Associate Director of Middle School Humanities

DREAM Charter School - New York, New York - Full time

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit Reporting to the Managing Director of Curriculum and Instruction, the Associate Director of Middle School Humanities is responsible for managing the development and implementation of DREAM's rigorous, vertically-aligned, interdisciplinary, constructivist, culturally and historically responsive 6th-8th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies curriculums. The Associate Director of Middle School Humanities collaborates closely with school-based leaders to design and facilitate high-quality professional development and coach leaders and teachers around content; ensure strong implementation of the Humanities curriculums; create quiz, unit, and interim-level assessments; and analyze and respond to assessment data. The ideal candidate has extensive knowledge of best practices for Humanities teaching and learning in grades 6-8, experience fostering adult learning through high quality professional development and coaching, strong data analysis and strategic thinking skills, a mission-driven mindset, and a passion for innovation. Responsibilities

  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Data Responsiveness:
  • Develops and designs a rigorous, vertically-aligned, and interdisciplinary grade 6-8 Humanities curriculum that fosters the achievement of all students, takes a constructivist approach, is culturally and historically responsive, and develops students' critical consciousness
  • Creates unit plans, assessments, lesson plans, and instructional materials for grade 6-8 Humanities curriculum
  • Collaborates with the Managing Director of Curriculum and Instruction and other key stakeholders to design a multi-year process for strategic redesign, revision, and codification of the grade 6-8 Humanities curriculums and assessments
  • Analyzes student data to assess the effectiveness of curricular design and implementation, make necessary short- and long-term revisions and improvements, and create network, school, and classroom level action plans to improve student achievement
  • Collaborates with principals, academic deans, and other key stakeholders to regularly analyze assessment data and use it to drive instruction
  • Collaborates with the Associate Director of Elementary Literacy and the High School Director of Curriculum and Instruction to ensure alignment of our PK-12 Humanities programs
  • Teacher & Leader Development:
  • Designs and facilitates high-quality professional development to support teachers and leaders with curriculum implementation
  • Conducts curriculum implementation and content walkthroughs to support school-based teams in determining focus areas and action steps for instructional improvement by observing humanities instruction and analyzing student and teacher data
  • Regularly observes and provides feedback on Intellectual Prep meetings in order to improve coaching and teacher development practices across schools
  • Coaches Academic Deans to improve their instructional leadership skil lset, content knowledge, and curriculum expertise


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's Degree in Education, Teaching, Curriculum, or School Administration/Leadership, preferred, but not required
  • Minimum of 5 years experience teaching and/or leading middle school humanities with a record of strong achievement for ALL children
  • Deep knowledge of instructional design, curriculum development, standards alignment, assessment design, and pedagogical best practices in the Humanities
  • A successful record of developing teacher and/or leader knowledge, skill, and productive mindsets around teaching and learning, including experience with design and execution of adult professional development and coaching
  • A strong analytic, performance management, accountability, and systems-thinking orientation necessary to inform strategy development and execution
  • A drive to succeed and achieve great results on behalf of all students, especially those furthest from opportunity
  • Deeply committed to fostering equity and inclusion in our schools
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competency, and an ability to connect and build relationships with a diverse group of people
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to project plan, prioritize, and balance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey complex information to a variety of audiences
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including a desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community

DREAM's VACCINATION POLICY DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law. OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission. From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality. Come dream with us. DREAM MAXIMS All Kids Can. This Kid Can. DREAM is Family. Fun is a Serious Value. Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work. Fail. Persist. Exceed. DREAM Big.

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DREAM Charter School

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs.
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