2022-23 CT Dean of Special Services

Employer
Achievement First
Location
New Haven, CT, United States
Salary
Competitive

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Job Category
Administrator, Principal
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Job Details

School Year : 2022-23

Leading at Achievement First

As a Special Services Dean at Achievement First, you will be at the center of this work- coaching our teachers and driving decisions that will benefit our scholars. Here, you will be the driver of high quality coaching instruction that enables teachers to develop and deliver strong content and to instill a lifelong love of learning in our scholars. You will work with teachers to be your students' champion who believes all students are capable of greatness and achievement far beyond what society has been conditioned to accept. You will be a demander of excellence for yourself, your teachers and your students, the warm and unyielding classroom presence that encourages and accepts nothing less than students' best and most thoughtful work.

At Achievement First, you will grow as a passionate and constant leader who thrives on feedback, enjoys regular one-on-one coaching with our principal, and nurtures a voracious appetite for professional development and consistent improvement. You will cultivate schoolwide classroom cultures built on strong structures, communication and lasting relationships. Every day, you will contribute to the education of children who will go on to become first-generation college students and return to our communities as the next generation of game-changers.

As a Dean of Special Services at Achievement First, your typical week would include the following, and so much more:
  • Design and manage schoolwide academic interventions, particularly in reading and math
  • Ensure Child Study Team identifies scholars in need of plans.
  • Manage Special Services relationship with host district and monitor IEP compliance.
  • Track other useful academic data (e.g. homework completion rates); communicate progress to students, teachers and parents.
Demonstrate exceptional teacher leadership:
  • Directly coach and develop a portfolio of teachers.
  • Observe lessons regularly and deliver targeted feedback to teachers.
  • Collaborate with grade/subject teams to plan units, lessons and assessments; regularly share feedback.
  • Model outstanding instruction for teachers.
Facilitate excellent professional development:
  • Coordinate and manage creative, inspiring professional development sessions in line with school goals and priorities.
  • Direct the interim assessment process to ensure teachers are using current data to drive instruction; facilitate regular, meaningful interim assessment data debriefs with teachers.
Serve as an active member of the school leadership team:
  • Participate in regular leadership team meetings.
  • Lead staff trainings at start and end of school year and on professional development days.
  • Work closely with dean of students to support efforts in character development and positive school culture.
  • Assist teacher leaders (e.g., coaches, grade team leaders) in developing leadership skills.
  • Model the Achievement First professional and core values at all times; be a visible and highly engaged leader in the school community.
Skills and Characteristics:
  • An active and demonstrated commitment to Achievement First's mission and values: Leading for Racial Equity, Embrace Challenge, and Go Further Together.
  • A Track record of exemplary instructional and classroom management skills, including meeting extremely high standards for student achievement
  • A Proven ability to proactively and effectively coach and manage adults and drive excellent student achievement through others.
  • SUperior personal organizational skills, ability to coach others to improve their organizational skills and efficiency, and ability to "zoom out" to create and manage systems and projects that require long range planning and organization.
  • People Leadership: Strong self awareness and awareness of others, and exceptional "warm/demanding" balance when leading adults.
  • Growth mindset for self and others; willingness to seek out feedback and ability to implement constructive feedback quickly and effectively.
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter.
Educational Background and Work Experience:
  • A bachelor's degree; master's degree preferred.
  • Certified as a school leader per your state's guidelines and requirements; If not currently certified, ability to obtain necessary state certification in specific subject and grade level is required within the first two months of employment.
  • At least 3 years of K-12 full-time lead teaching experience with a record of high student achievement.
  • At least 1 year of experience coaching and leading adults to obtain high student achievement.
  • Experience working with diverse learners and the teachers who support them (i.e. struggling students, SPED students/teachers, etc)
Achievement First is offering a $5,000 signing bonus for full-time, school-based new hires for the 2022-23 school year in all three of our regions (CT, NY, RI). Experienced Rhode Island educators in hard-to-fill seats may be eligible for an additional bonus of $2,500.

Compensation
Employees at Achievement First are provided with a competitive salary. Our salaries are set through a lens of equity, and based on an individual's skills, education, and years of experience relevant to the role. Teachers receive funds for supplies and materials as well as a laptop computer.

Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: http://achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/

Company

Our mission is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. We know that every child—regardless of race, zip code or economic status—deserves access to great schools. At Achievement First, our students realize their potential and develop the skills they need to graduate from college, succeed in a competitive world and serve as the next generation of leaders in our community. We are a growing network of 37 non-profit, high-performing K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. But we’re more than that. We’re changemakers. In order to make long-lasting and transformative change, we believe in focusing on what we know to work: serving all students, growing in our communities, sharing and learning from others, and committing to innovation. It makes us who we are. And who are we? We are high performing. We have some of the best schools in the country. Our students are outperforming kids across our cities and states. And they’re going on to college to become whatever they dream of. We care about people. We can help you become who you’re meant to be, whether you’re 8 or 38. Because at Achievement First, we know that taking care of kids means taking care of teachers, too. We are innovating & growing. We never stop learning and evolving. It’s a part of everything we do, from our bold new programs to the way our network of schools continues to grow in the communities we serve.

Find Us
Website
Telephone
2037733223
Location
370 James Street
Suite 404
New Haven
CT
06513
United States
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