KIPP New Jersey

Newark & Camden, NJ

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2019-20 School Year
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Organization: KIPP New Jersey
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Leadership Recruiter
Email: prodrigues@kippnj.org

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Director of Middle School Literacy Achievement

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KIPP New Jersey

Newark & Camden, NJ

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2019-20 School Year
Subject:  
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP New Jersey
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Leadership Recruiter
Email: prodrigues@kippnj.org

Here's what you need to  know:
KIPP New Jersey is looking for an exceptional Director of Middle School Literacy Achievement to serve as our region’s content expert in 5-8th grade literacy. You will coach instructional leaders across our middle schools, diagnose issues specific to literacy achievement and curricular execution and provide excellent literacy focused professional development for both teachers and leaders.
 
A bit more about you…
You have been an outstanding teacher and instructional coach. You’ve taught at the elementary level, led within a building, and know how to improve achievement across classrooms and grade levels. You are ready to make an impact across schools by sharing your knowledge and developing the capacity of teachers and leaders across our region.

Here's what you will be doing:
  • Develop and facilitate region-wide professional development for teachers, instructional leaders, and School Leaders in order to build our teachers’ and leaders’ capacity with middle school literacy content and instructional execution (coaching the coaches!)
  • Collaborate with other members of the Teaching and Learning team as well as School Leaders and Deans of Instruction to develop and refine a horizontally and vertically aligned K-12 literacy framework, curricula, and assessments
  • Analyze regional data in collaboration with Director of Teaching & Learning, Assistant Principals, and School Leaders to identify areas of need and support the facilitation of region-wide instructional initiatives that lead us to our goals
  • Champion the KIPP: Wheatley curriculum and the close reading approach to driving literacy achievement and modify lessons and units in the KIPP Wheatley curriculum according to our internal criteria for success
Must Haves:
  • Ability to evaluate and implement literacy instructional programs and a deep knowledge of the Common Core State Standards in literacy, as well as the design and blueprint of the PARCC assessment
  • Minimum 4 years exemplary teaching experience with outstanding student achievement results
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a full-time coaching role (dean of instruction, instructional coach, etc.) with demonstrated success in getting academic results through others
  • Knowledge of literacy content and learning theory, current educational trends, blended learning practices, methods, research, and technology, and program planning and implementation
  • Experience leading engaging and effective professional development for adult
  • Strong communication skills and follow-through
  • Demonstrated initiative in prioritizing amidst complex needs and strategically planning to get results
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions
Nice to Haves: 
  • Assistant Principal or Principal experience with demonstrated student growth under your leadership
  • Experience working with diverse and underserved communities
Need more reasons to work here?
In addition to a competitive salary, KIPP New Jersey offers a comprehensive benefits plan, a subsidized wireless plan through Verizon, and a laptop (Woot! Woot!), as well as subsidized travel for teammates commuting from the New York area. And 100% of KIPP New Jersey employees agree we have the best kids in the nation. So there’s that.

About KIPP New Jersey

KIPP New Jersey schools are part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to teach over 5,100 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. 92% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced price meals.
 
KIPP New Jersey alumni earn college degrees at more than 3.5 times the national average for students from low-income families. By offering highly effective educators with strong bonds to families, more time in school learning, services that support a variety of student needs, and a culture focused on achievement, our students are on the path to and through college. Visit KIPPNJ.org to learn more.