Director: Science

Philadelphia, PA, US
Jun 26, 2019
Director: Science

Central Office

Job Number: 4600181995

Start Date:

Open Date: 06/26/2019

Closing Date:

Job Description Revised 6/27/19
Job Summary
Coordinates and reviews plans designed to provide a comprehensive education program in science for grades K-12. Provides leadership in the areas of curriculum development, staff development, and the effective utilization of instructional materials. Monitors programmatic activities/initiatives and ensures that they are in compliance with the School District of Philadelphia's action plan.
Essential Functions
  • Oversees and directs the activities of staff; coordinates the planning and implementation of curricular programs and initiatives relative to K-12 science; develops plans that address continuous student improvement in response to District data.
  • Provides direct support to the Deputy of Curriculum and Instruction with regard to science
  • Oversees and reviews benchmark test content and design; researches current instructional practices and models for effective instruction.
  • Plans and coordinates meetings and the work of science curriculum specialists and school-based instructional leaders and coaches
  • Works collaboratively with internal departments, institutions of higher education and other external organizations and agencies.
  • Ensures continuous, provided support in the implementation of quality science instruction, assessments and personalized professional development on best practices.
  • Develops, plans and conducts ongoing professional development training for instructional leaders on integrating best practices.
  • Observes and monitors the implementation of quality science instruction at schools.
  • Coordinates with the School District initiatives and the State regarding the effectiveness of the science program implementation.
Other Functions
  • Attends community and professional meetings as appropriate to support curriculum development.
Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Seven years of full-time, paid, professional experience in education, three of which have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity and have involved implementing instructional strategies.
  • All work experience related to the position must be included on the resume.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • PA Common Core Standards and curriculum development, as well as implementation and instructional strategies related to curriculum, content and problem-solving.
  • the principles, practices and methods of education in Science.
  • a variety of pedagogical modalities.
  • research related to the field of expertise.
  • the principles of educational administration.
  • supervisory methods and techniques.
Demonstrated ability to :
  • apply research to practical situations.
  • oversee and review benchmark test content and design.
  • plan and administer strategies for effective system wide staff development.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate for K-12 or Elementary and Secondary Principal.
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate to supervise Science for the Science specialty.

Additional Job Information: This is a 12-month, non-represented role. The salary grade for this position is 4030.

Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Please note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview.

Additional factors, including, but not limited to, disciplinary action, ability to follow directions, punctuality, and professional conduct will be considered in the evaluation process.

The selected candidate must have no pending disciplinary action or anecdotal record on file and have not been subject to any disciplinary action within the past eighteen (18) months. In addition, the candidate must have an excellent record of attendance and punctuality during the last three (3) years (defined as no more than eighteen (18) occasions of lateness or absence for personal illness within this period of time with the exception of one extended long-term absence)

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