The Charter Management Organization (CMO) Improvement Project Lead will manage Summit Public Schools engagement with a Networked Improvement Community of 10 CMOs with technical assistance from Marshall Street Initiatives focused on improving outcomes for Students with Disabilities (SWD).
This individual will lead an ongoing improvement effort starting at 2 schools at Summit Public Schools to engage educators to identify root causes, introduce practices designed to better support Students with Disabilities and measure their impact through regular cycles of inquiry. They will work closely with network improvement leaders and CMO site-based leadership to train educators, monitor and react to data, and execute on priorities and improvement cycles focused on the needs of this population. They will manage Summit Public Schools’s engagement and collaboration with the broader network and represent Summit Public Schools at network events. This role will report to the Superintendent of Schools.
Who We Are:
About Summit Public Schools:
Summit is a network of public schools that prepares all students to be the best versions of themselves, to be successful through college and in the fullest ways possible—so they can each live a fulfilled life. This includes a life filled with financial security, purposeful work, strong relationships, meaningful community, and personal health. Today, Summit operates 15 public middle and high schools whose students reflect their diverse communities in California and Washington. Summit schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. All Summit students graduate prepared for a four-year college and our graduates complete college at twice the national average.
About Marshall Street Initiatives:
Marshall Street Initiatives (“Marshall”) is a team of educators determined to expand opportunities for all students. While our initiatives focus on different groups—teachers, principals, parents, graduates, and K-12 students—they are united by their focus. Together with a broad group of engaged partners, we’re building a world where every student is equipped to live a life defined by purpose, financial independence, community, strong relationships, health, and fulfillment.
What you’ll do:
- Develop and refine a local Theory of Action (aligned with the Network’s larger framework) for improving academic outcomes for SWD applying evidence-based best practices and high-leverage strategies to the identified needs of Summit Public School’s target population
- Develop and refine a local project plan for the work that establishes clear metrics for success and progress monitoring, support for implementation, and collaboration across stakeholders that is agreed upon by the Superintendent of Schools with support from Marshall Street technical assistance providers.
- Lead regular meetings with project sponsors and CMO stakeholders to ensure alignment to other initiatives and priorities, share successes and data, clear barriers to the work, and plan for scale and spread of best practices.
- Ensure the healthy functioning of improvement work at Summit Public Schools, organizing and facilitating site-based improvement cycles at Summit Public School’s 2 focal schools coordinated with the site-based faculty and Summit’s Special Education team.
- Ensure functional local data collection and analysis for the project with the support of network technical assistance and the CMO data lead; share data collected with CMO stakeholders in accessible and compelling ways
- Contribute to CMO professional development on continuous improvement processes and best practices for SWD
- Build capacity for continuous improvement and problem-solve through regular 1-1 coaching check-ins with a Marshall Improvement Advisor and engage in collaborative professional development with the network’s other Improvement Leads.
- Coordinate learning structures such as site visits and improvement reviews between the CMO Improvement Team and network technical assistance providers.
- Ensure the CMO is well-represented at in-person network convenings to report on activities, share learning, spread best practices, and contribute to network knowledge products.
- Appraise progress, prepare for end-of-year network wrap-up, and prepare for re-launch the initiative in 2021-22.
What you need:
- Commitment to uphold Summit Public Schools’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
- Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
- Clear health and background check, per education code
- Teaching and/or school leadership experience is strongly preferred
- Experience working directly with Students with Disabilities (SWD) population (as a resource specialist or similar position) is strongly preferred
- Deep commitment to continuous improvement.
- Project management experience (preferred)
- A track record of academic success and a commitment to education reform.
- Ability to travel to school sites and network events for convenings, site visits, professional development, observations, etc.
- Ability to provide honest, actionable and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
- Highly organized and able to meet deadlines.
- Trust of the project sponsor and credibility within the CMO.
Who you are:
- You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
- You are excited to coach others, and you can provide “just right” and “just-in-time” support to teachers and school leaders as they reach decision points within the project
- You thrive on systematic innovation, identifying root causes, and developing systematic solutions to address short and long-term needs
- You possess deep knowledge of major systems, policies, and practices specific to students with disabilities
- You’re a strategic communicator, updating process towards outcomes and making requests across a variety of stakeholders
- You provide and seek honest, actionable, and timely feedback to push yourself and others toward excellence
- You’re a stellar project manager, able to strategically plan and manage across multiple school sites and workstreams
- You plan skills-based, personalized learning experiences in the classroom
- You take initiative, drive personal growth, and take ownership over your work.
- You collect, analyze, present and interpret data to drive decisions
- You’re learning-oriented, driven to improve performance in order to meet high internal standards of excellence
- You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset
- You are resilient, and identify and pursue solutions when faced with setbacks. You stay focused on objectives though tactics may require adaptation
- You thrive in innovative environments, and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace
What you get:
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 week-long organizational closures during the year.
We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.