Senior Director of Middle School STEM and Senior Director of High School STEM

Achievement First - Multiple Locations - Full time

Start Date: July 1, 2022 or earlier

Team: Team Teaching & Learning

Location: Brooklyn, NY, New Haven, CT, or Providence, RI

Who are we? Achievement First (AF) exists to address the legacy of racism in education in America. Our mission is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. That is what we work for every day. We know that all children—regardless of race, zip code, or economic status—deserve access to great schools. At the core of our approach is our shared journey by our students and staff to fulfill our incredible -potential.

Just the facts. Achievement First has consistently been rated one of the top charter school networks in the country, AND we are still learning and growing. AF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that currently supports 41 public charter schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The mission of AF is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all children. We currently employ more than 2,000 staff -- 47% of whom identify as Black, Latinx, or Multi-racial -- who collectively educate more than 14,300 students in Brooklyn, NY; Providence, RI; and New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford, CT. More than 85% of our students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch. Our students are proving what’s possible by achieving breakthrough results in terms of academic achievement and long-term college persistence.

Our focus and reach extend beyond the students and communities that we serve directly. Achievement First is an engaged and prominent partner in the broader education-reform movement, partnering with schools and networks from across the country and openly sharing all our resources with educators free of charge. We currently serve more than 100,000 additional students through two key partnership initiatives. Our Charter Network Accelerator is an intensive cohort-based training program for CMO leaders (with a focus on leaders of color) who are looking to increase the number of top-quality options available to parents across the country; and through our Navigator Program, we provide coaching and support for district and charter schools who want to adopt and adapt our curriculum and instructional practices to help students achieve breakthrough results.

Why work at Achievement First? First and foremost: you should work at AF if you believe in ourvalues and want to surround yourself with people who share them. We are committed to leading for racial equity. We approach our work with humility, humanity, and the recognition that both what we do and how we do it must model the equity we seek. We strive for excellence by setting a high bar in all areas and pursuing it relentlessly. We care about the whole person and are known to be as warm as we are demanding. We choose joy and actively seek out moments of humor, gratitude, and deeper purpose for ourselves and with each other. We know that we will go further together and intentionally choose to join forces on both big and small things. We name brutal facts, embrace challenge, and see our mistakes as opportunities to get better.

Finally, come to Achievement First if you want to help support schools that are striving to redefine what’s possible in education. We are obsessed with getting better and are working to create some of the best schools in the country - schools that support not just students’ academic success but also their social-emotional learning, identity development, independence as learners, passion/enrichment/extracurriculars, and life-long fulfillment. AND, at AF, we believe getting better starts with looking in the mirror. We have done a lot of that lately, as we have more aggressively confronted our own biases and unacceptable gaps in our student experience. We are committed to addressing inequity within our systems, culture, and practices and resolve to do the critical work needed to ensure equity for our scholars and staff. So, come to Achievement First if reflection, challenge, and growth feed your soul.

The Achievement First Secondary Science and Math Programs

The Achievement First math and science programs aim for students to master Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards, develop confidence in themselves as mathematicians and scientists, and find joy in persevering through challenging tasks to discover mathematical and scientific insights and problem-solving strategies.

Our programs are grounded in several core components:

-Core Instruction: Students grapple with mathematical and scientific concepts to provide a strong foundation and procedural fluency with grade level standards.

-Problem Solving: Students apply their learnings from core instruction to complex, multi-step, authentic real world tasks that push them to hone their problem solving skills and mathematical and scientific practices.

-Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness: We also strive to ensure our curriculum, tools, resources and student experiences are relevant, affirm student identity and foster a diverse array of perspectives.

Position Summary

We are hiring a Senior Director of Middle School STEM and a Senior Director of High School STEM to work with our Science and Math network instructional teams, principals, academic deans, and teachers to craft and drive the vision behind exemplary math and science programs. Each Senior Director will oversee 2-4 people to deliver on math and science curriculum design, assessment strategy, and professional development in their academy level. The Middle School Senior Director will also be a key performer supporting program implementation for either math or science, while coaching the other content director.

Both Senior Directors will work with other senior instructional leaders to refine our vision for great teaching and to ensure that we have the curriculum, assessments, and dean and teacher skills to take teaching and learning at Achievement First to the next level. This position offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of this instructional work at one of the nation’s top charter school networks.

Responsibilities of the Senior Director of High School STEM and the Senior Director of Middle School STEM will include, but are not limited to the following:

Set Program Vision and Ensure Alignment to Network Priorities:

○Act as a thought partner with regional superintendents, school leaders, and instructional teams to develop a network vision for STEM instruction and contribute to the development of clear programmatic recommendations for school leaders. Guide all stakeholders towards a vision which includes elements of culturally responsive teaching, increased student discourse, deepened conceptual understandings, and student independence.

○Collaborate and align with other senior leaders of teaching and learning, student experience, as well as the AF Chief of Program and Superintendent, to contribute to a coherent, high-quality learning experience for students grades K-12.

Lead the Middle School or High School STEM team:

○Coach the Middle School or High School Math and Science Achievement Directors to meet outcomes and develop program leadership.

○Support the Achievement Directors for Math and Science so they can:

■Design core curriculum and assessment, leading professional development for teachers and leaders

■Analyze data of state/national exams, Interim Assessments, and ongoing quizzes and unit tests - as well as mock AP and Regents exams in high school.

■Provide school-based support including trainings on planning and analyzing student work, as well as ongoing content-specific professional development sessions for school leaders and teachers

■Cultivate and codify bright spots and future leaders

Middle School Only: The MS Senior Director will lead the work above for either math or science, in addition to managing the other content director.

Manage Program Changes

○Work with stakeholders to manage programmatic change, including: soliciting and incorporating the feedback of students, families, teachers, and school leaders; utilizing pilot programs to determine scalable practices; working with network stakeholders to determine scope and pace of needed changes; and, mapping out short and long-term objectives for instructional shifts.

Facilitate Professional Development

○With the science and math teams, develop professional development sessions that support vision setting for the programs, implementation of the curriculum, and growth of core skills and knowledge.

Coaching and Observations

○Conduct school observations at varying intervals throughout the year to develop content-specific instructional practices, improve implementation of curriculum, gather information on best practices, and support student achievement

○Develop instructional eye of deans and principals through focused co-observations and feedback

Analyze Data

○Analyze student achievement data (student work samples, weekly quizzes, interim assessments and state tests) to determine how to better develop materials and provide targeted, high quality teacher training

Lead Academy-Level Program Vision & Change Management Work

Middle School: The MS STEM Senior Director will lead the eventual unification of the two middle school STEM programs: the traditional AF program at 12 middle schools and the Greenfield school model that has been piloted since 2018 at 4 middle schools. The MS math program has already been mostly unified across models, but the science programs are still distinct. The MS STEM Senior Director will partner closely with the MS Vice President of Great Teaching and the math and science teams for both programs on a unified STEM program vision that scales to all 16 middle schools in the coming years.

High School: The HS STEM Senior Director will be a key leader in the work AF is doing to re envision high school in the next 3-5 years. Working in partnership with school-based stakeholders and other network senior leaders, the HS STEM Director will be part of a team developing our Theory of Learning, Design Principles, and other aspects of our developing vision along with acting as a leader in the implementation of the developing vision.

Depending on COVID Response needs, potentially support schools more directly at times (e.g., teaching)

Skills and Characteristics

Curricular and Programmatic Vision:Has in-depth content and pedagogical expertise in math and/or science

Brings an Equity Lens to the Core Work: Consistently ensures that the Leading for Racial Equity lens will be a required, explicit part of priority planning, goal-setting, professional development planning, and progress monitoring for school leaders and network leaders

Practices Self-Awareness: Consistently reflects on “How am I positioned (relative to privilege and/or oppression) in all aspects of my identities (e.g. race, class, gender, language)? How might these identities impact people and our process?”

Focuses on Relational Trust and Human Values:Notices and actively repairs broken trust/relationships; notices and addresses patterns of exclusion in meetings and 1:1 interactions; holds time to address and lean into difficult conversations.

Designs with not for: Actively looks for and insists on decision-making that requires us to listen, learn, and co-create with the people most impacted by work/decisions.

Utilizes a Growth Mindset: Consistently identifies and addresses gaps in previous mindsets/skills and perceives the strength and performance of others through a growth mindset. Actively seeks feedback to improve and demonstrates growth in response to feedback.

Employs Strategic Thinking: Utilizes multiple perspectives and data points to drive to a clear understanding of the current state relative to organizational goals and best practices and pushes for deeper understandings of how and why this came to be. Sets clear, obtainable, and timely goals which move work and the program forward and proactively plans how to involve and invest others in those goals.

Analyzes and Responds to Data: Accurately identifies strengths and gaps based on existing data, considers additional information which may/may not be included in the dataset and provides specific insights based upon multiple data points.

Educational Background and Work Experience

●A bachelor’s degree

●A proven, multi-year track record of exemplary math or science achievement, especially the achievement of low-income, minority students

○At least four years of highly successful math or science teaching experience OR a minimum of two years of math or science teaching experience with exceptional results when combined with strong district or network level experience.

○Two or more years of highly successful teaching experience in a school serving primarily low-income students.

●At least two years of experience coaching other leaders or teachers.

Occasional weekend or evening work and travel within New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are required.

Compensation

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. For NYC Metro Area based employees the salary range is $112,000 to $119,000. For CT, RI, and remote employees, the salary range is $99,700 to $105,900. Achievement First also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Instructions:

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Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: http://www.achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/.

Achievement First is an Equal Opportunity Employer Achievement First requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law. Click here to read our full policy.

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Locations

Brooklyn, New York
New Haven, Connecticut
Providence, Rhode Island

Role

Project Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

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