Sep 17, 2022

Director, STEM

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • United States
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 Rocketship Public Schools Program Team is seeking an experienced individual for a Director of STEM position. The Director of STEM will provide leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review and evaluation of curriculum and instructional programs related to math & science. The Director of STEM ensures that the network's education objectives are aligned to state frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of student achievement, instructional excellence and whole child fulfillment.

This individual will be a key strategic leader on the Academic team and will directly manage two Associate Directors. In this role, the Director of STEM will ensure that Rocketship schools remain a model for instructional excellence both in regards to student outcomes in math & science as well as continuing to serve all students through a culturally relevant and anti-racist lens. A 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). This individual 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.

This position reports to the Vice President of Academics and may be based in any of Rocketship's regional offices (California Bay Area; Milwaukee, WI; Washington, DC; Nashville, TN; Fort Worth, TX).

    • Set vision and direction for STEM instruction at Rocketship by:
    • Analyzing student data
    • Assessing and discussing curriculum standards
    • Building a strong organizational culture that is aligned with the whole Rocketship organization and ensures that ALL schools are successful
    • Collaborate with other network achievement team members to provide comprehensive instructional support and resources
    • Analyze and action plan around: student achievement data, observation and coaching data, and network targets
    • Provide guidance to the VP of Academics, Directors of Schools, and Principals on effective instructional support and management of math & science instruction in order to realize strong outcomes for students and families while also realizing strong levels of staff satisfaction and retention
    • Partnering with Directors of Schools to analyze data across campuses and provide guidance and support on best practices
    • Providing guidance on each school's strategic plans and ensure key targets are met, facilitating additional professional development when necessary
    • Support national curriculum adoption process by overseeing pilot sights and making aligned recommendations

    • Lead and influence team members in the following categories:
    • Review and recommend curricular & planning materials, development and other related educational materials
    • Consult with external and internal partnerships
    • Strategically counsel, support and manage team members to achieve Rocketship's mission
    • Build, develop, and lead a high performing team of mission-critical team members toward exceptional outcomes for students, families, and staff.
    • Manage team members through weekly meetings to determine and assess instructional priorities
    • Plan and conduct campus observations to inform ongoing STEM instructional and development strategy
    • Develop and conduct highly effective mid- and end-of-year performance evaluations
    • Invest, develop and influence regional achievement team members related to math & science instruction

    • Design professional development, coaching, and additional customized development for regions and school leaders by:
    • Training teachers and other instructional staff in new content and teaching strategies
    • Mentoring and coaching school leaders in content knowledge and pedagogy
    • Observing work of teaching staff to evaluate implementation of curriculum
    • Providing feedback based on individual observations and student performance data
    • Developing procedures for teachers to implement curriculum
    • Helping design and facilitate outstanding ongoing network-wide professional development
    • Problem-solving solutions to challenges common to all schools in network
    • Working with principals to set teacher professional development priorities for the year and break them down to cycles aligned to data and school needs
    • Working with principals to design and implement excellent professional development for staff during weekly professional learning, 1:1s, and any additional structures as needed

    • Knowledge & Skills:
    • Strategic thinking and problem solving- Problem solving skills grounded in data, judgment, and capacity for complexity, Exceptional project management skill, Analytical skills and data driven decision making, Ability to create operational excellence at scale, Considers organization-wide implications of decisions and recommendations, Analyzes and forecasts
    • Relationship-building and communication- Outstanding communication and relationship-building skills, Ability to influence senior stakeholders through knowledge, judgment, advice, and decisions, Ability to invest diverse stakeholders across multiple teams without direct authority, Builds consensus
    • Results-orientation
    • Knowledge and content expertise- Expertise in curriculum design and development
    • Innovation- Invents new products and processes to achieve strategic business objectives, Decisions are strategic in nature, have long-term impact, and tend to relate to business strategy, financial performance and effective resource utilization
    • Self-starter who is able to move work forward through ambiguity
    • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including organization of work plans, timelines and reports
    • Excellent research, writing and editorial skills
    • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple assignments, work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines

    • Education and Experience:
    • Bachelor's degree required
    • 3-5 years of experience serving as an instructional leader in a high-performing charter or district environment
    • 2-4 additional years of successful teaching/instructional expertise with a record of strong achievement results
    • 2+ years of experience and demonstrated track record in managing individuals towards high student achievement outcomes
    • Minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of curriculum development, diversity training, project development/management, primary/secondary education, and/or school administration
    • Track record of excellent team leadership and management
    • Experience implementing content and programming related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Experience designing and delivering PD to multiple audiences
    • Elementary math experience preferred

    • Fit:
    • Deep commitment to Rocketship's mission of eliminating the achievement gap
    • Alignment with core characteristics required of every Rocketeer: pursuit of excellence, innovation, community, tenacity, and authenticity
    • An entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for joining a growing organization
    • Willingness and ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Ability to frequently travel to Rocketship regions



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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