributes to the successful arrival and orientation of all new educators; s/he facilitates a smooth transition to their new local environment and provides ongoing logistical support throughout the teacher's tenure with Participate Learning.


Essential Functions

As a Participate Learning’s Instructional Specialist, you support the instructional wellbeing of Participate Learning’s international educators. You work closely with the Manager of Teacher Resources to provide support and instructional guidance to Participate Learning teachers in the K-12 setting. You diligently coordinate activities in support of the arrival and initial adjustment of teachers in addition to diagnosing problems and providing feedback in coordination with Participate Learning and onsite school administration. You work collaboratively with other team members to support the assigned cohort of teachers as well as other teachers as needed, providing timely 1:1 coaching (virtual and on-site), targeted 1:1 and small group instructional and curriculum planning and resource support with a focus on instructional quality, teacher success, and retention. Furthermore, you proactively collaborate with the Teacher Resources team to handle issues resolution in a compassionate and professional manner.  


As a member of the Teacher Resources team, you actively participate in the development of projects related to the programmatic support of international teachers and share accountability for the successful arrival and orientation of all new educators, facilitating a smooth transition to their new communities, and on-going communications and support. The primary goal for the team you are a member of is teacher success and retention, focusing proactively on providing information and resources, as well as responding to issues or concerns. 


As a member of the TS team, you attend Participate Learning–sponsored teacher functions such as  social events and you take an active role in delivering professional development sessions in support of the successful teaching experience and retention of teachers.

Key Knowledge, Skill, Ability and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree; advanced degree preferred.

  • Minimum 3-5 years of teaching experience required, U.S. public school system experience preferred.

  • Experience with mentoring/coaching teachers required.

  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

  • Skill to identify classroom issues and provide appropriate advice, support or resources.

  •  Knowledge of U.S. education system relative to the experience of an international teacher (e.g., organizational structure, terminology, current practices in education etc.)

  • Knowledge of cultural adjustment theories and cross-cultural communications.

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize, multi-task, and follow through.

  • Superior oral and written communication skills.

  • Creative, constructive problem solving and issue resolution with analytical skills.

  • Excellent customer service experience.

  • Comfortable with the use of technology and tech tools for communication, documentation and community building. 

  • Skill to problem solve independently, review own work and the work of others in order to identify and correct errors. 

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and to influence and positively lead change and transition.

  • Demonstrated passion for cultural awareness and international education.

  • Ability to work weekends and/or evenings as required.

Travel required

  • Up to 40-50%  travel to schools and districts across Virginia.

Preferred locations

  • Northern VA: Prince William, Woodbridge, Stafford, Richmond


Due to the nature of our work with teachers and schools, COVID-19 vaccine is a requirement for new hires, however the company will consider accommodations for disability and religious reasons.