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Instructional Leadership Director

Tulsa Public Schools | Tulsa OK 74101 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 01/24/2014

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Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) serves approximately 42,000 students in 86 schools. The mission of TPS is to provide quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception. Tulsa Public Schools believes this mission can be accomplished through five core goals: safety and security; student learning and performance; leadership sustainability; teacher effectiveness and financial sustainability.


TPS’ vision is that Instructional Leadership Directors (ILDs) will ensure that exemplary leadership is in place at each of their assigned schools. To achieve this goal, TPS has hired a diverse and experienced team of ILDs to supervise, support, and develop principals to set and attain high levels of student achievement. This particular ILD will oversee a diverse portfolio of 6-8 middle and high schools.

As an ILD, this senior manager will be responsible for: inspiring principals; providing thought-partnership and coaching to building leaders; and increasing the capacity of principals to improve teaching and learning in each of their schools. The ILD will hold principals accountable for school culture and climate as well as student achievement gains and s/he will have decision-making power to address day-to-day academic and operational issues at school sites. The ILD will also be responsible for ensuring that the district’s goals are achieved while collaborating with department heads and the Chief Academic Officer to ensure consistency of practice and prioritization of resources. Finally, the ILD will share best practices with others throughout the district and will continuously improve the skills and knowledge base of principals they supervise.

This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned, entrepreneurial, collaborative instructional leader to supervise a number of secondary schools in an innovative district system committed to serving the needs of all of its students. Under the skilled leadership of Superintendent Keith Ballard, TPS has successfully secured large philanthropic investments to support the district’s programs, has attracted high quality senior leaders and other talented educators to work at the district and school levels, and is seeing its efforts pay off in student achievement increases.

Specific responsibilities include:

Supporting School Principals

• Coach and support principals in goal setting, planning, and the development of action plans that will assist school leaders in meeting their instructional leadership objectives and school performance targets;
• Foster a culture of engagement with staff, parents and community, attend school-based meetings and events as needed;
• Build instructional leadership capacity of principals with particular focus on instruction, data analysis and aligned interventions;
• Focus principals on student outcomes and teacher quality while balancing operational demands;
• Plan and lead differentiated professional learning experiences for principals;
• Create a culture of inquiry and mutual accountability among the principals in their network.

Supervising and Evaluating School Principals

• Ensure the implementation of the Tulsa Model for teacher observation and evaluation with high levels of fidelity;
• Conduct regular principal and teacher observations, conduct evaluations and provide feedback to principals on leadership practices such as effective management of instructional staff, use of data, and establishment of school culture;
• Identify the work and outcomes for which principals will be held accountable and require an annual, data-driven, improvement plan from each principal that is integrated with the performance evaluation system.

Liaising with central office departments

• Proactively interface with all central office departments related to operational and instructional management of schools;
• Provide feedback from and advocate for the needs of schools and principals to inform district policy;
• Assist with the recruitment, interviewing, selection and matching of outstanding principals for the district and for specific assigned schools;
• Collaborate with other district departments and external stakeholders to provide the appropriate system resources that address the needs of schools.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

School Knowledge and Instructional Expertise:

• Proven ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance for all student populations including effective practice for differentiating instruction and strategies specific to meeting the needs of English Language Learners and special education student populations;
• 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 and best instructional practices, and the ability to lead others to implement these practices consistently across classrooms and school sites;
• Exceptional leadership skills and proven ability to serve as an effective coach and mentor, helping staff to develop the skills needed at sustainably high levels.

Empathy and Commitment to Cause:

• Deep understanding of the urban school system environment;
• Holds a passionate belief that all students can achieve at high levels and a commitment to ensuring high levels of success for all students;
• Demonstrates cultural competence and sensitivity, and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing urban families;
• Gifted team player and leader who possesses strong interpersonal abilities and can skillfully build and maintain strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders;
• Strong verbal and written communication skills including being able to actively listen and tailor their message for the audience, context, and mode of communication;
• Consensus-builder who can resolve conflicts with other adults and is willing to have difficult conversations as needed;
• Skillfully navigates existing political structures/systems.

Problem Solving and Systems Thinking:

• Understands how various systems / departments interact, able to identify and prioritize mission-critical issues with alignment of people, time and resources;
• Strategic decision-maker who consistently uses data to inform decisions;
• Takes initiative to solve problems, offering innovative solutions and facilitating collaborative processes to attain stakeholder buy-in;
• Consistently focuses on goals and results by setting clear metrics for success and tracking progress;
• Removes barriers or obstacles that make it difficult for principals to achieve their goals, ensuring 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 others in the TPS community to action to achieve ambitious goals;
• Motivational leader and effective manager, especially in a time of growth and change, excellent at identifying and maximizing individual and team talent;
• Builds coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including, but not limited to, district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups;
• Establishes clear expectations, deliverables, and deadlines, setting clear agendas and facilitating effective meetings;
• Trains, supervises, and evaluates a diverse staff with varying backgrounds and skill sets.


• Master’s degree in school administration or related field plus additional course work required for licensure as Principal or District-Level Administrator;
• Oklahoma administrative certificate or ability to secure one;
• Appropriate maintenance of administrative continuing education requirement;
• Ten or more years of relevant experience with an outstanding track record as a school principal (or equivalent) strongly preferred;
• Experience in an urban school district, with ELL populations and/or with special education populations is preferred.


Please send your résumé and thoughtful cover letter to Christina Greenberg at and submit an application through

Tulsa Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability. This job description summary does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed. This job description is subject to change in response to funding variables, emerging technologies, improved operating procedures, productivity factors, and unforeseen events.

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