RePublic Schools, Director of Math (Jackson, MS)
Date published: 17-May-2018
Who We Are
RePublic Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS with a mission to reimagine public education in the South and prepare all of our scholars to graduate from college. In addition to providing a world-class traditional academic curriculum, we empower our students to be change-makers by teaching them to code – starting in the 5th grade.
Despite the fact that our scholars come from traditionally underserved communities (approximately 85% identify as low-income, and nearly 95% as students of color), we have seen them defy the odds to achieve outstanding results. RePublic’s schools have scored in the top 5% of all open-enrollment public schools across the state of Tennessee for both student growth and absolute achievement – making ours the first (and only) charter schools in state history to achieve this dual distinction.
At RePublic, we cultivate a cohesive community of families, staff, and scholars committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars succeed. We are looking for a dynamic, determined Director of Math in Nashville, TN or Jackson, MS to lead our schools and network team in math instruction. Candidates must share our unwavering belief that all children can achieve at high levels and change the world. Sound like you?
What You’ll Do
At RePublic, we believe that great instruction starts with rigorous curriculum and remains great with aggressive coaching and feedback. We also believe that deep content knowledge is the cornerstone of great instruction. Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer, RePublic’s Director of Math will curate, implement, and manage a robust and effective vision and curricular program for math instruction across the growing RePublic Schools network.
- Lead the charge. Set the vision for what high quality K-12 math instruction looks like across our schools and aggressively work towards that vision.
- Never stop improving. Revise and curate existing math curriculum for grades 5-8, including unit plans and assessments, in response to student achievement data and to ensure that math instruction is aligned to the Common Core standards.
- Model excellence. Create and lead professional development sessions on math curriculum and pedagogy for leaders and teachers. Coach assistant principals in their content-based instructional support of teachers.
- Utilize data to drive decision making. Own the review of network-wide assessment data and own decision making around responsive planning to ACT, MAP, Unit Test, and Quiz data.
- Lead the network in system creation. Create systems to ensure leaders and teachers use data to drive math instruction.
Who You Are
Our ideal Director of Math will have an unwavering belief that our students can achieve at an exceptionally high level. Beyond that, a successful candidate will be:
- Deeply committed to serving our kids. You have elected to work with historically underserved students, and do this work because you believe that all students, regardless of background, are capable of excellence - and that it’s on us as adults to get our kids there. You can speak knowledgeably about our mission, and demonstrate a commitment to our educational model. You understand that educational inequity is more pronounced in the South than anywhere else in the nation, and you want to work with RePublic in part because of our commitment to this region.
- An instructional guru. You have at least four years of teaching experience with a demonstrated track record of exceptional student outcomes. You nerd out over math content, long-term planning, and creating instructional materials that allow students to meet ambitious goals.
- A data maven. You look for and are able to discern trends that drive your decision making, and you evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions based on how the data changes.
- A people developer. You believe that strong leaders move adult practice to impact scholar achievement, and your interest in leading others stems from your passion for seeing them productively struggle, develop, and grow as educators for kids - as evidenced by student outcomes. You thrive when others succeed, and you want to lead strong formal and constant informal professional development for diverse adult learners.
- ...and a people leader. Let’s be real, managing people - and systems - is hard. You’ve either coached and directly managed teachers to high results or managed curricular systems with high results for at least two years before taking this job. You build relationships across lines of difference, inspire and motivate others to buy into your vision, navigate challenging conversations with finesse, make tough calls, communicate effectively in all formats, give and receive feedback fluidly, and model/hold a high bar for adult excellence and exuberance.
- A multi-tiered team leader. You have managed a team of high performing people to measurable success and led them through the process of setting goals for their teams, communicating clear expectations, and providing timely feedback and support. You have the ability to coach others towards becoming superb managers of their own teams. You have experience organizing and running effective meetings across an organization.
- A problem solver & systems creator. You have the ability to deconstruct complex problems and develop, actionable strategies. When encounter a one-off problem, you don’t just solve it in that instance, you create a system, so that it won’t happen again.
- A growth-minded tinkerer. You are self-aware and humble enough to understand where you rock, where you need to pick up your game, and how this impacts the people you lead. You seek feedback constantly because you’re hungry to get better, and you take extreme ownership of the outcomes of the people you coach and manage - you always “pull back the thumb” before you “point the finger.”
- A masterful executor. Your organizational systems ensure you get things done. You prioritize your time and fervently plan to maximize the time each day you spend moving teacher practice. You do the things you say you’ll do, and you communicate when you won’t. You delegate when needed, set deadlines, and hold others accountable to get across important finish lines.
- Other qualifications: A bachelor’s degree with a preference for a graduate degree in a related field.
Salary is competitive and commensurate based on experience. Compensation at RePublic includes a comprehensive benefits package.