Director of Ethnic Studies

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Envision Education
Oakland, CA
Published 23 days ago


The mission of Envision Education is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, career, and life. 

We accomplish our mission through our nationally replicated Portfolio Defense assessment model, which authentically measures the most important things students need in order to succeed in college and career: academic content, leadership skills, and deeper learning competencies such as reflection and growth mindset.  Portfolio Defense uniquely prepares students, particularly those who are historically underserved, to get into college and then to persist until they earn a degree. Envision is also differentiated by a focus on whole-child education that integrates rigorous academics, high-quality social-emotional learning, and critical cultural literacy. Read about our approach here.

We operate three high schools and two middle schools, serving approximately 1,500 students in the San Francisco Bay Area: 70% are low-income; 94% from communities of color; and 75% first generation college bound.  100% of our graduates are accepted to 2- or 4-year colleges, with 78% accepted to 4-year institutions.  What’s more, our students persist in college once they enroll. Our college persistence rate is 87% from first to second year, compared to the national average of 74%.  We also operate Envision Learning Partners, a coaching and training division working with schools across the country to adapt and adopt the Portfolio Defense model.  ELP is working with more than 1,000 educators in 30+ school networks and reaching more than 200,000 students.

Envision Education has made an explicit commitment to becoming an exemplar network of schools with an instructional and cultural vision rooted in an anti-racist and pro-Black framework. We believe that targeted universalism–focusing on the needs of a group that has historically been marginalized–will support not only that group, but everyone, and that being explicitly anti-racist and pro-Black is essential to changing the status quo for all of our students.


The Director of Ethnic Studies serves as a network-level instructional leader who sets the long-term strategic vision for Ethnic Studies and Humanities at Envision (includes Ethnic Studies, History, Social Studies, ELA, Foreign Languages, and the Arts courses). The Director of Ethnic Studies is charged with assessing the current state of Ethnic Studies and Humanities instruction and developing and leading the implementation of a plan that ensures that all students are receiving high quality instruction. This position works closely with the Director of STEM,reports to the Chief Academic Officer, and manages two Content Specialists. 


  • Set vision and strategic direction for Ethnic Studies learning across Envision Schools (which includes Ethnic Studies, History, Social Studies, ELA, Foreign Languages, and the Arts).
  • Develop functional objectives as well as mid-term and long-term plans to achieve vision for the department. 
  • Lead continuous improvement of Ethnic Studies curriculum, instruction and assessment, based on insights from student performance data across the network. Recommend innovative approaches to academic model in Ethnic Studies.
  • Determine approach to drive educational equity in Ethnic Studies, and allocate resources and programs accordingly.
  • Lead Ethnic Studies and Humanities team to support all Envision educators to provide rigorous learning experiences aligned to Envision’s core beliefs for every student every day. Promote a strong academic culture focused on student outcomes.
  • Redefine and refine the role of Ethnic Studies artifacts as part of the portfolio and defense process.
  • In 2021 and beyond: Define, develop and implement a specific Ethnic Studies programmatic vision for Envision. As part of the Teaching and Learning team, develop, recommend and support implementation of a refined strategic vision. 
  • Lead inquiry based and project based programming that ensures high quality curriculum, assessment, and instructional pedagogy.


  • Design, lead, and support others to lead professional development efforts for school leaders, teachers, and learning specialists that are aligned to Ethnic Studies vision.
  • Assess the impact of PD and continuously improve based on performance data and promising practices.
  • Work with Director of STEM on learning arc for instructional coaches to link Ethnic Studies priorities work to individualized instructional coaching.
  • Work with Chief Academic Officer on learning arc for Principals and Vice Principals on actions that school leaders can take to support network Ethnic Studies priority work at schools.
  • Develop and implement June - August professional development for teachers.


  • Ensure all Envision students have high-quality curriculum by exploring adoption of a high quality curriculum or creation of one aligned to CCSS, Humanities practices, and Envision’s Ethnic Studies framework.
  • With Chief Academic Officer, recommend path toward high-quality curriculum in all classrooms and lead change process and support for all staff in implementation.
  • Continue to build and strengthen Envision's performance assessment program.


  • Design and lead system-wide assessment aligned to Ethnic Studies vision, CCSS, content standards, and the Envision model. 
  • Oversee and continuously improve Envision's interim assessments to gather meaningful formative data.
  • Develop and implement systems for teachers to use data in their planning and instruction and for that data to be shared with students.
  • In collaboration with other Instructional Leaders and Data & Assessment team, analyze performance data and drive network-wide and classroom-level action as a result.


  • Participate as a member of the network-wide educational leadership team.
  • Foster and facilitate collaboration within and across departments at Envision to build shared ownership of the priorities across the network and incorporate other organizational priorities into Ethnic Studies and Humanities strategies.

Other projects and duties as assigned.


  • 5+ years of direct experience as a school administrator, instructional coach, or a district-wide educator leadership role required
  • Experience in instructional program design and implementation
  • Experience designing and implementing data driven feedback and planning work
  • Experience leading a department and/or team (preferred)


  • A drive to succeed and achieve great results on behalf of students, especially those furthest from opportunity
  • Successful management of complex projects involving diverse stakeholders and multiple sites, including a demonstrated ability to drive a complex plan toward timely milestones and outcomes
  • Ability to navigate a complex organization and understand the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders to drive organizational change
  • Willingness to engage in critical conversations about race and structural inequities and to self-examine one’s own practice and implicit biases
  • Ability to communicate clearly with key stakeholders, including regarding the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of instructional programming
  • Ability to collect, analyze, present and interpret data to drive decisions
  • Self-awareness and use of feedback to improve self and department
  • Experience preparing and facilitating high-quality, engaging professional development
  • Experience as an educator or working closely with teachers and school leaders
  • Experience managing others is a plus


Salary: This is a 12 month position. The starting salary range for this position is $90k - $100k. Salary and benefits are competitive and based on experience.

APPLY HERE: Envision Careers

As an equal opportunity employer, we believe deeply in diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all people. Envision recruits, employs, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and the many other characteristics that make us diverse.


The mission of Envision Education is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, career, and life. 

We accomplish our mission…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 29, 2021


$90,000 - $100,000


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Oakland, CA
Associated Location
Oakland, CA, USA

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