Director of School Innovation at Mt. Pleasant HS
Job ID: 3147
Contingent upon funding
This role is an exciting opportunity to serve as a school leader among a diverse and dynamic district team committed to the audacious task of transforming public education in Providence. The district is in the process of a game-changing transformation led by the State Turnaround Superintendent, in coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Education and with the support of the larger Providence community.
The Director of School Innovation is designed to prepare an extraordinary aspiring school leader for the urgent and challenging work of creating a new innovative school program and becoming a school leader of that program. Reporting to the Deputy Superintendent of Learning, the Design Fellow will work to ensure students’ access to a rigorous, high-quality school model that will provide them with the confidence to succeed academically and continue on to strong postsecondary education opportunities.
This leader will be given increased autonomy and the opportunity to innovate. Ultimately, the leader will be responsible for leading the success of a trail-blazing program and demonstrating the impact of effective innovation. The fellow will focus on leveraging research and data to drive initiatives and instruction to ensure student-centered learning, equity, and student achievement. Once the program launches, the fellow will build a thriving school climate that supports the whole student, and develop and lead a high-performing staff to achieve the program’s vision and goals. Working collaboratively with the Superintendent and Network Superintendent, the leader will bring together stakeholders and lead reimagined community partnerships to together demonstrate what is possible in Providence.
***Accommodations for virtual interviews will be made during this hiring season, please apply***
Roles & Responsibilities
Establish a high quality, challenging, engaging and joyful student learning experience that effectively meets the needs of diverse learners
Supervise faculty and staff, including recruitment, coaching, evaluation, retention, and dismissal and hold primary responsibility for professional development, staff observations, curriculum development, staff communication, and program decisions
Build and maintain and thriving adult culture and high functioning team
Manage all core daily functions of the program including, but not limited to, budget, operations, talent, curricula
Align program resources and prioritize activities to achieve maximum results based on vision, priorities and goals
Skillfully operationalize the innovative program – relentlessly problem-solve and strive for excellence
Communicate regularly with all stakeholders and fuel investment in the strategic program vision and expectations
Analyze and use quantitative and qualitative data regularly to inform decisions, assess progress to goals and adjust action plans accordingly
Coordinate planning of calendar and space usage with broader school
Ensure equitable learning experience and access for all students – especially students with IEPs and English Language Learners
Ensure the innovative program is positioned to scale successfully over time: codify all core systems and learnings to ensure the program is positioned grow and/or replicate
Salary Rate Range
$100,404 – $105,583
Building Level Admin PK-12
The ideal candidate will have:
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
Rhode Island Department of Education Certification Building Administrator K-12, or ability to ascertain a certification by September, 2021.
At least 3 years of high school teaching experience and at least 2 years in a school leader position with demonstrated evidence or driving strong results as a school leader; urban school setting experience preferred
The ideal candidate will bring a combination of a proven track record within a high school leadership role coupled with the entrepreneurial orientation essential for leading the startup of a highly innovative, academically rigorous urban high school. This leader will demonstrate:
Big picture thinking and the ability to motivate a collaborative team of adults who feel jointly responsible for the attainment of school goals and commitment to achieving excellence
Deep familiarity with pedagogy, instructional methods, and program design
Strong knowledge of strategic planning, operations, school culture, effective family and community involvement strategies and partnerships
Entrepreneurial, innovative leader who demonstrates strength and creativity in the face of adversity, out- of-the-box thinking, and adaptive problem solving skills
Commitment and tracker record to effectively pursuing equity: demonstrated cultural competency and the ability to effectively lead across lines of difference in identity (by gender, class, race, etc.); able to confidently articulate and hold explicit beliefs and values around equity for/with the community (i.e. "We stand for…")
Exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical thinking skills
Strong interpersonal skills – can connect and build trust with range of stakeholders including parents, students, staff
Strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail and follow-through
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Personal qualities of grit, determination and resilience; ability to be a quick learner and adapt to new context quickly
You must complete the new hire compliance training prior to your first day of employment
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check.