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Director of Foundational Literacy

Company: KIPP Texas
Location: San Antonio
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Job Description:

Company DescriptionKIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.You can see all our job opportunities at https://kipptexas.org/join-our-team/ .Job DescriptionROLE OVERVIEW:The Director of Foundational Literacy is an exciting opportunity for an individual with deep content knowledge of literacy at the primary school level (PreK through 4th Grade) and passion for curriculum and instruction. The Director of Foundational Literacy will play a critical role at the state-level in one of KIPP's most progressive reform efforts in order to drive improved student results, including growth and achievement, college and career readiness, and closing the literacy opportunity gap.You know you are successful if:

  • You are an equity-minded leader who fosters a culture of sustainable change through embedding KIPP Texas' mission and core values and supporting anti-racism frameworks to deliver KIPP Texas transformation.
  • You are a data-driven leader who is committed to chasing excellence and continuous improvement.
  • You are an strengths-based coach who builds strong relationships to impact and influence change alongside the leaders they coach.
  • You are both persistent and adaptive in your approach to solving complex challenges across a variety of shareholders.Key Responsibilities
    • Vision & Strategic Thinking I Create a strategy for PK-4 foundational literacy aligned to priorities and metrics, and execute plans effectively to ensure strong literacy implementation across the state, in partnership with KTX Academic Leadership & Programming and Academic Recovery teams.
    • Academic Program I Refine our current PreK Curriculum to align to our students' needs; partner with KTX Academic Leadership and Programming team on curriculum design for K-2 ELA.
    • Leadership & Coaching I Coach and build capacity in Regional Early Literacy Leads and Achievement Specialists as they coach alongside school leadership teams in service of PK-2 foundational literacy achievement.
    • Data-Driven Decision-Making I Drive the implementation of PK-4 foundational literacy assessments (CIRCLE, mCLASS, STEP); regularly analyze a variety of qualitative and quantitative data at the school-, region- and state-levels to identify strengths and gaps in the curriculum itself and/or its implementation.
    • Professional Development I Plan and facilitate virtual and in-person professional development on curriculum and instruction to Teachers and Leaders ensure all regions are on a path to implement the curriculum with fidelity and achieve academic goals.Qualifications
      • Experience in the diagnosing, designing, developing and implementing and evaluating early reading instruction across a portfolio of schools
      • Experience in coaching leaders
      • Proven ability to facilitate change in a complex environment
      • Subject matter expert in Science of Teaching Reading
      • Strong analytical skills, interpretation, and research skills
      • Proven ability to build healthy, effective working relationships with employees at various levels of an organization
      • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and varying topics and prove ability to quickly learn and get up to speed on a variety of subject matters
      • Ability to effectively communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing Required Education and/or Experience:
        • Bachelor's Degree requiredRequired Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:
          • Completion of Texas Reading Academies or equivalentTravel Requirements:
            • Ability to travel to various locations throughout the four KIPP Texas regions (Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio), travel time approximately 30% - 40%Additional InformationCompensation and BenefitsAs a full time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas' benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices, including medical, dental, and vision options, as well as life insurance, fertility, and disability plans starting as low as $25/month.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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