Grow Support Specialist

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $80,000
Maximum: $100,000

Published

08/29/2018

Address

601 South Figueroa Street
4th Floor
Los Angeles
CA
90017
United States

Description

ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey.

Join us at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an innovative organization made up of talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions in service of our scholars and families. Now is the time to join us and make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.


ROLE SUMMARY

Reporting to the Director of Grow School Leader Support and Development, the Grow Support Specialist will be responsible for creating and implementing professional development sessions and resources for teachers aligned to the Alliance Grow Instructional Rubric. She or he will ensure alignment between leader and teacher development by providing in-field support for School Leaders in the Grow Teacher Support and Development process. She or he will also work collaboratively across the Performance Management, Academics and Schools Teams, directly supporting a portfolio of schools to successfully implement and achieve network-wide ELA specific strategies and goals. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional coach and professional development facilitator with deep knowledge of effective classroom and instructional practices with a documented record of results.


ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Teacher and School Leader Development

  • Capture and codify exceptional teaching practices and tools aligned to the Grow Instructional Rubric.
  • Create and manage an extensive video exemplar library for each indicator in the Grow Instructional Rubric.
  • Develop turnkey professional development sessions, aligned to indicators in the Grow Instructional Rubric, that can be facilitated by teacher leaders at schools.
  • Train teacher leaders in facilitating rubric-aligned professional development sessions.
  • Work in collaboration with the Academics team to design and facilitate rubric-aligned professional development to new teachers.

School Leader Development

  • Support the development of in-field support to School Leaders in the Grow Teacher Support and Development process and in calibrating their use of the Grow Instructional Rubric.
  • Support the review and determination of appeal cases and teacher complaints.


ELA-Specific Support

  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Humanities and ELA Design Specialist to develop learning opportunities for leaders and teachers to grow teacher practice in English Language Arts (ELA) and literacy, with an initial focus on ELA and literacy in high schools.
  • Train school site facilitators (e.g. School Leaders, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, etc.) to turnkey professional development offerings at their schools in collaboration with the Academics Team.
  • In collaboration with the Schools and Academic Teams, support the design and implementation of professional development offerings (e.g. co-observations, instructional rounds, PD sessions, etc.) for a portfolio of schools to build leader capacity in assessing and growing teacher practice in core content areas, with an initial focus on ELA and literacy in high school.
  • Support the refinement of ELA observation look-fors and teacher facing resources in collaboration with the Academics Teams to ensure alignment between content-specific leader and teacher development and Grow Instructional Rubric indicators.


THE STRONGEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:

  • Belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
  • Strong instructional coach with demonstrated ability to identify and implement best practices, develop and lead inspiring and results-driven professional development
  • Record of results in the classroom and as a coach for teachers and/or school leaders
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships with teachers, coaches, school leaders and other home office departments
  • Ability to support schools and manage through the nuances of urban school environments and school culture
  • Proven project management skills with the ability to translate strategies from plans to action, and to implement them with strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to drive goals, strategy and decision making
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple functions and roles within a complex organization
  • Exceptional problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least 7 years of professional full-time work experience, including at least 2 years of experience working in the education sector specifically in the area of instructional coaching and/or professional development
  • Experience working as an educator and instructional leader is preferred

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision.  Alliance covers 100% monthly premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at www.laalliance.org/careers. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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