Director of Computer Science

Digital Pioneers Academy - Washington, DC - Full time


The Director of Computer Science will be responsible for supporting the Principal in the overall development and design of the Digital Pioneers Academy computer science program. We are looking for an exceptional educator to create and implement a cutting-edge computer science and computational thinking curriculum. This will be the school’s featured program, and it will be designed so that students study computer science and develop coding skills on a daily basis. The Director of Computer Science will not only have professional experience in computer science, but also will have taught science, math or computer science at the secondary school level. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching advanced placement courses in computer science.

The Director of Computer Science will:

•Oversee, develop and implement the computer science curriculum.

•Collaborate with teachers to integrate computer science and coding into traditional content areas throughout the school curriculum.

•Provide professional development, coaching and training for teachers in computer science principles

•Implement an after-school program during the planning year.

•Conduct ongoing assessment of student growthand progress in computer science activities, and modify instructional methods to fit individual student needs, including those with special needs

•Curate projects, internships, apprenticeships, and credentialing

•Liaise with the industry board

•Coordinate with the after-school computer science program

•Manage external partners that provide computer science training and materials

•Coordinate with other charter and traditional schools that want to participate in extra-curricular computer science activities.

•Teach computational thinking and programming to DPA community, from foundations of technology to software development.

•Stay up to date on the latest developments in computer science, and consistently incorporate these learnings into the school curriculum

Candidate Requirements:

•Experience teaching math, science or computer science at the secondary level

•Experience coaching teachers, providing professional development, and curriculum development

•Solid understanding of computer science and computational thinking

•Deep knowledge of the computer science field 

•Programming background preferred, but not required

•Professional connection to the tech industry 

•Comfort with technology; moderate to advanced skills in navigating computer hardware and software

•Analytical and problem solving ability

•Ability to create an engaging curriculum

•Ability to plan for differentiated instruction and write specific learning goals•Ability to work with students at all learning levels

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Experience Level

Senior Level

Digital Pioneers Academy

The mission of Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) is to develop the next generation of innovators. We prepare students to meet or exceed the highest academic standards, while cultivating the strength of character necessary to both graduate from four-year colleges and thrive in 21stcentury careers. DPA will ultimately be a college preparatory middle and high school (6th-12thgrade) for students from Ward 7 and 8 in Washington, DC. Beginning with sixth grade and adding one grade per year, DPA will provide a unique, personalized educational experience that integrates best practices from schools across the country, preparing students to be innovators and active citizens in our technology-driven world. DPA’s learning model will leverage a curriculum built around traditional subjects with the critical inclusion of Computer Science as a core content area. Through core classes and personalized, project-based work, students will develop computational thinking skills, a set of capabilities that can be flexibly applied to succeed in four-year college and in a variety of fields. In addition to rigorous academics and project-based learning, our innovative approach focuses on character building, diverse out-of-school experiences (“expeditions”), and developing the social and emotional capacities of our students. 

Empowering Washington, DC Ward 7 and 8

The demand for computing jobs in DC is high, with 11,006 currently vacant positions.The jobs pay an average salary of $100,757. Tragically, the residents of Wards 7 and 8 have not been equipped with the education needed to capture these opportunities. The unemployment rate in southeast Washington DC, Ward 7 and 8 is close to 13% -almost three times the national average and fewer than one in 20 residents in southeast Washington, DC hold a bachelor’s degree. At the K-12 level, the average academic proficiency for the zoned middle schools in southeast DC is 8% in English and 3% in Mathematics. Students in Ward 7 and 8 can achieve high academic proficiency levels, succeed in college, and thrive in rewarding careers if given the opportunity. DPA will provide this opportunity, preparing students with the knowledge, character, and skills necessary to succeed.

Compensation and Benefits:

Digital Pioneers Academy offers a highly competitive salary based on experience and an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.

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