Deputy Director of Learning & Innovation

Citizens of the World Charter Schools

Posted: 2/27/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Administration/Operations

Primary domain: Education

City: Los Angeles

Postal code: 90036

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

Our mission is to impact and expand the conversation about what an excellent education contains, requires and accomplishes.

We aim to create a national network of high-achieving, community-based public schools that reflect the abundant socioeconomic, racial and cultural diversity of their surroundings. Our schools exemplify an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student’s abilities, confidence, and sense of responsibility for themselves and their community. In this spirit, we work conscientiously to build strong communities both within and outside the classroom.

Aided by exceptional local leadership and strong involvement from our parents, our student-centered learning model has been demonstrated to boost critical thinking and cognitive skills for young people from every background. We focus on providing interactive learning experiences for our students in a warm, joyful community with peers from all backgrounds; this approach helps prepare students not only to survive but also to thrive in college, in a diverse society, and in a global economy. We are preparing our students to emerge as a new generation of leaders – as trailblazers who are ready to tackle the future challenges in our world and surpass the conceived limitations of what students, communities, parents, and schools can achieve in the world.

As the first national school network with a commitment to economic and racial diversity, we believe our schools' success will inspire a renewed respect and support for public schools and the excellent education they can deliver to all students.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Since its 2010 founding, Citizens of the World Charter Schools has helped set the gold standard for high- achieving community-based public schools nationwide, and continues to grow in size and impact. As the first national charter school network with a commitment

to economic and racial diversity, Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWCS) strives to inspire a renewed respect and support for public schools and the high- quality education they can deliver. Today CWCS serves over 1,600 elementary and middle school students in four diverse Los Angeles communities, and approximately 250 early elementary students in Kansas City, Missouri, with further expansion planned for Fall 2020 and beyond.

CWCS’ team has had a profound impact on students through their learning model, grounded in the tenets of student-constructed understanding, connection to the community, and a school body reflective of the racial, cultural, and socio-economic diversity

of the neighborhoods served. The CWCS team is deeply committed to innovative and student-centered instructional practice, emphasizing project-based learning, personalized instruction, and the fostering of a challenging and joyful classroom culture designed to develop young students into confident, compassionate

‘citizens of the world.’

Citizens of the World Charter Schools is now seeking a Deputy Director of Learning & Innovation to support the network’s continued growth and impact. This position is ideal for an experienced educator who

can bring both innovative vision and strategic, data- driven execution to the network’s staff development approach and has a keen understanding of CWCS’ diverse student body, the educators that serve them, and the best practice instructional strategies that will achieve the critical mission.

The Position

The Deputy Director of Learning & Innovation will lead all professional development efforts network-wide. Major areas of focus will include:

  1. 1  Conceptualizing, strategically planning, and directing workshops designed to build and strengthen the knowledge and skill capacity of teachers, support staff, parents and families, and other stakeholders as needed.

  2. 2  Coaching instructional staff using a range of techniques, including classroom modeling, to improve practice and further drive student outcomes.

  3. 3  Facilitating the collection of quantitative and qualitative data to assess training needs on the individual, school, and network-wide levels.


    • Design & Developing Professional Development: Oversee the selection, design, and execution of system-wide development opportunities related to the learning model and graduate dispositions.

    • Instructional Coaching: Envision and execute a consistent and effective system for understanding and internalizing the learning model across
      the network. Foster strong and productive working relationships with both principals and administrators.

    • Academic Culture: Continually promote and support a culture of data-driven, academic excellence that is aligned with CWCS’ instructional model and priorities, and responsive to the shifting landscape of federal and state content standards.

    • Family Engagement: Support principals in the design of culturally-responsive systems for engaging families in the learning model and graduate dispositions..

    • System Design: Collaborate with other CWCS leaders to realize and implement the vision for a network-wide system for school quality review, including the codifying and sharing with principals.


Core Qualifications

• At least three to five years of leadership experience in the K-8 education sector.

• Demonstrated commitment to CWCS’ organizational mission and vision, including experience working with racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse student populations.

• Demonstrated capacity to ideate, design, and execute effective adult educational opportunities, with school-based experience preferred.

• Demonstrated ability to use quantitative and qualitative data in the development of informational findings, construction of effective interventions, and strategic and tactical decision-making.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to interact productively with the full range of internal and external stakeholders.

• Supervisory experience preferred.

• Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.


Expected compensation for this position is $95,000
to $110,000, commensurate with experience. 
A competitive benefits package is provided, including health insurance, retirement matching program, dental, and vision. This position offers the opportunity for semi-flexible scheduling, as it necessitates weekly travel among the CWCS’ four Los Angeles-based locations and monthly travel to CWCS’ Kansas-City, Missouri location. Access to reliable transportation is required.


$90k - 100k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and résumé to [email protected]. Résumés will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


To receive targeted job listings like this one by e-mail please create a job alert