LearningWorks is actively seeking a highly motivated and talented Director of Curriculum and Instruction to join our diverse and dedicated team. Collaboration is essential to the success of LearningWorks, and this position works closely with the other LW Directors. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction is primarily responsible for the planning and operational management of the overall academic program, and the recruitment, training and development of our aspiring teacher faculty. As acting Dean of Faculty during summer programming, this Director hires and supervises seasonal staff, tracks metrics of student success, and assists with advancement projects and other initiatives to support the overall institutional success of LearningWorks. This position reports to the LearningWorks Executive Director.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Director of Program and Curriculum Design
Lead development and execution of day-to-day program logistics, curriculum, teacher development and coaching, calendar and schedules at Saturday school year workshops and 9-week summer program.
Align year-round curriculum standards to LW student growth goals, MPS content and The Blake School best practices.
Assess academic performance of each student participant and track growth over time.
Track, analyze and make programmatic changes in response to student data, use data to gauge effectiveness of curriculum and instruction.
In partnership with Executive Director, develop and expand pipeline for LearningWorks aspiring teachers to the classroom through partnerships with institutions of higher ed, public district partners, national and local charter school networks, and public and private foundations.
Dean of Faculty
Lead academically rigorous and culturally relevant faculty training with summer and school year faculty to prepare aspiring young educators.
Align and develop LearningWorks faculty training to rigorous local and national standards of culturally relevant pedagogy and social emotional learning.
Ensure teaching fellow positive mindset growth and professional development in skills of urban education throughout the summer and school year.
Manage and lead a team of part-time licensed mentor teachers in all content areas to develop and evaluate their curricular and instructional support for teaching fellows.
Faculty Recruitment, Hiring and Support
Manage all processes required to annually recruit, hire, and retain 80+ diverse and talented high school students and college undergraduates and 10 licensed mentor teachers for the School Year Program and the Summer Program.
Build relationships with high schools and colleges to attract outstanding teacher and mentor candidates whose lived experiences are representative of LearningWorks families.
Coordinate and maintain strong internal and external partnerships with institutions of higher education, summer faculty housing, building use at Blake, and community organizations.
Design curriculum for 9th grade Leadership Academy and 9th-12th grade College Bound Programming.
Gather qualitative and quantitative data from former faculty to gauge the impact of LearningWorks on their vocational choices.
Connect faculty to job opportunities after LearningWorks and utilize social media to connect former faculty to each other to build professional networks.
Classroom teaching or school administration experience preferred
Strong technology skills, including demonstrated experience with Google Apps for Education
Experience working with diverse populations or in an urban school setting
Strong skills in leadership, vision, and ability to see big picture
Proponent of "students teaching students" learning environment
Close attention to detail, ability to plan ahead, and solid follow through
High energy and flexibility
Strong communication, presentation and writing skills
Ability to motivate and work effectively with wide array of constituencies including middle school students, families, young educators, and administrators/contacts in both public and private schools
Access to car helpful for miscellaneous program needs
Experience at LearningWorks, Breakthrough, Upward Bound, or similar program
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.