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Senior Director, Leadership Academy

at New Leaders for New Schools

Posted: 1/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1139

Job Description


Position Details
The Senior Director, Leadership Academy will be based out of a home office anywhere in the contiguous United States. This full-time position is available immediately.

Organization Description
New Leaders transforms underperforming schools by developing outstanding leaders at every level of the education system—from teacher leaders to principals and their supervisors.


We work hand in hand with our state, district, and charter partners, delivering leadership solutions that build on their strengths and address their most-pressing priorities. Our evidence-based programming cultivates diverse, equity-driven leaders equipped with the skills to elevate instruction, enhance learning, and build vibrant, inclusive school communities. To encourage widespread adoption of effective, sustainable leadership practices, we also advocate for federal and state policies that support the work of school leaders everywhere.


To date, New Leaders has trained 3,900 education leaders who annually reach nearly half a million young people, mostly students of color and children from low-income families, delivering breakthrough academic results and building brighter futures for high-need urban and rural communities nationwide. Visit to learn more.


Position Description
The Senior Director, Leadership Academy is responsible for leading the development and delivery of highly effective professional development and training for all of New Leaders’ program directors and facilitator corps staff who deliver New Leaders signature programs—Leading Instruction, Emerging Leaders, Aspiring Principals and all customized competency-based learning pathways.


This position will report to the Executive Director, Instructional Design & Leadership Academy.


Specific Responsibilities
•Establish a clear, consistent model for internal training and certification for coaching and facilitation of all New Leaders program directors and program facilitation staff.
•Serve as the leader in developing New Leaders internal professional coaching and facilitation certification programs.
•Serve as in-house expert on common core and college and career readiness standards, and state and national standards across the school leadership continuum, including how to transfer that knowledge to adult learners.
•Design and deliver high-quality onboarding plans for training new program directors and program facilitation corps staff.
•In collaboration with the Executive Director, Instructional Design & Leadership Academy, the Executive Directors and Senior Directors Program Implementation and PDHR, plan for onboarding of all new staff in content, coaching, and facilitation training as well as ongoing professional development of program directors and facilitators.
•Establish org-wide structures for professional development and training of program directors and facilitators including in-person training, communities of practice, and attendance at conferences etc.
•Observe facilitator corps staff on an ongoing basis and provide direct developmental feedback and coaching to improve the quality of content delivery.
•Maintain current knowledge of best practice and research in facilitation, adult learning theory, and leadership coaching.
•Consistently demonstrate the practices and behaviors of an effective team member on a high performing, results-oriented team:
oAnalyze participant satisfaction and assessment data to inform next steps as a team.
oPush thinking of team members to be innovative in approaches to adult learning.
oGive candid feedback to team members to improve practice.
oHold team members accountable to living team norms.
•Meet individual learning goals:
oIn partnership with the Executive Director, Instructional Design & Leadership Academy, develop ambitious individual goals, aligned to team goals, which grow and push practice.
•Provide oversight and management of a Manger of Operations.
•Perform other duties as assigned.


Skills, Experiences, and Competencies
•Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, and passionate commitment to New Leaders’ mission and vision
•Respected, highly skilled instructional leader with broad experience as an educator across roles and student populations (e.g., general education, ELL and special education).
•Proven record of success improving outcomes for all students by: using multiple data sources to inform instructional decisions; and using a cycle of inquiry and action-research.
•Proven record of success supporting adult learning around: using multiple data sources to inform instructional decisions; using a cycle of inquiry and action-research; and leadership development.
•Strong strategic thinking, planning, and project management skills.
•Understanding and ability to apply theories of and effective practices for: student learning, growth and development; group process, communications, and organizational planning; deeply contextualized professional development; differentiated instructional strategies especially for high-needs students; standardized, observational, performance-based and alternative assessments; and continuous principal, teacher, and student learning, including evaluation, self-evaluation, and evidence-driven adjustment of instruction and interventions.
•Demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.
•Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills.
•Attention to detail.
•Flexibility in a dynamic environment.
•Self-starter with ability to work independently and with supervision.
•Technology savvy for web-based instructional techniques and tools.
•Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet tools.
•Ability to travel up to 40% of your time.
•Systems thinker and continuous learner with prior experience designing and serving as the facilitator of professional learning experiences for adult learners, with the ability to read the audience and adjust your practice to meet the needs of the learners in the room.
•Minimum of five years of experience leading professional development in an adult leadership setting.
•Served as a school leader with demonstrated expertise in common core and aligning instruction to college and career readiness standards.
•A minimum of 4 years of school leadership experience; at least 2-3 years as a principal required.
•7 or more years of professional experience preferred.
•Bachelor's Degree required.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package and 401K.

Application Notes
Your cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in New Leaders as well as the position for which you are applying. Only applications with a cover letter attached will be considered.


New Leaders is an equal opportunity employer. New Leaders evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, handicap, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration and operation of its Programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, or treatment or employment therein. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such status.