Jun 09, 2021

Instructional Leader Fellow

  • Ewing Marion Kauffman School
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
Full-time Education School Leadership School Support

Job Description

Ewing Marion Kauffman School – Instructional Leader Fellow


The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a free, public charter school serving more than 1,200 students in 5th through 12th grades. Focused on student achievement and strong character, the school’s mission is summarized in three words: create college graduates. The school serves a student population of which 87% qualify for free and reduced lunch and 90% identify as students of color. Students are accepted by a lottery that prioritizes the six highest-need zip codes within the district. In 2019, the Kauffman School graduated its first, and founding, class of students – 100% of seniors were accepted to a four-year college or university and 72% of students will be the first in their families to attend college.


The Kauffman School seeks results-driven and culturally responsive educators to join its team. We fundamentally believe that every student can reach ambitious goals when provided a supportive academic setting, when they are surrounded by teachers who have a deep belief in their potential, and when those teachers intentionally build relationships with and connect with students’ personal goals and ambitions. We show belief in every student through setting and holding them to high expectations while building relationships. We approach rigorous learning as an activity that is responsive to students’ cultural contexts and pushes them to think critically. We seek opportunities for students to engage with and respond to the world around them - both in their immediate lives and in their broader society - while being pushed intellectually at all times.


In 2015, the Kauffman School was recognized as Missouri Charter School of the Year. In the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, the Kauffman School earned a perfect score on its statewide Annual Performance Rating, one of only 7% of districts statewide to do so. In 2019, Teach For America recognized the Kauffman School as a School To Learn From. Additionally, the Kauffman School became the first charter network outside of New York City to earn the top tier “Platinum” rating from the Leverage Leadership Institute, an extension of the Relay Graduate School of Education. Our school and student results demonstrate our students’ incredible brilliance, passion, creativity, and work ethic. Kauffman School students are empowered by their identities and place in the community and develop a critical consciousness of the world around them. Kauffman School staff actively partner with families to be a school, not just in the community, but of the community.



The Kauffman School is currently seeking a strategic and dynamic Instructional Leader Fellow (ILF). Reporting to the Principal, the Instructional Leader Fellow will begin his/her Fellowship working closely with the Instructional Leadership Team to rapidly learn how to best coach and support educators in leading strong instruction, how to guide teachers in making data-driven decisions for their classrooms, and how to further develop systems and protocols to ensure that academic achievement and school culture consistently reflects the Kauffman School’s values and goals.




Teacher Development and Evaluation

  • Model best instructional practices and coach teachers on best practices and interventions to raise achievement for struggling students
  • Advise, support, and mentor individual teachers to improve instruction through:
    • Daily classroom observation and feedback
    • Curriculum, unit, and lesson collaborative planning and review
    • Continuous, high-quality assessment preparation
    • Comprehensive and evolving professional development programming


Student Achievement

  • Set ambitious goals for student achievement and performance and hold staff accountable for achieving results
  • Research, design, and align scope and sequence, and curriculum with Missouri and Common Core standards
  • In partnership with the Principal and Data and Assessment Team, evaluate school performance data to make holistic and individual recommendations for improving instructional practices
  • Facilitate data-driven discussions with instructional staff regarding student performance

Management and Leadership

  • Embody and advocate the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the Kauffman School
  • Adhere to the policies, standards, and school-wide responsibilities described in the school “Personnel Policies Handbook”
  • Model the school’s PREP (Perseverance, Results, Empathy, Passion) values and set the standard for professional behavior
  • Coordinate all academically-oriented clubs and extracurricular activities
  • Work with parents and the community to achieve maximum involvement in and support of student performance
  • Coordinate summer staff orientation and summer curriculum development
  • Participate in staff recruitment
  • Serve as a key member of the Kauffman School Leadership Team, representing the school to a variety of audiences and supporting all necessary functions for school management and success
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred
  • At least 3 years of experience teaching low-income, minority, or historically underachieving students, with a record of exemplary results
  • History of effectively coaching/mentoring both new and experienced teachers
  • Significant experience with curriculum development and instructional methodology
  • Commitment and complete belief in the Kauffman School’s mission and organizational success
  • Ability to take feedback well and implement changes immediately
  • Entrepreneurial energy and ambition necessary for a start-up school
  • Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands and external pressures
  • Ability to be a team player and comfortable planning with others to achieve a common vision
  • Acute attention to detail coupled with the ability to think and act strategically
  • Strong time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members
  • Excellent computer skills, especially Microsoft Office and Power School
  • Personal qualities of maturity, humility, strong work ethic, and “whatever it takes” attitude


This role requires the ability to work at the location as assigned by the School (e.g., on-site or remote) and the ability to accept re-assignment to an alternative work location as determined by the School. 



The Kauffman School offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with relevant experience and anticipated duties and responsibilities, including comprehensive health benefits.


The Kauffman School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, welcoming people to flourish in an open and inclusive work environment. A diverse pool of candidates is welcomed and encouraged.

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