Improvement Manager (California Bay Area)

Summit Public Schools - Redwood City, California or Remote - Full time

Improvement Manager - Marshall Street Initiatives

Do you believe that, by working together, we can create a more just and equitable education for all students? Are you committed to the idea of ‘teacher as professional’ and empowering local educators to solve local problems? Are you excited to apply the practices and principles of improvement science to better address the needs of our most vulnerable students?

We are building a team of diverse, experienced leaders to coach school-based educator teams within a networked improvement community focused on addressing systemic inequities and improving outcomes for students with disabilities. By working together to get better, faster for our students, we have the opportunity to share what we learn with partners across the nation so that we positively impact not only our local communities but also students and families across the nation. Four Improvement Managers will each support a group of schools in the learning community and collaborate on a central improvement team. The Improvement Manager report to the Director of Improvement Programs.

Who we are: Marshall Street Initiatives

Marshall Street Initiatives (“Marshall”) is a team of educators determined to expand opportunities for all students. While our initiatives focus on different groups—teachers, principals, parents, graduates, and K-12 students—they are united by their focus. Together with a broad group of engaged partners, we’re building a world where every student is equipped to live a life defined by purpose, financial independence, community, strong relationships, health, and fulfillment.

Summit Public Schools:

What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge, skills and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life? This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools.

Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.

What you’ll do:

  • Establish and nurture coaching relationships with 4-7 school-based improvement teams including Charter Management Organization (CMO) Improvement Project Leads.
  • Coordinate improvement cycles at your coaching sites, aligned to the network’s theory of action.
    • Develop and refine a local Theory of Action (aligned with the Network’s larger framework) for improving academic outcomes for SWD applying evidence-based best practices and high-leverage strategies to the identified needs of the CMOs’ target population.
    • Develop and refine a local project plan for the work that establishes clear metrics for success and progress monitoring, support for implementation, and collaboration across stakeholders that is agreed upon by the CEO and/or Superintendent of Schools with support from Marshall Street technical assistance providers.
    • Ensure the healthy functioning of improvement work at CMOs and schools in your portfolio, organizing and facilitating site-based improvement cycles at focal schools and critical CMO faculty.
    • Contribute to CMO professional development on continuous improvement processes and best practices for SWD.
  • Help plan and facilitate network learning experiences.
  • Collaboratively problem-solve with the central Marshall team.
  • Support the spread of best practices through the network.
  • Contribute to the development of network resources and knowledge products.
  • Build the capacity of others in the principles and practices of continuous improvement.
  • Support data collection, analysis, and interpretation for local improvement teams.
  • Do whatever it takes to ensure the CMOs in your portfolio meet ambitious improvement targets, and be a positive, productive, and collaborative team member.

What you need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters Degree preferred
  • 3+ years of direct experience working in schools serving students with disabilities, as a teacher, education specialist, interventionist, counselor, instructional coach and/or school leader
  • An unwavering belief that all students can graduate high school set up for a life of wellbeing
  • Willingness to engage in critical conversations about structural inequities and to self-examine one’s own practice and implicit biases
  • Working knowledge of federal and state Special Education policies and practices
  • Deep commitment to continuous improvement
  • Highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Able to travel approximately 7-8 weeks per year to partner school sites and network convenings
  • Responsive, opportunistic and flexible to evolving needs and priorities
  • Meet health clearance and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code
  • Working knowledge of improvement science principles and practices is highly preferred

Who you are:

  • You maintainhigh expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
  • You are excited to coach others, and you can provide “just right” and “just-in-time” support to teachers and school leaders as they reach decision points within the project
  • You thrive on systematic innovation, identifying root causes, and developing systematic solutions to address short and long-term needs
  • You possess deep knowledge of major systems, policies, and practices specific to students with disabilities
  • You’re a strategic communicator, updating process towards outcomes and making requests across a variety of stakeholders
  • You provide and seek honest, actionable, and timely feedback to push yourself and others toward excellence
  • You’re a stellar project manager, able to strategically plan and manage across multiple school sites and workstreams
  • You plan skills-based, personalized learning experiences in the classroom
  • You take initiative, drive personal growth, and take ownership over your work.
  • You collect, analyze, present and interpret data to drive decisions
  • You’re learning-oriented, driven to improve performance in order to meet high internal standards of excellence
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset
  • You are resilient, and identify and pursue solutions when faced with setbacks. You stay focused on objectives though tactics may require adaptation
  • You thrive in innovative environments, and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace

What you get:

In addition to joining a highly motivated team and engaging in meaningful work, you’ll have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits including a retirement plan, unlimited “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of organization-wide closures during the year. You and your dependents will have access to multiple health, dental, and vision plans at 25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and employee life and disability insurance at no cost. Our compensation policy strives to be equitable and transparent. The salary for this position starts at $107,715 and goes up to $133,849 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor each other’s voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

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K12 School Operations

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