Mar 27, 2019

Regional Deputy Chief of Academics

  • KIPP Texas
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

For more than 15 years, KIPP Austin, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, KIPP Houston, and KIPP San Antonio have put thousands of KIPPsters on the path to and through college. Last year, we collectively educated over 25,000 students in more than 50 schools, covering a geographic area of over 400 miles. Our regions have a long history of informal collaboration, with teachers and staff members sharing ideas, curricula, professional development, facilities, finances, end-of-year field trips, and more. As of the 2018-2019 school year, all KIPP schools in Texas join forces as KIPP Texas Public Schools, a state-wide network of schools dedicated to supporting students to and through college!
The Opportunity
The DCA leads the educational performance of the region through a clear vision and strategic direction for the region’s curriculum, instruction, and school improvement initiatives; designs and implements professional development that provides educators with understanding of instructional best practices; and articulates and ensures that the region’s missions and goals are achieved, as well as collaborating with other leaders around issues of instructional quality. The DCA has primary authority and accountability to implement a vertically aligned curriculum and assessment system in absence of any state-directed curriculum. Collaboration with members of the regional academic team and school leaders is vital to the success of the region, fostering healthy schools, and overall academic achievement.
They will consistently demonstrate their experience in the design, integration, and implementation of a large complex system to improve student results, as well as knowledge of curriculum, instructional practices, school improvement and leadership development.
General Role Description

  • Student Achievement | Create and manage strong systems, structures and practices to ensure that each student meets or exceeds state and national standards by demonstrating mastery of a rigorous curriculum that provides a foundation for success in career readiness or college preparedness and beyond.
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment | Manages the development, implementation and progress monitoring of curricula and ensures that both curricula and instruction are standards-aligned, research-based, and enriched through authentic, real-world problem solving.
  • Performance Based Culture | Create an environment for sustainable performance improvement and accomplishment of the KIPP Texas vision, mission, core goals and core beliefs.
  • Enabling Systems | Create, monitor and improve the systems and structures that drive instructional excellence such as academic progress meetings, content team meetings, internalization structures, etc.
  • Teacher and Leader Effectiveness | Assure that their respective region has an effective teacher in every classroom, an effective school leader to lead each school and an effective school leadership team in every building.              

Key Responsibilities 
The DCA’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Supervise curriculum and instruction, professional development to improve school achievement and support the development of content expertise
  • Provide vision and strategic direction for the region’s curriculum, instruction and school improvement initiatives, aligned with the long term strategy to improve student achievement and narrow the achievement gap between racial, ethnic and economic groups.
  • Build and lead a highly effective, innovative regional academics department including re-envisioning the current team, roles and responsibilities as necessary
  • Manage multi-year strategic planning and change management to align regional efforts with a state-wide vision and operating model
  • Reduce the variability in curricula, instruction, and assessment and implement a vertically aligned curriculum and assessment system, which includes the management of the roll-out of college-readiness, and consistent delivery of instruction aligned with key standards
  • Leverage data to inform strategic direction
  • Serve as a member of the state academic leadership team and collaborate with other departments to ensure support to teachers and the effective delivery of instructional programs and services to all schools
  • Collaborate with school leaders and school managers to develop instructional programs and implement reform models designed to improve achievement of all students
  • Serve as the key strategic thought partner to the Regional Superintendent, regarding academic and educational issues.
  • Oversee the allocation of materials and staff resources for academic departments, ensure their use for the purposes intended,
  • Ensure region compliance with State regulations and policies in monitoring, assessment, and reporting for all academic programs

Skills and Qualifications

Instructional Knowledge and Expertise

  • Proven ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance for all student populations; knows effective practice for differentiating instruction
  • Deep understanding of curricular frameworks, pedagogy, and quality classroom materials; experience developing and implementing curriculum for a wide variety of grade levels and subjects
  • Strong knowledge of high-quality instructional practices and the ability to lead others to implement these practices consistently across classrooms and school sites
  • Thorough knowledge of effective instruction and knowledge of current theories of curriculum instruction and assessment
  • Experience and ability to utilize analytic systems and data analysis to make instructional decisions and set instructional priorities

Empathy, Commitment to Cause, and DEI

  • Deep understanding of the urban school system environment and commitment to improving student achievement
  • Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels
  • Demonstrates cultural competence and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing urban families
  • Develops and nurtures a team that values and recognizes diversity, equity and inclusion

Communication, Interpersonal and Team Skills

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships
  • Works successfully alone or on a team
  • Effectively leads a team that has student level impact
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication
  • Actively listens to others and able to effectively interpret others’ motivations and perceptions.
  • Builds consensus and resolves conflicts; exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations
  • Skillfully navigates existing political structures/systems

Problem Solving and Systems Thinking

  • Understands how various systems / departments interact to achieve the long term goal
  • Makes decisions using data and technology
  • Takes initiative to solve problems and create stakeholder buy-in
  • Supports individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organizational success and improve student outcomes
  • Identifies and prioritizes mission critical issues with alignment of people, time and resources
  • Offer innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
  • Exhibits strong focus on goals and results. Sets clear metrics for success
  • Removes barriers or obstacles that make it difficult for school leaders to achieve their goals and ensures that school leaders have the resources they need to succeed
  • Demonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines.

Leadership skills

  • Motivates, inspires, and moves other adults to action to achieve ambitious goal
  • Skilled at re-envisioning, building, and managing a team, especially in a time of growth and change; excellent at identifying talent and taking advantage of each person’s skills and contribution to team effort
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with individuals and groups
  • Moves groups to consensus and resolves conflicts. Exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations
  • Builds coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to region personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups
  • Establishes clear expectations, deliverables and deadlines
  • Sets clear agendas and facilitates effective meetings
  • Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate staff from different cultural backgrounds and skill sets

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution, Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Significant K-12 teaching experience and prior success in a school leadership position, either as a School Leader/Principal or as an Assistant Principal with a significant focus on academic achievement and instruction.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.
KIPP is a non-profit network of 200 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to seize those opportunities. Great education transforms lives.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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