Apr 20, 2022

Director of Schools DMV

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-time Administrative

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 Schools Team:

The Schools Team is chiefly responsible for bringing about the vision of our Rocketship network in helping to build, refine, and support excellent schools, instruction, and our parent engagement within the school community.   Through the direct management of and partnership with our Principals, the Schools Team is able to directly influence this vision and ensure we constantly realize and pursue excellence at our schools and within our communities. The Schools Team also directly influences and at times manages School Leader development in all aspects of their role as well as developing the vision and structures that ensure Principals, Assistant Principals, and Office Managers are most effectively leading teachers and building community amongst their parents and families and as a result students to the best outcomes possible.

The Schools Team focuses on the following elements:


  1. Deep support and development of School Leaders
  2. Developing, refining, and maintaining unified structures & vision to operate at the highest level
  3. Developing highly skilled teachers--instructionally & with parent partnerships


The Role:

This individual will be a key strategic leader on the Schools Team and will directly manage 2-5 of our transformational Principals.  In this role the Director of Schools (DOS) will ensure that Rocketship schools remain a model for instructional excellence both in regards to student outcomes on multiple measures (literacy, math, science, social-emotional, etc.) as well as continuing to serve all students through a culture rooted in inclusion of special education students and rigorous support of a Positive Behavior Interventions & Support structure. 


 The 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).  He or she 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.


  • Serve as a strategic counselor and thought partner to other members of the Schools Team, working to achieve Rocketship’s mission while managing schools in a disciplined, conservative manner
  • Build, develop, and lead a high performing team of mission-critical Principals toward exceptional outcomes for students, families, and staff.  These responsibilities include:
  • Manage 2-5 Principals through weekly meetings to determine and assess school and principal priorities
  • Provide guidance to Principals on effective management of Assistant Principals, Teachers, Office Managers, and Business Operations Managers in order to realize strong outcomes for students and families while also realizing strong levels of staff satisfaction and retention 
  • Work with Principals to analyze unit and interim assessment data across the entire campus and ensure next steps are completed during each data cycle 
  • Build and execute Principal and Assistant Principal development 
  • Oversee the development and execution of each school’s strategic plans and ensure key targets are met, facilitating additional professional development (i.e. sessions, 1:1s, experiences, etc) when necessary
  • Analyze and action plan around: student achievement data, observation and coaching data, and schools target data 
  • Plan and conduct weekly 1:1 meetings, classroom observations, SL team meeting observations, and  school strategic plan stepbacks
  • Work with principals to set teacher professional development priorities for the year and break them down to cycles aligned to data and school needs
  • Help design outstanding site-based and 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
  • Develop and conduct highly effective mid- and end-of-year performance evaluations
  • Work with principals to ensure that they continue to implement rituals and practices that deepen parent engagement and investment while also creating/sustaining a welcoming school-culture for families
  • Ensure that goals are met in regards to parent engagement, especially in parents realizing goals around volunteer hours, parent conferences, and home visits
  • Directly or indirectly support escalated school site issues


  • Serve as lead staff for school-level hiring including:
  • Partner with the national Talent team to develop systems necessary to successfully source and hire qualified individuals for positions such as Teachers, Office Managers, Business Operations Managers, and Individualized Learning Specialists within the region 
  • Guide all hiring decisions for teachers and school leaders within the cluster of schools, with an eye toward building strong, balanced teams across the network
  • Collaborate with the network Achievement team to ensure that schools are receiving necessary instructional supports and that priorities are being fully executed on each campus Build a strong organizational culture that is aligned with the whole Rocketship organization and ensures that ALL schools are successful


  • 2-4 years of experience serving as a School Leader in a high-performing charter or district environment with significant experience in instructional leadership /management 
  • 2-4 additional years of successful teaching/instructional expertise with a record of strong achievement results
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Experience and demonstrated track record in managing principals/schools towards high student achievement outcomes preferred.


Rocketship is committed to the health and safety of our Rocketeers and complies with federal and state vaccine guidelines. For this reason, Rocketship is requiring employees in most regions, including National, California, District of Columbia, and Wisconsin employees, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Tennessee and Texas regions are not included in this requirement. Under this requirement, applicable employees are subject to vaccination as a condition of employment or subject to religious or medical exemptions.


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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