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Middle School Dean of Instruction - KTVMS *(Immediate)*

Company: KIPP Albany Community Public Charter Schools
Location: Albany
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description


Together with families and communities, KIPP creates 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. KIPP is a national network of tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. There are 255 college-preparatory KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 100,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are graduating four-year colleges at three times the national average for low-income students.

About Kipp Albany Community Public Schools (kipp Albany)

KIPP Albany Community Public Charter Schools (KIPP Albany) is a network of high-performing public schools that has been committed to creating joyful, academically excellent schools in Albany since 2005. KIPP Albany is affiliated with KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Public Schools, a national network of over 10,000 educators serving 160,000 students and alumni. For the 2021-2022 school year, KIPP Albany schools will serve over 1,600 students in grades K-8 and will employ more than 225 staff. We are committed to furthering anti-racism, equity, and racial justice in all our efforts, and expect all of our stakeholders to participate in this work so that we can create a future without limits for our students, together.

Further regional growth is on the horizon with the Troy Prep K-12 schools planning to join the KIPP Albany network (new name TBD) at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Serving over 2,500 students in grades K-12 at seven schools across the Capital Region will allow increased curriculum offerings for students, professional development for staff, and enhanced family and community partnerships.

KIPP Tech Valley Middle School's (KTVMS) mission 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. Our vision is that every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities. In order to continue our work and grow our region to promote and sustain a culture of high academic and social expectations for all students, KTVMS seeks motivated individuals to join our team. If you share in this belief if you have a proven willingness to do whatever it takes for students to achieve, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, then you are already a member of the KIPP team & family.

Job Description

Role Overview:

The Dean of Instruction's job is to support the school in driving academic and character outcomes for staff as a key member of the school's leadership team. We expect our Deans of Instruction to lead both instruction and school culture and also to be able to develop leadership in the school's teacher leaders. At KIPP, we believe that the Dean of Instruction should consider him/her/themself an apprentice to the Director of Academics.

  • Encourage and support the development of innovative instructional programs, helping teachers pilot such efforts when appropriate.
  • Assess curriculum by monitoring syllabi, course overviews, and lesson plans.
  • Maintain internal and external assessment systems and help teachers use assessment data to further improve the quality of instruction
    School Culture
    • Regularly check in with staff to help mediate conversations between staff members and assess overall morale at school
    • Support Leadership with staff reward programs and activities.
    • Models growth mindset for school staff.
      Staff Management
      • Observe employee performance, record observations, and conduct evaluations.
      • Collaborate and advise teachers on classroom management methods and interventions
      • Ensure the continuous professional development of all staff by collaborating with other Leadership Team members to design, develop, and execute individual and staff-wide professional development
      • Assist the principal in interviewing, selecting, and orienting new staff
        Student Management
        • Monitor overall academic progress for students
        • Intervene with support when students have challenges with attendance, academics, or discipline
        • Work with students to set goals and increase student motivation
        • Administer discipline actions
          Parent Outreach
          • Assist teachers to develop strong partnerships with parents by enhancing communications
          • Work closely with faculty to develop strategic plans to monitor compliance with the Commitment to Excellence on behalf of the parents and students. Qualifications

            Education And Knowledge
            • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
            • Prior experience as a highly effective teacher
            • Previous experience teaching science
            • Previous leadership experience preferred
            • Skills:
            • Ability to establish rapport with families and children
            • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
            • Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
            • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
            • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internal and external
            • Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development and a passion for working with underserved student populations and their families
            • Proven written and verbal communication skills with all levels of management, both internal and external to the district
            • Strong organizational and planning skills
            • Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
            • Commitment to the vision, mission, values, and goals of KIPP Albany
            • Motivation to grow as an educational professional
            • Desire to implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment that is cutting-edge based on educational research
            • Willingness to be an active member of a professional learning community focused on action research within the school and the classroom
            • Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
            • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
            • Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
              Additional Information

              Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes comprehensive benefits.

              KIPP TECH VALLEY is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Keywords: KIPP Albany Community Public Charter Schools, Albany , Middle School Dean of Instruction - KTVMS *(Immediate)*, Other , Albany, New York

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