Director of School Support - Massachusetts

The Achievement Network - Springfield, Massachusetts - Full time

Director of SchoolSupport- Massachusetts

Location: Massachusetts

Position is available: May 2023

Travel: This role requires frequent travel to partner schools, which may include overnight stays due to the geographic location of your partners and occasional travel for team and org-wide offsites. On average you can anticipate 5-10 days of in-person interactions per month, which will fluctuate based on your portfolio of partner schools, and 2 in-person all team/organization multi-day offsites per year.


Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing thoseopportunities deservessupport. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.

At ANet we are committed to living outour core values(, both across our organization and with our partners. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.


We are seeking a dynamic and skilled instructional leader to serve as a Director of School Support (DSS) to serve schoolsvirtually and in person. This is a unique opportunity for an outcomes-driven educator to enact change in the classroom through coaching and supporting school leaders. The DSS will work with leaders to ensurea school culture where learning standards, data, high quality curricula, and teacher development are used to achieve breakthrough learning for students. The DSS will be responsible for coaching and developing leadership in a portfolio of up to 12 schools focused on meeting partner needs.The DSS will report the Coaching Impact Lead,work alongside peer coaches, and collaborate regularly with ANetters who support partnerships and programming.


Partner with and coach school leaders to strengthen equitable instruction and increase student achievement

●Diagnose and address school inequitable practices through data analysis, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration with leaders to co-construct a comprehensive support plan aimed at promoting equity and inclusion for all students.

●Serve as an instructional leadership coach for school leaders, inspiring and motivating teams, supporting school-wide change management, and building expertise in standards-based and data-driven instruction and teacher development

●Train and coach school leaders and teachers on effective backwards planning using state standards, complex texts, curricula and myAnet resources to achieve student mastery of grade-level content and addressing unfinished learning

●Develop school leaders and teachers on effective use of data frominterim and other school-based assessmentstoidentify student strengths, target student misunderstandings and improve teacher practice

●Analyze student data and use research-based practices to inform an individualized strategy for coaching each school

●Build and maintain strong relationships with school leaders and teachers that establish ANet as a key partner in increasing student achievement

●Work alongside other ANet team members to share learnings with district teams and strengthen coherence between system and school level work

Develop a strong network of ANet schools

●Connect school leaders with other schools to facilitate best practice sharing

●Design and lead professional development sessions for groups of school leaders and teachers

Support internal ANet strength andgrowth

●Develop tools, coaching strategies, and innovative ideas for the organization that improve our ability to coach schools

●Serve on internal ANet special projects that may include anti-racist leadership, network event coordination, professional development planning and facilitation, strategydevelopment, recruiting and hiring, and sales


In order to be successful in this role, candidatesmustdemonstrate the following:

You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily.You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.

You are an anti-racist organizational change practitioner.You are oriented to and can identify equitable and inequitable instructional and system practices.

You are familiar with implementingthe Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and highly aligned instructional materials, as a teacher, and/or as an instructional coach.

You bring prior experience managing or coaching other adults(e.g. school leadership, instructional coaching, etc.) and know how to develop and motivate others to drive results, while balancing humility and assertiveness. You thrive off building strong relationships, especially when it comes to building trust and credibility quickly.

You have a demonstrated expertise and interest in professional learning.You are knowledgeable and experienced in designing, facilitating and assessing the quality of adult learning experiences that results in changes to practice.

You are energized by roles where no day will be the same, but where instructional excellence is at the heart of everything you do.You know how to get breakthrough results for kids because you have a proven track record of using standards and data to drive instruction.

You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels. You believe in the power of formative assessment, coaching, and professional development as critical levers in school improvement.

You are a learner.You don't shy away from new or ambiguous situations, but rather dive right in and seek out opportunities to continuously improve your skills and expand your impact on kids, while learning from those around you.

You draw others in.Your ability to read and respond to unspoken and implicit cues, and your engaging presentation skills leave others energized and wanting to know more.

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the followingpreferredqualifications:

●You have experience coaching teams, leading professional development, and/or managing academic programs at a district/CMO-level.


Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together.We were named as The NonProfit Times Best Nonprofits to Work For and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.

We offer comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: medical, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; generous paid time-off including 10 paid holidays and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; paid parental leave; educational expenses reimbursements; flexible spending accounts; professional development; a 401(k) plan with a 4% match; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance. We also offer an inclusive environment where we welcome you to bring your whole self to work every day.

The salary range for this position is $97,200-$145,800. New staff members typically start between the range minimum and midpoint based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In order to uphold our commitment to equity, ANet does not negotiate pay.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application online.

ANet has implemented a Mandatory Vaccination Policy, which requires all staff to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons prior to commencement of employment unless applicable state or local law provides otherwise.

ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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