Director of School Support and Literacy Achievement
Independence Mission Schools (IMS) is a non-profit network of schools re-envisioning Catholic education in and around the City of Philadelphia. Our schools have been beacons of hope for families from all faiths for generations. Located in neighborhoods that have historically been underserved by other schooling options, IMS schools offer a faith-centered and academically rigorous alternative for our families. Today, IMS serves almost 5,000 pre-K to 8th grade students across 15 schools where our team works tirelessly to prepare our students for world-class high schools.
With strong Catholic culture as a foundation, IMS is focused on creating a system of schools where academic rigor thrives, and where our schools play an important role in transforming our communities. The Director of Principal Supervision and Literacy Achievement is a key member of IMS’ Academic team, helping to set strategy and manage schools towards a vision for exceptional literacy instruction. The Director reports to the Chief Academic Officer of IMS.
The Director of School Support and Literacy Achievement holds two important roles. First, the Director will lead the network’s efforts to improve literacy instruction through the use high quality instructional materials. IMS expects this work to begin with a diagnostic process to identify current strengths and areas of improvement, convene a steering committee of IMS staff to shape our strategy, and develop a long-term plan to improve teaching and learning in literacy. In addition, the Director will directly manage 6-9 principals and, in collaboration with another principal supervisor and the Chief Academic Officer, create tools and structures to develop our leaders to deliver on the promise of an excellent education in their schools.
Provide coaching and support to school leaders in alignment with school and network priorities:
Manage the performance and development of 6-9 IMS principals – developing and/or implementing management routines to provide coaching and growth opportunities to achieve school and leader performance goals
Provide on-demand support for the talent management efforts of schools (e.g., by providing an objective opinion on teacher performance, feedback on performance improvement plans, etc.)
Work with schools to resolve parent concerns that bubble up to the central office
Manage our knowledge-base and set guidelines to help our school leaders run academically rigorous Catholic schools
Review and codify best practices from our schools so that tomorrows Catholic School leaders benefit from the accumulated wisdom of our network
Diagnose school management challenges and work with school leaders to define network guidelines and/or policies that best support student learning (e.g., student retention, student acceptance, etc.)
Create and manage systems to share these learnings with schools
Develop and implement a network-wide professional learning approach that measurably improves literacy instruction in IMS schools
Assess network professional learning needs through qualitative and quantitate review of teaching and learning data, including a review of teaching practice, student work and student achievement aligned to the Common Core Standards
Set annual professional learning goals for teachers and school leaders based on diagnosed strengths and needs
Identify, secure and manage external partners to plan and deliver professional learning, coaching and develop resources aligned to our goals
Work with school leaders and Academic team to identify opportunities to develop models/examples of exceptional literacy instruction within IMS schools
Manage a growing base of knowledge around literacy instruction and share best practices across our network of schools
An individual of strong Catholic faith (preferred) who is possessed of a growth mindset, mission-driven, and committed to serving children of all faiths
Demonstrated experience as a successful principal including knowledge of and experience with high-quality, Common Core-aligned curriculum, effective instructional practices, analyzing, interpreting, and using data to drive results, and leadership development
Experience in administration across multiple schools/ or in a network setting (preferred)
The ability to build, develop and maintain relationships with internal and external constituents including school leaders, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders
Strong leadership and staff development skills including the ability to motivate staff, manage conflict, and grow teams
To learn more about Independence Mission Schools, please visit: https://independencemissionschools.org/
Successful candidates must be able to clear all background check and clearance requirements.
EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!