Managing Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive and commensurate with experience




20 Jay St.
Suite 211
United States


About Explore Schools

Explore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve. Our mission is to provide students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school. 

What We Believe

  • We believe that all children can learn when immersed in a rich environment full of high expectations, rigorous academics, and caring, committed adults
  • It is both our privilege and responsibility to help close the opportunity gap in the Central Brooklyn community
  • Equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive – we can meet the needs of all students in our schools, while actively engaging parents and driving towards excellent academic results

About the Position

The Managing Director of Curriculum and Instruction will serve as a critical support and thought partner to the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent at Explore Schools. S/he will lead a team of 7-9 staff with a diverse range of instructional expertise and experience to ensure that our schools receive outstanding curricular support from the network across grades K-8 and all subject areas. S/he will manage the overall scope of work for the Program Team throughout the year to ensure aligned systems, execution, and clear communication amongst teammates and to our schools while rolling out network-wide initiatives. The Managing Director of Curriculum and Instruction will manage a rigorous portfolio of work that includes but is not limited to: leading Program Team meetings, contributing to strategic planning process as it relates to curricular-instructional decisions for the entire network, robust data analysis and data-driven decision-making, and direct management of Program Team members. The ideal candidate is highly organized, detail-oriented, has excellent communication skills, a broad range of experience across the education sector including a track record of success implementing the CCSS, and thrives in a fast-paced environment.


Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Team leadership

  • Lead and develop Program Team members
  • Conduct performance evaluations of teammates and set and monitor progress toward growth goals aligned to the teamwide strategic priorities and benchmarks

Data-driven decision making

  • Collaborate with network operations team on collecting, analyzing, and supporting school-based leaders’ response to student achievement data
  • Establish meaningful check-points/aligned opportunities for Program Team to gather and respond to data or feedback on the support they provide to school-based stakeholders

Operationalizing Program Team systems and tools

  • Build and hold people accountable to systems that increase organizational efficiency and promote scalability and alignment
  • Move the team toward quality assurance and alignment of resources
  • Unify the messaging and tools used to ensure that they align to organizational vision for instruction
  • Bridge the gap between content areas (e.g. Math and Literacy) for templates, tools, and structures
  • Lead the charge on creation of the annual academic planning calendar and programmatic PD scope and sequence
  • Create processes and gather information that address immediate needs of organization or team and anticipate the future-facing needs

Cross-functional collaboration

  • Identify opportunities for streamlining systems across functions at ESI
  • Work closely with team of Managing Directors to foster proactive communication about decisions that impact multiple internal constituents or teams
  • Evaluate materials for alignment to culturally responsive pedagogy/teaching practices

Professional development

  • Set and implement the vision for curriculum internalization and implementation, intellectual preparation and data driven planning
  • Support the Program Team in creating and facilitating both teacher and school leader-facing professional development during the teacher pre-service, in-service days and during leader PD days



  • Mission-driven
  • Systems-thinker
  • Values and seeks out diverse perspectives
  • Highly flexible: able to shift priorities, and take direction as needed
  • Comfortable receiving and providing feedback
  • Effective at building relationships and gaining buy-in from a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Nimble team player and thought partner – able to take the lead and play a supporting role across various projects
  • Self-starter: generates new ideas, and kicks off implementation
  • Handles ambiguity well



  • Diverse experience across education sector with focus on curriculum and instruction
  • Deep CCSS-aligned content knowledge in math or ELA, K-8 experience preferred
  • Experience with making system-wide change at a district or network level
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the education sector preferred
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience with change management preferred



  • Competitive and commensurate with experience



Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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