May 02, 2021

Associate Director, Professional Development

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • San Jose, CA, USA
Full-time Curriculum

Job Description

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

The Associate Director of Professional Development is an essential role which will allow Rocketship Public Schools to more deeply invest in our professional development programming of multiple different school and NeST based staff members. The Associate Director of Professional Development will play a critical role in designing professional development experiences in alignment with Rocketship's core competencies, including but not limited to curriculum, teaching, leading, managing and DEI. This individual will provide vision, tools, resources, training and support to school leaders across all regions.

This role will report to the Sr. Director of Professional Development and will manage the Manager of Professional Development.

Essential Functions:
    • The Associate Director of Professional Development Programming's primary responsibilities include:

    • Develop a vision and scope and sequence, in concert with Rocketship's content teams, including but not limited to, STEM, Humanities, ISE and MTSS, content specific professional development
    • Develop and lead School Leader professional development focused on both technical and adaptive leadership skills, in partnership with Directors of Schools and Rocketship's content teams.
    • Develop and lead teacher instructional professional development, focused on both technical and pedagogical understanding, in partnership with Directors of Schools and Rocketship's content teams.
    • Create 360 degree adult-facing learning structures, including follow up implementation support, coaching and feedback.
    • When needed, support Directors of Schools and School Leaders with implementation and learnings from previously led professional development sessions.
    • Partner with key stakeholders to continue to further refine and align professional development scope-and-sequence map with teacher and leader coaching and evaluation tools
    • Engage all necessary strategy and thought partners in the design and coordination phases
    • Manage the Manager of Professional Development.

    • School Leader Professional Development

    • Partner with Manager of Professional Development to further develop school leader professional development, with a specific attention to content from multiple strands and teams (i.e. management, leadership, and instructional leadership, family and community engagement, etc.)
    • Partner with Manager of Professional Development, Schools and Talent team to create cohort-based instructional professional development programming, including but not limited to Principal Development, Rising Principal Development, Aspiring Principal Development, Rising Leader Development and Teacher Development.
    • Manage the design, development and programmatic support of APs.
    • Partner with Manager of Professional Development and Talent team to co-create, refine and lead professional development focused on management and adult leadership
    • Partner with other teams as needed to co-create, refine and lead professional development.
    • Where appropriate include NeST Managers and above in professional development sessions, both for their own development as well as to elevate network connectivity and relationships.

    • Professional Development on Instructional Content

    • Ensure all adult-facing learning structures are philosophically aligned, and support school leaders and teachers in ways that are in line with Rocketship's vision for professional development
    • Co-create and lead summer professional development, including but not limited to School Leader Launch and Summer Teacher Professional Development.
    • Differentiate session materials and facilitation based on region-specific needs.
    • Co-create and lead ongoing professional development, including but not limited to Network Professional Development, Skills Labs and Data Days.
    • Codify instructional priorities and create a library of instructional materials and exemplars.
    • Partner with the Manager of Professional Development to coordinate project management of all professional development.
    • Partner with the Manager of Professional Development to further develop and refine year long scope-and-sequence maps for instructional and technical skill development.

Key Qualities and Skills:
    • Strategic planning: Ability to create strong strategic plans to align and drive all aspects of the vision of professional development structures for teachers and school leaders in partnership with Schools, Achievement, and Talent teams
    • Content: Experience designing strong instructional, pedagogical and technical skill professional development
    • Adult learning design: Experience designing strong and innovative professional development and adult learning opportunities at scale
    • Collaboration: Exceptionally strong collaboration skills; able to listen, learn, and understand content across teams within the organization and integrate diverse perspectives into the work
    • Influence: Ability to engage and invest diverse stakeholders across multiple teams without direct authority
    • Facilitation: Ability to facilitate group and one on one programming that engages and inspires participants
    • Communication: Excellent oral and written communication
    • Data driven decision making: Ability to determine the effectiveness of all adult-facing programs and provide additional support via observation, coaching and feedback
    • Operational effectiveness: Prioritizes time and actions in alignment with organizational needs
    • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to ask the right questions to set direction
    • Learning orientation: Driven to improve performance in order to meet high internal standards of excellence; actively seeks feedback
    • Initiative: Ready to act and seize opportunities; drives personal growth and takes ownership over work
    • Demonstrated knowledge of, and support for, Rocketship's mission, vision, and educational model

    • Bachelor's degree required
    • 4+ years of teaching experience preferred
    • 2+ years experience as a School Leader and/or Instructional Coach
    • 2+ years experience designing and delivering professional development
    • Prior professional experience collaborating with school leaders preferred
    • An understanding of Rocketship's instructional model strongly preferred
    • Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools' employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy . For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.

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