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Director of Humanities

Company: Envision Education
Location: Oakland
Posted on: September 16, 2022

Job Description:

*DIRECTOR OF HUMANITIES**WHO WE ARE*Our mission is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, career, and life.At Envision Education, we believe the current achievement gap reflects a systemic failure to understand how kids learn, what motivates them to learn, and what they need in order to learn well. We know that vibrant learning communities apply compassion and high expectations to inspire and empower students. With a population that is 75% first-generation college-bound, our approach is specifically designed to increase student engagement, deepen integration and understanding, promote active learning, and ensure college success.Envision Education is a national model for using Project Based Learning and Performance Assessment to prepare students for success in college and in life. Envision Education currently operates three small high schools and two middle schools. Graduates go on to succeed in college at significantly higher rates than their peers: 99% attend college and 85% persist once they get there.*OUR APPROACH*We believe that deeper learning experiences challenge students to think critically, solve problems resourcefully, and collaborate productively. Students have an opportunity to use these skills and show what they know through portfolio defenses. In 8th, 10th and 12th grade, Envision students present a defense of learning, demonstrating their growth and learning. Similar to a master's thesis defense, these presentations are required to graduate in 12th grade and are invaluable in preparing for life after high school. They practice for these defenses through regular exhibitions and in-class presentations. Our students say portfolio defense is the hardest thing they have ever done, and nothing has prepared them more for college. Read about our approach here.*THE POSITION*The Director of Humanities serves as a network-level instructional leader who sets the long-term strategic vision for Humanities at Envision (includes ELA, Social Studies, History, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages, Physical Activities, and the Arts courses). The Director of Humanities is charged with assessing the current state of Humanities instruction and developing and leading the implementation of a plan that ensures that all students are receiving high quality instruction. This position works reports directly to the Chief Academic Officer, and manages two Content Specialists.*KEY RESPONSIBILITIES *_PROGRAMMATIC LEADERSHIP_* Set vision and strategic direction for Humanities learning across Envision Schools (which includes Ethnic Studies, History, Social Studies, ELA, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, and the Arts).* Develop functional objectives as well as mid-term and long-term plans to achieve vision for the department.* Lead continuous improvement of curriculum, instruction and assessment, based on insights from student performance data across the network. Recommend innovative and intervention approaches to our academic model in Humanities.* Determine approach to drive educational equity in Humanities, and allocate resources and programs accordingly.* Lead the Humanities team to provide rigorous learning experiences aligned to Envision's core beliefs for every student every day. Promote a strong academic culture focused on student outcomes.* Redefine and refine the role of Humanities artifacts as part of our portfolio and Defense process.* As part of the Academics Team, develop, recommend and support implementation of a refined strategic vision.* Lead inquiry based and project based programming that ensures high quality curriculum, assessment, and instructional pedagogy._PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PD)_* Design, lead, and support others to lead professional development efforts for school leaders, teachers, and learning specialists that are aligned to Humanities vision.* Assess the impact of PD and continuously improve based on performance data and promising practices.* Work with Chief Academic Officer and the Superintendent of Schools on learning arc for Principals and Vice Principals on actions that school leaders can take to support network Humanities priority work at schools.* Develop and implement June - August professional development for leaders and teachers._CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT_* Ensure all Envision students have high-quality curriculum by exploring adoption of a high quality curriculum or creation of one aligned to CCSS, Humanities practices, and Envision's academic and strategic goals.* With Chief Academic Officer, recommend path toward high-quality curriculum in all classrooms and lead the change process and support for all staff in implementation.* Continue to build and strengthen Envision's performance assessment program._ASSESSMENT_* Design and lead system-wide assessment aligned to Ethnic Studies vision, CCSS, content standards, and Envision strategic goals.* Oversee and continuously improve Envision's interim assessments to gather meaningful formative data.* Develop and implement systems for teachers to use data in their planning and instruction and for that data to be shared with students.* In collaboration with other Instructional Leaders and Data & Assessment team, analyze performance data and drive network-wide and classroom-level action as a result._ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP_* Participate as a member of the network-wide academic leadership team.* Foster and facilitate collaboration within and across departments at Envision to build shared understanding and ownership of the priorities across the network and incorporate other organizational priorities into Humanities strategies.* Other projects and duties as assigned.*QUALIFICATIONS** Commitment to the mission of Envision Education.* Commitment to anti-racist and pro-black ideologies in the workplace.* 5+ years of direct experience as a school administrator, instructional coach, or a district-wide educator* leadership experience required* Experience in instructional program design and implementation* Experience designing and implementing data driven feedback and planning work* Experience leading a department and/or team (preferred)*COMPENSATION & BENEFITS** Commensurate with experience. The starting salary range for this role is between $97,000 - $112,000. This is a 12-month position.* Paid sick leave* Paid vacation time* Excellent health benefits package with employer contribution to benefits* Optional Flexible Benefits Plan, including dependent care, medical care, parking, and transit* 403b Plan* Life Insurance at no cost to employee_As an equal opportunity employer, we believe deeply in diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all people. Envision recruits, employs, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and the many other characteristics that make us diverse._Job Type: Full-timePay: $97,000.00 - $112,000.00 per yearBenefits:* Health insurance* Life insurance* Retirement planSchedule:* Monday to FridayWork Location: One location

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