School Director in Training (2020-2021) (#1916067)

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School Director in Training (2019-2020)

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a School Director in Training (SDIT) to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools’ mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.

We will have a centralized hiring process for school based leadership roles at DSST Public Schools. We will review applications on a rolling basis November-April.

Overview of Position:

The School Director in Training Program serves as the 2 year advanced leadership development program for our leadership pipeline with the intention of developing into a School Director at DSST Public Schools. The first year of the School Director in Training program, the SDIT will serve as a mid-level leader for a school. The second year of the School Director in Training program is dependent upon the individual’s development and network need. Previous school leadership experience is required for this role.

Throughout the program, the individual will receive professional learning and development aligned with the DSST Public Schools Leadership Competencies in preparation for the role of School Director.

The School Director in Training Program is a network role, and as a result the SDIT placement is fluid and based on the needs of the individual’s development and network need.

The School Director in Training serves as a systems, culture, and curriculum/instruction leader on the campus in partnership with the School Director. They are responsible for coaching and managing people in both their teaching practice and leadership practice as well as their continuous growth personally. The SDIT role supports our belief in the human condition, that every human being strives to fully known for who they are and the unique contribution they make to the human story. In addition to this, the SDIT, in partnership with the School Leadership Team, are responsible for the results of the school.

The SDIT is the coach and manager of 12-15 staff members at the school.

Essential Functions:


DSST Mission Driven: Demonstrate a sense of urgency about achievement for ALL students and preparing every student for post secondary success

Pursue solutions with tenacity that maximize student achievement. Is willing to do whatever it takes to get the work done right

Model professional maturity; emotional constancy in stressful situations, bringing out the best in others, seek solutions and positively motivating

Mentor and coach staff members to encourage growth and results

Identify and systematically develop future leaders

Acts as a strategic partner to the School Director; fully responsible for executing the vision of the leader in all areas

Supervise a substantial portion of the team


Cultivate school culture centered on core values that deeply care for each student and staff member and holds each student and staff member to the highest level of accountability

Coordinate with school leadership team to ensure Morning Meetings are robust and supportive of our values-based culture

Collaborate with school staff to maximize the ability of the school to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development

Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and fun school culture

Instruction, Coaching and Evaluation

Provide instructional leadership informed by a nuanced understanding of DSST best practices

Use centralized coaching tool to track all coaching meetings, observations, and action steps

Provide teachers with specific, actionable, qualitative (i.e., narrative) and quantitative (i.e., rubric) feedback on their performance in all areas

Manage a data-driven instructional process that includes rigorous interim assessments that are effectively aligned with year-end assessments and college readiness. Able to align all other school leadership components to the data driven instructional process (professional development, curriculum development, teacher observation/supervision, etc

Work with teachers to create and refine DSST curriculum documents (assessments, plans, data tracking), which correspond to college readiness standards, core instructional practices, and the benchmark assessment program

Create, maintain, and update whole school, grade level, and teacher level student academic and assessment records and reports

Oversee required standardized testing

Identify and arrange for staff development opportunities which relate to core instructional practices, standards based assessments, and content areas

Co-manage department chairs to ensure effective outcomes within departments


Implement systems that “sweat the small stuff,” maximize the programmatic goals of the school, and are scalable as the school grows

Develop solutions to complex problems involving all stakeholders

Manage with fiscal responsibility - develop a disciplined planning process that identifies the school’s highest-priorities

The School Director in Training will be evaluated based on data-driven performance indicators including, but not limited to student attendance, measurable student learning gains on nationally-normed tests, internal benchmark assessments, and student retention and parent/student satisfaction

Additional Duties:

Recruit and hire school faculty

Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed

Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide standards, curriculum, and assessment documents

Work with DSST Home Office to create network-wide new teacher professional development; create school-specific new and returning teacher professional development

Participate in network wide Instructional Leadership Development and Culture Leadership Development

If applicable, teach course(s) within the school

If applicable, act as a student advisor for a group of students

Job Requirements:

DSST Public Schools seeks professionals with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to our students.

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university

At least 5+ years working in schools and classrooms

At least 3+ years of experience in school-based leadership

Experience as a school principle or school director preferred

Demonstrated ability to coach, manage and lead adults to successful outcomes


Mission Driven: Is deeply connected and committed to DSST’s mission and the belief that all students can acquire a world class education.

Values Driven: Is deeply committed to living our core values in their daily work.

Influences and Motivates Others: Inspires committed action from others to live our values, get results, and accomplish our mission.

Drives to Results: Has a drive and urgency to achieve and sustain results over time.

Demonstrates Understanding of Others: Has a strong understanding of people, an inclusive lens, and leads with our view of the human condition.

Is Self-Aware: Has a deep, reflective understanding of self that exhibits awareness and humility.


Commitment to Equity

We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels.

Commitment to Continuous Growth

We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.

Commitment to Healthy Team

We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals

Drives to Results

We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.

Classification: Exempt

Reports to: School Director

Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.

DSST Benefit highlights include:

· Medical Plans offered through Aetna

· $0 employee cost option!

· Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools

· 2 Dental Plans options offered through Aetna Insurance and Vision through the Eyemed network

· Employee Assistance and Counseling Support

· 401 (k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution

· FMLA effective immediately (6 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid)

· Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff

*Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes).

DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program.

Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment.

DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.

Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.

DSST Public Schools Overview:

DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Aurora Public Schools (APS) districts. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough so that every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 84% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 6,000 students at fifteen schools on nine campuses across Denver and Aurora.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are:

Respect - We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity. Responsibility - We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it. Integrity - We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions. Courage - We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances. Curiosity - We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world. Doing Your Best - We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.