Content Specialist – English - Memphis, TN
YES Prep Public Schools - Houston, TX

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JOB TITLE: Content Specialist – English - Memphis, TN

REPORTS TO: Head of Schools, Memphis

JOB GOAL : The Content Specialist serves as an instructional and curricular leader for the district while also demonstrating exemplary teaching in the classroom. In addition to playing a key role in the development of curricula, the Content Specialist creates and carries out a vision for a rigorous education that allows students to compete on a national level. Recognized as someone with both a deep and a broad understanding of their content area, the Content Specialist provides direction in the areas of standards development including vertical alignment, assessment, intervention, and content-specific pedagogy.

TRANSITION TEAM : This role is specific to the transition planning underway to launch a new YES Prep region in Memphis, Tennessee.

ILLUSTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

The Content Specialist will:
  • Lead a process to review YES Prep district standards within that content area compared to Common Core standards adopted by the state of Tennessee;
  • Make revisions and adjustments to the YES Prep district standards to align to the Common Core;
  • Analyze information available about newly adopted state-testing in Tennessee and compare information to the process for developing YES Prep district assessments, including a beginning of year benchmark assessment, semester assessments and interim formative / unit assessments;
  • Analyze the results of YES Prep district assessments, specifically on standards included in the Common Core, to ensure that standards are aligned not only vertically within the content area, but also horizontally across disciplines;
  • Work with team to analyze curriculum in other subject areas to create consistency in format of comparison between YES Prep and Common Core standards;
  • Recommend improvements in the design and implementation of the content area based on research and student achievement data;
  • Analyze other available data points and internal processes to build a reference guide about the curriculum development process at YES Prep and the adjustments needed to be aligned with Common Core expectations;
Professional Growth and Development:
  • Demonstrate current knowledge, understanding, and skill in teaching strategies and the learning process;
  • Keep well informed about current trends in curriculum and assessment practices;
  • Assist in planning and delivering instructional training modules
  • Participate in campus and district meetings and training sessions in order to enhance knowledge and skills;
  • Participate in workshops, seminars, and conferences outside of YES Prep to enhance knowledge and skills and further develop content goals; and
  • Additional duties as assigned

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS
  • Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible;
  • Participate in workshops, seminars, and conferences to enhance knowledge and skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge, and support of YES Prep Schools mission, values, standards, policies and procedures, confidentiality standards, Employee Field Guide expectations and code of ethical behavior as stated in the Field Guide;
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal laws, local board policies, administrative guidelines, and the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Serve as appropriate role model for YES Prep colleagues, students, staff, and parents;
  • Conduct self in a professional manner at all times;
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks, often changing assignments on short notice, with little to no direction;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with others.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

Education/Certification
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Master’s Degree (Preferred) from an accredited educational institution.
  • Certification in Teaching / Instruction preferred
Experience
  • At least three years of exemplary teaching
  • An outstanding record of instruction and student achievement
  • Experience in administration and / or supervision, preferably in instruction
Skills and Mindsets
  • Knowledgeable about current strategies specific to that content area
  • Knowledgeable about effective assessment strategies
  • Ability to motivate and coach others toward success with ambitious goals;
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Knowledge of backwards design approach to unit planning
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Knowledge of Advanced Placement curricula
  • Strong knowledge of district standards and college-ready student work
  • Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to analyze data in order to make improvement recommendations
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team on short- and long-term projects
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional
  • Belief that every student can and will achieve
  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Detail-oriented and self-directed
  • Initiator, problem-solver, and creative thinker
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
Physical Demands/Environmental Factors
  • Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty
  • Some light manual labor
  • Endure inclement weather conditions to provide for student safety

COMMITMENT AND COMPENSATION :

Length of Work Year:

This is a part-time (0.4 FTE), year round position; evening and weekend commitments also will be required.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation commensurate with experience; YES offers a friendly and committed team of colleagues. This part-time position will be eligible for medical insurance through YES Prep Public Schools and will not be eligible for any other YES Prep benefit offerings.

* The forgoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required. YES Prep Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy or veteran status.

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