Job Opening: Assistant Director, North Oakland Community Charter School
North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS) seeks a highly skilled, experienced, dynamic, progressive, and equity-minded instructional leader to join our school community.
NOCCS is a public school serving 220 students in grades K-8.
The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director to lead all aspect of NOCCS’ education program and day to day operations. This includes, but is not limited to (1) support, coaching, and development of teachers and education staff, (2) student support, (3) parent/family collaboration, and (4) on-going implementation, development, and continuous improvement of the NOCCS K-8 education program and school operations. In addition, the Assistant Director may have some direct teaching duties such as leading an advisory and/or an elective.
We are looking for an excellent educational leader, with a deep appreciation for students and the range assets and needs that exist in our diverse K-8 community populated by 5 – 14 year olds. We are especially interested in educators who are invigorated by a continuously developing and improving school environment and are comfortable with innovation.
The new member of our team must be a skilled organizer and collaborator. S/he must be able to work deeply with other professionals in a team environment. In addition, we are seeking an educator who is enthusiastic about interacting with engaged families, and who wants to take an active role in shaping the school’s growth, policies and educational practices.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience with a diverse range of learners, ranging from young children through adolescent learners. They will also have a strong understanding as to how to engage, support, and develop adult learners, and how to nurture a diverse professional learning community. They will be highly skilled and familial with techniques and frameworks that are used though out our education program, such as the use of workshop and/or inquiry-based methods and teaching strategies, the Common Core, a diversity of assessments to inform differentiated instruction, culturally relevant strategies for working with a highly diverse student body, the Teaching for Understanding Framework and/or other rich project- based learning modalities including art integration.
Our ideal candidate will also be a highly skilled and organized administrator who is able to manage and execute a diverse set of job expectations. The candidate must share our school’s beliefs in and passion for the power of progressive education, high expectations for all learners, and the importance of equity-based educational practices.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
Support, Coaching, and Development of Teachers and Education Staff
Supervise and support a team of 6 Lead Teachers (K-5 or 4-8) including
o Conducting an average of 2-3 observation of each assigned teacher per trimester and
supporting their on-going growth and development
o Evaluating each Lead Teacher using the NOCCS Teacher Evaluation System
o Designing and implementing professional development that is both responsive to the
professional growth/support needs of the teachers and aligned to the strategic priorities
of the educational program
o Recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new Lead Teaching Staff as needed
o Providing additional support and coaching to new/emergent lead teachers by overseeing
BTSA Coaching/Support, and/or designing specialized professional development and/or support strategies
Supervise and support all Associate Teachers, Elective/Enrichment Instructors, and Extended Day Program Staff including
o Conducting an average of 1-2 observations of each AT and/or instructor per trimester and supporting each staff person’s on-going growth and development
o Evaluating each Associate Teacher, Elective/Enrichment Instructor, and EDP Staff Member using the NOCCS Staff Member Evaluation System
o Designing and implementing professional development that is both responsive to the professional growth/support needs of the teachers and aligned to the strategic priorities of the educational program
o Recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new Educational Program staff as needed
Support, effectively implement, and contribute to the continuous improvement of the NOCCS Comprehensive Peacemaking Framework including
o Providing individualized interventions, coaching, and support to student
o Communicating in a consistent, timely, and effective manner with families
o Communicating and providing timely communication and feedback to staff members in
order to best support student growth and development
o Designing and implementing professional development to NOCCS staff members in
order to ensure effective implementation of Peacemaking systems and structures
o Maintain accurate records and data related to student interventions and use this data to
inform and improve systems and structures to support students
o Contributing to the continuous improvement of the Comprehensive Peacemaking
Framework and other structures and systems that support a safe, effective, and caring
learning environment for all students
Overseeing the Student Support Team, 504, and other student support programming
o Scheduling and facilitating SSTs and 504s
o Overseeing the development and implementation of systems and structures to providing
equitable, individualized support to students
o Acts as Administrative Designee as needed for IEP meetings
Oversee the NOCCS Parent-Family Volunteer Team system
Serve as the primary staff liaison for approximately two to three volunteer teams
Lead the planning and implementation of approximately three community events per year
Contribute to the continuous improvement of the Parent-Family Collaboration efforts
Education Program and School Operations
Oversees the implementation and continuous improvement of the NOCCS education program as described in the NOCCS charter, strategic plan, and other documents
Oversee the implementation and continuous improvement of elective, enrichment, extended day, and outdoor education programming, including assisting with the identification of new funding sources and/or leveraging of community resources to enhance and continuously improve these programs.
Develops and implements school and staff scheduled that facilitate effective learning and teaching
Oversees the scheduling of substitutes as needed
Oversees daily school safety procedures
Oversees mandated testing (CELDT, STAR)
Leads, collaborates with, and participates on the Leadership and Administrative Teams
Contributes to and leads key aspects of the educational program and strategic planning
Represents the school to various stakeholders (funders, prospective families, charter authorizer,
Serve as a thought leader with the Executive Director/Co-Director of Instruction
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director/Co-Director of Instruction
Completion of/enrollment in a California Administrative Services Tier I or II Credential Program and/or demonstrated experience as a K-8 instructional leader/administrator.
A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience in an elementary and/or middle grades classroom. California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential OR California Single Subject Teaching Credentials and CLAD or AB1059 preferred.
Demonstrated success working with youth from diverse cultural, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and the ability to interface with their parents in collaborative and productive ways.
Ability to support learning-centered classrooms that includes age-appropriate, culturally responsive classroom management practices.
Knowledge of the Common Core and California State Content Standards.
Ability to design and/or use a variety of data, assessment tools and techniques to guide instruction.
Knowledge of and experiencing using and/or leading staff in the implementation of the curricular frameworks, instructional strategies, and/or assessment as described in the Education Program of the NOCCS charter, including readers/writer’s workshop, balanced mathematics, and Teaching for Understanding.
Demonstrated success in differentiating instruction in diverse classroom settings.
Ability to collaborate and participate in critical relationships with teachers and school staff to develop
educational strategies, both within and across grade levels.
Interest and experience in working in a school community with a high degree of parent/family participation.
Master’s Degree or Higher
National Board Certification
We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and strongly encourage candidates of color to apply
August 1st – June 30th
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Attendance at all school events
Salary and Benefits
$65,000 – 80,000 depending on experience.
Health benefits as per the NOCCS Handbook.
STRS for eligible credentialed employees.
Required Application Materials
Application packets must include the following:
In your cover letter, please include a description of your teaching and administrative, how you were referred to this position, and any other information you feel is important for us to know about you.
Brief response to the following questions (maximum one page for each item):
Describe your philosophy and approach to school leadership.
Describe your philosophy and approach supporting teachers and school staff. Describe your philosophy and approach to supporting students.
Describe your philosophy and approach to working with families.
Photocopy of California teaching and/or administrative credential(s)
Reference sheet with three professional references. For each reference please provide us the reference’s name, position, contact information, and how long and in what capacity you know/worked with this reference.
Phone calls will not be accepted.
Email all required application materials listed above to: jobs@...
All application materials must be submitted via a single email, as word or PDF attachments.
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
Application packets will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Promising first round candidates may be contacted for a phone interview.
Promising second round candidates will (1) participate in a 60 - 90 minute interview with the hiring
team; (2) complete a leadership exercise.
Promising third round candidates will meet with the Executive Director/Co-Director of Instruction and
The North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS) is a public school dedicated to helping children to become thoughtful, informed, and inquisitive citizens. NOCCS is a vibrant, diverse learning community driven by respect for each child’s unique intelligence and history. Our school’s dynamic and challenging educational approach deepens the intellectual and social capacities of each child that we serve.
NOCCS is driven by ten core principles that anchor and guide our community and its work, and provide a vision to which we aspire as a learning community. These principles include: (1) respect for children and their learning; (2) high expectations; (3) a caring community of learners; (4) valuing diversity; (5) connections to the world; (6) a commitment to equity; (7) families' contributions; (8) respect for teachers and teaching; (9) creativity; and (10) teaching for understanding.
Since opening its doors in September of 2000, NOCCS has grown from a tiny one classroom school serving 20 students to a vibrant community of learners that now houses 220 students in grade K-8. The NOCCS student body is a diverse group of learners that includes 16% African American, 48% White, 30% Multi-Ethnic/Decline to State, 2% Hispanic, and 4% Asian. Approximately 25% of our student qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. Over the next several years, we anticipate continued diversification of our student body due to a combination of our expansion to a K-8 educational institution, increased outreach efforts, equity-based policy efforts, and our new geographic location within a highly diverse neighborhood area.
NOCCS stands out as one of Oakland and the Bay Area’s most successful progressive education urban charter school models. Since its inception in 2000, NOCCS has ranked as one of the area’s top schools. For each of the past five years of our chartering period, the school has achieved an Academic Performance Index (API) ranking of over 800. Our most recent API ranking places NOCCS as one of Oakland’s highest achieving elementary and/or middle schools. Our charter was unanimously approved for a third five year term in February of 2010.