KIPP Texas Public Schools

Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San, TX

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Manager of K-12 Science Education

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KIPP Texas Public Schools

Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San, TX

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject:  
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP Texas Public Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact:  
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JOB TITLE: Manager of K-12 Science Education

ABOUT KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Background
Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in partnering  with families and communities, to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

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 impacting 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 2020-2021 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 31,100 students in 59 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.

The mission and vision of 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 255 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 Manager of Science will provide leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review and evaluation of the district’s curriculum and instructional services, assessment, research and evaluation services. The KIPP Texas, Manager of K-12 Science Education ensures that the district/school education objectives are aligned to state frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of student achievement and instructional excellence. The Manager of Science participates as a member of the Teaching and Learning team and reports to the Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Change Management | Works closely with shareholders to affect a paradigm shift in science teaching and learning across the state. 
  • Curriculum And Implementation Strategy| Create a strategy for science aligned to priorities and metrics and execute plans effectively to ensure strong science implementation across the state. 

  • Curriculum and Assessment Management | Manage the creation and vetting of curriculum materials and assessments that meets the preparation bar for Advanced Placement success in high school, and align to the expectations of state standards. 

  • Data Driven Curriculum Creation | Lead curriculum team on the use of data to drive student achievement and 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. 

  • Shareholder and Stakeholder Management | Builds a strong, unifying culture across the state by developing and executing on a management strategy that ensures consistent buy-in, engagement, and development of Science Education Leaders across the state. 

The Manager of Science responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following: 

  • Manage the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive curriculum implementation plan for K-12 science education 

  • Create strategy for science implementation, support, and coaching across matrices and teams 

  • Plan and facilitate professional learning related to curriculum implementation and best practices for regions and schools 

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

  • Consistently analyze data from assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and lead the team in creating impactful data response plans 

  • Analyze statewide and regional data, in collaboration with the state academics team and provide strong recommendations to ensure regions and schools are on track to achieving end-of-year target 

  • Manage and vet the curriculum implementation supports and data driven curriculum resources created by the science curriculum leads 

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

  • Collaborate with the Students Support Services team 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

Curriculum and Instructional Knowledge and Expertise 

  • Strong knowledge and belief in the college-ready bar for students in science, exceptionally high standards for rigor, and the belief that all students can achieve at high levels 

  • Deep understanding of philosophies of education, 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 and assessment practices; and the ability to lead regional science leaders to implement these practices effectively across classrooms and school sites 

Empathy and Commitment to Cause 

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

  • Committed to science education equity and access to rigorous science education experience for all students 

  • Passionately believes that all 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 

  • 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 is able to effectively interpret others’ motivations and perceptions. 

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

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 and 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. 

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.