Job Opening: School Partnership Director, Partners in School Innovation (Bay Area)
- 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
equitable outcomes for all students and close the achievement gap.
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.
- A track record of managing people w/varying levels of experience to
- 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
- High degree of initiative and tenacity, particularly in complex
- Several years of experience teaching language arts in public
- 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
- Experience as a results-oriented principal, teacher leader or
- Familiarity with Bay Area communities and schools
Salary and benefits DOE and are competitive with Bay Area
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.