Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-755360
    • Job Location: Minneapolis, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 12, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Position Overview:

Launched in 2000 through a unique public-private partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and The Blake School (Blake), LearningWorks’s mission is to provide a challenging, year-round academic and enrichment program for motivated and traditionally underrepresented students, setting them on a post-secondary path while preparing and inspiring talented college and high school students to become the next generation of educators. Formed to address the barriers to educational equity, LearningWorks has an aspirational vision of what school and learning could be for all students when education is student centered, culturally responsive and equitable.

About the Role:

The Director of Curriculum & Instruction (DCI) works on a small team to ensure the success of LearningWorks in all areas, and is primarily responsible for the planning and operational management of the LearningWorks academic program. This includes the recruitment and development of our aspiring teaching fellows and volunteers and ensuring they are prepared to provide rigorous, high quality academic enrichment programming to students. As an ambassador of the program, the DCI builds strong working relationships with alumni, colleges and universities, and other key academic stakeholders to ensure the goals of LearningWorks are met.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work collaboratively with the leadership team to ensure all aspects of the LearningWorks model are implemented with intention and fidelity.

  • Lead the development and execution of safe, engaging, culturally relevant, and rigorous academic and enrichment programming during the summer and school year for students (middle and high) and Teaching Fellows.

  • Develop and manage programs, procedures and partnerships for recruitment, hiring and supervision of high performing Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches whose lived experiences mirror those of the students we serve.

  • Create and implement ongoing training and professional development for teaching fellows that aligns with rigorous standards of culturally relevant pedagogy and social emotional learning.

  • As part of a team, assist in recruitment and admissions of students into the program; and provide ongoing feedback and coaching as needed.

  • Oversee and manage assessment efforts to ensure students and Teaching Fellows make gains; using data to inform program and curriculum decisions.

  • Work closely with the Director of Student Services to ensure all students are well supported in their academic and social emotional learning.

  • Manage ongoing engagement with the LearningWorks teaching fellow community which may include, but is not limited to, connecting teachers to job opportunities, collecting qualitative and quantitative data on program impact, and building professional networks.

Manage site activities when the whole leadership team is not available. Participate in and/or lead special projects as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications::

  • Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required in education or related field.

  • 3+ years of classroom teaching and/or education administration experience at the middle or high school level, or equivalent experience at a youth-serving organization.

  • Demonstrated success in curriculum development and implementation, and experience mentoring and training pre-service or new teachers.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Takes initiative, self-motivated, able to identify problems and develop solutions

  • Able to operate effectively in diverse environments and interact successfully with people from widely varying backgrounds

  • Self-directed, takes responsibility for own learning

  • Comfort in working independently and as part of a team

  • Results-oriented; holds self accountable; able to achieve outcomes and meet deadlines in a flexible, fast-paced environment

  • Ability to make informed decisions

  • Accepts direction and coaching

  • Embraces a growth mindset, creates a learning environment; committed to continuous improvement

  • Excellent public speaking, writing, communication, and computer skills

  • Strong administrative and organizational skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain key relationships

  • Able to take on special projects as required

  • Effective at multitasking, able to oversee multiple projects simultaneously

  • Strong knowledge or familiarity with the barriers to educational equity and access to higher education

  • Sets high personal standards, follows through on commitments, models fairness and transparency in interactions

  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, including multiple evenings and Saturdays

Pluses:

  • Bilingual

  • Experience with Salesforce, social media, and Google Apps

  • Understanding of the Breakthrough model

LearningWorks encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position, and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law. We celebrate the diversity of our world and our community, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity in every way. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that same vision, as we wish to engage all those who can contribute to our work and this mission.

To apply, send resume and cover letter with salary expectations to www.blakeschool.org

Contact Tricia Crossman, Executive Director of LearningWorks at tcrossman@blakeschool.org or visit www.blakeschool.org/learningworks for more information.