The Director of Curriculum and Instruction will be responsible for the development, delivery, and continuous refinement of the Cristo Rey Network educational program. This individual will work with the Chief Academic Officer and all Cristo Rey school academic leaders in the areas of school culture, curriculum, instruction and assessment. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction should quickly gain the respect of school academic leaders and teachers in order to successfully lead continuous improvement and professional development efforts. This role requires an extraordinary commitment to serving urban, underserved youth and a keen understanding of the challenges Cristo Rey students and alumni experience in a rigorous to-and-through college-going culture.
Guide and coordinate refinement and implementation of our common college-ready standards, facilitating collaboration among teachers and school leaders, leading summer curriculum and instruction institutes, and supervising the work of curriculum consultants
Collaborate with school academic leaders and teachers to continually analyze and refine the Cristo Rey common curriculum and end-of-course assessments
Ensure that the curriculum (1) is linked to the CCSS, ACT College Readiness Standards and other national standards (2) incorporates culturally relevant materials and (3) is best designed to improve college readiness and ACT/SAT performance.
Refine and disseminate use of evidence-based instructional strategies for Network schools, with an emphasis on high-yield instructional techniques
Provide leadership and professional development in the areas of school culture, curriculum, assessment and instruction
Collaborate with school academic leaders and teachers to identify professional development needs
Plan and implement professional development sessions including annual four-week Summer Institute for school academic leaders and teachers; provide implementation support
Develop and refine tools for assessing individual school and organizational performance
Guide the use of appropriate benchmarks and formative assessments for collecting, analyzing, and acting upon assessment data
Manage and utilize data systems to drive results across the organization
Assist school leaders in monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of programs
Talent and Leadership Development
Collaborate with the Chief Academic Officer (“CAO”) to build our Principal development program to support effective school leaders
Collaborate with the CAO to develop and implement an internal pipeline program for high-potential principal candidates
Develop principals and school teams in their roles as learning leaders through impactful feedback and coaching
Support school leaders to design measurable goals and ensure effective implementation of educational design, including school culture, curriculum, assessment, and evidence-based instruction
Facilitate collaboration among school leaders and schools to scale effective practices
Collaborate with the Chief Technology Officer to ensure that the Cristo Rey educational program best uses technology to drive student performance
Participate in school Mission Effectiveness Reviews, as requested by the President
Other duties as assigned by the CAO
Accountability and Performance Management
Support schools in setting and achieving performance expectations
Collaborate with the Performance Measurement Manager to advise schools on the effective use of data to improve student outcomes including retention; student academic performance; admission trends; and college acceptance, persistence and completion.
Come to Serve
Every member of the Network national office team exists to serve the staff and students at our schools consistent with the mission of the Cristo Rey Network. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for displaying and promoting best-in-class service.
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees required
Alignment with the Cristo Rey mission and a desire to transform the lives of urban, low-income youth across America
Proven track record of delivering strong student academic outcomes
A minimum of five years of classroom teaching and five years of experience successfully driving student achievement as a school leader, with experience working in urban communities
Experience coaching, managing and conducting professional development for principals
Demonstrated success leading school improvement initiatives that accelerate student achievement
Deep knowledge of school culture, curriculum and data-driven instruction, evidence-based instructional practices, school operations and management, and leadership development
Knowledge of equitable and culturally relevant instructional and curricular practices
Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly growing entrepreneurial organization
Ability to travel to Cristo Rey Network schools and Cristo Rey Network meetings on a regular basis
This position is based at the Cristo Rey Network office in downtown Chicago, IL.
How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to Jazmin Fermin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cristo Rey Network
The Cristo Rey Network® empowers thousands of students from underserved, low-income communities to develop their minds and hearts to become lifelong contributors to society. By providing students an extraordinary college preparatory education and a unique four- year, integrated corporate work study experience, we seek to transform urban America one student at a time.