Sep 07, 2022

Vice President, Academics

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Remote (San Francisco Bay Area, Nashville, DC, Milwaukee, Dallas)
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.

The Vice President of Academics is responsible for continuing to elevate multiple high performing teams: Language and Literacy, STEM, Multi-Lingual Supports, Social Emotional Supports, Personalized Learning, Multi-Tiered Support System teams.

The VP of Academics will directly supervise four direct reports (the Senior Director of Language and Literacy, the Director of STEM, the Director of MTSS, the Associate Director of Personalized Learning) whose teams include approximately fifteen national staff members. This role serves as the primary thought leader and advisor to the Sr. VP of Program, in regards to our robust and powerful school model and educator's professional development program.

The VP of Academics will continue to refine, innovate upon, and elevate Rocketship's school model in order to remain at the forefront of personalized learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, and serving all kids as well as continue to ensure that Rocketship's professional development program is robust and best in class in developing educators at all levels of our schools through a differentiated, elevated approach that helps them rapidly realize strong levels of student success and achievement to achieve the organization's collective mission to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime through a representative, talented team with strong career pathways and opportunities.


    • Strong Manager and Builder of Teams
    • Attract, hire, develop, motivate and lead a high-performing team comprised of multiple academic teams in order to model and sustain a culture of high performance, partnership, and service orientation among team members consistent with the culture and mission of the organization;
    • Ensure that the team works in a highly-effective manner across multiple functions with school leaders and Network Support Team (NeST)

    • Strong Executive Presence & Skills
    • Work closely with members of the senior program leadership team and regional achievement teams, including directors of schools, to maintain a national strategic school management and instructional model that ensures the realization of excellent levels of student achievement in multiple areas (academic, social emotional, etc.) and partnership at a school and regional level;
    • Fuel a pipeline of representative educators and leaders;
    • Lead and effectively communicate on long-term innovations to the instructional model and vision grounded in our core pillars and culturally responsive pedagogy that ensures Rocketship remains best in-class in a robust personalized learning approach;
    • Constantly assess opportunities for further innovation to our personalized learning and academic model approach

    • Deep School System Leadership with Instructional Expertise
    • Implement and manage systems, curricula, advisement on professional development, and more to continue to elevate Rocketship's personalized learning model (academic, social-emotional, etc.) in a disciplined, rigorous manner with incredibly high-expectations in order to support the present and envisioned student achievement levels of the network, serving always as a model of leadership in personalized learning and quality pedagogical, developmentally appropriate approach to elementary instruction that serves all students with excellence;
    • Making Rocketship Public Schools a continued leader in our field for high-quality, inclusive, and culturally responsive pedagogy & personalized learning

    • Deep School System Leadership with Professional Learning Expertise
    • Advise, create and support on the management of systems, programs, curricula, and more to continue to elevate Rocketship's differentiated approach to professional development of school based educators (i.e. teachers, school leaders, enrichment coordinators, and MTSS team members, etc.) in order to fuel career pathways and pipelines that are representative of our community and catalyze our pursuit of our network Always Important Goal regarding representation (i.e. 60%+ representative leadership); Serve as a model of leadership in differentiated adult, educator professional development especially in rapidly moving beginning teachers and leaders to highly effective results (i.e. 60-80%+ teachers in Tier III and IV of performance)
    • Work to establish Rocketship Public Schools as a leader in our field for high-quality, inclusive, robust, differentiated professional development that transforms student and school outcomes for all students and especially for the communities that we serve

    • School Communities
    • Support, innovate, and elevate Rocketship's central approach to parent/family and community engagement -- the core of our culturally responsive and personalized learning model -- relationships to ensure that our Rocketeer's first teachers - their parents - remain at the center of our work and model

    • Strong Alignment with Rocketship
    • Consistently model Rocketship's core characteristics while working cross-functionally to serve as a strategic thought partner to the Sr. VP, Program, Executive Directors, Directors of Schools, and School Leadership/Program teams in working to achieve Rocketship's mission.


    • In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, the ideal candidate should be a results oriented, determined, skilled operation leader with a record of experience that includes:
    • A deep belief in the mission and educational model of Rocketship Public Schools with the ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, flexible and autonomous environment;
    • A minimum of 5 years of broad school system and instructional experience with a track-record of successful instructional expertise in realizing high levels of student achievement in a complex, multi-site, multi-regional environment;
    • Strong understanding and oversight of the achievement and school leadership functions, with the ability to strategically advise the Sr. VP of Program on the academic and instructional pipeline strength of the organization;
    • Strong pedagogical, culturally responsive, and personalized learning skills to effectively innovate upon the school model and systems to achieve greater student achievement outcomes and opportunities, whilst constantly thinking about, innovating upon and implementing new strategies and approaches to our personalized learning approach in order to always ensure that the Rocketship model offers our Rocketeers and families the most robust learning experience competitive with our more affluent public school peers;
    • Experience in designing and facilitating professional development strategies;
    • Excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills to interact effectively with all levels of the organization, the school network, and any external stakeholders;
    • Ability to travel to all Rocketship regions and have primary residence in one of the five Rocketship regions;
    • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree and or Administrative Services Credential preferred.

Internal Only : Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest (cover letter and resume) should be directed electronically to Eesir Kaur ([email protected]). All inquiries and communications will be handled confidentially.



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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