Company: Valor Collegiate Academies
Title: Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Salary: Full-time, TBD
Location: Nashville, TN
Valor Collegiate Academies is hiring an experienced Associate Head of School with a strong vision for curriculum who is excited to share our mission of academic excellence and empowering scholars to live inspired and purposeful lives.
Our high school, Valor College Prep, was founded in the 2018-2019 school year. As we’ve added one grade level each school year, our founding class of students will be graduating in the 2021-2022 school year. The Associate Head of School serves as an integral member of the campus leadership team, working in tandem with the Head of School, Director of Student Life, Instructional Coaches, and other schools leaders to achieve exceptional outcomes for all students. This role has a heavy focus on curriculum vision setting and instruction.
The Associate Head of School will provide academic leadership and vision in the planning, implementation, and direction of Valor College Prep’s instructional systems. With deep knowledge, experience, and passion for curriculum and instruction, the Associate Head of School will be responsible for cultivating a culture of student achievement, ensuring high levels of instructional excellence, and contributing to the development of Valor’s rigorous model of instruction. As Valor is committed to providing a balanced education for our diverse student body – with academic rigor paired with comprehensive human development at the heart of our model – it is essential that our school leaders have a passion for both academic excellence and social-emotional learning. This position will play a critical role in ensuring Valor students are equipped with the skills necessary to pursue the paths of their choice – college, career, and beyond – to live inspired, opportunity-filled lives.
- Coach a small cohort of teachers to improve their practice through individualized coaching, professional development series, modeling, and collaborative planning
- Guide teachers’ understanding of and model the Valor Core Teaching Framework to ensure consistent, high quality instruction
- Consistently analyze teacher practice through weekly classroom observations, data analysis, and examination of student work
- Create targeted, individualized coaching plans to empower teacher growth and development
- Collaborate and lead specific grade level or content team meetings
- Create and deliver professional learning sessions for teachers centered on effective teaching strategies and data analysis
- When needed, create and implement teacher development plans to support teachers with targeted growth and improvement areas
Coaching and Management of Instructional Team
- Coach and support a team of instructional coaches to develop their coaching and leadership skills, to in turn, support teachers in their classroom instruction
- Use observation tools and data to support instructional coaches in determining classroom-specific performance targets to improve coaching effectiveness
- Create and deliver professional learning sessions for instructional coaches on effective teacher development strategies
- Collaborate with Head of School on meeting academic and post-secondary targets
Academic Vision Setting
- Provide leadership and management of the high school’s academic intervention programs
- Collaborate with the high school’s operations leaders on matters related to academic operations (i.e. benchmark testing, testing schedules and coordination, ACT prep, etc)
- Support school culture and academic data analysis alongside the school leadership team to identify gaps in data and effectively problem solve
- Design and lead ongoing network and school-based professional development sessions for teachers, instructional coaches, and other school-based faculty
- Partner with Valor’s CAO, school leaders, and instructional coaches in the development and implementation of strong high school curriculum grades 9-12
- Keep current with standards, benchmarks, and indicators; develops standards-based instructional planning tools and resources
- Facilitate the creation and revision of network vertical and horizontal alignment maps for standards, skills, content, assessment types, writing and research, and student support
- Provide teachers and instructional coaches with support in intellectual preparation of their subject areas as well as high-quality, actionable data analysis
- Enforce, uphold, and exhibit school’s values, student management policies and culture
- Own arrival duty, recess or lunch duty, and dismissal duty
- Attend family meetings, orientation, and other school events
- Lead and attend faculty Circle once a week (Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00p.m.)
- Participate as a hiring team member and support with new hire onboarding and development
CRITICAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
At Valor, we believe our diversity makes us strong and we are committed to building a team of educators with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and expertise. Candidates with the following experiences are highly encouraged to apply for this position:
- You have direct experience in coaching instructional coaches, setting an academic vision for a school, organization, or network, and coaching teachers
- You hold a Bachelor’s in Education or subject area of interest (master’s degree preferred but not required)
- You have a track record of success in previous school leadership and/or teacher-leader role
- You have a proven track record of high achievement in the classroom or in previous leadership positions
- You have a relentless drive to develop your leadership practice and to sharpen your skills as a leader in education
- You are self-aware and reflective with a strong desire to continuously growth professionally and personally
- You have a growth mindset and are quick to incorporate feedback into your daily practice
- You have the ability to set and reach ambitious goals, and can handle the intensity required to thrive in a high-performing school environment
- You thrive on data. You can analyze qualitative and quantitative data to inform instructional decisions
- You have the passion and commitment to serve an ethnically & economically diverse student body
- You value and enjoy cultivating deep relationships with students, families, and faculty to create a positive school environment
- You value the importance of modeling and reinforcing the school’s core values, norms, and policies
Our hiring process is both an opportunity for us to determine whether you are a good fit for Valor and an opportunity for you to decide whether Valor is the right fit for you. Here is what you can expect in the process for this role:
- Resume Review
- Phone Interview with Valor’s Talent Team
- Virtual Performance Task
- Interview with Valor school leaders
- Reference Checks
- Offer extension
WHO WE ARE
Founded with the mission to empower a diverse community to live inspired, purposeful lives, Valor Collegiate Academies is a network of high-performing public charter schools serving students in grades 5-12 by the 2021-2022 school year. Our scholars will graduate with academic skills, social-emotional skills, and positive character strengths that rival the outcomes of the best schools in the world.
At Valor, we believe that we can have the greatest impact on our community by committing to 4 key organizational anchors:
- Top 1% Academics: We are passionate about meeting every scholar where they are – whether that is behind or above grade level – and supporting them to grow and excel. We define Top 1% Academics to mean that we strive to be in the top 5% in the State of TN for both student achievement and growth every year. All three Valor schools were recognized as Tennessee Reward Schools in the 2018-2019 school year.
- Powered by Compass: We believe that in order to live inspired and purposeful lives we must focus on comprehensive human development. The Valor Compass, our nationally recognized comprehensive human development program, is designed to help scholars develop their sharp minds as they strengthen their big hearts. The Compass model is intentionally infused throughout every aspect of our school and has helped foster strong relationships between scholars, teachers, and the larger community.
- Thrive in a Diverse World: Valor was founded upon the belief that having a truly diverse community of families and learners in a thoughtfully designed model allows for everyone to have a higher quality and more meaningful experience. Our scholars and staff members come from various walks of life, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and home lives from within Davidson County.
- Built to Last: We believe that being built-to-last means having strong, long-term operational infrastructure. This is largely driven in part by having talented people, and keeping that talent at Valor. We believe in making the work we do sustainable, by providing our faculty high quality professional development and support.
- Valor offers a competitive salary that is determined based on prior teaching and/or leadership experience.
- Valor participates in Metro Nashville Public Schools’ retirement and benefits plan.
Valor Collegiate Academies is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.
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