DI Program Manager- Permian Basin (21-22)

Headquarters MIDLAND, TEXAS


Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools: 


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities! 

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tampa Bay, FL (2021)and Jacksonville, FL (2022)! 


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality. 


To learn more about IDEA, check out this video. 

About the Permian Basin 

The Permian Basin is a large region encompassing the majority of West Texas.  When you think of the Permian Basin, think of wide open spaces, oil country, Friday Night Lights, endless blue skies, and stunning sunsets.  IDEA Public Schools serves students and families in both Midland and Odessa, cities located about 15 miles from each other and situated almost exactly halfway between El Paso and Fort Worth. 

Our community is innovative, hard-working, and optimistic and is eager to collaborate to transform the education system for the next generation of children in the Permian.  We will serve over 10,000 students at scale by opening 14 schools across Midland and Odessa. 



The Permian Basin's DI Program Manager leads instructional leaders across the region to transform student learning through exceptional implementation of Direct Instruction programs.  You play a pivotal role in ensuring our region has a transformational teacher in every classroom, driving rigorous and joyful learning for all students, especially our youngest and most critical scholars.  Your primary lever for ensuring excellent instruction is coaching leaders, with an emphasis on our newest leaders.  You will directly coach and develop a portfolio of APIs in both DI content and general leadership development.  You will also assist the region’s ED and VP of Schools in the coaching and development of PIRs and Principals, specifically in building their capacity as exceptional leaders of DI programs. 




(1) 80% (Year 1 schools) and 90% (year 2+ schools) of PK-2 students end the year on/above grade level in Reading  |  (2) 50% of CSI students grow 2 grade levels in Reading

  • Support effective PK – 2 DI & DISE/Decoding Instruction through weekly data analysis, feedback, observations and coaching
  • Provide group/regroup/test up recommendations based on DI Placement/DIBELS test results
  • Facilitate and/or participate in Problem Solving Calls to provide clear next steps via the Problem-Solving Summary
  • Provide support and accountability for school leaders in key processes throughout the year such as roster creation and verification and student testing
  • Manage and communicate processes related to DI Program implementation, so that leaders in the region are tightly aligned around priorities. Such as:
    • Hold regular check-ins/business partnership meetings
    • Regularly cascade information and/or action items to instructional leaders
    • Troubleshoot in person or remotely, formally or informally with school leaders as needed


(3) 85% campus leader retention  |  (4) 90% PK -2 student persistence

  • Conduct in field observations, coaching and support to school leaders
  • Provide leadership coaching to a defined portfolio of APIs, ensuring that they build their teachers’ capacity to lead strong classroom culture, excellent DI instruction, and high student achievement
  • Set specific coaching goals and create individualized coaching plans (including—but not limited to—goals for SLL mastery), for each leader in your direct coaching portfolio
  • Provide DI implementation coaching and support to any campus leaders (based on student achievement, observational data, and campus requests), helping to build their content expertise in Direct Instruction


(5) Lead trainings that measurably build adult capacity and transform student outcomes:

90|50% of training participants will respond to the key quality measure survey question with 8+|10, with 90% average attendance & 90% achieving target proficiency in training deliverables.

  • Serve as regional lead for all DI-related trainings (for leaders and teachers)
  • Lead communication and build relationships of trust with training participants
  • Design or customize existing professional development sessions as needed to meet the local needs of your leaders and teachers
  • Facilitate sessions and/or prepare other facilitators to deliver high quality sessions
  • Define the registration process for leaders and teachers so that participants enroll in appropriate sessions (e.g. PK-2 DI Academy, PK-2 DI Academy make-up, PK Institute, DI Systems Overview and all related NIFDI trainings
  • Track and monitor training attendance so that appropriate staff complete all required trainings


(6) Build relationships of trust and collaboration with principals and other school & regional leaders so that 100% report being satisfied or highly satisfied with the partnership, as measured in an EOY regional business partnership survey

  • Initiate regular communication about the performance of leaders you support and about the health of the business partnership itself
  • Embrace the challenge of navigating complex business partnerships (sometimes encountering resistance), and seize this challenge as an opportunity to influence transformation at any and all levels of the organization
  • Help business partners understand the connection between sometimes seemingly dichotomous priorities (e.g. national/regional, individual/collective, short term/long term, coaching/management)


(7) Facilitate business partnerships with NIFDI Project Directors and school leaders at NIFDI-supported schools within assigned region   

  • Co-facilitate semester trend meetings with Director of Academics PK-2 and NIFDI Project Director and Lead team to facilitate data analysis and next steps, so that school leaders develop continuously toward autonomy and student achievement increases
  • Create and maintain operating mechanisms with Project Director so that the business partnership with NIFDI serves the needs of schools and maximizes new leader growth
  • Engage resources such as Teachboost, Problem Solving Summaries, DI Online and Locus Dashboard to identify patterns and trends and communicate with NIFDI Project Director to provide communication to NIFDI Implementation Managers and schools about strategies and next steps for improvement
  • Collaborate with NIFDI Project Director and campus leaders to identify teacher leaders to attend Peer Coaches Training and/or NIFDI Coaching Academies to build a strong pipeline for campus lead team positions

(8) Live Values of IDEA

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA’s core values



  • Mission Focus
  • Strategic leadership
  • Effective management of self and others to strong measurable outcomes
  • Building strong trusting relationships
  • Designing and facilitating impactful adult learning experiences
  • Project planning and executing large-scale professional development programs
  • Navigating complex partnerships
  • Leading change
  • Humility with a commitment to continuous improvement



  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Experience: 2+ years successful DI coaching experience
    • Minimum of 2 years DI teaching experience in any of the following programs: Reading Mastery, Signatures Language, Espanol to English, Corrective Reading, DISTAR
    • Minimum of 1-year coaching Reading Mastery
    • Minimum of 2 years managing DI program implementation and instruction


Salary range is $78,141-$95,332 based on experience and qualifications relevant to this role.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.