The Director of Math and Science is responsible for articulating a corps-wide vision for excellent instruction in Math and Science that will lead students to engage with content at high levels. He/She will use a combination of direct and lateral management to ensure the Oklahoma corps is able to meet this vision. The Director of Math and Science will develop assessments and tools that align with district partners' priorities in order to build cms' knowledge and skill in executing in alignment with the vision of excellence. The Director of Math and Science will create and execute a scope and sequence of corps member professional development experiences to build pedagogical knowledge and skill among corps members and other program staff. The Director of Math and Science will also work collaboratively with district leadership and other members of the program team to identify gaps within corps member classrooms, and design appropriate solutions to meet corps members needs. The Director of Math and Science will be member of the Oklahoma Instructional Leadership team lead by the Managing Director of Instructional Leadership who manages and develops the team to achieve these goals.
Oklahomans pride themselves on banding together, rising to meet challenges, and coming out stronger and smarter than they began. It is in that same spirit that leaders in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are approaching education - with determination to get it right for students in their cities. These leaders and their communities have welcomed our 300 corps members and 110 alumni with open arms. Our staff here forms a tight-knit family, working as part of the collective effort to give all kids in Oklahoma the opportunities they deserve.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Building Corps Member Leadership
Coaching and Empowering Corps Members
- Working directly with instructional leadership team to set the vision and create regional strategy for corps member professional development.
- Working with the instructional leadership team to build team understanding of the cm scope and sequence of development at institute and how the region will add to the foundation by creating two year vision of cm development through Induction, Orientation, ongoing development, etc.
- Cultivating, hiring, and managing a high performing team of facilitators who assist in the execution of content based sessions.
- Building and maintaining an accurate database of all content related assessments (diagnostic, formative, and summative) being used in the region.
- Identifying high-priority assessment and tool needs in the region and creating and managing a strategy to fill those needs.
Leading Across the Movement
- Articulating a vision for corps-wide excellence in Math and Science classrooms with an emphasis on math and literacy.
- Designing and executing individual and group learning experiences to ensure that corps members acquire critical instructional and content-specific knowledge, skills, and mindsets to increase their proficiency
- Diagnosing classrooms against a very high bar for content-specific outcomes, instruction, and leadership through the use of observation and analysis of student achievement data
- Designing and developing and/or ensuring the use of high quality grade-related instructional tools including long-term plans, assessments, rubrics, etc.
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites
- Collaborating with the national support team and content specialists in other regions to align on a vision of excellence within the content area, strengthen our capacity and bench strength for supporting our corps members, and accelerate student gains in the classroom
- Building district relationships to find, promote, and capitalize on alignment between regional vision, Math/Science vision, and school/district vision.
Approach to Work
- Two years experience achieving ambitious outcomes as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America or instructional dean/coach in a school, district, or network preferred
- Deep knowledge of content and pedagogy
- Strong record of coaching and developing others to measurable improvements in student achievement and/or teacher proficiency
- Ability to build relationships and create alignment with individuals from a wide range of perspectives
- Sophisticated ability to influence others (peers and/or corps members) to achieve outcomes; experience in lateral management preferred
- Strong record of tracking tasks, assessing progress, and following through on the execution of plans
- Experience with adult learning design and/or teaching/coaching adult learners
- Experience with curriculum development preferred
- Bachelor's degree required
- Experience working at Teach For America's summer institute is preferred
- Deep commitment to Teach For America's mission and core values
- Excited by working in contexts in which there are not yet clear answers
- When things are very busy, make smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most
- Reflective and proactively work to grow and improve
Application Requirements and Process
- Given the scope of the role and the responsibility for building a corps member content scope and sequence, the idea candidate would be able to commit to this role through 2015.
- Willingness to work some weekends and evenings to facilitate corps member professional development
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.
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