May 02, 2021

Director, Humanities

  • 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.

Position Description

The Humanities Team is seeking an experienced individual for a Director of Humanities position. The Director of Humanities will provide leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review and evaluation of curriculum and instructional programs. The Director of Humanities ensures that the network's education objectives are aligned to state frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of student achievement and instructional excellence.

This individual will be a key strategic leader on the Humanities Team and will directly manage Associate Directors of Humanities. In this role the Director of Humanities (DoH) will ensure that Rocketship schools remain a model for instructional excellence both in regards to student outcomes in literacy as well as continuing to serve all students through a culturally relevant and anti-racist lens.

A successful candidate will ensure that Rocketship maintains a culture that puts our Rocketeers first and ensures outstanding support to our schools, school leaders, teachers, and entire school team while also ensuring a strong partnership with the Network Support Team (NeST). This individual will combine a capacity for systems-level and strategic thinking, deep instructional knowledge, careful attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills in building relationships with critical internal and external stakeholders.

The Director of Humanities reports directly to the Senior Director of Humanities.

Essential Functions:
    • Set vision and direction for Humanities instruction at Rocketship by:

    • Analyzing student data
    • Assessing and discussing curriculum standards
    • Building a strong organizational culture that is aligned with the whole Rocketship organization and ensures that ALL schools are successful
    • Collaborate with other network achievement team members to provide comprehensive instructional support and resources
    • Analyze and action plan around: student achievement data, observation and coaching data, and network targets
    • Provide guidance to Directors of Schools and Principals on effective instructional support and management of literacy based blocks in order to realize strong outcomes for students and families while also realizing strong levels of staff satisfaction and retention
    • Partnering with Directors of Schools to analyze data across campuses and provide guidance and support on best practices
    • Providing guidance on each school's strategic plans and ensure key targets are met, facilitating additional professional development when necessary

    • Lead Humanities Team in the following categories:

    • Review and recommend textbooks and other educational materials
    • Consult with external and internal partnerships
    • Strategically counsel, support and manage members of the Humanities Team, to achieve Rocketship's mission
    • Build, develop, and lead a high performing team of mission-critical Associate Directors toward exceptional outcomes for students, families, and staff.
    • Manage Associate Directors of Humanities through weekly meetings to determine and assess instructional priorities
    • Plan and conduct campus observations to inform ongoing Humanities instructional and development strategy
    • Develop and conduct highly effective mid- and end-of-year performance evaluations

    • Design professional development, coaching, and additional customized development for regions and school leaders by:

    • Training teachers and other instructional staff in new content and teaching strategies
    • Mentoring and coaching school leaders in content knowledge and pedagogy
    • Observing work of teaching staff to evaluate internally created curriculum
    • Providing feedback based on individual observations and student performance data
    • Developing procedures for teachers to implement curriculum
    • Help design and facilitate outstanding network-wide professional development
    • Problem-solve solutions to challenges common to all schools in network
    • Work with principals to design and implement excellent professional development for staff during Thursday PD, 1:1s, and any additional structure
    • Work with principals to set teacher professional development priorities for the year and break them down to cycles aligned to data and school needs

    • 3-5 years of experience serving as an instructional leader in a high-performing charter or district environment
    • 2-4 additional years of successful teaching/instructional expertise with a record of strong achievement results
    • Elementary teaching experience preferred
    • Experience designing and delivering PD to multiple audiences
    • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree;
    • 2+ years of experience and demonstrated track record in managing individuals towards high student achievement outcomes
    • Minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of curriculum development, diversity training, project development/management, primary/secondary education, and/or school administration

    • Skills

    • Expertise in curriculum design and development
    • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including organization of work plans, timelines and reports
    • Excellent research, writing and editorial skills
    • Knowledge, understanding and experience in social studies curriculum
    • Knowledge and understanding of anti-bias education
    • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple assignments, work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
    • Computer proficiency
    • Classroom teaching experience preferred

    • Education

    • BA (preferred in Education or a related field)
    • MA (preferred in Education)

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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