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Director, Curriculum and Instruction (Social Studies)

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Title: Director, Curriculum and Instruction (Social Studies)

Department: Curriculum and Instruction

Reports To: Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction

For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound in the School District of Philadelphia. The School District of Philadelphia is committed to transforming the education opportunities it offers the city’s more than 203,000 school-aged children. The District seeks leaders who have a passion for working with schools, principals and communities who are committed to ensuring all students achieve.  Serving a population as diverse as ours requires creativity, commitment and vision. Will you join us?

Job Summary

Provides leadership for a specific content area in the areas of curriculum development, staff development, and the effective utilization of instructional materials. Monitors programmatic activities and ensures that they are in compliance with governmental mandates and supervises content specific Curriculum Specialists. Develops and/or acquires Common Core aligned curricular resources and maintains an in-depth understanding of national and Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards. Works collaboratively with department leadership and network leadership. Understands the curriculum, identifies curricular resources and implements initiatives as required with the ongoing support of Curriculum and Instruction. Understands and assists in implementing current methodologies, effective instructional strategies and facilitates curriculum-related professional development district-wide. Creates and manages K-12 curriculum and instruction plans designed to provide a comprehensive education program in the assigned area.  

Essential Functions

  • Oversees and directs the activities of staff; coordinates the planning and implementation of curricular programs and initiatives; develops plans that address continuous student improvement in response to District data.
  • Plans, develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates the curricular and instructional program of the District.
  • Ensures continuous support in the implementation of quality instruction and personalized professional development on best practices.
  • Develops, plans and conducts ongoing professional development District-wide for all principals, assistant principals, and teachers.
  • Observes and monitors the implementation of quality instruction District-wide.
  • Develops a system-wide plan for curriculum and improvement consistent with the District vision, goals, and policies.
  • Works with administrators, principals, assistant principals, and teachers; coordinates the planning and implementation of curricular programs and develops plans that address continuous student improvement in response to District data.
  • Coordinates with the School District initiatives and the State regarding the effectiveness of the designated content program implementation.
  • Researches current instructional practices and models for effective instruction.
  • Works collaboratively with internal departments, institutions of higher education and other external organizations and agencies.
  • Organizes and reviews the results of curriculum committees, ensuring results are consistent with District objectives.
  • Works with principals and teacher committees in organizing and coordinating grade level and department meetings in order to effect horizontal and vertical integration and articulation of the instructional program throughout the District.
  • Keeps informed on the latest research, trends, and developments in all areas of education and interpret for staff as necessary.
  • Evaluates and recommends textbook and supplementary materials selection used in educational programs in the District.
  • Directs the creation of and edits for publication of all curriculum guides and materials prepared by and to be distributed among the instructional staff.
  • Coordinates and monitors staff development and in-service activities for the education staff.
  • Performs a significant leadership role in fostering professional growth and building staff morale throughout the District.
  • Examines and develops graduation requirements and other educational standards; develops appropriate recommendations for revision consistent with District goals and within state requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Deputy Chief.

Other Functions

  • Attends community and professional meetings as appropriate to support curriculum development.

Minimum Requirements 

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Seven years of full-time, paid, professional experience in education, three of which have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity and have involved implementing instructional strategies.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • curriculum development and implementation and instructional strategies related to curriculum, content and problem-solving.
  • the principles, practices and methods of education in Literacy or Mathematics, Science Social Studies or Dual Language/English Language Learners.
  • a variety of pedagogical modalities.
  • research related to the field of expertise.
  • educational administration
  • supervisory methods and techniques.

 

  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • apply research to practice.
    • oversee and review benchmark test content and design.
    • plan and administer strategies for effective system wide staff development.
    • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. 

Nondiscrimination

The School District of Philadelphia provides to all persons equal access to all categories of employment in this district, regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin or handicap/disability, gender identity, or genetic information. Please refer to Board Policy 104 for further information regarding the District's commitment to Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices. 

Certificates/Licenses

Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies Specialties

  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate for K-12 or Elementary and Secondary Principal or
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate to supervise reading for the literacy specialty or
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate to supervise math for the math specialty or
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate to supervise science for the science specialty  or
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate to supervise social studies for the social studies specialty.

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