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Urban School Leadership Specialist - Legal Compliance Management

Apply now Job no: 492791
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Detroit, Works Remotely
Categories: Charter Schools

Required Qualifications and Education

  • Bachelor Degree
  • 3 Years minimum of leading an urban school and proven experience raising student achievement.
  • Deep knowledge of urban school leadership.
  • Previous experience with coaching and/or facilitating professional development for teachers and school leaders.
  • Strong familiarity and experience with K-12 teaching and learning in the Detroit area.
  • Immediate understanding of what effective school leadership looks like.
  • A deep commitment to the importance of effective and rigorous instruction.
  • Proven ability to overcome barriers and provide seamless service to stakeholders.
  • Ability to track and analyze school performance data to uncover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve results.
  • Ability to communicate direct feedback in a compelling way that inspires immediate improvements to instruction that will accelerate students’ achievement. 

Preferred Qualifications and Education: 

  • Master’s degree

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 

  • Design and implement professional development for school leaders on leading effective teaching and learning in urban schools.
  • Regularly collaborate with and advise school leaders on effective teaching, learning, and school operations.
  • Provide regular, ongoing coaching to leaders that results in immediate, measurable improvement in effective school operations.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the GVSU College of Education to recruit and support their student teachers in GVSU charter schools.
  • A day-to-day resource to GVSU charter school leaders. Provide guidance, troubleshoot hurdles, and adapt as needed. 
  • Regularly track, measure, and communicate leaders’ growth and development to University partners, school leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and manage constituent relationships with school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to recognize great school leadership: Quickly identify the characteristics of successful school leaders that prepare students, particularly urban students, for success in college and career when you see it.
  • Identify learning opportunities: Whether watching how school leaders provide feedback to teachers, how students engage during a lesson, or looking at school performance data, identify whether school leaders are focused on the right variables to improve student learning in their unique contexts.
  • Manage policy changes:  Laws, rules, and regulations that govern schools are ever-changing. Must be able to understand the implications of changes in public policy for school leaders, and help them adapt to these changes.
  • Develop school leaders at varied points in their career:  Track and analyze school and leader data, and identify new approaches to improve performance of leaders under a quick timeline.
  • Motivate and influence school leaders:  Regularly partner with, and be expected to influence school leaders and their teachers by investing them in the vision for GVSU’s continually improvement process that is disciplined by improvement science. 
  • Be comfortable with the unknown:  Use creative instincts, school performance data and evidence from school observations to develop solutions with limited guidance and historical precedent in an ambiguous and fast-paced environment.
  • Translate expertise:  Posses a strong public facilitation skills, ability to assess and adjust to the learning needs of the audience and ability to clearly communicate complex information to a variety of audiences (school leaders, board members, professors, and community members).
  • Work in a collegial environment:  Should be comfortable lending a hand, and not shy about asking for help.
  • Must have advanced computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe creative applications)
  • Familiarized with relationships in the Detroit area (particular education and community groups) is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities – Non-essential Functions

  • None

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Campus: Detroit Center

  • Full-time in Detroit.
  • Work with extended and varied time schedules.
  • Must be able to travel throughout Michigan.

Application Deadline Date:  April 30, 2018

How To Apply:   Apply online at Include cover letter, resume, and three references.  Applicants with diverse background are encouraged to apply.  Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

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