Middle School Dean of Instruction

Washington, DC, US
Jun 11, 2021
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
Middle School
Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system, that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of eighteen schools educating nearly 7,000 students and employing 1,200 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission.

The vision of Middle Schools at KIPP DC is to have inclusive, identity affirming and learning rich spaces where student voice is elevated and student growth is emphasized. We want our students to feel supported in their growth areas and recognized for all of their strengths, so we strive to develop both their academic and social/emotional skills.

Job Description

The Dean of Instruction's job is to support the school in driving academic outcomes through excellent coaching, systems and by serving as a key member of the school's leadership team. The person in this position will demonstrate a relentless drive toward excellence and a commitment to ensuring that our instruction puts students on a successful path to choice filled lives.

Deans of Instruction are an exempt role, report to the principal, and serve on the school leadership team.

  1. Set vision and goals
    • Supports development of School Leader's school-wide vision and takes an active role in investing and mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; owns the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision
    • With guidance from the School Leader, leads the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that he/she coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide goals
    • Identifies and addresses equity challenges within the school
  2. Plan and prioritize
    • Provides input into the school-based strategic planning including and identifies what the school's strategic plan means for his/her own leadership and people that he/she manages
    • Manages the planning and execution of goals and plans for specific teachers, grade levels and/or departments
  3. Build own and team's content knowledge
    • Develops deep mastery over the academic standards, curriculum and assessments in the subjects/grades for which he/she/they coach
    • Engages in self-driven, ongoing learning regarding curriculum, pedagogy, coaching and school leadership
    • Leads content team meetings and/or content professional development for groups of teachers
    • Identifies student achievement gaps across grade level or department and develop and execute a plan to support
    • Evaluates lessons, units, assessments, or internalization plans
  4. Develop and coach teachers
    • Leads data-driven instruction by analyzing homeroom specific and grade/department level data and developing and executing plans to address gaps and by helping teachers do the same thing for their classes
    • Provides high-quality instructional coaching by accurately diagnosing classroom instruction and providing frequent feedback for teachers across skill level; intensively coach new and struggling teachers with a range of coaching techniques
    • Leads professional growth through effective whole school professional development and grade level or department walk throughs
    • Work with key stakeholders to follow-in progress monitoring for special populations
    • Supports response to classroom behaviors and individualized behavior plans as they are aligned to supporting teachers through coaching.
    • Manages parent contact and relationships as it aligns with classroom coaching.

  • Student Focus: builds strong relationships and holds high expectations for students, holds students' best interests in mind, keeps owns commitments to students and makes sure others do the same and builds a culture of respect for all students
  • Achievement Orientation: sets challenging goals for self and others, takes initiative to go above and beyond to to achieve results, follows through on commitments, demonstrates resilience and flexibility
  • Continuous Learning: Takes responsibility for behavior, mistakes, and results, takes calculated risks, uses research to inform practice, continually seeks opportunity for improvement, values creativity and innovation, shares effective practices with others
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Gathers information from multiple sources, sorts out complexity, anticipates problems, breaks down information and effectively analyzes
  • Self-Awareness: demonstrates understanding of own identity, privilege and power, understands strengths and weaknesses and the impact on others' perceptions, seeks feedback and self-development
  • Cultural Competence: demonstrates knowledge and respect for cultures of community served, creates an inclusive environment, adjusts behavior according to cultural norms and cues, works effectively across difference, creates and sustains an environment in which people from diverse backgrounds can succeed
  • Impact and Influence: adapts leadership style to influence others, anticipate reactions of others and makes a compelling case for a position, stimulates others to take action and accomplish goals
  • Stakeholder Management: develops mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships, gains trust of key stakeholders, consistently demonstrates respect and appreciation for others


KIPP DC is looking for Dean of Instruction candidates who are committed to KIPP DC's mission that all students can learn and achieve at high levels when given the opportunity, have a strong teaching background, a commitment to creating identity-affirming learning experiences, and are looking to develop the leadership skills necessary to lead great schools. Specifically, candidates should have:
  • Bachelor's degree ( required )
  • Minimum of three years teaching experience ( required )
  • Demonstrated academic results in core subjects ( required )
  • Demonstrated leadership experience ( required )
  • Demonstrated record of professionalism ( required )

Additional Information

  • KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package:
  • Salaries for staff are competitive with added compensation for KIPP DC's extended day and year.
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC's plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs.


KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

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