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Associate Director of History and Science, 5-8 (New York City)
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Associate Director of History and Science, 5-8
New York, NY
Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.  Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable and by designing and implementing “best-in-class” teacher training.  The organization has achieved outstanding academic results based on internal assessments, statewide exams, and graduation milestones.  Its schools consistently outperform their district schools and are among the highest-performing urban schools in their cities and states. To learn more about Uncommon click here.
Position Overview
The Associate Director of History and Science, 5-8 is an essential member of the Uncommon Curriculum and Assessment Team (CAT) and will focus on middle school History and Science.  The Associate Director of History and Science, 5-8 will drive the highest quality History and Science curriculum and assessment through the following responsibilities:
Data Driven Instruction
  • Analyze network-level data to identify network goals and trends
  • Create network level action plans to address grades 5-8 History and Science IA data
  • Adapt network instruction to address grades 5-8 History and Science data
  • Oversee creation of data responsive materials to network grades 5-8 History and Science IA data such as reteach lessons

DCI Development
  • Grow 5-8 History and Science DCIs and DCI Fellows in observation/feedback, data analysis, and data meeting facilitation
  • Support the DCI and DCI Fellow Evaluation Process for DCIs and DCI Fellows
  • Participate in DCI and DCI Fellow Immersion Days for new DCI and DCI Fellow Candidates

Curriculum & Instruction
  • Own grade-level curriculums including managing the writing/revising of the scope and sequence and minute-by-minute lesson plans
  • Manage curriculum & revisions as well as curriculum planners for 5-8 History and Science
  • Manage creation of curriculum rollout-meetings for 5-8 History and Science
  • Research latest curriculum for 5-8 History and Science and integrate best practices into Uncommon curriculum
  • Manage yearly pacing calendars and scopes and sequences for the network for 5-8 History and Science
  • Communicate important curriculum, instruction and assessment dates, deadlines and revisions for grades 5-8 History and Science to the Director of Curriculum and Assessment K-8 and/or relevant stakeholders
  • Support annual strategic planning for 5-8 History and Science curriculum including action steps, owners, and timelines and ensure implementation
  • Conduct audits of 5-8 History and Science curriculum including unit plans, lesson plans, and lesson plan feedback

  • Manage the creation or revision of 5-8 History and Science IAs including writing/revising the assessment, alignment document, excel answer key, assessment answer key, norming rubrics etc.
  • Identify and train assessment reviewers
  • Support management of network assessment cycles for 5-8 History and Science
  • Support assessment revision cycles for 5-8 History and Science
  • Research latest assessments for 5-8 History and Science and integrate best practices into Uncommon assessments

Professional Development
  • Write and deliver high-quality, highest lever PD that addresses network observational and data needs with all supporting materials
  • Facilitate network-wide 5-8 History and Science August PD
  • Plan and facilitate DCI Meetings throughout the school year
  • Plan and facilitate Curriculum Revision Meetings for grades 5-8 History and Science

Instructional Support
  • Plan, organize, and execute Content Walkthroughs
  • Participate in Working Groups with K-12 ConDev Team
  • Participate in MS School Inspections
  • Support in MS schools as needed based on ASUP/CSO Guidance

Organizational Relationships
  • Reports to the Director of Curriculum and Assessment, K-8
  • Works closely with the Curriculum and Assessment Team, ASUPs, Director of History 9-12, Director of Science 9-12, and Lead Lesson Planners to maximize the ability of Uncommon Schools to support students’ academic success;
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

  • Instructional leadership and teaching experience required: proven results in student learning as both an Instructional Leader and a teacher
  • Curriculum and assessment writing experience required
  • Experience at the school level with adult learning and professional development required
  • Outstanding ability to lead, including influencing and motivating others
  • Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment: able to work autonomously and thoroughly with independent self-reflection, as well as take direction as needed
  • Exceptional and creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills
  • Strong time and task management skills, enabling multiple projects to be completed on time
  • Alignment to and urgency around Uncommon’s mission
  • Excellent team player: always puts the team’s goals first and works to support and motivate  peers
  • Strong writing skills: writes with clarity, precision and power
  • Ability to move comfortably between high level strategic thinking and intricate details
  • Excellent ability to drive change and build buy-in through relationship building
  • This role may require travel up to 25% time and requires travel to all Uncommon regions

We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.

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