Mar 19, 2018
Seeking a Dynamic Expert in Urban School Leadership.
GVSU Charter Schools Office seeks a full time Urban School Leadership Specialist on the School Support Services Team. This position will be based in Southeast Michigan from the GVSU Detroit Center in downtown Detroit, and travel throughout Michigan is required. The position is available immediately; however, we welcome candidates to begin June 2018 and complete current school year obligations.
Who We Are GVSU is Michigan's largest and highest-performing charter school authorizer. We authorize 74 charter schools throughout the state governed by 256 community board members. Our schools serve 37,000 students, 15,000 of whom live in Detroit. Like the students they serve, our schools are diverse; no two have the same strengths or challenges. We work at every level of the public education system to solve problems in teaching and learning in new ways. Our key constituents are our policymakers, our practitioners, our professors, and our communities (3P+C).
What You'll Do The Urban School Leadership Specialist will partner primarily with GVSU charter schools and the GVSU CSO School Support Services Team to calibrate support to the unique needs of each school. In short, this position will assist new and experienced school leaders to increase their capacity to lead in their schools and communities and deliver stronger instructional programs that achieve better results for kids.
Specific responsibilities include:
Design and implement professional development for school leaders on leading effective teaching and learning in urban schools.
Regularly collaborate with and advise school leaders on effective teaching, learning, and school operations.
Provide regular, ongoing coaching to leaders that results in immediate, measurable improvement in effective school operations.
Collaborate and coordinate with the GVSU College of Education to recruit and support their student teachers in GVSU charter schools.
Regularly track, measure, and communicate leaders' growth and development to University partners, school leaders, and other stakeholders.
Develop and manage constituent relationships with school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders
Be a day-to-day resource to help GVSU charter school leaders to provide guidance, troubleshoot hurdles, and adapt as needed.
What You Bring We seek amazing people with diverse backgrounds and experience; who are inspired by our mission; meet challenges head-on; cultivate strong relationships; act with integrity; and push yourself, your work, and the people around you to achieve more than they think is possible.
We expect our Urban School Leadership Specialist to:
Know great school leadership. You should be able to quickly identify the characteristics of successful school leaders that prepare students, particularly urban students, for success in college and career when you see it.
Identify learning opportunities. Whether you are watching how school leaders provide feedback to teachers, how students engage during a lesson, or looking at school performance data, you can identify whether school leaders are focused on the right variables to improve student learning in their unique contexts.
Manage policy changes. Laws, rules, and regulations that govern schools are ever-changing. You must be able to understand the implications of changes in public policy for school leaders, and help them adapt to these changes.
Develop school leaders at varied points in their career. You will track and analyze school and leader data, but it's what you do with it that really has an impact. You will identify new approaches to improve performance of leaders under a quick timeline.
Motivate and influence school leaders. You will regularly partner with, and be expected to influence school leaders and their teachers by investing them in the vision for GVSU's continually improvement process that is disciplined by improvement science.
Be comfortable with the unknown. Ambiguity doesn't scare you; you thrive on it. You will use your creative instincts, school performance data and evidence from school observations to develop solutions with limited guidance and historical precedent in an ambiguous and fast-paced environment.
Translate your expertise. We're counting on your strong public facilitation skills, ability to assess and adjust to the learning needs of your audience and ability to clearly communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, including school leaders, board members, professors, and community members.
Work in a collegial environment. We help and support each other in all that we do so we can achieve more, together. Our new teammate should be comfortable lending a hand, and also not shy about asking for help.
Deep knowledge of urban school leadership with at least three years of leading an urban school with experience raising student achievement.
Previous experience with coaching and/or facilitating professional development for teachers and school leaders.
Strong familiarity and experience with K-12 teaching and learning in Detroit.
Immediate understanding of what effective school leadership looks like
A deep commitment to the importance of effective and rigorous instruction.
Proven ability to overcome barriers and provide seamless service to stakeholders.
Ability to track and analyze school performance data to uncover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve results.
Ability to communicate direct feedback in a compelling way that inspires immediate improvements to instruction that will accelerate students' achievement.
What We Offer GVSU offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where our colleagues are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.
To Apply Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online at http://jobs.gvsu.edu . We recommend that your cover letter addresses why you are interested in GVSU and how your experience has prepared you for this position.
Application Deadline Date: April 30, 2018
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