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Senior Lead Educator, Math & Science Grades 9 - 12

Company: Camden City School District
Location: Camden
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Senior Lead Educator, Math & Science Grades 9 - 12

The Superintendent invites qualified and interested candidates to apply for the position of Senior Lead Educator, Math & Science Grades 9-12.

In our District, we put students first. Our vision: all Camden students will attend a high quality school where they are valued, challenged, and prepared for college and careers that positively impact their community and the world. High quality schools have a great teacher in every classroom, are housed in safe, clean buildings equipped to meet the needs of 21st century learners, with the support of an efficient and effective Central Office. All this is possible only with the right team members in place, working together with partners and the community to provide all students the academic, social, and emotional supports needed to succeed in school and beyond. Read more here.

The Senior Lead Educator, Curriculum Math & Science Grades 9-12 will hold a critical senior leadership position in the district and will work closely with cabinet officials to set the instructional vision and strategy for Camden City School District.

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Division of School Support will support the vision for Camden City School District by providing tailored instructional support to schools necessary for students to be college and career ready. Reporting to the Assistant Superintendent, and working closely with other central office staff, the Senior Lead Educator, Curriculum Math & Science Grades 9-12 will be responsible for overseeing the rollout and high-quality implementation of State Standards and assessments across Camden's schools.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university
  • New Jersey Administrative Certificate with Principal or School Administrator endorsement.
  • Currently holds, or previously held, a teaching license or instructional certificate in the subject matter.
  • In-depth mathematics and/or science content area expertise with significant knowledge base about effective content-specific research-based teaching strategies and curricular materials that support academic growth among students
  • In-depth understanding and expertise of the shifts in instruction required to transition successfully to the State Standards and how to provide high-quality coaching, curricular supports, professional development and training to school leaders and teachers to facilitate outstanding standards aligned instruction in schools
  • At least 5 years of senior level experience working directly with superintendents, executive cabinet leaders, school board members, non-profits or community representatives strongly preferred
  • At least 2 years of experience successfully managing adults towards achieving ambitious outcomes
  • At least 5 years of successful mathematics and/or science teaching experience in middle and/or high school with demonstrated student achievement gains; preferred experience in urban settings
  • At least 2 years of successful experience in a school leadership or central office role focused on curriculum, coaching and/or professional development with documented results of strong outcomes
  • Satisfactory or Effective summative performance evaluation rating for current or most recent position
  • Track record and experience with data-driven decision-making, grounded in the use of staff performance and student achievement data
  • Preferred experience leading major change management efforts
  • Preferred leadership experience in an urban school district
  • A valid driver's license as well as current insurance and vehicle with valid registration
  • Required criminal history background check, physical and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Major roles and responsibilities include:

  • Collaborates and liaises closely with Assistant Superintendents, Principals, and Lead Educators to craft the vision and strategy for curriculum, instruction and professional development for the district
  • Ensures that instruction in schools is aligned with the State Standards in close collaboration with the Assistant Superintendents and other members of the School Support Team
  • Supports the rollout of assessments and works in close collaboration with team members to determine how to use testing data to drive meaningful improvements in instruction over time
  • Selects and implements the use of new high quality benchmark and end of year assessments
  • Develops and oversees curriculum implementation for all of CCSD's schools
  • Critically evaluates current curriculum materials and makes strategic decisions about retaining or adjusting curriculum materials or determining where the district should make strategic investments in new curricular materials that will best position the district to make dramatic student achievement gains
  • Spends a significant amount of time in schools assessing ongoing implementation of the curriculum and makes adjustments on an ongoing basis to align with improving student achievement
  • Designs, delivers and monitors district-wide and school-specific professional development for school leaders and teachers focused on delivery of high-quality instruction in alignment with State Standards
  • Determines how to best adjust curriculum implementation to meet the needs of all of Camden's students, including special education students and English Language Learners, while still maintaining high academic expectations, in close collaboration with the Office of Special Services
  • Drafts internal communications and supplementary materials to promote strong understanding of the standards and aligned curriculum among school-based staff to foster deep, more rigorous learning and establish a uniform baseline for success against which all students can assess their college- and career-readiness
  • Collaborates with Assistant Superintendents and team members to determine if and how to align observation and evaluation tools with the standards by assessing whether or not instructional staff are making the required shifts in practice necessary for students to master the Standards
  • Develops indicators, rating profiles, and other related tools to allow educators to self-assess (and school leaders to ascertain) if instruction is moving behind lower levels of critical thinking and procedural skills to include a greater focus on conceptual understanding and real world applications of learning
  • Develops training materials for school-based staff on how to select more rigorous essential content for lesson and unit plans to raise academic expectations for students
  • Researches cutting edge instructional trends and best practices from national, state, and local school districts and charter schools to identify new, innovative strategies to improve the quality of instruction in Camden's schools

The Senior Lead Educator, Curriculum Math & Science Grades 9-12 may also take on other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by their supervisor, the Superintendent and/or other members of the senior leadership team.

An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following and/or have experiences with:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a vision and inspire others to achieve shared goals
  • Demonstrated track record of success in:
  • Leading strategic educational initiatives
  • Coalition and relationship building across a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Leading significant cross-functional initiatives in diverse and complex organizational settings
  • Creative and outside-of-the-box thinking
  • Managing towards outcomes and ambitious goals despite significant obstacles
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Superior management skills, including influencing and motivating others to achieve outstanding results
  • Candor: comfort leading difficult conversations with adults, guided by making decisions that are in the best interests of students and families
  • Coaching managers to manage their own teams and departments effectively, including developing skills such as delivering critical feedback effectively, facilitating difficult conversations well and setting and monitoring ambitious team goals
  • Ability to build and cultivate relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Desire to grow professionally and seek out new opportunities to learn
  • Integrity and clarity in all communications and interactions
  • Strong problem-solving and project management skills - strong organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal and the ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Commitment to the success of all Camden students and specifically to raising the academic achievement of children in high-poverty communities
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Flexible, optimistic approach; committed to overcoming challenges; comfortable with change and ambiguity
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
  • Fluency in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Google Suite, basic Web browsers and searches
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and take initiative

CORE VALUES

We are seeking individuals who will exemplify the district's core values:

Respect and Humility

We serve our community by recognizing the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others. We humbly recognize our own limitations and incorporate lessons we gain from our reflective practice.

Evidence-based

We use evidence to inform decisions and to ensure that we are accountable to our students and families.

Communication & Collaboration

We communicate openly and work collaboratively, recognizing that getting to the best possible decisions requires input from others. Honest communications build trust and establish a community that assumes best intentions.

Solutions-oriented

With respect for the complexity of this work and the history that precedes us, we focus on persistence, resourcefulness, and inclusiveness to drive toward solutions.

REPORTS TO & EVALUATED BY

  • Assistant Superintendent or designee

SALARY, EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, AND UNION AFFILIATION

Salary Range:

  • Competitive based on qualifications and previous experience

Employment Period

  • Twelve-month, non-tenureable position

Union Affiliation

  • Non-affiliated

THE CAMDEN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

(Pending availability of funds and Superintendent's approval)

Keywords: Camden City School District, Camden , Senior Lead Educator, Math & Science Grades 9 - 12, Other , Camden, New Jersey

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