School Partnership Director
Partners in School Innovation is a non-profit organization working with
public schools in low income communities in the Bay Area. We provide
full-time teams of AmeriCorps implementation specialists to enable our
partner schools to pursue lasting, whole-school reform that will result
in greater educational equity. These teams are guided by School
Partnership Directors (SPD), most of whom are experienced
teacher-reformers. We are seeking new SPD's with experience in
supporting education reform, teaching literacy in elementary and/or
middle schools, and developing reform leadership to join our team.
The principal role of the School Partnership Director is to manage the
partnerships between Partners in School Innovation and our schools: both
directing and coaching teams of "Partners" - our AmeriCorps members -
and working with school leaders to plan and guide, monitor and reinforce
the school's reform process. Our overall goals are to enable the school
to achieve increased student learning and increased capacity for ongoing
improvement at the school.
In addition, SPD's are a part of the program leadership team of a
dynamic, growing organization. We are looking for people who are
committed to school reform and to the ideal of service, and who will be
"institution-builders," providing leadership in both our school
partnerships and our organization for several years. The new SPD will
play a major role in developing our organizational focus on "results
oriented reform," combining the best of school reform strategies with
the best of organizational management strategies, with an initial focus
on literacy as the driving priority for whole-school reform.
SPDs have major opportunities to increase professional skills and
knowledge in such areas as leadership, coaching and professional
development, school-reform strategy, and institutional change
management. There will be opportunities for advancement as the
The School Partnership Director is ultimately responsible to ensure that
we achieve our partnership objectives with schools each year and over a
span of several years. This includes:
1. Serving as a constructive "critical friend" to the principal and
other school leaders. Advising school leaders as they envision,
strategize and reflect on the process of whole-school reform to achieve
educational equity. Providing feedback and data on the progress of the
reform projects. Advocating for the most effective and satisfying use of
Partners as a support for reform. Participating with other stakeholders
in school events and working days.
2. Leading Partners. Managing our full-time Partners (AmeriCorps
Members) to execute their work well. Projects include assistance in
introduction of new literacy teaching strategies, use of new assessment
information, conduct of action-research projects, and school-wide
planning and management of reform processes.
3. Contributing to the overall leadership of Partners in School
Innovation. Partnership Directors will also play significant roles in
training, recruitment, fund-raising and external communications,
evaluation and organizational learning, and other activities required to
maintain Partners in School Innovation and to build our capabilities.
This includes opportunities to participate in the professional community
of schools, school districts and "support provider" organizations that
are committed to reform in Bay Area schools.
4. Contributing to Program Development, Evaluation, or Professional
Development. Some SPD's will also have a significant role in
contributing formally to our organizational learning. SPD's serving in
this capacity will have a reduced role in School Service.
* Experience working in communities of color and/or low-income
* Several years of experience teaching language arts in public
elementary and/or middle schools
* Demonstrated knowledge of and contribution to effective,
school-based reform to achieve educational equity
* Coaching or consulting skills and experience
* Demonstrated leadership with peers and with others in positions
of authority - a track record of managing people to get results
* A strong, constructivist orientation to both personal and
* A commitment to become a leader over several years in building a
* Positive-mindedness, resiliency and ability to act in ambiguous
* Master's Degree in Education
* Proficiency in Spanish
* Familiarity with Bay Area communities and schools
Salary and benefits are competitive with Bay Area compensation scales.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
People of Color Strongly Encouraged to Apply
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON PARTNERS IN SCHOOL INNOVATION
Eight elementary and middle schools in Oakland, San Francisco, Redwood
City and San Jose (Oak Grove) in 2001-2002 school year.
Our AmeriCorps Members:
21 full-time AmeriCorps members - a diverse group of recent college
graduates with a strong interest in education and equity, and track
records of service and leadership - committed to be Partners for two
Eight School Partnership Directors, each of whom works with one or two
partner schools and participates in one additional area, program
development, professional development, or evaluation. Executive Director
Emeritus, who is one of the organization's co-founders, Executive
Director, Directors of Professional Development, Program Development,
Evaluation, Development (fundraising) and External Relations and staff,
Literacy Specialists, and an administrative staff.
Our organizational community:
We are committed to building an organization that reflects the diversity
of the communities with whom we work, and that strives to use such
diversity in accomplishing our common vision. We place high value on
learning by doing, on teamwork, and on facilitative leadership to create
a thriving learning community focused on achieving educational equity in
urban public schools.
Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for
three professional references to:
School Partnership Director, Partners in School Innovation, 1060
San Francisco, Ca 94107 * Tel: 415-824-6196 Fax: 415-824-6198