Director of Academic Instruction for Math and Science

Leadership Richmond, California




Job Description

Title:Director of Academic Instruction for Math & Science

Division:Making Waves Academy – School-wide

Location:Richmond, CA

Reports to:Senior Director of Academic Instruction


Supervises:Lead Teachers, Content Leads (& Formal Faculty Observation and Evaluation)



Position Summary

The Director of Academic Instruction (DAI) at Making Waves Academy (MWA), reporting to and working side by side with the Sr. Director of Academic Instruction, drives the instructional leadership of the school, ensuring that the entire teaching faculty has the coaching, support and professional development opportunities to continually improve its instructional practice.  The DAI directly oversees, leads, and manages the humanities faculty (school-wide) or the math/science faculty (school-wide).  In this role, they are responsible for the effective development and implementation of core instructional programs and practices through directly managing and supporting Lead Teachers, Content Leads and Coordinators for their specific content area.  The DAI designs and leads the observation and feedback cycle, the PD calendar and collaborates regularly with their Co-DAI, Deans, and Senior Leadership.  The DAI role is a highly impactful, pivotal leadership role in building an achievement-focused culture and ensuring the faculty’s professional growth.  The DAI supports either the Humanities or Math/Science content areas for the Academy (5th-12th grades).



Primary Responsibilities


Leadership, Supervision, and Development

  • Oversee Lead Teachers and Content Leads to implement a standardized, school-wide framework, approach, and system for MWA instruction, formal feedback, and instructional competency framework.
  • Assist in creating a professional development plan for all teachers, and other stakeholders as appropriate, both during the summer and throughout the year, and ensure access to and participation in internal and external professional development for staff.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Academic Instruction to support and inform MWA Teacher Residents with the necessary entry-level skills expected of MWA teachers; this includes working with and supporting the Mentor Teachers assigned to Teacher Residents.
  • Supervise and support New Teacher Induction Program Mentor teachers towards helping new-to-the-profession teachers in “clearing” their credential and meeting state mandates for certification; this includes support for all intern teachers.


Instructional Systems, Tools, & Approaches

  • Develop and monitor an instruction and practice review that includes informal classroom observations, scheduled classroom observations, peer observations, teacher meetings, and formal observations.  Through informal observations, formal observations, and other qualitative measures, utilize approved tools and matrices to assess faculty adherence and fidelity to efficacy and growth mindset instructional practices, data-informed instructional lesson planning and practices, and cultural competence practices in working with students, faculty and families.
  • Collect, analyze, and present complex data; identify potential problems and evaluate alternative solutions; prepare sound recommendations.  Review and analyze standardized test scores to inform curricular decisions (short term and long term).



  • Work collaboratively to ensure vertically aligned systems for instruction, and effective coordination, support, and utilization of all curricular programs. Plan, direct and coordinate with other directors’ comprehensive articulation between all programs, 5-12th grade.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support to ensure programs approved by the Curriculum Review Advisory Committee of the Board are fully and appropriately implemented.
  • Direct and support the improvement of curriculum through the continuing evaluation and revision of courses of study; the development of new courses of study, and the adoption of instructional materials.
  • Monitor assigned content-based programs and related financial activity for the purpose of ensuring that performance objectives are met, budget allocations are accurate, expenses are within budget and operational practices are followed.





  • Facilitate WASC/LCAP data and evidence collection as it pertains to key state priorities areas, school-wide goals, and a focus on support for all learners.
  • Analyze and report out instructional data and progress toward instructional goals to leadership stakeholders (CEO, Senior School Director, Sr. Director of Academic Instruction, Board).
  • Work with the Director of Data and Assessment to compile, analyze, and respond to data on the school’s school-wide data management and assessment systems, including oversight and implementation of the school-wide Benchmark Assessment system





  • 7-10 years or more teaching experience required
  • 2-3 years minimum experience as a lead/master teacher, instructional coach or head of grade-level or subject-area department required
  • Formal management, supervisory or administrative experience required



  • Demonstrated commitment to MWA’s mission and core values
  • Strong ability to analyze data and utilizing it to drive instruction
  • Experience facilitating observation and feedback cycles with teachers
  • Experience coaching or supporting teachers in Common Core standards align planning 
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, results focused environment
  • Ability to laterally manage a diverse group of constituents



  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, or equivalent, preferred
  • California Teaching Credential
  • California Administrative Services Credential preferred



Equal Employment Opportunity Is Our Policy

The School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the School to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their perceived or identified: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); color; gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); marital/registered domestic partner status; age (forty (40) and over); national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; genetic information; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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