KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools

Dallas, TX

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2020-21 School Year
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Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
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Managing Director of Teaching and Learning

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KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools

Dallas, TX

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2020-21 School Year
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Grade:  

Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact:  
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JOB TITLE: Managing Director of Teaching and Learning

ABOUT KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Background

Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in the movement to provide all children with access to an exemplary education and the academic and character skills necessary to thrive in and graduate from college, positively impact their communities, and lead choice-filled lives.

In 2018, KIPP schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joined forces to become KIPP Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impact more students across Texas. As a unified, statewide organization, KIPP Texas can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across the state.

In the 2019-2020 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 29,000 students in 55 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. KIPP Texas will continue to prove what is possible for its students, communities, and state, with a goal of growing to educate 100,000 students and achieving a 75% college graduation rate for alumni.

KIPP Texas is grounded in five Core Values as its cultural “North Star”:

As a Team & Family, we:

Champion Equity

Chase Excellence

Persist with Purpose

Bring Joy

Rise Together

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 224 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.

You can see all our job opportunities at https://kipptexas.org/join-our-team/.

The Opportunity

The Managing Director of Teaching and Learning is an exciting opportunity for an individual with deep knowledge of curriculum, standards and instruction to play a critical role as the primary driver of curriculum and assessment creation, revision and implementation in KIPP Texas regions in order to drive improved student results, including growth and achievement, college and career readiness, and closing the achievement gap. The Managing Director of Teaching and Learning will provide leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review and evaluation of the network’s curriculum and instructional services, federal programs, career and technical education services, assessment, research and evaluation services. The Managing Director ensures that the network/school education objectives are aligned to state frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of student achievement and instructional excellence. The Managing Director of Teaching and Learning reports to the Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning, and participates as a member of the administrative team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Curriculum and Assessment Management: Manage the creation, revision and vetting of curriculum materials and assessments that align to and then exceeds the expectations of state standards and meets the preparation bar for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and ACT Exam success in high school

  • Student Achievement: Assume responsibility for student achievement and create the expectation that all curriculum specialists are oriented that way by leading a team that embraces accountability and outstanding student results

  • Data Driven Curriculum Creation: Lead curriculum team on the use of data to drive student achievement and hold team accountable for adjusting curriculum for continuous improvement

  • Professional Learning: Planning professional development and model exemplar implementation of the curriculum and best practices for lesson planning and delivery leveraging the curriculum

  • Manage the development, implementation, revision and evaluation of a comprehensive curriculum implementation plan for the following: science, social studies and math

  • Develop a comprehensive process for creation and vetting curriculum, curriculum resources and assessments

  • Supervise the creation and analysis of all state and regional assessments, including the creation of an annual state-wide assessment calendar

  • Consistently analyze data from assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and lead the team in making the appropriate adjustments

  • Manage and vet the curriculum implementation supports and data driven curriculum resources created by the state curriculum team

  • Recruit, select and retain outstanding curriculum writers for the state level team

  • Manage the curriculum budget for all subjects with the exception of literacy, ensuring alignment to state-wide priorities and maintains the principles of fiscal responsibility

  • Collaborate with the Directors on the ELL and SpEd teams to ensure adequate supports, resources and considerations are embedded in curriculum to support students with additional needs

  • Development and implementation of clear communication strategies regarding the curriculum and assessment initiatives, new resource creation and other pertinent information regarding curriculum and assessment 

Skills and Qualifications

Instructional Knowledge and Expertise

  • Proven ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance for all student populations; knows effective practice for differentiating instruction

  • Deep understanding of curricular frameworks, pedagogy, and quality classroom materials; experience developing and implementing curriculum for a wide variety of grade levels and subjects

  • Strong knowledge of high-quality instructional practices and the ability to lead others to implement these practices consistently across classrooms and school sites

  • Thorough knowledge of effective instruction and knowledge of current theories of curriculum instruction and assessment

Empathy and Commitment to Cause

  • Deep understanding of the urban school system environment and commitment to improving student achievement

  • Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels

  • Demonstrates cultural competence and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing urban families

Communication, Interpersonal and Team Skills

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships

  • Works successfully alone or on a team

  • Coaches, coordinates, and leads teams

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication

  • Actively listens to others and able to effectively interpret others’ motivations and perceptions.

  • Builds consensus and resolves conflicts; exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations

  • Skillfully navigates existing political structures/systems

 Problem Solving and Systems Thinking

  • Understands how various systems / departments interact to achieve the long term goal

  • Makes decisions using data and technology

  • Takes initiative to solve problems and create stakeholder buy-in

  • Identifies and prioritizes mission critical issues with alignment of people, time and resources

  • Offer innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

  • Exhibits strong focus on goals and results. Sets clear metrics for success

  • Removes barriers or obstacles that make it difficult for principals to achieve their goals and ensures that school leaders have the resources they need to succeed

  • Demonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines

Leadership skills

  • Motivates, inspires, and moves other adults to action to achieve ambitious goal

  • Skilled at re-envisioning, building, and managing a team, especially in a time of growth and change; excellent at identifying talent and taking advantage of each person’s skills and contribution to team effort

  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with individuals and groups

  • Moves groups to consensus and resolves conflicts. Exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations

  • Builds coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to region personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups

  • Establishes clear expectations, deliverables and deadlines

  • Sets clear agendas and facilitates effective meetings

  • Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate staff from different cultural backgrounds and skill sets

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. 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.