Director of Curriculum and Instruction
- Newark, NJ
Accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year!
The Director of Curriculum and Instruction at People’s Prep will gain experience in leadership, systems, project management, and curricular design. The DCI collaborates with school leaders to ensure all students show dramatic student achievement gains and develop strong character skills to succeed in college and beyond. The primary responsibility of the DCI is to envision, cultivate, and lead an academic environment where every child reaches ambitious targets for school-wide levels of mastery. In addition to serving on the school’s leadership team, s/he coaches a portfolio of teachers, takes leadership of a specific grade level or subject area, teaches one to two sections of students, and facilitates high-impact professional development for staff. This position requires a thoughtful educator with adult leadership experience, deep passion for academic subject matter, a proven ability to manage multiple concurrent projects, and a talent for inspiring outstanding achievement in students.
- A bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
- At least four years of urban teaching experience with a record of high student achievement
- Experience leading and managing adults
- Willingness to seek administrative certification
Desired Skills and Characteristics
- Strong belief in People’s Prep’s mission and educational model
- Exemplary instructional and classroom management skills
- Proven track record of meeting extremely high standards for student achievement
- High level of personal organization and planning
- Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents; clear writer, facilitator and public speaker
- Proven ability to proactively lead by example, effectively manage adults, and seek out feedback
- Team player; maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, and sense of humor
- Intellectual interest in curriculum development, assessment, and models of instruction
The responsibilities of the DCI include, but are not limited to
- Cultivate an environment that values and achieves academic success
- Develop highly effective instructional curriculum and efficient schedule, in collaboration with the school’s instructional leadership.
- Analyze schoolwide data in order to design responsive student interventions.
- Devise and monitor high-impact support plans for struggling students.
- Track other useful academic data (e.g. homework completion rates); inspiringly communicate progress to students, teachers, and parents.
- Demonstrate exceptional teacher leadership
- Directly coach a portfolio of teachers to help them master the essentials of effective instruction as outlined in our teacher evaluation documents.
- Observe lessons regularly and provide targeted feedback to teachers.
- Collaborate with grade/subject teams to plan units, lessons and assessments; regularly share feedback.
- Model outstanding instruction for teachers.
- Facilitate excellent professional development
- Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with the school goals and priorities.
- Write thorough, thoughtful, and actionable professional growth plans for teachers.
- Direct the interim assessment process to ensure teachers are using current data to drive instruction; facilitate regular, meaningful results meetings with teachers.
- Serve as an active member of the school leadership team
- Participate in regular leadership team meetings.
- Lead staff trainings throughout of school year and on PD days.
- Work closely with other school leaders to support efforts in character development and positive school culture.
- Assist teacher leaders in developing leadership skills.
- Model the People’s Prep values; be a visible and highly-engaged leader in the school community.
- Support the school’s 12 months of programming by facilitating and co-planning summer sessions and summer PD.
People’s Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
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