Director of Education
Director of Instruction
School / Org:
Indianapolis Public Schools
No. of Positions:
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Open Until Filled
Indianapolis Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):
Director of Elementary Learning
Location or Department: Associate Superintendent
Summary: The Director of Elementary Learning plays a critical role in strengthening the district’s efforts to ensure alignment across all academic functions in order to improve learning outcomes of all students in the IPS Title I eligible elementary schools. The Director of Elementary Learning collaborates closely with district leadership and across functional teams to develop the capacity of elementary school leadership teams, to identify and curate external resources as the district moves to expanded school-based autonomy. The person in this role will serve as a key connector between the Curriculum & Instruction, School Supervision, and school leadership teams to ensure aligned execution of district priorities that is grounded in effective curricular and pedagogical decisions at the school level.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: - Builds effective relationships with school leadership and Central Services teams
- Sets high expectations of achievement that support ambitious and measurable goals for applicable (Title I schools) school leadership teams
- Regularly visits elementary schools to gather formal and informal observational data on school performance, including but not limited to: observing school leadership team meetings; attending Professional Learning Communities; observing classroom instruction; observing coaching and data analysis meetingsIdentifies and curates external instructional resources for use by elementary schools’ leadership teams
- Serve as an additional resource to school leaders and school staff as it relates to school implementation of the School Improvement and the Title I Schoolwide Plan
- Ensures implementation of high-quality curriculum and effective pedagogical practices across all IPS elementary schools
- Executes high-quality professional development for elementary schools’ leadership teams
- Responds to data and feedback from elementary schools’ leadership teams and actively contribute to efforts that continuously improve district practices
Professional Responsibilities: - Believes that all students can succeed
- Advocates for equitable student access to excellent teachers
- Consistently oriented towards, and leading others to, act on what is best for kids and their teachers
- Holds oneself and others to high standards, relentlessly pursing solutions to persistent challenges
- Respects and adapts to people across all lines of differences including racial, ethnic, and other identifies
- Maximizes time and resources using effective time management and organization systems
- Solicits and eagerly receives feedback from supervisor and team members to improve professional skills
- Continuously learns and seeks new information to incorporate into professional work
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. General skills in:
- Knowledge of district landscape and efforts to expand school-based autonomy
- Experience successfully leading and managing a team of adults to accomplish goals and overcome barriers necessary for positive organizational change
- Managing multiple projects, including adapting to evolving projects
- Researching, collecting, analyzing and preparing data and generating related reports
- Working efficiently and prioritizing effectively
- Analyzing problems and recommending effective solutions
- Communicating effectively
- Engaging a variety of stakeholders
- Providing feedback and coaching adults
- Applying employment standards and procedures, federal and state rules and IPS policies
- Monitoring and controlling the confidentiality of IPS records and information
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and clients
- Providing excellent customer service
- Operating a personal computer using standard and specialized software
Education and/or Experience: - Minimum of 6 years of professional experience in Education, including school leadership experience
- Previous K-12 classroom teaching experience with evidence of high-progress student outcomes
- Previous experience in Education management is a plus; relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to the board of education, employees, the Core Leadership Team, public groups, and the IPS Board of School Commissioners.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: School Administration License, preferred
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Disclaimer: The following statements of the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this category. The description does not contain an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills and other requirements necessary to perform in this position.
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