Science Coordinator
KIPP Austin Public Schools - Austin, TX

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POSITION OVERVIEW: This position is an opportunity to play a significant role in the alignment and development of K-12 college preparatory curriculum as KIPP Austin grows to 10 schools by 2017. The Science Coordinator will provide curriculum and instruction support to all KIPP Austin schools as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her academic potential. The Science Coordinator is responsible for four main areas: a) development of standards and assessments, b) analyzing data in order to modify curriculum and forms of assessment to meet students’ needs, c) provide professional development to support the sharing of best practices, d) working with school leaders (principals, assistant principals, grade level and department chairs) to support teacher coaching. The Science Coordinator will work collaboratively with other content area coordinators and the Director of Curriculum to advise principals and teachers on developing instructional strategies and intervention programs to support the learning of all students.

Reports to: Director of Curriculum

Compensation: The salary range for this role is 50K-65K. Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise in the classroom as indicated by past performance with students. A competitive benefits package is also offered.

Science Coordinator candidates will have…
• Bachelor’s degree (required), master’s degree (preferred)
• Prior experience in aligning standards and creating common assessments and in leading adults in the creation of curricula;
• Experience leading professional development or teacher collaboration;
• Experience in analyzing data and using results to modify curricula to ensure increased student mastery;
• Strong knowledge of science content area and pedagogical practices to ensure high level engagement and academic mastery for students with low academic performance; upper level science experience preferred
• At least 3 years of science teaching experience with historically underserved students required; at least 5 years of science teaching experience preferred
• Achieved significant academic gains as a science teacher in his or her own right;
• Prior experience developing units and lessons with the end goal in mind, using standards to develop lessons and familiarity with multiple forms of assessment;
• Knowledge of and experience with backwards designed curricular models and Understanding by Design
• Excellent organizational, communication and facilitation skills
• Spanish bilingual a plus
All KIPP Austin staff members demonstrate the following:
• Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP Austin mission and KIPP Austin community
• A clear, authentic and transparent sense of your strengths and weaknesses as a professional; an ability to easily adjust tone
• Demonstrate a commitment to continue professional development individually
• Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze
• Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students
• Work with science teachers, school leaders, and regional leaders to create and improve aligned science curriculum resources:
o Common and vertically aligned local standards that address state and national standards o Common assessments aligned to local, state and college readiness standards
• Work with the Academic team on the implementation of network-wide assessments
• Analyze student achievement data
• Work collaboratively with campus-based leaders to make instructional decisions based on student performance
• Lead and facilitate professional development around analyzing data, planning and instructional best practices
• Collaborate with principals in determining appropriate resources and support for teachers
• Provide differentiated instructional coaching in science as determined in collaboration with school leaders:
o Cultivating a standards-based, data and results-oriented culture o Observe science teachers and provide specific strategies for improved instructional delivery o Provide feedback on scope and sequences, unit plans, lessons and assessments that align with KIPP Austin Public Schools and college readiness standards o Providing instructional strategy best practice training, as needed o Model teaching, as needed
• Serve as an expert in national trends and best practices in science curriculum development and instructional strategy for historically underachieving students
• Secure external resources, professional development and materials to support individual science teachers, science teams and school teams
• As a leader on the academic team, make recommendations on best practices for supporting curriculum alignment across all grade levels, courses and individual schools
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender,
sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.