Improvement Manager - Marshall Street Initiatives

Summit Public Schools - Redwood City, California - 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 Continuous Improvement.

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:

Summit is a network of public schools that prepares all students to be the best versions of themselves, to be successful through college and in the fullest ways possible—so they can each live a fulfilled life. This includes a life filled with financial security, purposeful work, strong relationships, meaningful community, and personal health. Today, Summit operates 15 public middle and high schools whose students reflect their diverse communities in California and Washington. Summit schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. All Summit students graduate prepared for a four-year college and our graduates complete college at twice 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 Summit Public School’s 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 Superintendent of Schools with support from Marshall Street technical assistance providers.
    • Ensure the healthy functioning of improvement work at Summit Public Schools, organizing and facilitating site-based improvement cycles at Summit Public School’s 2 focal schools coordinated with the site-based faculty and Summit’s Special Education team.
    • 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
  • Be a part of the founding team at Marshall and as a result, wear many hats and roll up your sleeves to help define and build the culture for Marshall at large

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
  • Experience preparing and facilitating high-quality, engaging professional development is highly preferred

Who you are:

  • You maintain high 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:

Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 week-long organizational closures during the year.

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

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