Director of Instructional Support – Northern California

Director of Instructional Support – Northern California

What You’ll DoOur Directors of Instructional Support are our instructional leaders on the ground with our partners. As a Director of Instructional Support, you’ll lead the effort to improve instruction in partnership with schools and systems throughout the country. You will manage a team of content experts to support the work in a subject-specific way and support a network of schools and systems to improve instruction for students.  In this role, you will be on our Partnerships Team, which supports schools and districts throughout Northern California. You will report to the Managing Director of Instructional Support. Specifically, you will:Responsibilities:System Support•Support a portfolio of schools and systems to improve instruction in core academic subjects and support student growth•Lead system instructional reviews to diagnose needs and work closely with partners to develop actions plans in line with their values and resources to support instructional improvement•Build relationships with school and system leaders to support implementation of action plans and adjust course where needed•Serve as the primary point of contact for partners and their questions; Connect partners to resources, information and research from within the network and across the sector to help schools and systems solve targeted instructional challengesManagement•Manage a team to provide content-specific support to partners•Manage partner contracts and deliverables to achieve school-level goals based on instruction and student achievementTraining•Plan cross-system support opportunities targeting common instructional challenges across the partner network, including:•Planning and facilitating classroom visits and meetings for instructional leaders•Researching and writing case studies of particular examples of instructional improvement•Identify common instructional challenges across systems and propose, design and execute new services to target common challenges•Facilitate adult learning experiences for school and system leaders both within and across systemsCandidate Required Qualifications: •8+ years of educational experience and 3+ years of system-level leadership or school leadership (principal equivalent) experience (not coach or AP)Candidate Qualifications and Traits:•Experience leading instructional improvement for a small system and/or rural district, with a track record of improving student achievement•Knowledge of school leadership levers, decisions, and change management implications — understand and able to provide recommendations on the full range of decisions that leaders can make at the school level to organize instruction, staff and student/family engagement•Quick ability to understand the assets, needs and personalities of a school system in order to help develop plans that will work for their context•Strong instructional instincts and experience across content domains; deep understanding of all content areas is not expected and Directors of Instructional Support will have content consultants they can call on – however, strong content knowledge is certainly valued•Strong management skills and experience developing team members•Great communication skills verbally and in writing, with an ability to develop quick rapport and build trust•Detail orientation, organization and ability to keep multiple projects moving forward concurrently•Data driven orientation and a commitment to whatever works best rather than attachment to pet theories or particular ideologies•Versatility and a total learner mentality: comfort learning about new content areas and approaches to work and putting them into practice with partners•Travel often includes early morning departures and/or overnight stays and is estimated to be 50-60%. A flexible schedule Monday through Friday is required. Instruction Partners covers all travel expenses.•The DIS role includes supporting a range of new issues and challenges for leader support - developing new instructional models, deeper work on staff management and stakeholder communications, and more connection to operational issues related to organizing instruction and student support for reentry and recovery. This role is for immediate hire.Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in HiringAt Instruction Partners, we know that difference enhances, transforms and strengthens our ability to serve students and schools. We invite and celebrate diversity of all perspectives, and we are deeply committed to ensuring equitable access and voice throughout our organization. Instruction Partners is proudly an equal opportunity workplace, and we value the inclusion of persons who have experienced poverty and/or for whom English is not their first language, and every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ancestry, religion, national orientation, age, marital status or Veteran status. Join us, and let's work together to support great teaching and accelerate learning for every student.Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet about 60% of job criteria, women and other marginalized groups tend to apply only when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but you’re not sure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you.Compensation:The salary for this role is $123,189.00. Detailed information about the organizational compensation philosophy is available upon application. Instruction Partners offers flexible work hours and location. Competitive benefits and private retirement investment options are available, as well as a generous vacation policy.