Priority Schools Consultant

NJEA announces six positions for  professional development consultants to support the Priority Schools Intervention Initiative.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree and be retired NJREA members because they will be needed for work during the course of the school day. 


  1. Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Professional Development and Instructional Issues (or designee), and in conjunction with and as assigned by the NJEA Coordinator of Priority Schools Intervention; Priority Schools Consultants along with other members of the Priority Schools Intervention team shall assist with the Priority Schools Intervention program designed for the school where they are assigned. 
  2. Provide professional development opportunities at NJEA Priority Schools to assist members in meeting instructional goals of each individual Priority School.
  3. Provide consultation and assistance to local association leaders with respect to various professional development activities.
  4. Provide instruction in professional development areas that are identified as “high interest” areas such as:
    • Classroom management strategies
    • Building Professional/Collaborative Learning Communities
    • Using and analyzing data
    • Collegial coaching/mentoring
    • Instructional strategies for inclusion
    • Core Curriculum Content Standards/Common Core State Standards
    • Instructional strategies
  5. Assist in the development of training modules.
  6. Assist teachers in analyzing classroom and state assessment data to inform instruction.
  7. Provide differentiated support to teachers based on individual needs.
  8. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


  1. Bachelors degree
  2. Active retired member
  3. Availability for assignments during and/or outside of school hours seven days per week.
  4. Personal experience and /or background which demonstrate a high degree of intelligence, integrity, and imagination.
  5. Skillful collaborator as evidenced by:
    • Communication skills
    • Collaboration skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Time management
    • Planning and organizational skills
  6. Skillful in curriculum implementation and evaluation as evidenced by:
    • Knowledge of NJCCCS and Common Core State Standards
    • Knowledge of effective/research based instructional practice
    • Knowledge of assessment
    • Data analysis skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Experience providing/facilitating professional development/learning
    • Knowledge of pedagogy
    • Research Based Ideas
  7. Experience in initiating, planning and executing training activities.
  8. Demonstrated ability to write and speak effectively.
  9. General knowledge of and experience with communication skills and public relations.
  10. Understanding of adult learning needs within teacher training context.
  11. High level of energy and enthusiasm.
  12. Ability to work long hours and under great pressure.
  13. Ability to work cooperatively with people.
  14. Demonstrated ability to train and motivate people.
  15. Flexibility to adjust to the individual circumstances of individual schools and varied groups of educators.

Specific Qualifications

  • Knowledge of current educational trends.
  • Dedication to the advancement of public education.
  • Demonstrated skill in various curricular content areas (math, reading, science, etc.).
  • Knowledge of learning styles, models of teaching, and advances in pedagogy .
  • Ability to communicate effectively about research based instructional practices and student achievement between and among teachers, within and across grade level.
  • Ability to facilitate professional learning activities in the areas of curriculum, instruction, as well as on New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and  the Common Core State Standards.

Letters of interest with résumés should be sent to arrive at NJEA no later than 5 p.m on Jan. 26. Completed applications are due Feb. 9.

Apply to:

Michael Cohan,
Director Professional Development and Instructional Issues

P.O. Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211

NJEA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.