Overview

Company Description:

As a leader in providing high quality education for low income students, KIPP Memphis Public Schools (KIPP Memphis) is a network of open enrollment, tuition-free, college preparatory public charter schools. KIPP Memphis is part of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of high performing public charter schools. KIPP’s network spans more than 200 schools across the US and is known for having high expectations, focusing on results and ensuring students achieve their post-high school goals. The mission of KIPP Memphis is “Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose – college, career, and beyond – so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.”

Founded in 2002, KIPP Memphis serves elementary, middle, and high school students in North Memphis. The KIPP Memphis team and family serves as a model of excellence and collaborates with other community organizations to raise the overall quality of education in Memphis.

Job Description:

The Managing Director of Teaching and Learning provides direct support and feedback to all instructional and administrative staff on the development and implementation of the region-wide academic strategy and the related programs that support student services.  

Additionally, the Managing Director of Teaching and Learning will manage and support a team of content specific program managers. The adult development work will include overseeing the region’s community of practice for Instructional Leaders to ensure alignment of best practices and content support across the region.  The Managing Director of Teaching and Learning will have the honor of working closely with principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, and teachers at KIPP Memphis to support the region’s academic vision and priorities. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide curricular and instructional leadership in the development, implementation, coordination, and assessment of the academic program to improve student achievement and meet regional goals
  • Oversee the facilitation, data collection, and analysis of the mid-year and end-of-year academic programs review 
  • Assist in setting regional student attainment goals in alignment with state and federal guidelines 
  • Plan, design and manage instructional alignment work across the region through tri-annual regional teacher observations 
  • Facilitate the implementation of common curriculum and assessments aligned to state and national standards for all core subjects K-12, while supporting and monitoring internalization of these commonalities
  • Support the curriculum selection, curriculum purchasing, and curriculum distribution process
  • Attend, or ensure attendance by a designee at required state training  
  • Organize and compile the agenda for regional professional development and approve facilitator content for each session; Ensure sessions have a progression of learning from session to session or have a clear connection; Be prepared to facilitate sessions where appropriate
  • Support School Leaders to ensure effective enabling systems for teaching and learning (professional development, instructional coaching, content teams, etc.)
  • Identify regional and school level-specific needs and allocate content area support and resources as needed 
  • Use data to monitor progress, identify problems and find solutions
  • Work with school and regional leadership team members to interpret data and create data-driven action plans for school improvement
  • Assist School Leaders in planning and training for data-driven instruction
  • Collaborate with the Human Resources Team and the Chief Academic Officer to create a teacher development progression for performance management that outlines proficiency bands through mastery/superior
  • Supports with providing leadership, development, feedback, and support to Assistant Principals of Instruction

Supervisory Responsibilities 

  • Provides feedback on the performance of Assistant Principals of Instruction to Principals

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • 8+ years of work experience, including 3+ years of as a high-performing principal and/or principal manager, who has experience closing the student achievement gaps between racial, ethnic and economic groups
  • Significant K-12 urban teaching experience with a significant focus on academic achievement, curriculum, and instructional leadership 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead leaders
  • Strong self-awareness and ability to build relationships
  • Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail; outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and multiple priorities
  • Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative for process improvements
  • Must demonstrate a push for equity and inclusion for staff and students
  • Strong work ethic and professionalism coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to one’s work

Preferred:

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in a charter or independent school environment

Additional Information

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience, degree attainment, and credentials. A competitive benefits package will also be offered.

KIPP Memphis is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school. KIPP Memphis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

All application information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.