POSITION: Content Specialist
REPORTS TO: Content Director
POSITION TYPE: 12-month
LOCATION: YES Prep System Office
Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities.
As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).
YES Prep needs a dynamic Content Specialist, with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.
To put it simply, you will ensure our students experience a rigorous academic program that increases achievement and better prepares them for college success by creating high-quality, aligned curriculum, assessments, and professional development in your content area.
When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include:
Model effective teaching practices through daily instruction on a campus (2 periods)
Directly and positively impact student achievement in your content area
Develop, refine, and share best practices and curricular resources through regular application and reflection
Curriculum and Resource Development
Remain up to date on standards, pedagogy, and assessment methodology for your content
Create and manage creation of aligned, effective unit plans and key resources for designated courses, setting a standard for rigorous and meaningful daily instruction designed to reach all learners, leading to strong system-wide academic results and support implementation of these resources
Work with Content Director to build strong vertical alignment across the content team that leads to college-readiness in your content area
Assessment Writing and Data Analysis
Create and manage creation of aligned, effective, and valid unit and semester assessments for all courses to monitor progress towards ambitious student achievement goals
Internalize and utilize up-to-date student achievement data to drive planning and support; communicate key takeaways and recommendations to teachers and leaders
Support and Develop Fellow Educators and Leaders
Plan, coach teacher facilitators, and facilitate effective Content Days leading to teacher development and collaboration
Collaborate meaningfully with others, such as Special Education team members, Literacy Specialists, and instructional leaders to ensure instruction and teacher support is aligned
Regularly design and facilitate professional development sessions for teachers and/or instructional leaders
We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
A minimum of 3 years of exemplary teaching experience
Texas Teaching Certificate in your content area
Knowledge of current curricular and assessment strategies specific to your content area
Skills and experience in leading adults and facilitating professional development
Belief in and commitment to the mission and core values of YES Prep Public Schools
Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
Demonstrated ability to work on a team
Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience.
Health and Supplemental Insurance– A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.
Paid Time Off– 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar
Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave
Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.
Award Winning Culture– The strong cultures of our campuses and Home Office are just one of many reasons we were named Houston’s Best Place to work in 2018. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well.
WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY
YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.
YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
THE NEXT STEPS
If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here.
If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at [email protected].