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Senior Director, 9-12 Literacy

Date Posted: Sep 14, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Senior Director, 9-12 Literacy

Location: Fisher Building

Salary: $85,000 - $110,000

Reports to: Executive Director K-12 Literacy

Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Administrator

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Position Summary:

The Senior Director is responsible for dramatically improving the academic experience and outcomes of all K-12 DPSCD students in ELA/Literacy. The Senior Director works with Senior Leaders across teams to provide leadership and direction for Literacy curriculum, data, assessment, and professional learning in the District.  The Senior Director is responsible for developing systems of support to advance the District’s Vision of Excellent Instruction in all High School classrooms.  The Senior Director will manage Curriculum Leaders & TSCs to offer high quality and coordinated school support, including regular step backs on trends and needs across the content area, as well as by cohort, and use these insights to design and implement relevant and impactful PD as a department. As a team leader in the Office of Literacy, they are accountable for building and leading an inclusive team that produces results for students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university
  • Valid State of Michigan Teaching Certificate in related content area highly preferred
  • K-12 classroom teaching experience required, with at least 3 years’ experience preferred
  • School building or district-level leadership experience required, with at least 3 years’ experience preferred

 

Essential Functions:

  1. Vision: Partner with stakeholders to implement DPSCD’s vision for excellent instruction, ensuring that this vision is shared and lived across DPSCD schools through the instructional framework
  2. Strategy: Contribute to the development of and monitor progress toward student achievement targets for ELA/Literacy, in alignment with school improvement plans; partner with senior leaders to establish a coherent academic strategy to achieve high school targets, adjusting strategy and approach to achieve desired outcomes based on a data-driven approach
  3. Assessment: Support the design, adoption or revision, and implementation of ELA/Literacy assessments to reflect the District’s vision; work with district staff to create and implement a common assessment strategy, particularly related to common interim and end-of-year assessments
  4. Core Curriculum: Provide leadership for and coordinate the adoption and implementation of instructional materials; monitor the implementation of core and supplemental high school instructional materials; identify and seize opportunities to implement cross-curricular work and build coherence across all tiers of instruction; support ongoing curriculum equity audits to ensure that the curriculum is antiracist and affirm students’ identities
  5. Intervention and Acceleration: Co-develop systems for and implement the District’s research-based intervention programs; ensure that all intervention materials and instruction support students to make meaningful progress toward grade-level expectations; develop data systems to collect and analyze the effectiveness of programming, making necessary adjustments
  6. School Support: Coordinate implementation of on-site support strategies based on student achievement and engagement data; support ELA/Literacy Training and Support Coordinators and school support personnel in implementing targeted school support strategies, which are coordinated with other content areas, for their cohorts of schools; work with staff to reflect on cohort and district implementation and achievement trends and support Training and Support Coordinators to develop action plans based on reflection
  7. Professional Development: Coordinate partners and team members to design and deliver professional development for ELA/Literacy in large-group, small-group, and one-to-one settings; work with senior leaders in the District to ensure cross-departmental and organizational coherence and focus in PD; develop and implement systems for gathering and using quantitative and qualitative data to inform the PD model, content, and delivery methods
  8. Whole Child Programming: Use student input to inform and implement programs that foster student interest and excitement in ELA/Literacy, including enrichment opportunities that extend beyond the school day; lead implementation of ELA/Literacy-associated family engagement strategy, including activities like Parent Academy sessions and Curriculum Nights
  9. Stakeholder Engagement: Plan and lead constituent engagement, including students, families, community members, alumni, and educators to understand their motivations and needs, problem solve through challenging issues, and arrive at productive solutions
  10. Budget, Contracts and Partnerships: Support Senior Leaders to develop and monitor the departmental budget and contracts; sustain partnerships that advance the academic strategy and support student achievement
  11. Compliance and Reporting: Ensure district compliance with all state and federal reporting and grant requirements within area of responsibility
  12. Team Management: Lead a diverse team to great results, creating an inclusive culture where all team members can thrive; develop equitable processes and policies and build strong relationships across lines of identity and power; use performance management and strong managerial competencies to ensure staff throughout the organizational structure champion our culture, contribute meaningful work, motivate others to achieve results, and operate as constant learners
  13. Anti-Racism Commitment: Demonstrate a commitment to antiracism and the affirmation of student and staff identities, center racial equity and inclusion, and bring practical solutions to issues of equity and inclusion in classrooms, schools and on the team
  14. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

 

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching services outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant’s prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information (313) 240-4377 or www.detroitk12.org/compliance.

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