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Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Central Office | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

THE ORGANIZATION:

At Lighthouse Community Public Schools (LCPS), we believe an exceptional education brings out each child’s unique light and potential. Founded in 2002, LCPS operates two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland.  With a vision of transforming our community through creating a family of exceptional schools serving youth and families in Oakland, our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice and rooted in the EL Education model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. LCPS will continue to increase its impact as we grow to a third site in 2019, ultimately serving 2500 low-income students and their families. Lighthouse exists to counter persistent educational inequity that threatens our collective future. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and each graduate fulfills the promise of a better, brighter Oakland and our results can testify.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first generation college students, are accepted to four-year colleges. Lighthouse was named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013 and Lighthouse Community Charter High School was named the #1 high school for closing the achievement for low-income, Latino students in 2016.

Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY:

Lighthouse Community Public Schools is seeking a progressive and experienced instructional leader for the 2018-2019 school year to actualize our innovative academic vision and instructional stances across our family of schools. The Director of Curriculum & Instruction at LCPS will be charged with curriculum and programmatic oversight and alignment across our family of schools K-12 in all core content areas. The ideal candidate will have a background in math and science teaching and/or curriculum design, though candidates without this background will still be considered. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction will help to bring our LCPS instructional stances to life in our classrooms through designing and facilitating data-driven and equity-focused professional development for teachers and leaders. This person will be an expert in designing adult learning experiences, culturally responsive teaching practices, and purposeful and vertically aligned curriculum design that supports students to become independent learners. The DCI will work in close collaboration with a team of equity-minded and progressive instructional leaders committed to ensuring every child can achieve college and career readiness and become changemakers in their own lives and communities.

This is an exciting opportunity for a equity-centered instructional leader who is energized to bring to life an innovative instructional vision across our family of schools and passionate about transformational growth for yourself, the leaders and teachers you will serve, and our students, families, and Oakland community.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Instructional and programmatic vision, leadership, and deep knowledge of CCSS/NGSS standards K-12 and knowledge of and commitment to culturally responsive and equity centered practices.

  • Expert at designing, assessing, and curating learner-centered curricular resources and supporting curriculum adoption implementation processes.

  • Deep knowledge of adult learning theory and ability to lead teams in the development and delivery of  high-quality learner-driven, relationship-based, and purposeful curriculum and instruction K-12.

  • Facilitation of data-driven and equity-focused teams and processes.

  • Highly flexible and comfortable with change, growth, and possibility.

  • Skilled collaborator, communicator, and relationship-builder.


CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND OUTCOMES

  • Lead and support systems and processes for the selection, development and curation of curricular resources in core content areas across K-12 so that all students have access to high quality curriculum, with particular attention to needs of our most vulnerable student populations (English learners, students with disabilities, and African-American boys).

  • Provide direct support to teachers and leaders in understanding and designing from core instructional resources, lead teams in process of revision and refinement of core resources.

  • Lead and facilitate learning walks with CAO, Director of Talent/HR, and organizational leaders to assess the quality of teaching & learning and move instruction towards actualization of LCPS instructional stances.

  • May on occasion serve as an alternate observer and supervisor and/or coach of teachers in the LCPS teacher evaluation, growth, and development system.

  • Support Culturally Responsive pedagogy across FOS including articulation of CRT stance and alignment of curriculum and instructional practices.

  • Conduct curriculum audits and gather and utilize other sources of quantitative and qualitative data in conjunction with the Data & Assessment Team to monitor progress towards improved student and staff outcomes and assess the impact of shifts to curriculum and curricular resources, PD, and instructional practices on student and staff outcomes.

  • Work with Director of Talent to support alignment of coaching practices across schools towards focal areas within LCPS instructional vision.

  • Design, facilitate and deliver professional development for leaders and teachers across the family of schools on LCPS Instructional Stances and and EL Core Practices, including yearly summer curriculum institutes for teachers.

  • In collaboration with CAO and in consultation with LCPS ILT, design and oversee professional learning scope and sequence aligned to LCPS Strategic Plan, with emphasis on supporting teachers in developing learner centered practice and support development of all students to success on our graduate profile.

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor and based on interest and skill.


 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Significant teaching and instructional leadership experience required (including at least 7-10 years of successful classroom teaching and instructional leadership, preferably including principal or AP experience),

  • CA administrative credential or certificate of eligibility, preferred; Master’s in Education or related field, preferred

  • Deep knowledge culturally responsive pedagogy.

  • Deep knowledge of CCSS and NGSS. Experience as Math and/or science teacher/coach preferred.

  • Deep knowledge of K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices aligned to LCPS’ instructional stances and EL Education Core Practices

  • CA charter school experience, a plus

  • EL Education network experience, a plus

  • Spanish fluency, a plus

 

Time Commitment & Compensation

This is a 12-month, full-time salaried exempt position.  

 

Supervision

This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO).

 

Compensation

This role is a full-time, exempt position (220 days).  Lighthouse offers a competitive compensation package with nearly 7 weeks of paid time off/holidays, a comprehensive employer-contributed retirement plan, generous medical and dental coverage, and professional development opportunities. Salary commensurate with experience.


 

TO APPLY

People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit

  • 3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship

 

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis until filled.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.

Lighthouse Community Charter Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.