Oct 12, 2021

Senior Director of Middle Schools

  • KIPP Texas
  • Houston,TX
Full-time Special Education Support

Job Description

Company Description

About KIPP Texas
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.

Job Description

The Opportunity
The Senior Director of Middle Schools is responsible for working alongside the Managing Director of Secondary Schools and assisting in building the capacity of school leadership teams to improve the conditions of teaching and learning in middle schools. The director will have recommendation and approval- making power to address day-to-day academic and operational school issues and will be responsible for ensuring that KTX's mission and goals are achieved.
Collaboration with multiple departments to ensure consistency of practice and use of resources will be essential as this position works continuously to improve the skills and knowledge base of middle school leaders.
Key Responsibilities
  • Must possess extensive experience in the field of public education, with experience in middle schools, to include classroom experience and supervisory/administrative experience with a proven track record of success in the middle school setting.
  • Analyzes academic performance of middle schools and correlates day-to-day decision making of middle school operations and instruction with outcomes for students
  • Analyzes school innovation and improvement plans to promote high student achievement and growth, increased active engagement of students, and principal professional learning.
  • Coordinates middle schools to promote a rigorous academic program of studies, superior student achievement, and continuous improvement of results for all students.
  • Collaborates with the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Team and MD of Secondary Schools to craft the vision for GVLC in middle schools.
  • Coaches and supports middle school managers and leaders in goal setting, planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of action plans that will guide school leaders in meeting their instructional leadership objectives and for their schools to meet performance targets.
  • Partners with other members of the School Leadership team to develop a cohesive, PK-16 vision for success; helps to define and operationalize the connection between middle and high schools as it pertains to vertical alignment of advanced academics implementation and support
  • Plans and leads high quality and relevant learning experiences for middle school managers and school leaders to guide the implementation of effective instructional programs
  • Conducts regular formal and informal classroom walk-throughs aligned to student achievement and strategic goals alongside the Teaching and Learning Team and School Management Team.
  • Provides feedback on successful leadership practices, such as effective management of instructional staff, use of data, and establishment of school culture alongside school management teams.
  • Attends school-based meetings and events to foster a culture of engagement with staff, families, and community
  • Builds the instructional leadership capacity of school leaders with particular focus on instruction, data analysis, aligned interventions, community, and culture
  • Co-creates a culture of inquiry and mutual accountability among the middle school leaders
  • Visits schools on a regular basis to monitor day-to-day operations
  • Models non discriminatory practices in all activities
(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

Other Duties
  • Initiates and maintains effective liaisons to maintain a current knowledge of developments and research in the profession
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the CAO or Deputy Chief or other appropriate leader

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required)
  • Must possess at least five years of middle school leadership and possess extensive experience in the field of public education to include classroom experience and supervisory/administrative experience.
  • Must possess budget planning experience.
  • Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and current issues in the provision of public education programs and services.
  • Must possess a demonstrated knowledge of state/federal regulations and accreditation requirements governing public education program.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, supervisory, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with teachers, paraprofessionals, school administrative staff, parents, guardians, the community, and central office administrative staff.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Must possess experience supervising and providing performance feedback professional staff, managing budgets, and developing and interpreting student population projections and teacher allocation.
  • Demonstrated strong computer skills are required.
  • Must possess the ability to speak effectively before large groups and high level executives.
Other Duties as assigned

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas' competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.

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