School Director UPSM Middle School
The School Director serves as lead instructor and culture czar and is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of curriculum, programs, positive school culture and climate, policies, and budgets in order to promote the educational and social development of all students. The School Director also ensures the professional development of all staff members through observation and feedback.
Our mission is to prepare students for success in life. 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.
Sets Academic Vision and Goals
Ensures implementation of state and network curricula and assessments aligned with state standards, including college and career readiness standards
Drives all school decisions with a focus on achieving level 4 on the Five Elements of the U
Monitors and ensures high-quality instructional practices among teachers and staff that improve student performance
Ensures teachers analyze and use assessment data to plan, implement, and modify curriculum and instruction to produce optimal learning
Ensures that effective instruction maximizes growth of individual students and student groups, supports equity, and eliminates the achievement gap
Culture and Community
Creates a student-centered environment focused on trust, respect, collaboration, and high expectations that will allow every student to achieve
Develops, implements, and sustains a shared vision of high expectations for all students and staff
Maintains a visible presence in classrooms and at extra-curricular events, co-curricular events, and network events as is appropriate to job responsibilities
Operations, Systems, and Planning
Collaborates with the Academics house to outline and track clear goals, targets, and strategies aligned to a school vision that continuously improves teacher effectiveness and student outcomes
Maximized Learning Time
Implements daily schedules and a yearlong plan for regular data-driven instruction cycles, gives student access to diverse and rigorous instructional programs, and builds in time for professional development
Aligns resources with the needs of the school and effectively monitors the impact of these resources and school goals
Policy Implementation and Advocacy
Collaborates with network staff to implement policies and advocates for the needs of all network students and staff.
Growth and Development
Talent Recruitment, Retention, Development, and Evaluation
Coaches and develops teachers and staff by giving individual feedback and aligned professional development opportunities.
Implements collaborative structures and provides leadership opportunities for effective teachers and staff.
Provides clear expectations of performance and conducts rigorous evaluations of all staff using multiple data sources
Growth Mindset and Continuous Improvement
Is solutions-oriented, treats challenges as opportunities, and supports the school and community through continuous improvement.
Cultural and Political Competence
Consistently articulates organization’s vision and strategy clearly to others
Makes timely and effective decisions that drive the best outcomes for students.
Demonstrates excellent judgement communicating decisions and involving network staff as appropriate, based on decision-type (i.e. leaf, branch, trunk, root)
Anticipates and manages internal and external political dynamics around change efforts
Motivation and Courage
Maintains focus and takes risks in pursuit of breakthrough results for students.
Strives to lead team in achieving results beyond what is expected.
Education and Certification
Master's degree or higher, preferably focused on educational leadership
Currently possess Michigan Administrator Certificate
3 years experience as principal preferred
5 or more years teaching experience preferred
Experience in an urban school
Knowledge of rigorous curriculum and research supported instructional strategies
Able to digest large amounts of information and communicate key messages appropriately
Project management, especially the ability to make effective strategic plans and bring ideas to fruition
Adroit managers of adults’ (teachers, administrators, parents) and students’ expectations and emotions
Coaching others to improve their teaching and leadership practice
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.
401(k) - up to 6% matching
Eight sick and four personal days
Year round staff earn vacation days
Performance & Core Value bonuses
Masters program tuition reimbursement through GVSU
Detroit 9090 is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. All employment decisions with Detroit 9090 are based on district needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.