This is a full-time position located from a remote office anywhere in the country, with regular national travel expected.
What You’ll Do
Our Directors of Instructional Support are our instructional leaders on the ground with our partners. As a Director of Instructional Support, you’ll lead the effort to improve instruction in partnership with schools and charter systems throughout the country. You will manage a team of content experts to support the work in a subject-specific way and support a network of schools and systems to improve instruction for students. You will be on our Innovation Team, which supports charter and autonomously zoned schools throughout the country, and will report to the Executive Director. Specifically, you will:
•Support a portfolio of schools and charter systems to improve instruction in core academic subjects 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 instructional leadership
•Experience leading instructional improvement for a school, charter system and/or district, with a track record of improving student achievement
•Quick ability to understand the assets, needs and personalities of a school system in order to help develop plans that will work for their context
•Strong instructional instincts and experience across content domains; deep understanding of all content areas is not expected and Directors of Instructional Support will have content consultants they can call on – however, strong content knowledge is certainly valued
•Strong management skills and experience developing team members
•Great communication skills verbally and in writing, with an ability to develop quick rapport and build trust
•Detail orientation, organization and ability to keep multiple projects moving forward concurrently
•Data driven orientation and a commitment to whatever works best rather than attachment to pet theories or particular ideologies
•Versatility and a total learner mentality: comfort learning about new content areas and approaches to work
•Travel often includes early morning departures and/or overnight stays and is estimated to be 50-60%. A flexible schedule Monday through Friday is required. Instruction Partners covers all travel expenses.
Starting salary for this role is $90,000-$105,000, depending on experience. 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.
Please submit the application components, including a cover letter, through the online application system. The process will include a work exercise as well as multiple interviews with members of the Instruction Partners Team.
We expect to make decisions and offers to qualified candidates in January with an expected start date in early 2019. We will consider all applicants - however, there is no guarantee we will hire for the role at all. If we decide not to hire for the position, we will promptly notify all candidates who are in an active stage of the hiring process.
Who We Are:
Instruction Partners is a team of educators guided by a simple belief: you should be able to walk into any classroom and see every student engaged in the kind of challenging, inspiring, and supportive learning that will open doors and help them reach their potential. We believe this vision can be a reality for every child, in every classroom, in every school, in every district.
What We Do:
We believe if we can unlock the practical actions that have powered student growth and translate it into effective support for schools and educators, we can get better faster, together. We do this by working shoulder-to-shoulder with teachers and leaders to improve the quality of instruction in core academics. Specializing in small districts, we work in two ways: through partnerships with districts and schools to assess and pursue options for instructional improvement, and by providing teachers and leaders with targeted support to solve the real-world instructional challenges they face in their classrooms.
Instruction Partners’ Core Values:
We are optimists: We believe that every student can succeed and that educators, with the right supports, can lead them to success. We aren’t scared of challenges, but have the courage and sense of possibility to overcome obstacles while holding high expectations and maintaining a sense of possibility for students, educators, and ourselves.
We are learners: We know there are always ways to improve. We believe our long-term success is a result of how well we learn. We seek to understand the best of what is known, we reflect on successes and challenges and we always look for ways we can grow.
We are big-hearted: We care deeply about each other and our work, and we know we can accomplish more together than alone. At all times, we communicate with kindness and empathy. We value diverse perspectives and honor individuality. We operate with no egos.
We are relentless: We pursue excellence by setting ambitious goals, working hard to overcome obstacles and boldly trying new things to ensure each student learns at a high level.
We are practical: We believe support should be thoughtful by meeting people, schools, and districts where they are. We look for ways to work smart, focus on the most relevant impact, and reduce friction to make it easier to take action.
We are direct: We honor each other by being honest, even when it is difficult. We are straightforward about what we know and what we do not. Our respectful directness allows us to align our relationships and conversations toward our shared goals.
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.