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110Job Opportunity with Partners in School Innovation

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  • Beth Sutkus
    Mar 4, 2002
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      JOB OPPORTUNITY
      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.
      JOB CONCEPT

      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
      organization grows.

      MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

      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.

      QUALIFICATIONS

      Highly Desired
      * Experience working in communities of color and/or low-income
      communities
      * 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
      organizational learning
      * A commitment to become a leader over several years in building a
      service organization
      * Positive-mindedness, resiliency and ability to act in ambiguous
      circumstances

      Preferred
      * Master's Degree in Education
      * Proficiency in Spanish
      * Familiarity with Bay Area communities and schools

      COMPENSATION
      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

      Visit www.partnersinschools.org

      Our schools:
      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.

      Our staff:
      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.

      Interested?
      Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for
      three professional references to:
      School Partnership Director, Partners in School Innovation, 1060
      Tennessee Street
      San Francisco, Ca 94107 * Tel: 415-824-6196 Fax: 415-824-6198