Organization: National Heritage Academies (NHA)

Location: MI, NY, LA, NC, and OH

Express Interest


National Heritage Academies (NHA), one of the nation’s leading charter school management organizations, currently operates 83 schools across nine states serving over 57,000 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Founded in 1995 and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, NHA is a for-profit organization with nearly 5,000 employees. NHA’s system of schools is designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide a public school choice to families so that their children are prepared for success. NHA has the highest renewal rate among charter schools, a key indicator of value and prominence in the market. NHA offers a rigorous and challenging curriculum designed to prepare students for high academic achievement in successive schooling environments. The NHA goal is to graduate students who have not only had the opportunity to achieve academic excellence, but who have also acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in high school, college, and beyond. A passion and dedication to the mission of serving children and partnering with communities to provide an excellent educational experience permeates the culture of the organization.

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Candidate Profile:

National Heritage Academies (NHA) seeks a visionary and inspiring leader to lead and manage ELA curriculum development and instruction at one of the fastest growing public charter school management companies in the country. Operating across nine states, NHA offers an adaptable curriculum that can be aligned with each state’s standards, with a unique college-bound approach that articulates the specific knowledge and skills students are expected to master, in each content area at each grade level. This is a new role and an exciting opportunity for an experienced, driven, and collaborative professional to set the strategy and lead the implementation of a multi-year, $10M curricular tool initiative for K-8. Reporting to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and partnering closely with members of the Curriculum and Instruction leadership team, the Director of ELA Curriculum will help to ensure consistency and high standards throughout all of NHA’s schools.

This is a full-time role with location preference for Grand Rapids, Michigan or elsewhere in the state of Michigan. Exceptional candidates in New York, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Ohio will also be considered.

The key responsibilities of the Director of ELA Curriculum include:

  • Set the vision and direction for ELA instruction in all NHA schools, supporting the development of custom training and professional development solutions to meet each school’s individual learning needs
  • Assess NHA’s current ELA curriculum and identify areas for improvement to inform and shape longer-term ELA strategy
  • Lead the alignment of NHA’s curriculum, instructional practices, assessments, and professional development to state and college readiness standards
  • Manage and support a team of seven ELA curriculum specialists that provide support and professional development to teachers and leaders at all schools
  • Enhance teacher quality through the Curriculum and Instruction department’s direct coaching at schools
  • Identify NHA’s ELA curricular tools and develop metrics and measures to assess effectiveness
  • Research best practices with regards to ELA curriculum, professional development, and student learning
  • Collaborate with other teams in school quality, school leadership development, and information and analytics


  • At least 5-10 years of experience in teaching, school leadership, and/or district level administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in ELA or language/literacy curriculum, instruction, and training at the elementary and/or middle school level
  • Strategic leadership skills, with the ability to develop a clear vision for ELA instruction, manage multiple workstreams, achieve buy-in from diverse stakeholders, and implement it on the ground level
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate a team to achieve organizational goals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a style that is both assertive and direct, as well as supportive and collaborative
  • Experience working with diverse student populations across multiple districts and/or states preferred
  • Prior experience working in a charter environment and/or a passion for the charter model
  • Passionate about the purpose and vision of NHA and belief in and exemplification of NHA’s core values
  • Master’s degree in curriculum, instruction, language, literacy, and/or teaching, or equivalent formal training in the field of education preferred
  • Flexibility and ability to travel

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


National Heritage Academies has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Alena Guerra here.

National Heritage Academies is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit