Dean of Curriculum and Instruction (Troy)

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable and by designing and implementing "best-in-class" teacher training. The organization has achieved outstanding academic results based on internal assessments, statewide exams, and graduation milestones. Its schools consistently outperform their district schools and are among the highest performing urban schools in their cities and states. To learn more about Uncommon, click here .
 
Position Overview
The Dean of Curriculum & Instruction (DCI) is a school-based position that focuses on supporting teachers and instructional leaders to deliver the most rigorous and joyful academic experience for our students through observation and feedback, data-driven instruction, curriculum and assessment, professional development, building team culture through strong leadership skills, and contributions to organization-wide initiatives. As part of the instructional team, the DCI plays a central role in the success of their school. The DCI also works closely with the Principal and Director of Operations of their school as well as fellow DCIs across Uncommon.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Data-Driven Instruction
    • Facilitate assessment cycles including scheduling, quality assurance of assessment materials, and teacher/student preparation with the support of school leadership
    • Conduct deep analysis of data in order to lead effective analysis meetings with teachers/content areas
    • Create grade level/content area action plans and materials to address data
    • Execute data meetings based on daily student work samples
    • Monitor grade-level progress against assessment cycle benchmarks
  • Observation and Feedback
    • Conduct daily observations and plan/execute 6-step feedback meetings that lead to teacher and instructional leader development and support implementation of action steps
    • Provide real-time feedback to teachers during instruction
    • Contribute to teachers' mid-year reviews
  • Curriculum and Assessment
    • Own organization-wide curriculum and assessment work based on content expertise such as lesson planning, assessment revisions and review, collaborative scoring, and/or network analysis
  • Professional Development
    • Plan and deliver high-quality professional development that trains and orients staff members in Uncommon's curricular systems and key pedagogical issues
    • Plan and execute team meetings for grade-level or content-area staff
  • Mission-Alignment
    • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school
    • Build professional relationships with teachers that help in their development
    • Collaborate with the Home Office, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Dean of Students, the Special Education Coordinator, the School Social Worker, and other school staff to maximize the ability of Uncommon Schools to support students' academic and socio-emotional development
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned

Qualifications
  • Required knowledge, skills, and abilities
    • 3+ years of teaching experience at Uncommon or another high-performing school
    • Experience driving students toward exceptional academic results
    • Experience and interest in writing curriculum
    • Strong content knowledge
    • Strong teaching skills in the classroom
    • Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Strong communication and negotiating skills
    • Ability to work well in a team
    • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships
    • Ability to create, monitor and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
  • Minimum Education Level
    • Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience Required
    • Three or more years working in classrooms and coaching teachers, preferably in urban schools and/or communities.

Compensation
We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.
 
The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click "submit" at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along.  Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.


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