Director of School Service
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 higher student learning and greater educational equity. These teams are guided by School Partnership Directors (SPDs), most of whom are experienced teacher-reformers. We are seeking a Director of School Service to provide senior management for 5 to 7 SPDs and their school teams.
The principal role of the Director of School Service is to provide top-level operating leadership for school services, ensuring that our partner schools progress towards major, demonstrable change that improves learning outcomes for all of their students and develop capacity for ongoing improvement after our service ends.
In addition, the Director of School Service is a key member of the leadership team of a dynamic and growing organization. We are looking for people who are committed to school reform for greater equity 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 Director of School Service 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.
The Director of School Service is ultimately responsible to ensure that we enable a growing number of partner schools to achieve major, readily recognizable improvement in student learning and to build the capability for continuous improvement. This includes:
1. Leading our school service program strategically:
a. Develop and refine our strategic and operating plans for school service.
b. Guide the establishment of new school and district partnerships, and the renewal or ending of current partnerships.
c. Create clear Roles & Expectations for each School Partnership Director, including role in the school context, year-long objectives, key colleagues, and evaluation plan and rationale, and equity focus.
d. Ensure our staff's attention and effective efforts toward our own strategic objectives and the agreed objectives of our partnerships.
2. Managing district partnerships directly:
a. Develop our approach to serving districts, in collaboration with our Director of Program Development, and establish partnerships with promising partner districts.
b. Negotiate specific goals and objectives, plans and responsibilities.
c. Provide direct consulting to senior district leaders, and supervise other PartnersSI staff in carrying out agreed plans and responsibilities.
d. Monitor progress, lead problem-solving efforts, and renegotiate partnerships when needed.
3. Providing senior leadership for our teams at schools:
a. Develop an understanding of each school and build strong relationships with key school leaders.
b. Guide the development of partnership agreements.
c. Supervise and coach the SPDs in setting priorities, guiding and supervising their Partners (AmeriCorps Members), and managing our services.
d. Visit partner schools regularly and attend selected school team meetings to track progress, troubleshoot challenges, and provide organizational support to help the team succeed.
e. Keep Executive Director (ED) informed about progress at the school and engage ED as thought partner in overcoming challenges to the work and achieving success.
f. Identify work that is unique and valuable at the schools, and take proper steps to ensure that the learning is captured and shared at PartnersSI.
4. Contributing to the overall leadership of Partners in School Innovation: Director of School Service will also play a significant role in training, recruitment, fund-raising and external communications, evaluation and organizational learning, and other activities required to maintain PartnersSI 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.
5. Contributing to Program Development, Evaluation, or Professional Development: Work closely with the Directors of Program Development, Evaluation and Professional Development to ensure that the work in School Service is informing and being informed by those areas.
* Demonstrated leadership with peers and with others in positions of authority - a track record of managing people to get results
* Coaching or consulting skills and experience
* Demonstrated knowledge of and contribution to effective, school-based reform to achieve educational equity
* Experience working in communities of color and/or low-income communities
* Positive-mindedness, resiliency and ability to act under ambiguous circumstances
* A strong, constructivist orientation to both personal and organizational learning
* Advanced Degree in Education
* Several years of experience teaching language arts in public elementary and/or middle schools
* 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 years.
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, Directors of Professional Development, Program Development, Evaluation, Literacy Specialists, fund-raising and 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:
Director of School Service, Partners in School Innovation, 1060 Tennessee Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 * Tel: 415-824-6196 Fax: 415-824-6198