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Director of Elementary Academics

Central Office | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Director of Elementary Academics

The Organization & Its Results

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 (currently K-8)--serving nearly 1,400 students in East Oakland and will continue to increase its impact as we grow a high school on the Lodestar campus. 

With a vision of transforming our community by 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, LCPS is an educational leader in Oakland and beyond, with  innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. 

LCPS exists to counter persistent educational inequity that threatens our collective future. Oakland black and brown youth currently are not achieving near their potential: only 33% are proficient in ELA and 27% proficient in Math citywide on the 2018 SBAC. Our results testify what is possible when a system is aligned around mission, strategy, and outcomes.  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. We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and we have work to do to ensure they are prepared to persist in higher education and career and to ensure all of our student subgroups are equally successful. Learn more at

The Opportunity

Lighthouse Community Public Schools is seeking a strategic and equity-focused instructional leader who is rooted in the LCPS core values of community, love, social justice, integrity, and agency, to join a tenacious, innovative, mission-aligned team. The Director of Elementary Academics is a member of the LCPS Academic team, which sets the academic direction for schools and instructional leaders. They maintain the vision, leadership, and knowledge development of the academic program in their grade-band. Their work on-the-ground balances guiding, coaching, and influencing school-based instructional leaders for the implementation of academic systems with holding accountability for results for their respective schools.

This is an opportunity for an equity-focused and skilled instructional leader who is energized to lead equitable outcomes for all elementary students across our family of schools, and is passionate about transformational growth for the leaders, teachers, students and families that you will serve, and our Oakland community. 

Core Competencies

  • Deep knowledge of grade-band Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards  

  • Knowledge of and commitment to culturally responsive and equity-centered practices

  • Ability to lead teams in the development and delivery of high-quality learner-driven, relationship-based, and purposeful curriculum, instruction, and assessment

  • Facilitation of data-driven and equity-focused teams, processes, and protocols

  • Flexibility and comfort with change, growth, adversity, and possibility 

  • Skilled collaborator, communicator, and relationship-builder

The Role and Responsibilities:

The Director of Elementary Academics will:

Assessment & Testing 

  • Support implementation of Interim Assessments and the development of curriculum-embedded assessments  

  • Monitor and track student growth and development across schools at their grade band

  • Guide and support leaders in the implementation of regular cycles of student data analysis and tracking student growth towards mastery of standards

  • Participate in weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly progress monitoring with School Leaders and Leadership Teams

  • Support principals in the administration and analysis of assessments used across the Family of Schools, including NWEA MAP, CAASPP, ELPAC, and internal Interim Assessments and Surveys, in collaboration with the Manager of Student Data Systems and Analytics


  • Support systems for the selection, development, and curation of curricular resources, ensuring all students have access to high-quality curriculum

  • Support leaders and teams in understanding, designing, refining, and internalizing core instructional resources

  • Support and coach leaders during LCPS’ teacher evaluation, growth, and development system

Instruction & Instructional Coaching

  • Increase the impact of instructional coaching using our adopted coaching model

  • Observe and co-observe classroom instruction with the Principal, Assistant Principal, Teacher Leaders, or other Instructional Leaders

  • Observe one-on-one meetings with Principals, Assistant Principals, or other Instructional Leaders in order to provide feedback and coaching.

Professional Learning

  • Design, facilitate, and deliver professional development across the family of schools on LCPS Instructional Stances, EL’s Core Practices, and other academic focal areas

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of the professional learning scope and sequence

  • Facilitate Instructional Rounds and Learning walks with organizational leaders to assess the quality of learning and teaching 

Progress Monitoring & Compliance

  • Build partnerships within schools and gather data in order to understand school needs and determine the highest leverage actions to move them forward

  • Support to CAO,Principals, and Development staff in the creation of, implementation of, and compliance with internal and external accountability measures, such as LCAP, WASC accreditation, charter renewal, reports to OUSD, federal funding , and grant reporting as needed and appropriate

Additional Duties

  • Act as a liaison between schools and the CAO and other Functional Leaders at Shared Services

  • Engage in quarterly talent reviews with each Principal, the Director of Talent, and the CAO 

  • Support with school hiring processes to meet hiring goals and ensure high quality staffing

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the CAO


Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent project management and execution skills;

  • Ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, and work independently;

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;

  • Detailed-oriented, with strong follow-through skills;

  • Excellent computer skills, including Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite; 

  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to juggle competing priorities;

  • Strong interpersonal skills and relationship-building with students, parents, colleagues and community members;

  • Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands & external pressures;

  • Ability to unpack the various aspects of one’s identity and implicit biases to manage and work across lines of difference


  1. At least 3+ years of successful leadership experience coaching and growing teachers & leaders in K - 8 setting, preferably with low-income students and families

  2. At least 3+ years of successful, relevant elementary teaching experience

  3. Track record in leading high performing teams and adult learning at a school with similar demographics in urban communities

  4. Deep knowledge of CCSS, NGSS, and literacy development instructional best practices, curriculum development, and assessment

  5. BA and appropriate CA clear teaching credential, required

  6. Commitment to creating a work environment that values and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion

  7. Commitment to the core belief that each child we serve deserves the opportunity to be college ready in order to shape their future

Highly Preferred

  • MA and CA administrative credential

  • School-based instructional leadership experience (Principal or AP) or district-level Director experience

  • Experience with EL Education

  • Spanish fluency

  • California charter school experience


This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer.

Time Commitment & Compensation

This is a 12-month, full-time salaried exempt position.  LCPS offers a competitive compensation package with nearly 7 weeks of vacation and holidays,  generous health and retirement benefits, and a salary commensurate with experience.  Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.  

Start Date

July 1, 2020. 


To Apply

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

Submit the following:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume or CV

  • Statement of leadership philosophy (500 - 750 words) 

  • Minimum of 3-5 references including at least two recent supervisors

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