Learning Improvement Officer

Federal Way Public Schools - Federal Way, WA - Full time

Federal Way Public Schools - Federal Way, WA - Full time

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POSITION SUMMARY:

The Federal Way Public Schools system is committed to helping all of its students learn at high levels. While many factors affect student learning, the District’s ability to support high-quality teaching in every classroom is essential to realizing that goal. Research indicates that principals play a primary role in the improvement of teaching at scale. To that end, FWPS is intensively focusing its central office on improving how it recruits, selects, and develops the highest quality principals. A hallmark of this initiative involves assigning each principal a senior-level central office leader who is responsible for their development as an instructional leader. This marks the District’s transition from a heavy emphasis on supervising and monitoring principal performance to one of teaching and coaching as the primary mode of improving performance.Federal Way Public Schools seeks experienced and successful instructional leaders to serve as Learning Improvement Officers. This senior executive-level cabinet level position is designed to be a master teacher of principals, helping them increase their instructional leadership capacities as a means of improving teaching and learning in each school. A Learning Improvement Officer’s main charge is to utilize best practices in developing instructional leaders by working with principals both one on one and in groups. Additionally, the Learning Improvement Officer’s are charged with supporting and leading efforts related to building support systems including but not limited to: graduation assurance, office manager professional learning and counseling model. While these support efforts are not instructional in nature, they have implications for district and school improvement efforts. Performance in this position will be measured through growth in principal performance and student learning.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work as a designee of the superintendent to align building practices with the District strategic plan and theory of action in service of student achievement.
  • Ensure that schools leaders identify barriers to achievement and address existing achievement gaps.
  • Work one on one with principals as partners, teaching, modeling and coaching a variety of instructional leadership skills and behaviors based on principal needs in order to develop their instructional leadership capacity.
  • Systematically use formative and summative evidence of student learning, teaching practice and principal performance to determine goals and success measures when working with principals as instructional leaders.
  • Provide essential collaboration in supporting larger district initiatives by participating/collaborating/leading system wide improvement efforts via committee work that support and enhance student achievement
  • Support principals in enhancing overall school culture by participating in school and district community and parent outreach efforts
  • Engage in teaching practices while developing and leading principal communities of practice (e.g., professional learning communities and networks) to help principals grow as instructional leaders.
  • Actively engaged in the Federal Way community by participating in both school and district events to enhance and continue to develop community/family partnerships
  • Provide and broker professional development for principals based on individual and group learning needs.
  • Support principals in assisting to build partnerships with parents in resolving school based concerns
  • Lead for racial equity by identifying systemic barriers and assisting to create culturally responsive and equitable systems for each students
  • Collaborate with a team of Learning Improvement Officers to share ideas and provide coherent and calibrated support to principals.
  • Collaborate and serve as a liaison between schools and other divisions/departments in the central office to provide necessary resources to support principals’ instructional leadership.
  • Analyze principals’ observations of teachers and hold principals accountable for meaningful feedback that accurately reflects the performance of all teachers.
  • Conduct learning walkthroughs to ensure calibration to the instructional framework within and across schools.
  • Utilize a principal evaluation process to support principals’ growth as instructional leaders.
  • Ensure that schools are safe environments in which effective teaching and learning to take place.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Master’s degree or higher required in educational administration or related field

  • Three to five years of successful principalship including recruiting, hiring, supporting and holding staff accountable for results-preferably at the high school level

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven ability as a master teacher of adults, especially in K-12 environments, including modeling effective teaching and leadership practices; articulating a vision for effective instruction; creating learning networks; and inviting critique of own practice and reflecting upon it.
  • Expert in using evidence of principal and school performance to drive feedback to and teaching of principals, including observing and analyzing principal practice; using data on student, teacher, and principal performance to determine underlying causes; and providing differentiated support based on evidence.
  • Highly skilled at organizing and prioritizing in a demanding context to maximize teaching time with principals, including time management skills and an ability to schedule based on short- and long-term principal learning needs.
  • Proven ability in collaborating and negotiating with central office colleagues in support of principals’ instructional leadership efforts, including an understanding of the key roles and responsibilities in the central office; knowledge of how resources are allocated to schools; and an ability to communicate principals’ needs to a variety of stakeholders.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrated successful, recent leadership experience in a medium to large size school district or similar public educational institution, including significant experience with district-wide programs as a school administrator.
  • Successful experience working with and teaching adults.
  • Demonstrated experience-closing gaps in student achievement.Successful experiences collecting, organizing and using student and teacher data.
  • Demonstrated skill and fluency in the use of the teacher evaluation system and the principal evaluation system.
  • Proven successful experience in implementing and directing a variety of large-scale instructional programs and/or operations in a medium/large district.
  • Proven successful experience as a leader for equity and cultural responsive practices.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctoral degree or currently enrolled in a doctoral program

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K12 School Operations

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