Director of School Support - Midwest

School & System Services Chicago, IL


Director of School Support - Midwest

Location: Midwest

(up to 25% travel contingent upon organizational/state/federal regulations)

Position is available: Immediately


Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.


At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power, and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so,  we provide ongoing learning opportunities through professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.


Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named in The NonProfit Times’ “Best Nonprofits to Work For” and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.


We are seeking a dynamic and skilled instructional leader to serve as a Director of School Support (DSS) to serve schools across the country virtually. This is a unique opportunity for an outcomes-driven educator to enact change in the classroom through coaching and supporting school leaders. The DSS will work with leaders to build a school culture where learning standards, data, high quality curricula, and teacher development are used to achieve breakthrough learning for students. The DSS will be responsible for coaching and developing leadership in a portfolio of up to 12 schools focused on meeting partner needs and supporting the team’s leave coverage. The DSS will work alongside other peer coaches serving schools across the midwestern United States and collaborate regularly with ANet national teams.


Partner with and coach school leaders to strengthen equitable instruction and increase student achievement

        Serve as an instructional leadership coach for school leaders, inspiring and motivating teams, supporting school-wide change management, and building expertise in standards-based and data-driven instruction and teacher development

        Train and coach school leaders and teachers on effective backwards planning using state standards, complex texts, and curricula to achieve student mastery of grade-level content and addressing learning loss

        Develop school leaders and teachers on effective use of data from interim  assessments to target student misunderstandings and improve teacher practice

        Analyze student data and use research-based practices to inform an individualized strategy for coaching each school

        Build and maintain strong relationships with school leaders and teachers that establish ANet as a key partner in increasing student achievement

        Work alongside other ANet team members to share learnings with district teams and strengthen coherence between system and school level work


Develop a strong network of ANet schools

        Connect school leaders with other schools to facilitate best practice sharing

        Design and lead professional development sessions for groups of school leaders and teachers

        Collaborate with coaches locally and nationally to connect leaders with similar strengths and needs


Support internal ANet strength and growth

        Develop tools, coaching strategies, and innovative ideas for the organization that improve our ability to coach schools

        Serve in internal ANet leadership roles, which could include recruiting and hiring, anti-racist leadership, network event coordination, sales, professional development planning and facilitation, and strategy development


In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

        You are familiar with implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as a teacher, and/or as an instructional coach.

        You have a demonstrated expertise and interest in professional learning. You are knowledgeable and experienced in designing, facilitating and assessing the quality of adult learning experiences that results in changes to practice.

        You are energized by roles where no day will be the same, but where instructional excellence is at the heart of everything you do. You know how to get breakthrough results for kids because you have  a proven track record of using standards and data to drive instruction.

        You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels. You believe in the power of formative assessment, coaching, and professional development as critical levers in school improvement.

        You bring prior experience managing or coaching other adults (e.g. school leadership, instructional coaching, etc.) and know how to develop and motivate others to drive results, while balancing humility and assertiveness. You thrive off building strong relationships, especially when it comes to building trust and credibility quickly.

        You are a learner. You don’t shy away from new or ambiguous situations, but rather dive right in and seek out opportunities to continuously improve your skills and expand your impact on kids, while learning from those around you.

        You draw others in. Your ability to read and respond to unspoken and implicit cues, and your engaging presentation skills leave others energized and wanting to know more.

        You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily. You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet’s Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.


Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

         You have experience coaching teams, leading professional development, and/or managing academic programs at a district/CMO-level.



ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement;  flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. 


ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.