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Instructional Specialist

Nature of Work

The instructional specialist works under general supervision to perform a variety of professional tasks to assist in the coordination of the curriculum used in the school district. The position is responsible for interpreting curriculum changes, updating teachers and principals of those changes, and ensuring instruction is aligned with student needs and curriculum goals. This position also works as a mentor to beginning teachers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Facilitates implementation of curriculum.
Communicates changes in the North Carolina standards to teachers and principals; develops and implements curricular guides to facilitate instruction.
Coordinates and provides ongoing staff development opportunities at the district and school levels to communicate state, district, and school objectives.
Meets with teachers during grade-level planning to assist with curriculum alignment, instructional strategies, data analysis, and state, district, and school assessments.
Facilitates PLC meetings with teachers to review student data and to adjust instruction as needed including determining appropriate inventions.
Stays abreast of research-based instructional strategies by attending professional development sessions and reading professional educational research.
Assists teachers with lesson plan formats, lesson planning, and lesson plan reviews.
Provides support to teachers in their classroom through coaching, modeling, and mentoring.
Provides mentor support to beginning teachers.
Meets regularly with principal to diagnose and determine school needs.
Works towards meeting identified district and school improvement goals.
Creates positive relationships with teachers and administrators.
Helps schools interpret the instructional program to parents and the general public.
Performs other related work as required.


Valid North Carolina Teaching Certificate required.
Master’s Degree preferred.
Minimum of five years teaching experience required.
Record of positive classroom experiences.
Knowledge of North Carolina curriculum.
Ability to conduct professional development for teachers and administrators.
Ability to disaggregate, interpret, and analyze assessment data.
Success working collaboratively with colleagues.
Communicate effectively with administrators, principals, teachers, and parents both orally and in writing.
Considerable knowledge of the county and school board policies, procedures, and standards regarding K-12 education.

Essential Job Functions

Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computers, copiers, SMARTBoards, document cameras, etc.
Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, statements, etc.
Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, evaluations, statements, etc. using prescribed formats.
Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form.
Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.
Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.
Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with emergency situations.
Requires the ability to talk and hear ideas by means of spoken word.
Must be able to communicate effectively.
Reports to:  Principal
FSLA Status:  Exempt
Disclaimer:  The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.
Updated:  October 27, 2021