Position: Director of High School Humanities (2021-2022)
Position: Director of High School Humanities
Reports to: Chief Academic Officer
Location: STRIVE Prep- Central Office (Denver, CO)
Salary: $60,000 - $75,000*
STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here.
We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values every day:
Core Beliefs - Achievement
Commitment 1: I commit to celebrating academic and personal success for all.
Commitment 2: I commit to holding myself and others accountable to high expectations.
Commitment 3: I commit to bringing passion and joy to my work.
Core Beliefs - Justice
Commitment 1: I commit to intentionally disrupt inequity, bias, and systems of oppression.
Commitment 2: I commit to creating an environment of safe body, mind, and heart.
Commitment 3: I commit to building a community where each person can bring their full, authentic self.
Core Beliefs - Perseverance
Commitment 1: I commit to the belief that we grow and get smarter through effort and by making mistakes.
Commitment 2: I commit to showing up Con Ganas, where we never give up even when the work is hard.
Commitment 3: I commit to showing up with integrity and doing the right thing even when the road is tough.
Do you want to support High School English Language Arts (ELA) and World Studies (WS) teachers and coaches to deliver excellent instruction and see amazing student learning outcomes? Your challenge will be to support approximately 30 high school ELA and WS teachers in effectively utilizing curriculum to foster a love of reading in students and support students in developing proficiency and mastery as readers, writers, historians, and critical thinkers.
OVERVIEW OF ROLE
STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of K-12 public charter schools, that challenges every student to discover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. STRIVE Prep currently uses EngageNY for our 9-10th High School ELA curriculum and internally-created resources for 11-12th curriculum. STRIVE Prep uses New Visions curriculum for our 9-11th High School WS curriculum. The Director of High School Humanities will work with members of the centrally-based Academic Team, high school teachers, and campus administrators to ensure that we implement the curriculum with a high level of integrity and fidelity and that we utilize the strong resources provided to meet the needs of every STRIVE Prep student. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for forging strong relationships with teachers and leaders while also holding high standards for rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum and instruction at STRIVE Prep. In addition, all candidates must have strong content knowledge in reading and writing, in-depth understanding of Common Core standards, as well as a high capacity for problem solving, logistics, building investment, and coordinating details in a fast-paced environment within a position that directly supports the two STRIVE Prep high schools.
With the must haves driving your daily approach to the work, the successful Director of High School Humanities will perform the essential functions of the role for STRIVE Prep’s two high schools.
Vision and Capacity-Building:
In collaboration with the CAO, refine the vision of excellence in High School English Language Arts and High School World Studies and continually refine and improve our approach to reading, writing, and World Studies instruction.
Evaluate our current curriculum and determine areas for infusing social justice based thematic programming within the context of the current curriculum
Provide direct on-going support to instructional coaches to build their capacity in coaching excellent implementation of the curriculum.
Regularly share best practices and curricular resources with teachers.
Develop, plan, and lead high-quality professional development for teachers and instructional coaches to build capacity in teaching content well.
Work with the Director of Ethnic Studies and Director of Innovation to enhance our current curricular offerings.
Ensure that STRIVE Prep’s ELA and WS programming includes best practices for supporting English Language Learners and students receiving Special Education services.
In collaboration with the Director of English Language Services, implement a clear vision for the implementation of Paired Literacy in our HS ELA classes.
In collaboration with the Senior Director of Student Services, implement a clear vision for the implementation of College and Career Ready courses in HS ELA as well as support the creation of resources to support these courses.
Consult and support Central HS Math Coach, campus teams, and the college access teams with Capstone (related to ICAP) collection of materials and organization.
Curriculum Development and Resources:
Oversee all High School ELA and WS courses to ensure coherence and alignment. (i.e. consistency of resources, normed grading practices, etc.)
Work directly with Course Leads (teacher leaders) to support the development and continuous refinement of high-quality, core curricular resources aligned to network curriculum.
Regularly analyze student performance data to drive curricular refinement and prioritization.
Work with instructional coaches to ensure clear understanding of curricular choices, themes, and priorities.
Work with teachers to regularly share best practices, including strong lesson plans, reteach plans, and reassessments.
Support middle school teacher leaders in leveraging collaborative learning time to increase teacher capacity around standards, instruction, planning, data analysis, etc. in their content area by providing suggested agendas, data analysis protocols, and guidance on unpacking standards or assessments.
Support the development of normed grading protocols and facilitate collaboration in reviewing student work.
Develop and lead content-specific Professional Development (PD) modules and opportunities to be used during collaborative learning time.
Develop and lead network summer training sessions in ELA and WS curriculum internalization and implementation.
Lead with equity literacy - the knowledge and skills that enable us to recognize, respond to, and redress conditions that deny some students access to educational and other opportunities enjoyed by their peers.
Lead with cultural competence - the knowledge, behaviors, and dispositions necessary to effectively interact with people across cultures.
Three or more years of English Language Arts and/ or History teaching experience
Two or more years coaching English Language Arts and/or History teachers
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
This is a full-time exempt position and is eligible for the following compensation and benefits:
*Competitive base compensation based on years of required experience and other relevant factors allowable by Colorado law and STRIVE Prep policy.
Health benefits (eligibility for full-time employees only)
100% employer-paid premium for employee-only medical coverage
Company Paid Employee Life Insurance
Voluntary Life (Employee, Spouse, Child)
Voluntary Critical Illness & Accidental Coverage
Voluntary Short-Term Disability
Employee Assistance Program
Participation in the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) pension program (in lieu of Social Security tax) with an option to elect into a competitive 401(k) plan.
Applicable Pay for Performance increase upon successful completion of a full school year
Time off benefits (eligibility for full-time employees only)
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Paid Vacation Time (PVT) for Central Office staff
Paid Designated Breaks
Up to 6 weeks of paid Family Leave (upon eligibility)
Paid Sabbatical (upon eligibility)
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias.