Director, Leadership & School Development


Posted: 3/24/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: New York City

Postal code: 10013

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:


Springpoint is a national nonprofit organization that supports the design and launch of new, innovative public high schools. Our mission is to enable all students – regardless of environment or background – to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Since 2013, we have partnered with school districts, school networks, and charter management organizations around the country to rethink the purpose of high school and develop innovative school models tailored to the needs, assets, and aspirations of their students.

We are driven by the promise of student-centered school models and the application of positive youth development in school design and implementation. We work with districts, systems, and foundations to help them understand the secondary landscape in their community and to provide robust support to our partners, with a focus on developing learning ecosystems where students can thrive. In our collaborative work with school teams, we support our partners in their school’s continuous improvement journey by helping them to tap into visionary leadership in their community, to champion high expectations for all, and to focus resources on creating transformative learning experiences for students. Our supports are flexible, adaptive, and responsive to each partner’s unique context. We provide support both virtually and in person, and develop learning experiences, tools, and resources that are effective across key implementation phases.

Springpoint is housed at the National Center for Civic Innovation in New York City.

Position Details:

Job Description:


The Director, Leadership and School Development will lead the team that supports schools in their continuous improvement journeys and that further develops Springpoint’s vision for school and teacher leader professional learning and development. This position will use and refine Springpoint’s school observation process and tools in order to support partner organizations and schools in developing strategic action plans as they iterate on their school models.  Additionally, this position will lead the ideation and execution of adult learning and adult development experiences for teacher leaders, school leaders, school leadership teams and Springpoint consultants. The Director, Leadership and School Development will be an integral thought-partner to the Executive Director, colleagues, and partners and will assist in developing the vision, goals, and strategy for school leader and teacher leader supports and development. Additionally, the Director, Leadership and School Development will work to support partners in thinking broadly about student success, rooting their work in positive youth development and focusing on key levers that maximize opportunities for students to thrive.


As a small, nimble staff that values teamwork, we are seeking a collaborative self-starter who has a flexible, positive, and student-centered mindset.

Candidate Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

      Engage, develop, and lead teams of expert observers through qualitative school observation visits to develop a deep understanding of school and leader strengths and areas for growth, and generate a robust set of recommendations that will guide continued improvement;

      Develop school leaders and their leadership teams through high quality adult learning experiences, including school study tours, virtual shares and webinars, in-person and virtual coaching, and other instructional events;

      Lead the creation, development, execution, and iteration of foundational artifacts, planning documents, convenings, and leadership retreats focused on developing teachers as leaders;

      Collaborate with team members to design and actualize new projects and initiatives;

      Develop tools and codify resources to contribute to the institutional knowledge of the organization and the field more broadly;

      Provide key leadership in issues related to secondary school pedagogy, youth development theory, innovative school design elements, and national educational reform initiatives generally;

      Oversee and significantly contribute to written program reports and relevant updates to partners, schools, and team.


Preference given to a New York, NY based individual but will consider other candidates.  General travel around 15% and seasonal travel peaking in the fall and spring at as much as 40%.



Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


Qualified individuals, please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to [email protected].


Springpoint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek candidates who are as diverse as the students and communities our partners serve.


Candidate Skills and Mindsets:

      Unwavering belief that everyone - students and adults - can grow;

      Keen understanding of the primacy of building the instructional expertise of adults in schools;

      Positive attitude (approach work with a spirit of “yes” and possibility) and ability to be flexible;

      Enthusiasm for reimagining the purpose of school and a propensity for creatively thinking about how to allocate time, talent, and resources throughout the school design and implementation process;

      Exceptional strategic thinking skills, with an understanding of how to effectively sequence complex processes, mobilize disparate groups of people toward a common and ambitious goal, and translate insights into action;

      Ability to work effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with school leaders and teachers, home office and remote colleagues, consultants, and instructional coaches;

      Ability to approach work with a developmental, collaborative mindset with team members and partners;

      Excellent interpersonal skills in communicating with education and non-education personnel.

Candidate Experience and Knowledge:

      Master’s Degree in Education, Education Leadership, Public Administration or a related field;

      Minimum of five years of school and/or school district leadership experience developing and managing staff, new initiatives, and budgets with demonstrated responsibility for program outcomes;

      Deep instructional and pedagogical knowledge;

      Knowledge of collaborative inquiry theory and process;

      Experience working with school principals and/or teacher leaders in either a support or supervisory capacity to improve achievement for all students.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Qualified individuals, please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to [email protected]


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