Director of School Support Illinois

Achievement Network (ANet)

Posted: 5/24/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: Chicago

Postal code: 60612

State: Illinois

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the idea that every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Director of School Support –
Location: Greater Chicago Area with
up to 40% travel across Region
Position is available: June

Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator
committed to providing those opportunities, deserves support. Those
beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great
teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students
are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900
schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities
around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students.
Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right
basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8
months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to
schools not partnering with ANet.

At ANet we are committed to living out our core
, both across our organization and with our partner
schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student
access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational
equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those
from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen
our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence
the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To
do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide
professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and
resource sharing.

Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a
dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is
committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other
and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Time's
“Best Nonprofits to Work For” and work tirelessly to
foster a working environment where the unique perspectives,
backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.


As a Director of School Support
(DSS), your coaching of school and system leaders will empower them
to enact change that sets teachers up for success in the classroom,
thus ensuring students receive the educational opportunities they
deserve. You will leverage your past experience as an instructional
leader to quickly build trust within your partner schools, identify
strengths and opportunities, and develop action plans that lead to
breakthrough results for kids. You'll be successful in influencing
and motivating our partners because you thrive at marrying humility
and assertiveness in everything you do. Your flexibility, team
first approach, and commitment to equity will be infectious to
everyone you interact with, whether it's a CAO of a school system,
a principal of one of your partner schools, or another DSS on your

The Director of School Support will report directly to the
Executive Director of the Network who oversees support to schools
in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. This DSS will work
closely with the entire Network team while also collaborating
regularly with ANet national teams and peer coaches in other
regions.The Illinois Network was founded in 2010 and has since
grown to serve nearly 50schools in and around the city of Chicago.
The Network supports a mix of district schools, public charter
schools, and turnaround schools, allowing leaders from multiple
school models to come together under a common purpose, and to learn
and grow for the benefit of the students they serve. Over the next
several years the Illinois Network will continue to help schools
achieve student growth, while increasing impact by growing the
number of schools in the network and expanding support to reach
district and CMO leadership both in the city and in nearby


Partner with and coach school leaders to strengthen instruction
and increase student achievement

Serve as an instructional leadership coach for school leaders,
inspiring and motivating teams, supporting school-wide change
management, and building expertise in standards-based and
data-driven instruction and teacher development

Develop school leaders and teachers on effective use of
real-time data from the ANet interim assessments to target student
misunderstandings, to improve teacher practice, and to continually
deepen understanding of the rigor of the Common Core standards

Train and coach school leaders and teachers on effective
backwards planning using state standards, complex texts, and
curricula to achieve student mastery of grade-level content

Analyze student data and use research-based practices to inform
an individualized strategy for coaching each school

Serve as a leadership coach for school leaders, partnering with
them to overcome barriers to successful data-driven instruction and
increased student achievement, including how to develop and
leverage school-wide practices and structures to build a culture of
achievement that accelerates student impact

Engage in a gradual release of support to build some schools'
independence with teacher development, first by modeling meeting
facilitation, then observing and providing coaching and feedback to
leaders on their facilitation

Develop a strong network of ANet schools

Connect school leaders with other schools to facilitate best
practice sharing

Design and lead professional development sessions for groups of
school leaders and teachers

Support the regional leadership in growing the Network by
sustaining current school partners and fostering new

Support internal ANet strength and growth

Develop tools, coaching strategies, and innovative ideas for the
organization that improve our ability to coach schools

Serve in internal ANet leadership roles, which could include
recruiting and hiring, network event coordination, sales,
professional development planning and facilitation, and strategy



In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

You are energized by roles where no day will be the same, but where instructional excellence is at the heart of everything you do. You know how to get breakthrough results for kids because you have a proven track record of implementing the Common Core instructional shifts (with particular expertise in either math or ELA) and using data to drive instruction.

You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels. You believe in the power of formative assessment, coaching, and professional development as critical levers in school improvement.

You bring prior experience managing or coaching other adults (e.g. school leadership, instructional coaching, etc.) and know how to develop and motivate others to drive learning results with students, while balancing humility and assertiveness. You thrive off building strong relationships, especially when it comes to building trust and credibility quickly.

You are a learner. You don't shy away from new or ambiguous situations, but rather dive right in and seek out opportunities to continuously improve your skills and expand your impact on kids. You're comfortable with working independently, driving your own learning, and reaching out for help when you need it.

You draw others in. Your ability to read and respond to unspoken and implicit cues, and your engaging presentation skills leave others energized and wanting to know more.

You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily. You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.

You are excited to partner with schools and systems across the Region and within your portfolio and are therefore willing to travel up to 10 hours/week driving to schools both across the city and in nearby geographies (maximum distance about 90 minutes by car). You have access to a vehicle (and mileage will be reimbursed). You are also willing to travel to other cities within our region, if needed, to remotely coach long distance partners with about 1 overnight stay/month for a duration of 2 nights.

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

You have experience within, and/or knowledge of, the education landscape in Illinois

You have prior experience coaching teams, leading professional development, and/or managing programs at a district/CMO-level


ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

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Posted By: Achievement Network (ANet)


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