Executive Director of Curriculum Design and Improvement

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $122,394
Maximum: $161,056
Details: Competitive salary of $122,394-$161,056/year; 225 work days




555 Franklin Street
San Francisco
United States


Position Description

The Executive Director (ED) of Curriculum Design and Improvement reports to the Chief Academic Officer and is part of the Curriculum and Instruction Senior Leadership Team. As the founding leader of a new, cross-disciplinary department in the division of Curriculum & Instruction, the ED of Curriculum Design will play a key role in supporting SFUSD to achieve Vision 2025, the district’s compelling vision for learning and teaching in the 21st century; as well as Transform Learning. Transform Lives, the district’s current three-year strategic plan. In this position, you will be responsible for leading SFUSD’s overall strategy for curriculum design, as well as the development and implementation of specific subject-area and cross-disciplinary curricula. You will play a leading role in the design of innovative curriculum that supports the ongoing transition of learning and teaching practices so that all students will demonstrate proficiency in the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), California’s English Language Development(ELD) Standards; the CA History/Social Studies Framework.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Articulate a compelling vision for the department of Curriculum Design and Improvement, in alignment with the Graduate Profile in Vision 2025 (Content Knowledge; Career and Life Skills; Global, Local, and Digital Identity; Leadership, Empathy, and Collaboration; Creativity; Sense of Purpose, Sense of Self)
  • Maintain an up-to-date and deep understanding of the knowledge base related to supports for underserved students, including African American students, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students, Native American students, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities for the purpose of integrating supports for these communities into Tier 1 instruction; and ensure that SFUSD curricula is inclusive of the many communities that make up San Francisco.
  • Maintain close and positive working relationships with other senior district leaders, especially in relation to implementation strategies such as professional development, coaching, leadership development, and online professional learning.
  • Maintain close and positive working relationships with other district departments, and with schools, to develop a shared understanding of the important role of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in advancing the district’s student learning goals; and to collect and act regularly on achievement and implementation data and feedback from educators.
  • Effectively facilitate groups of educators from multiple subject areas for the purpose of developing alignment between existing subject area curriculum; creating integrated, cross-disciplinary curricula; and common implementation strategies.
  • Create mechanisms to collect student work and teacher artifacts of the implementation of curriculum, including exemplary teacher developed curricular units, projects, etc., both for data analysis purposes and to make widely and easily available to teachers as a key resource.
  • Generate revenue for the department through grant writing, public engagement, advocacy, and regular interactions with the philanthropic community.
  • Accurately manage financial resources of a $10 million department budget and maintain an awareness of existing and potential private and public curriculum resources and providers; negotiate contracts for curriculum related services.
  • Develop, collect, and report on metrics that describe the impact of the district’s investments in curriculum on learning and teaching.
  • With other senior leaders, design and oversee training for Teachers on Special Assignment (TSA) and ensure content expertise and coaching alignment across content areas.
  • Design, implement and regularly evaluate the systems and structures that support curriculum design in service of student achievement.
  • Serve as a representative for SFUSD on academic content and curriculum resources, both internally and externally, including media, state and national platforms; and including SFUSD families and community organizations (African American Parent Advisory Council, Special Education Community Advisory Council, and District English Learner Advisory Council, among others), the United Educators of San Francisco, and the United Administrators of San Francisco.
  • Perform related duties as required. 

The strongest candidates will have:

  • Experience in an urban school setting.
  • A Master’s in education or a related field, or comparable management level experience
  • Successful experience leading teams of leaders towards measurable results.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco’s public schools/urban public schools
  • Knowledge of the Common Core State Standards, including Language Arts, Mathematics; Next Generation Science Standards; CA ELD Standards; and CA History/Social Studies Framework
  • Knowledge of balanced assessment systems, with an emphasis on using formative and interim assessments to drive planning and instruction.
  • Demonstrated commitment to systemic equity in public education
  • Fluent in strategies designed to support our target populations (including African American students, English Language Learners, Students with Individualized Education Plans)
  • A proven record of effectively planning, organizing and using resources to take action
  • Ability to define effective professional learning based on adult learning theory (e.g. equity pedagogy, data-driven cycles of inquiry, coaching and feedback)
  • Success leading effective professional development that drives toward improve student learning outcomes
  • A deep knowledge of effective teaching practices, including curriculum, instruction, and student development
  • A track record of effective collaboration across departmental and organizational boundaries
  • A strong customer service mindset
  • Experience managing budgets and building strong cross-functional teams by developing individuals’ skills, maximizing their strengths and providing regular feedback
  • Experience and success with effective communication and presentations to large groups
  • Strong analytic and systems thinking necessary to interpret data to inform goals and strategy, as well as build infrastructure where non exists. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Credential or eligibility for a California Administrative Credential.
  • Five+ years as a site administrator; and experience as a central office administrator


SFUSD is committed to attracting and retaining the best educators in the nation. Benefits of leading in San Francisco include:

  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance for administrators and their eligible dependents
  • Extra Credit Home Purchase Program: http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdlac/applications/applications.asp?app=ecthpp

We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

Level of Language Proficiency

Minimum Requirements

  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Credential or eligibility for a California Administrative Credential.
  • Five+ years as a site administrator; and experience as a central office administrator

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


Please complete an application at www.sfusd.edu/jobs and apply to this posted position with that application.