Director of School Support – DC/Maryland Network
Location: District of Columbia or Baltimore, MD (with up to 50% travel between DC and Maryland)
Position is available: ImmediatelyWHO WE ARE
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 values, 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.THE OPPORTUNITY
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 team.
In 2008, ANet launched operations in the District of Columbia and in 2016, expanded its reach to serving schools in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently the team partners with over 200 district and charter schools throughout DC and Maryland, including key system partnerships in Baltimore City Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools, DC Prep, KIPP Baltimore and KIPP DC. This DSS will be responsible for coaching and developing leadership in approximately 12 schools in DC and Maryland. Reporting to the Managing Director of the DC/Maryland Network, this individual will also work in a highly collaborative, supportive, and innovative fashion with peer coaches across the country.WHAT YOU'LL DO
Partner with and coach school and system leaders to strengthen instruction and increase student achievement
Serve as an instructional leadership coach for school and system 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 partnerships
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 development