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Job Opening: School Partnership Director, Partners in School Innovation (Bay Area)

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    Partners in School Innovation is a nonprofit organization working directly with public schools in low-income Bay Area communities to achieve dramatic student
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 15, 2006
      Partners in School Innovation is a nonprofit organization working
      directly with public schools in low-income Bay Area communities to
      achieve dramatic student gains and close the achievement gap. We work
      side-by-side with teachers, principals and district leaders guiding
      them through the planning and implementation of a continuous
      improvement system. We offer intensive, on-site professional
      development and consulting, principal and district-level coaching,
      and leadership development and strategy over multi-year partnerships.

      We are currently seeking School Partnership Directors (SPD) - who
      bring deep knowledge of and firsthand experience implementing any of
      the state-adopted reading programs - to lead our site-based
      implementation teams and actively manage our partnerships with
      underperforming schools in San Francisco (San Francisco Unified
      School District) and San Jose (Oak Grove School District, San Jose
      Unified School District).


      The SPD is ultimately responsible for managing the implementation of
      our Results-Oriented Cycle of Inquiry school improvement process (see
      http://www.partnersinschools.org/program/theory.html)to achieve
      equitable outcomes for all students and close the achievement gap.
      This includes:

      Coaching the Principal and other school leaders. Guide the Principal
      in leading ROCI to close the achievement gap school-wide. Contribute
      to the Principal's development as a results-oriented leader.
      Strategize and advocate for the most effective allocation and use of
      site and district resources to close the achievement gap through
      ROCI. Work with the Principal to establish a sustainable and
      distributed leadership system focused on enabling teachers to
      accelerate closing the achievement gap.

      Leading and managing the development of our School Improvement
      Fellows. Manage and develop School Improvement Fellows (SIF). Guide,
      coach and develop SIFs as they lead the implementation of the Results-
      Oriented Cycle of Inquiry at the classroom and grade levels at school
      sites. Key SIF roles include observing teachers, analyzing data,
      leading evidence-based discussions and facilitating grade-level
      collaboration. Primarily responsible for SIFs' development and
      performance as they evolve as school improvement leaders.

      Managing the Partnership. Enable the school to build capabilities to
      improve continuously and close the achievement gap. Assist PartnersSI
      to negotiate a partnership agreement w/the school that includes
      explicit, measurable objectives, the main initiatives or activities
      that we will carry out in partnership, and the main respective
      responsibilities of the school and PartnersSI. Guide the school in
      putting into place the essential elements of our results-oriented
      inquiry model in at least two intensive grade-levels as well as at
      the school-wide level. Enable the school to implement at least three
      ROCI cycles. Work closely with the Principal and others to deal with
      obstacles and unexpected events, and generally to achieve objectives
      even in the face of changing conditions.

      Contributing to professional development and program development.
      Actively participate in and, when needed, contribute to professional
      development, including organization-wide retreats and staff days and
      be fully knowledgeable of all aspects of our program. Contribute to
      developing further PartnersSI's strategic approach to school
      improvement by identifying opportunities for PartnersSI to grow and
      extend or deepen our work and working with other staff to ensure a
      consistent, coherent program.


      Highly Desired:
      - A track record of managing people w/varying levels of experience to
      achieve results
      - Specific knowledge of the state-approved comprehensive literacy
      programs and an intimate understanding of the research base
      supporting these programs; knowledge of effective strategies to reach
      students with diverse needs, particularly English language learners
      (e.g., English Language Development pedagogical expertise)
      - Coaching or consulting skills and experience; specific experience
      coaching school leaders or other executives through a change process
      is desirable
      - High degree of initiative and tenacity, particularly in complex
      - Several years of experience teaching language arts in public
      elementary schools
      - Strong analytic and problem-solving skills; experience analyzing
      and using data to drive a continuous change process
      - Demonstrated knowledge of and contribution to effective, school-
      based reform to achieve educational equity
      - Experience working in communities of color and/or low-income
      - Effective communication and presentation skills to diverse
      - Positive-mindedness, resiliency and ability to act in ambiguous
      - Passion and commitment to closing the achievement gap

      - Advanced degree in education or a literacy specialist credential in
      reading development
      - Experience as a results-oriented principal, teacher leader or
      district director
      - Familiarity with Bay Area communities and schools

      Salary and benefits DOE and are competitive with Bay Area
      compensation scales.

      To apply for this position:

      Please email (1) a letter of interest, (2) a resume and (3)contact
      information for three professional references to

      Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will
      be conducted until the position is filled. Position start date is
      early August 2006.

      People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

      Partners in School Innovation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
      and an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all
      individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion,
      sexual orientation or physical ability, and evaluate all candidates
      based on merit.
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