Republic Schools - Jackson, MS
Who We Are
RePublic Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS with a mission to reimagine public education in the South and prepare all of our scholars to graduate from college. In addition to providing a world-class traditional academic curriculum, we empower our students to be change-makers by teaching them to code – starting in the 5th grade.
Despite the fact that our scholars come from traditionally underserved communities (approximately 85% identify as low-income, and nearly 95% as students of color), we have seen them defy the odds to achieve outstanding results. RePublic’s schools have scored in the top 5% of all open-enrollment public schools across the state of Tennessee for both student growth and absolute achievement – making ours the first (and only) charter schools in state history to achieve this dual distinction.
At RePublic, we cultivate a cohesive community of families, staff, and scholars committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars succeed. We are looking for a Director of Schools in Jackson, MS for the 2019-20 school year. This position is based out of Jackson, MS.
Candidates must share our unwavering belief that all children in Mississippi can achieve at high levels and change the world. Sound like you?
What You’ll Do
Directors of Schools serve as vitally important leaders in our organization, and help drive the success of our schools and principals. Directors of Schools oversee instructional and academic programs for groups of schools within the RePublic Schools network and are accountable for student success and achievement within their schools as well as developing and managing principals.
As a Director of Schools, you will:
- Manage and oversee implementation of RePublic’s academic program
- Train school principals and develop future instructional leaders
- Lead regional and organization-wide instructional management together with the Chief Academic Officer and the Academics Team
- Pursue RePublic’s mission and vision and ensure that schools receive operational support they need
- Serve as a member of RePublic’s Senior Management Team
Management of academic program:
- Observe schools on a daily basis and partner with principals to evaluate and improve instruction, curriculum implementation, assessments, and other aspects of the academic program and culture at schools
- Drive student achievement data by improving school programs, pinpointing errors, and increasing overall instructional rigor
- Support principals in the training of teachers to use student achievement data to improve instruction and student learning
- Manage principals to plan and implement summer and school-year training and content-area professional development for RePublic teachers
- Partner with principals to build a strong adult and student culture
- Support principals in hiring of leaders, teachers, and other school staff
- Provide frequent informal feedback to principals, other leaders, and teachers and conduct formal evaluations of principals in the region
- Recruit for and participate in principal and instructional interview process for all schools
- Support cross-regional principal professional development and develop/execute regional principal professional development as needed
- Build personal and professional network in order to cultivate future instructional and leadership talent at RePublic.
Management of regional and organization-wide instruction:
- Build a mission-driven culture through work with principals and other adults
- Identify leader support needs and work with senior leadership team to develop and implement solutions
- Ensure assessments, reports, and other data needs are managed and implemented by instructional leaders and school-based operations staff
- Research and identify best practices from own network and other organizations and help disseminate those practices effectively to others.
Winning on RePublic’s mission and vision:
- Partner with RePublic leaders to support operational and compliance needs for the region and schools and to develop regional initiatives
- Partner with RePublic’s network office to meet organizational needs, including development, marketing, recruitment, human capital, and other relevant functions
- Oversee the growth of our schools as they expand to full growth
- Serve as a liaison to the broader Mississippi (and national) educational community to champion the work RePublic is doing in Jackson and build a network of supporters committed to seeing our scholars succeed
- Ensure compliance of the schools with the full scope of federal and state regulatory requirements
Who You Are
Our ideal Director of Schools will have an unwavering belief that our students can achieve at an exceptionally high level. Beyond that, a successful candidate is:
- Deeply committed to serving our kids. You have elected to work with historically underserved students, and do this work because you believe that all students, regardless of background, are capable of excellence - and that it’s on us as adults to get our kids there. You can speak knowledgeably about our mission, and demonstrate a commitment to our educational model. You understand that educational inequity is more pronounced in the South than anywhere else in the nation, and you want to work with RePublic in part because of our commitment to this region.
- A proven school leader, instructional nerd, and a driver of results. You've demonstrated ability to drive results in the pursuit of an ambitious vision and strategy, and you combine your exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical-thinking skills with your penchant to use data to drive decision-making to achieve impressive outcomes. You’ve got a background in instructional excellence, and leadership, and have both achieved your own impressive results in the classroom and have moved other teachers and leaders to do the same.
- A people developer. You’ve led, directly managed, and coached teams and individuals to achieve wildly impressive results for scholars. You love and actively seek opportunities to develop others through ongoing coaching, clear expectations and accountability, strong inspirational and motivational skills, high leverage feedback, and targeted professional development.
- ...and a people leader. Let’s be real - managing people is hard. You’ve coached, directly managed, and demonstrably moved the effectiveness of other adults before taking this job. You build relationships across lines of difference, inspire and motivate others to buy into your vision, navigate challenging conversations with finesse, make tough calls, communicate effectively in all formats, give and receive feedback fluidly, and model/hold a high bar for adult excellence and exuberance.
- A systems builder. You're comfortable with ambiguity, and thrive in situations where you get to build something out of nothing, or create order out of chaos. You choose start-up over bureaucracy any day.
- A masterful executor. You appreciate the big picture, but you know it's all in the details. Your organizational systems ensure you get things done. You manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion. When you say you’ll follow up with someone, you do it – and you are known as someone who doesn’t drop balls.
- A growth-minded tinkerer. You are self-aware and humble enough to understand where you rock, where you need to pick up your game, and how this impacts the people you lead. You seek feedback constantly because you’re hungry to get better, and you take extreme initiative and ownership of the outcomes of the people you coach and manage.
- A strong communicator. You’ve got a knack for speaking and writing clearly, succinctly and persuasively such that expectations are clear, timelines are delineated, and excellence is defined. People would describe you as someone who is able to build relationships across lines of difference that allow you to motivate and inspire from a place of authenticity.
- A gritty problem-solver. You keep it cool when things are crazy, approach problems with viable solutions, and know when you need to roll up your sleeves to support your team.
- `At least 2-3+ years of experience as a Principal in high-performing charter schools
- Demonstrated significant student achievement results as a school leader, and in‐depth experience in school leadership and leading Principals and other school-based leaders
- A bachelor’s degree with a preference for a graduate degree in a related field.
- Valid teaching certification in TN, MS, or in states with reciprocity not required, but strongly preferred.
Salary is competitive and commensurate based on experience. Compensation at RePublic includes a comprehensive benefits package.
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