Director of Instructional Support — Early Literacy
- Full Time
This is a full-time position based anywhere in the Southeast United States. The majority of initial partners for this position will be located in TN and TX, but candidates do not need to live in either state.
What You’ll Do:
We are looking to hire a Director of Instructional Support - Early Literacy to lead the delivery of school system partnerships focused on early literacy improvements. Instruction Partners is expanding our capability to support partners in early literacy in response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and you will be part of a team that is delivering services to improve learning outcomes for students in kindergarten through third grades. You will manage a portfolio of early literacy partnerships and lead the effort to accelerate student learning in early literacy in partnership with schools and systems throughout the country. You will manage a team of early literacy content experts to support the work with teachers and leaders in our partner schools. You have a passion for and expertise in early literacy and the science of reading, a track record of improving student outcomes, particularly for our youngest learners, and an interest in building relationships and influencing practice change with school and system instructional leaders. You will report to the Managing Director of Instructional Support, District Partnerships.
•Support a portfolio of partner schools and systems to improve instruction in early literacy and support student growth
•Lead system instructional reviews to diagnose needs and work closely with partners to develop actions plans in line with their values and resources to support instructional improvement
•Build relationships with school and system leaders to support implementation of action plans and adjust course where needed
•Serve as the primary point of contact for partners and their questions; Connect partners to resources, information and research from within the network and across the sector to help schools and systems solve targeted instructional challenges
•Manage a team to provide content-specific support to partners
•Manage partner contracts and deliverables to achieve school-level goals based on instruction and student achievement
•Plan cross-system support opportunities targeting common instructional challenges across the partner network, including
•Planning and facilitating classroom visits and meetings for instructional leaders
•Researching and writing case studies of particular examples of instructional improvement
•Identify common instructional challenges across systems and propose, design and execute new services to target common challenges
•Facilitate adult learning experiences for school and system leaders both within and across systems
Candidate Qualifications and Traits:
- 8+ years of educational experience, and 3+ years of system-level leadership or school leadership (principal equivalent) experience
- Experience leading instructional improvement for a school, charter system and/or district, with a track record of improving student achievement, particularly for our youngest learners
- Knowledge of the science of reading and how students learn how to read
- Knowledge of school leadership levers, decisions, and change management implications - understand and able to provide recommendations on the full range of decisions that leaders can make at the school level to organize instruction, staff, and student/family engagement
- Quick ability to understand the assets, needs, and personalities of a school system to help develop plans that work in their context
- Strong management skills and experience developing team members
- Demonstrated success coaching school leaders on instructional improvement and practice changes
- Learner orientation - openness to trying new methods, approaches, and rapid iteration of work
- Data driven orientation and a commitment to whatever works best rather than attachment to pet theories or particular ideologies
- Great communication skills verbally and in writing, with an ability to develop rapport and build trust and inspire others to action across a diverse range of audiences
- Detail orientation, organization, and ability to keep multiple projects moving forward concurrently
- Able to travel to schools nationally weekly.
- Travel may include early morning departures and/or overnight stays and is estimated at 50-60%. A flexible schedule Monday through Friday is required. Instruction Partners covers all travel expenses.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring
At Instruction Partners, we know that difference enhances, transforms and strengthens our ability to serve students and schools. We invite and celebrate diversity of all perspectives, and we are deeply committed to ensuring equitable access and voice throughout our organization. Instruction Partners is proudly an equal opportunity workplace, and we value the inclusion of persons who have experienced poverty and/or for whom English is not their first language, and every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ancestry, religion, national orientation, age, marital status or Veteran status. Join us, and let's work together to support great teaching and accelerate learning for every student.
Starting salary for this role is $83,900-117,00 and is based on experience and candidate location. Detailed information about the organizational compensation philosophy is available upon application. Instruction Partners offers flexible work hours and location. Competitive benefits and private retirement investment options are available, as well as a generous vacation policy.
All students experience an excellent education that prepares them to contribute to their community, achieve economic security, and pursue their dreams.
We work shoulder to shoulder with educators to support great teaching and accelerate student learning. We focus on small systems, both districts and charters, and we work to ensure equitable access to great instruction for students in poverty, students of color, students learning English, and students with disabilities.
Our Core Values
We care deeply about ourselves, each other, our work, our partners, and the students we serve. We value the differences each other brings to the table because we know diversity of voice, thought, and experience makes us better. We operate joyfully and without ego, collectively focused on the broader good.
We believe that, with the right support, every student can succeed. We have the courage to lean into challenges and believe in the possibility of overcoming obstacles while holding a high bar for ourselves, partners, educators, and students. As we advance antiracist actions, our path may not be smooth, but we will walk it anyway because we have faith that the journey will make our team and our education system better.
We create and uphold space for all team members, partners, and students so they are seen, valued, and heard. We lift the voices and experiences of Black, Latinx, Native, and Asian people. We actively look for and confront patterns and systems that cause inequitable harm in order to create more equitable outcomes within our organization and with partners. We embrace diverse expressions of excellence that make our team more inclusive and effective.
We are open, authentic, and truthful with ourselves, teammates, and partners. Our trust in each other and our work gives us the courage to lean into difficult conversations, put forth new ideas, and give and receive feedback through the lens of equity of voice and experience. We understand the intense and gripping nature of our work, so we name our needs to ensure we are practicing self-care and love within our beloved community.
We believe support should be thoughtful by meeting people, schools, and systems where they are. We leverage the voices, strengths and stories of families, educators, partners and teammates to find answers, because we know there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to the challenges of our education system. We always look for ways to work smart, focus on the most relevant impact, and reduce friction to make it easier to take action while grounding our progress in equity.
We know and love that we don’t yet have all the answers because we are nerds for learning, even when it’s hard or ambiguous. We actively pursue new knowledge, research, and evidence so that we can leverage the latest insights and best practices in our work, then we put that knowledge to work in partnership with our team, our partners, and the students and communities we serve. We respect the learning that springs from our own anti racist journeys, and vow to activate our knowledge in pursuit of equity and excellence.
How We Work
Instruction Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellent instruction for all students, with a focus on students in poverty, students with disabilities, students learning English, and students of color. We keep one foot in practicality and the other in evidence-based best practices, because we believe that leveraging high-quality, grade-level content and providing just-in-time supports will accelerate learning for all students.
Instruction Partners spends time getting to know the needs of the educators, leaders, and systems it serves, allowing the team to custom-build service plans to support partner goals. Partnerships include on-the-ground support, and partnership team members serve as thought partners to the school systems they serve, a team educators can reach out to and feel supported by.
Instruction Partners provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Instruction Partners complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.