High School Dean of Curriculum & Instruction

Uncommon Schools North Star Academy – Newark, NJ

Job Description

The Dean of Curriculum & Instruction (DCI) holds primary responsibility for the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of an Uncommon schools curriculum. As part of the administrative team, the DCI plays a central role in the success of the school. The DCI also works closely with the Principal and Director of Operations of his or her school and other schools supported by Uncommon.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school;
  • Research, design, and/or supplement the academic curriculum for all subjects and grades based on successful models and approaches;
  • Align the academic curriculum with state standards, Uncommon standards, and other scientifically-based benchmarks;
  • Document and communicate scope and sequence for each grade level;
  • Monitor grade-level progress against scope and sequence benchmarks;
  • Participate in the design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement;
  • Generate and manage standardized test and internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting;
  • Evaluate, approve, and purchase curricular materials such as textbooks;
  • Observe and coach Teachers daily;
  • Contribute to the Principals evaluation of school staff;
  • Train and orient staff members in Uncommons curricular systems and key pedagogical issues;
  • Coordinate the Uncommon summer staff orientation and curriculum development period;
  • Ensure access to and participation in high-quality internal and external professional development for staff;
  • Help teachers to develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement among struggling students;
  • Participate in staff recruitment;
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Dean of Students, the Special Education Coordinator, the School Social Worker, and other school staff to maximize the ability of Uncommon Charter Schools to support students academic and socio-emotional development;
  • Collaborate with the Managing Director and the Principals to ensure that best practices are shared across Uncommon Schools; and
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

  • Qualifications


  • 3+ years of teaching experience at Uncommon or another high-performing school;
  • Experience and interest in writing curriculum;
  • Experience providing feedback and coaching teachers toward strong, data-supported results;
  • Strong content knowledge;
  • Strong teaching skills in the classroom;
  • Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong communication and negotiating skills;
  • Ability to work well in a team;
  • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships;
  • Ability to create, monitor and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed;
  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools.

  • Minimum Education Level

  • Must have a Bachelors degree.

  • Experience Required

  • 3+ years working in classrooms and coaching teachers, preferably in urban schools and/or communities.

  • Additional Information

    Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.

    Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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