Director of School Support Massachusetts

The Achievement Network - Boston, Massachusetts - Full time

 Director of School Support – Massachusetts

Location: Flexible within Massachusetts (Up to 50% cartravel)

Position is available: June 2020 (with possibility for earlier start)


Every studentdeserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed toproviding those opportunities, deserves support. Those beliefsdrive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching sothat we can work towards guaranteeing that all students arereceiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900schools - both district and charter - in underserved communitiesaround the country, thus impacting more than 330,000students. Third-partyevaluations confirm that when schools have the right basicconditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 monthsof additional learning over a two-year period compared to schoolsnot partnering with ANet.

At ANet weare committed to living out our core values, both acrossour organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge thatsystemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and thatin order to ensure educational equity for all students, we mustcenter on the experiences of those from marginalized communities toguide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race,class, power and privilege influence the education system as wellas influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoinglearning opportunities through org-wide professional development,affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.

Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of adynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that iscommitted to having impact in schools by investing in each otherand learning together. We were namedas The NonProfit Times “Best Nonprofits to Work For”and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where theunique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staffmembers are valued.


Asa Director of School Support (DSS), your coaching of school andsystem leaders will empower them to enact change that sets teachersup for success in the classroom, thus ensuring students receive theeducational opportunities they deserve. You will leverage your pastexperience as an instructional leader to quickly build trust withinyour partner schools, identify strengths and opportunities, anddevelop action plans that lead to breakthrough results for kids.You'll be successful in influencing and motivating our partnersbecause you thrive at marrying humility and assertiveness ineverything you do. Your flexibility, team first approach, andcommitment to equity will be infectious to everyone you interactwith, whether it's a CAO of a school system, a principal of one ofyour partner schools, or another DSS on your team.

Reporting toa regional Executive Director, New England Network,this DSS willsupport approximately 12 district and/or charter schools inMassachusetts. This DSS will also work in a highly collaborative,supportive, andinnovative fashion with peer coaches across the NortheastRegion, which currently supports over 125 schools, predominantly inMassachusetts, with a growing presence in Connecticut, Rhode Islandand Upstate New York, as well as with ANet's other Regions and national teams.


Partner with and coach school leaders to strengthen instruction andincrease student achievement

Serve as aleadership coach for school leaders, partnering with them todetermine instructional priorities and to overcome barriers tosuccessful data-driven instruction and increased studentachievement, including how to develop and leverage school- and/orsystem-wide practices and structures to build a culture ofachievement that accelerates student impact

Developschool leaders and teachers on effective use of real-time data fromthe ANet interim assessments to target student misunderstandings,to improve teacher practice, and to continually deepenunderstanding of the rigor of the Common Core standards

Train andcoach school leaders and teachers on effective backwards planningusing state standards, complex texts, and curricula to achievestudent mastery of grade-level content

Analyzestudent data and use research-based practices to inform anindividualized strategy for coaching each school

Engage in agradual release of support to build some schools' independence withteacher development, first by modeling meeting facilitation, thenobserving and providing coaching and feedback to leaders on theirfacilitation

Develop a strong network of ANet schools

Connectschool leaders with other schools to facilitate best practicesharing

Design andlead professional development sessions for groups of school leadersand teachers

Support theregional leadership in growing the Network by sustaining currentschool partners and fostering new partnerships

Support internal ANet strength and growth

Developtools, coaching strategies, and innovative ideas for theorganization that improve our ability to coach schools

Serve ininternal ANet leadership roles, which could include recruiting andhiring, network event coordination, sales, professional developmentplanning and facilitation, and strategy development


In order tobe successful in this role, candidates must demonstratethe following:

You are energized by roles where no day will be the same, but whereinstructional excellence is at the heart of everything youdo. You know how to get breakthrough results for kids because you havea proven track record of using standards and data to drive instruction in both math and ELA.

You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for thesupport of schools, along witha belief that all students can achieve at high levels. You believein the power of formative assessment, coaching, and professionaldevelopment as critical levers in school improvement.

You bring prior experience managing or coaching other adults(e.g. schoolleadership, instructional coaching, etc.) and know how to developand motivate others to drive results, while balancing humility andassertiveness. Youthrive off building strong relationships, especially when it comesto building trust and credibility quickly.

You are a learner. You don't shyaway from new or ambiguous situations, but rather dive right in andseek out opportunities to continuously improve your skills andexpand your impact on kids, while learning from those aroundyou.

You draw others in. Your abilityto read and respond to unspoken and implicit cues, and yourengaging presentation skills leave others energized and wanting toknow more.

You are motivated by working in an environment where we live outour core values daily. You are eagerto examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topicsrelated to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet'sAdvance Equity and People Matter values.

You are excited to partner with schools and systems across theNortheast Region and within your portfolio and aretherefore willing to travel and have access to a vehicle in orderto do so (mileage will be reimbursed for drives to partners and arental car or flight will be provided for longer trips).

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following

preferred qualifications:

You have prior experience as a school leader, coaching teams,leading professional development, and/or managing programs at adistrict/CMO-level and bring an openness to learn about and navigate schoolsystems

You have comfort working across various grade levels (elementary,middle, and high school) implementing the Common Core instructionalshifts


ANet offershighly competitive compensation based on prior experience andqualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to bestsupport our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental andvision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefitsfor employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks ofvacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays withpaid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paidfloating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parentalleave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuitionreimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-termdisability coverage; and basic life and personal accidentinsurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will bereviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue“Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete abrief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letterin which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet andhow your skills and experience meet the qualifications of theposition.

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

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

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As a Director of School Support (DSS), your coaching of school and system leaders will empower them to enact change that sets teachers up for success in the classroom, thus ensuring students receive the educational opportunities they deserve.

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