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High School Literacy Achievement Director - Newark

High School Literacy Achievement Director
KIPP New Jersey is looking for an exceptional Director of High School Literacy Achievement to serve as our region’s content expert in 9th-12th grade literacy. You will coach instructional leaders across our high schools, diagnose issues specific to literacy achievement and curricular execution and provide excellent literacy focused professional development for both teachers and leaders.
Being part of our team gives you lots of opportunities to grow, but with great power also comes great responsibility. Here are some of the primary responsibilities associated with this role:

Must Haves
  • Ability to evaluate and implement literacy instructional programs and a deep knowledge of the Common Core State Standards in literacy, as well as the design and blueprint of the ACT, and AP Language and Literature exams. 
  • Minimum 4 years exemplary teaching experience at the secondary level with outstanding student achievement results
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a full-time coaching role (dean of instruction, instructional coach, etc.) with demonstrated success in getting academic results through others
  • Knowledge of literacy content and learning theory, current educational trends, blended learning practices, methods, research, and technology, and program planning and implementation
  • Experience leading engaging and effective professional development for adult
  • Strong communication skills and follow-through
  • Demonstrated initiative in prioritizing amidst complex needs and strategically planning to get results
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions
Nice to Haves:
  • Assistant Principal or Principal experience with demonstrated student growth under your leadership
  • Experience working with diverse and underserved communities
Here’s what you’ll be doing:
  • Develop and facilitate region-wide professional development for high school English and Composition teachers, instructional leaders, and School Leaders in order to build our teachers’ and leaders’ capacity with high school literacy content and instructional execution (coaching the coaches!)
  • Collaborate with other members of the Teaching and Learning team as well as School Leaders and Deans of Instruction to develop and refine a horizontally and vertically aligned K-12 literacy framework, curricula, and assessments
  • Analyze regional data in collaboration with Chief Academic Officer, Assistant Principals, and School Leaders to identify areas of need and support the facilitation of region-wide instructional initiatives that lead us to our goals
  • Champion our approach to High School English and Composition through managing the revisions of our internal curriculum and assessment model according to observations and feedback. 
  • Collaborate with other literacy leaders in our middle and high schools to ensure students have an aligned experience across English, Composition, and History courses. 
Need more reasons to work here?
 In addition to a competitive salary, KIPP NJ offers a comprehensive benefits plan, a subsidized wireless plan through Verizon, an EZ Pass for teammates commuting from Philadelphia, and a laptop. And 100% of KIPP New Jersey employees agree we have the best kids in the nation. So there’s that.

About KIPP New Jersey:
 KIPP New Jersey is part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in under-served communities for success in college and in life. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to serve over 3,700 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. More than 88% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals.
In the next few years, KIPP New Jersey will have ten schools in Newark and five in Camden providing world-class education to over 7,300 students. By offering outstanding educators with strong bonds to the families we serve, more time in school learning, services that support a variety of student needs and a culture focused on achievement, our students are on the path to and through college proving that demographics don’t define destiny. Visit to learn more.
KIPP new jersey is an equal opportunity employer.

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