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Director of Leadership



 A large part of Uncommon’s success is due to our ability to support the professional growth of our teachers and leaders. The K-12 Content Development Team takes a critical leadership role in this area by developing, codifying & disseminating best practices in instructional leadership (Leverage Leadership) and academic content (Math, English, History, Science, etc.) that make a notable impact in students’ learning. Led by the 9-12 Chief Schools Officer, this team drives all of the professional development content to be used within our K-12 community and beyond. 



 The Director/Senior Associate Director is a lead member of the K-12 Content Development Team and drives the content strand of Leadership. They will develop the highest quality professional development content with the following responsibilities:

• Content Design
o Take the lead on developing and refining new and existing content frameworks, including implementation one-pagers, planning templates, and written guides, working closely with working group leaders and the 9-12 Chief Schools Officer
o Lead or co-facilitate the content working groups, driving them towards effective codification of best practices
o Develop and implement a strategic plan with goals and milestones for each working group
o Develop a process for maintaining and renewing existing content for future use
 Leadership: Leverage Leadership principal content

• Video Analysis & Development
o Supervise Senior/Associate Director of Content around their video analysis and development
o Drive full video review session, vetting the quality of cut footage, selecting exemplar clips, and identifying gaps where working groups need to focus
o Actively monitor the overall quality of the video collection, looking for gaps where we should do more targeted filming and managing revisions of top clips (e.g., re-splicing, voice over video, case study materials)
o Support associate directors in creating talking points and supporting materials for final clips to be used in PD

• Dissemination of Content/PD:
o Design and revise professional development sessions, including agendas, handouts/materials, and practice activities
o Lead or co-facilitate PD sessions for teachers and leaders (e.g., principal meetings, cross-regional PD, leadership PD, Uncommon Summer Retreat, Leadership Development Retreat, Great Habits Great Readers workshops, etc.)

• Program evaluation
o Develop systems to consistently monitor the quality of the materials created, including but not limited to content-specific walkthroughs, video review or student work review



• Reports to the Chief Schools Officer, manages the senior/associate director in the content, and works closely with other members of the K-12 Content Development Team.



• School Leadership and teaching experience required: proven results in student learning as both a leader and a teacher
• Experience in schools with adult learning and professional development required
• Outstanding ability to lead, including influencing and motivating others
• Deep desire to codify best practices in instruction and leadership
• Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment: able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
• Exceptional and creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills
• Strong time and task management skills, enabling multiple projects to be completed on time
• Alignment to and urgency around Uncommon’s mission
• Excellent team player: always puts the team’s goals first and works to support and motivate peers
• Strong writing skills: writes with clarity, precision and power
• This role may require travel up to 25% time



 We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies. 

The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.


Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along.  Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.

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