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Dean of Curriculum & Instruction

Uncommon Schools, Newark NJ, US

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Duration: Full-Time


To build more high performing schools, we need leaders to commit themselves to the most urgent and exciting work of our time! At Uncommon Schools, our Deans of Curriculum & Instruction (DCI) are school leaders focused on supporting teachers and instructional leaders to deliver the most rigorous and joyful academic experience for our students that leads to exceptional academic gains. DCIs play a central role in the success of their school and work closely with their Principal as well as fellow DCIs across Uncommon in driving curriculum, assessment, and teacher development. DCIs' responsibilities include the following:

Data Driven Instruction

  • Conduct deep analysis of data in order to lead effective analysis meetings based on daily student work samples;
  • Build grade level/content area action plans and materials to address data;
  • Monitor grade-level progress against assessment cycle benchmarks.

Feedback and Teacher Development

  • Conduct daily observations, plan/execute 6-step feedback meetings that lead to teacher and instructional leader development, and support implementation of action steps;
  • Provide real-time feedback to teachers during instruction and contribute to teachers’ mid-year reviews;
  • Plan and deliver high-quality professional development that trains staff members in Uncommon’s curricular systems and key pedagogical issues;
  • Plan and execute team meetings for grade-level or content-area staff.

Curriculum and Assessment

  • Own organization-wide curriculum and assessment work based on content expertise such as lesson planning, assessment revisions, collaborative scoring, and/or network analysis;
  • Facilitate assessment cycles including scheduling, quality assurance of assessment materials, and teacher/student preparation.

Mission-Alignment

  • Demonstrate a passionate commitment to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school;
  • Build professional relationships with teachers that support their development;
  • Collaborate with the Home Office, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Dean of Students, Special Education Coordinator, School Social Worker, and other staff to maximize the ability of Uncommon Schools to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development.

  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization;
  • Experience and interest in writing curriculum;
  • Strong teaching skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong communication and negotiating skills, and ability to work well in a team;
  • Ability to build, monitor and maintain systems that improve organizational efficiency;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed.
  • Required experience:
    • 3+ years of teaching experience, preferably in urban schools and/or communities;
    • Experience coaching teachers;
    • Evidence of outstanding student growth and achievement;
    • Strong content knowledge, across multiple gradespans or content areas;
    • Bachelor’s Degree.

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.

About Uncommon Schools

Uncommon Schools starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college At Uncommon Schools, our classrooms are named after colleges because that’s where our students are headed. We are a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our 53 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states for three reasons:

We know all students have what it takes to go to college. We are fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit that will spur their success in the classroom and in their communities. We create and constantly fine-tune our systems to help teachers teach and students learn. We know that without great teachers and leaders, nothing else matters. We also know there’s no limit to learning. That’s why people development is at our core.

Want to learn more about Uncommon Schools? Visit Uncommon Schools's website.