May 07, 2019

Elementary Literacy Content Manager - YES Prep System Office

  • YES Prep Public Schools
  • 5515 South Loop East Freeway, Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Administrative Curriculum Data Evaluation and Analysis Education

Job Description

POSITION: Elementary Literacy Content Manager  

REPORTS TO: Managing Director of Elementary Schools 

POSITION TYPE: 12-month 

LOCATION: Houston, Texas 

THE CHALLENGE 

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’s 19 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).  

THE OPPORTUNITY 

YES Prep needs a dynamic Elementary Literacy Content Manager, 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 leading a team that creates high-quality, aligned curriculum, assessments, and professional development in your content area. 

THE ROLE 

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include: 

Vision and Leadership  

  • Set in collaboration with the MD of Elementary Schools and maintain a vision for effective elementary reading and language arts instruction and actively advocate and monitor for its implementation system-wide. 

  • Build and develop a future team of high-caliber content leaders, including Content Specialists and/or teacher leaders;  

  • Invest internal stakeholders, prioritize initiatives, develop strategies and processes, towards exemplary student achievement. 

  • Exemplify YES Prep Core values and commitment to growth as a leader. 

Curriculum and Resource Development 

  • Monitor and share updates to standards, pedagogy, and assessment methodology for your content with your team and applicable stakeholders. 

  • Set an explicit standard for rigorous, aligned curriculum designed to reach all learners in your content area and provide feedback and coaching to your team to create and implement aligned, effective unit plans and key resources for courses that lead to strong system-wide academic results. 

  • Implement and support programming to address English Learners and students needing literacy interventions. 

  • Build strong vertical elementary alignment across your content that leads to college-readiness in your content area. 

Assessment Writing and Data Analysis 

  • Set an explicit standard for rigorous, aligned assessments in the area of elementary literacy.  Provide feedback and coaching to create unit and semester assessments for all courses that effectively measure progress towards ambitious student achievement goals. 

  • Synthesize student achievement data on a regular basis to prioritize and adjust the work of your team; communicate key takeaways and recommendations to teachers and leaders. 

Support and Develop Fellow Educators and Leaders  

  • Set vision and structure for Content Days aligned to Academic team priorities, teacher needs, student data, and/or content team priorities.  Create structures and coach team to execute Content Days that lead to teacher development and collaboration.   

  • Create opportunities for collaboration with other Home Office teams, such as Special Populations, Teaching Excellence, Instructional Leadership, Secondary Academics and Analytics, as well as campus leadership to ensure instruction and teacher support is aligned. 

  • Consistently and frequently observe instruction and student output in the designated content area to better inform curricular practice. 

  • Regularly design and facilitate professional development sessions for teachers and/or instructional leaders. 

THE PERSON 

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:  

MUST HAVES 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution 

  • A minimum of 3 years of exemplary teaching experience in ELA  

  • A minimum of 2 additional years of academic leadership experience in ELA or Humanities  

  • Expertise in current curricular and assessment strategies specific to your content area 

  • Skills and experience in managing a team 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 

THE PERKS 

  • 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.  

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]


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