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Director of Academics - Various Campuses (2019-2020)

Department: Instructional Leadership
Location: Houston, TX

POSITION: Director of Academics 

REPORTS TO: School Director 

POSITION TYPE: 11-month 

LOCATION: Houston, Texas 

THE CHALLENGE 

Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses?serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities. 

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).  

THE OPPORTUNITY 

YES Prep needs a dynamic Director of Academics with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.  

To put it simply, you will play an integral role in leading the campus instructional team and providing teachers with high quality professional learning opportunities and support to provide each student with a rigorous and engaging education.  

THE ROLE 

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include: 

  • Leading, managing, supporting and developing high-caliber leaders on campus, including the Dean(s) of Instruction, Special Education Manager, Literacy Specialist through consistent coaching and professional development 

  • Managing and developing effective instructional systems and long-term strategy with respect to instructional program sustainability 

  • Ensuring that students receive outstanding instruction in all classrooms by managing the teacher observation and evaluation process, including conducting classroom observations, coaching teachers, and monitoring teacher progress 

  • Analyzing key sources of data to identify instructional priority areas, investing stakeholders in the instructional strategy, monitoring progress towards identified metrics, and adjusting strategies to ensure continued growth 

  • Additional duties as assigned 

THE PERSON 

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:  

THE MUST HAVES 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution 

  • At least two years of exemplary instructional leadership 

  • At least three years of exemplary teaching 

  • Experience in administration and/or supervision 

  • Certification in teaching/instruction 

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools 

  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback 

  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team 

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once 

  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress 

THE NICE TO HAVES 

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited educational institution 

BENEFITS OF WORKING AT YES PREP 

  • Compensation –This position is an exempt, salaried position; our salary offers commensurate with experience. 

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance–  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Paid Time Off– 12 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar 

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY 

YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey. 

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 

THE NEXT STEPS  

If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at talent@yesprep.org

Selection Process

The selection process will follow the below timeline:

  • Application window: December 10, 2018- January 13, 2019
  • Candidates moving forward will be notified of selection activities on January 17, 2019
  • Candidates must submit selection activities by January 20th 2019 at 11:59 pm CST
  • Final Interviews will take place from January 28, 2019- February 8, 2019

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