Director of Curriculum and Instruction Social Studies K-12

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A member of the Academic House Team, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of high-quality Social Studies curricula.  The Director of Curriculum and Instruction-Social Studies collaborates with the curriculum and instruction team to support school leaders, as well as collaborates with the Chief Academic Officer and members of the Academic House to support the strategic priorities of the organization.

If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives --we are looking for U. Our mission:  to give students the courage to pursue a future full of possibilities.

Role Responsibilities

Design and Development of Academic Model

  • Academic Model Development and Continuous Improvement
    • Plays key role in developing academic model and recommending improvements over time, ensuring curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments are appropriately aligned
    • Uses insights from student performance data across school network to inform continuous improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessments, incorporating input from school leaders
    • Elevates challenges that arise with the academic model and works with the Executive Director to inform and improve model
  • Advancement of A Culture Focused on Academics and Equity
    • Determines approach to drive educational equity across the network and allocates resources and programs accordingly

Management of Schools

  • Community Engagement
    • Advises School Directors and curriculum/program leaders in how to consider and weigh school, community and broader field and political implications when making key decisions
  • Measurement and Improvement of Teaching and Learning
    • Coaches school directors  in refined approach
    • Promotes data-driven decision making across region
  • School Director Management and Coaching
    • Coaches school directors on managing the multitude of challenges that arise in school management, providing moral support and empowering them to improve school outcomes

Professional Learning and Development of Instructional Staff

  • Advancement of Talent-focused Culture
    • Studies trends in employee feedback data to determine key areas of strength and improvement for region and recommends improvements to Chief Academic Officer
  • Career Path and Succession Planning
    • Collaborates with management and leadership teams to develop succession plans for priority positions
    • Mentors school leaders and program leaders to grow within current roles and to seek stretch opportunities to rise up within network
  • Performance Evaluation
    • Determines improvements to performance evaluation system and drives adoption across the system
    • Oversees performance evaluation of instructional coaches
  • Professional Development
    • Structures, sequences and delivers program-specific professional development to ensure effective program implementation
    • Ensures that school leaders are able to coach and mentor instructional staff to improve student outcomes
    • Assesses impact of professional development and continuously improves based on performance data and knowledge of promising field practices
    • Develops school leader capacity to deliver feedback and manage hard conversations


  • Education and Certification
    • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred
    • Currently possess Michigan Administrator Certificate (Central Office endorsed) or meet state requirements toward completion
  • Experience
    • Previous experience supporting curriculum implementation preferred
    • Experience developing curriculum at the school level
    • Experience working with others to successfully complete multi-faceted projects
    • Experience with leading major initiatives from concept to implementation
  • Skills
    • Ability to distill essential findings from analysis, determine root causes, and suggest ways to improve current practices
    • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
    • Strong leadership skills
  • Demonstrates U Prep’s Core Values
    • We work well by ourselves and teams
    • We care about people
    • Our actions have a purpose
    • We think big and do
    • Learning is exciting


Compensation for this position depends on prior experience and is competitive.  


  • Medical coverage
  • 401(k) - up to 6% matching
  • Eight sick and four personal days 
  • Year round staff earn vacation time
  • Performance & Core Value bonuses
  • Career development
  • Masters program tuition reimbursement through GVSU

Location: Detroit, MI
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