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Design Tech High School Bay Area at Oracle, School Director

Company: Edgility Consulting
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

The mission of Design Tech is to develop students who believe that the world can be a better place and that they can be the ones to make it happen. Design Tech Bay Area at Oracle provides a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and creativity. Design Tech currently serves 550 students in grades 9-12. So why is the school called 'Design Tech'?

  • 'DESIGN' - refers to's design thinking program. It offers applied practice in a problem-solving method developed at the Stanford Design School, and shared through their K-12 Lab program. When applied to real-world challenges, this develops self-efficacy, collaborative confidence and emotional intelligence. Students learn to adopt feedback as useful and actionable information, and embrace the idea that effort is needed to push through anticipated set-backs;
  • 'TECH' - refers to students learning to handle new technology comfortably. It's common for entering high schoolers to know either very little, or a lot about technology. Students become accustomed to 3-D printers, laser cutters and design software as potential tools to express and realize their ideas. Over time, they gain confidence in applying whatever tools are needed to accomplish their academic and design goals. This confidence and open-mindedness remains with them even as the resources around them evolve. To learn more about Design Tech, please visit OPPORTUNITYDesign Tech is seeking an experienced and innovative school leader and successful educator with exemplary academic and professional credentials for the position of School Director. The ideal School Director is a visionary who yearns to put their experience, knowledge, and drive into action, laying the groundwork and setting the tone for an inspiring and welcoming school climate. The school's structure and climate should challenge and motivate our diverse students, teachers, and families to achieve academic excellence, develop as people, and positively impact the communities in which they live. Resourcefulness, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit are key qualities. A commitment to our school's educational philosophy and demonstrated passion for trust, care, commitment, liberation, and inquiry.The School Director will be the instructional leader of the school and report to the Executive Director, and be supported by a Senior Director of Learning, a Director of Human Resources and Business Services, and a Director of Student Services. This team is primarily responsible for fundraising, budgets, finance, facilities development, strategic planning, professional development support, special education and counseling support, and other operational functions. This position will also require establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with students, parents, teachers, and community members.Key Responsibilities of the School Director include:
    • Educational Leadership
      • Take responsibility for student academic achievement;
      • Provide instructional leadership, coaching and support to teachers who are working with a diverse student body, drawing on best practices and methods that ensure the proper amount of differentiation and support to ensure that all students are performing at high levels;
      • Hire, retain, support and supervise a talented, diverse teaching staff and leadership team in implementing an educational program that is consistent with Design Tech's pillars: design thinking, advisory, flexible scheduling, competency-based learning, and intersession;
      • Use multiple sources of data and a design thinking process to develop a plan for the ongoing improvement of student achievement by overseeing the collection, analysis, and utilization of this data in relationship to specific students, teachers and curricula. This will include analyzing the data by various sub-groups including English language learners, special education, cultural groupings, and socio-economic status;
      • Supervise and lead site-based teacher professional development and external professional development opportunities. Create and support ongoing professional development plans and opportunities;
      • Ensure that Design Tech school pillars are implemented in support of organizations values and goals.
      • School Management
        • Oversee the day-to-day management of the school site with a commitment to ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty and staff;
        • Collaborate with the Design Tech Learning team on assessments, school budgets, fundraising, charter renewal, outreach, partnerships and other duties as required;
        • Report on activities, organizational development progress and student achievement to the Board as needed;
        • Ensure that the site meets all operational goals and priorities;
        • Work with members of learning to ensure compliance goals in all areas are met or exceeded where appropriate.
        • Communication, Outreach, and Community Building
          • Facilitate the development of supportive communities among students, faculty, staff and external community members to ensure that all members are engaged and valued;
          • Communicate the school's vision and goals in a way that builds understanding and commitment from a racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse community of parents, students, faculty, and staff;
          • Lead the School Director's Advisory Committee, composed of parent, teacher, and student representatives;
          • Oversee the development of regular town hall meetings, newsletters and other forms of communication with families, ensuring that all such communication and work is accessible and understandable to all families;
          • Meet with all community members to build a common understanding of decisions and mediate conflict when needed;
          • Manage the student recruitment team to ensure that the school is fully enrolled each year. To fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal School Director candidate will have:
            • A strong personal commitment to ongoing learning and growth;
            • Relevant school leadership and teaching experience, with demonstrated student results;
            • Administrative credential;
            • Experience selecting, training, and supervising highly effective teachers, ideally in a charter, independent, or public school setting that has a record of high achievement;
            • A sophisticated understanding of and experience with a project-based approach, competency-based learning, design thinking, and restorative justice;
            • Demonstrated experience in data-based assessments and incorporating learning goals beyond the state standards;
            • Experience with diverse student populations, including English learners, and special education, along with experience motivating and working with a variety of diverse stakeholders and local community members;
            • Fluency in a second language (especially Spanish) preferred;
            • Experience with school finance, budgets, and organizational management. This position offers a competitive salary range of $146,000-177,000 and a comprehensive benefits package (competitive with local district administrator salaries). For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Zachary Harr at Tech is an equal-opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required. #LI-ZH1

Keywords: Edgility Consulting, Redwood City , Design Tech High School Bay Area at Oracle, School Director, Executive , Redwood City, California

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