Director of Academic Programs and Support
KIPP Memphis Public Schools
KIPP Memphis Public Schools is part of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), a national network of tuition-free, open-enrollment, public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. There are currently 280 KIPP schools across the nation serving nearly 120,000 students. Founded in 2002, KIPP Memphis serves over 1,800 K-12 students in our four North Memphis schools and almost 900 alumni on their journeys to-and-through college with our KIPP Forward Program.
As a leader in providing high quality education for students who need us most, the KIPP Memphis team and family serves as a model of excellence and collaborates with other community organizations to raise the overall quality of education in Memphis. The mission of KIPP Memphis is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose – college, career, and beyond – so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Reporting to the Managing Director of Teaching and Learning, the Academic Programs and Support (APS) Director is an essential role on the KIPP Memphis Teaching and Learning Team. As a member of this team, the APS Director will support the execution of KIPP Memphis’ academic vision across schools, including assessment logistics, service delivery to schools, and professional development events. Having both content and instructional expertise, the APS Director will support instructional coaches as well as individual and small group professional learning.
Duties and Essential Job Functions:
Academic Program Support
- Researches a variety of information (e.g. current practices, instructional materials, methods, curriculum guidelines, etc.) for the purpose of building school-based capacity in alignment to achievement outcomes
- Fidelity Checks – Meets regularly with school-based staff to review student-learning data, implementation of RTI models and assess areas in need to further support or professional development.
- Monitor and assist quarterly RTI meetings in which building grade level teams meet to determine and monitor student placement-in/growth during teaching of core curriculum
- Monitor and support After School Tutoring program and Saturday School
- Analyze student assessment data to inform recommendations for instructional decisions
- Conduct informal observations of teacher instruction
- Support team operational administrative needs (e.g. purchasing and professional development arrangements)
- Contribute to team culture by executing logistics for team appreciation events and meetings (e.g. birthdays, team gatherings and celebrations).
- Lead ad-hoc projects as project manager as requested by the Managing Director of Teaching and Learning.
- Build and maintain systems that improve team efficiency and improve how we work with schools
- Manage external vendor relationships
- Outline a program for awarding teacher and student incentives
- Collaborate with Managing Director of Teaching and Learning on all regional and school initiatives
Professional Development Support
- Facilitate professional development for leaders and teachers regarding compliance, instructional support, and best practices
- Support planning and execution of regional K-12 professional learning
- Support online professional development and resources
- Support academic online platforms used to share resources and materials with teachers and school leaders
- Support Schools and Academics with assigned projects and duties
All other duties and responsibilities as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- Holds an active teaching license in secondary education
- Minimum 6 years of secondary education teaching experience
- Minimum of 3 years of project management experience
- Exceptional organizational, planning and project management skills
- Ability to shift priorities, multi-task and prioritize with a high volume of matters
- Ability to exercise discretion and judgment with the handling of highly sensitive and confidential information
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strategic thinker with strong analytical and multi-tasking skills
- Demonstrate a spirit of optimism
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships with multiple stakeholders across the organization
- Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
- Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook and Google Drive
- Demonstrated passion for and a commitment to the KIPP Memphis mission for high quality public education and the character traits we value: Zest, grit, self-control, hope, love, social intelligence, gratitude, and a sense of humor