Senior Director of Academic Instruction

Leadership Richmond, California




Job Description

Title:Senior Director of Academic Instruction


Location:Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to:Senior School Director

Status:Full-time, Exempt (Year-Round)

Supervises:Math/Science Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI), Humanities DCI, Academic Support Services Director, Director of Special Education, Director of Applied Technology, Director of Teacher Residency and the Substitute Teacher Coordinator


Position Summary


Under the direction of the Senior School Director, the role of the Senior Director of Academic Instruction is to set high standards for the professional practice of 21st century instruction and assessment, create an instructional environment of accountability, fidelity, rigor, and student engagement. The Senior Director of Academic Instruction leads the instructional practices and approaches of the school, to make certain that the teaching faculty are equipped with the coaching, support and professional development opportunities available to continuously improve their instructional practice. The Senior Director of Academic Instruction also leads, supervises, develops, and evaluates leaders and systems for core academic instruction and intervention support, assessing effectiveness, alignment across the school, and compliance to the WASC/LCAP plan and state progress targets.

The Senior Director of Academic Instruction oversees the effective implementation of instructional and intervention programs through the management of the following positions: Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, the Director of Academic Support Services, the Director of Applied Technology, and the Director of Special Education.  The Senior Director of Academic Instruction designs and leads the curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation strategic plan and accountability compliance. 



Primary Responsibilities


Leadership, Supervision, and Student and Adult Learning Development

  • Oversee key instructional leaders in the implementation of a standardized, school-wide framework, approach, and system for MWA instruction, formal feedback, and instructional competency framework.
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate, and deliver some forms of site-based professional development to the MWA faculty that support School Improvement Plans.
  • 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.
  • Manage oversight of programmatic compliance.


Instructional Systems, Tools, & Approaches

  • Work with the Data and Assessment Director 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 assessment system as the LEA CAASPP Coordinator.
  • Develop and administers the academic services budget for curriculum, instruction and professional development including oversight of Title I, II, and III programs.



  • Analyze and report out instructional data and progress toward instructional goals to leadership stakeholders (CEO, SSD, Board).
  • Monitors fidelity to informal observations, formal observations, and other qualitative measures, that assess faculty’s adherence to overall instructional approach and efficacy.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement; generate and manage internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting.
  • Generates formal reports for the board and charter entity on student academic performance.
  • Facilitate WASC/LCAP data and evidence collection as it pertains to key state priorities areas, school-wide goals, and a focus on inclusive support for all learners.


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

        Develop and maintain positive relationships with various internal & external stakeholders including administrative colleagues, parents, students, teaching faculty, support and intervention staff members, and board members.

       Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Making Waves Academy’s mission, core values, standards, competencies, and code of conduct outlined in the Employee Handbook.

       Participate in the school community – attending school competitions, performances, assemblies, and extracurricular activities.



        Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary, and sit for long periods of time.



Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.





  • 7+ years of teaching experience required
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience as a lead/master teacher, instructional coach or head of grade-level or subject-area department required
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction or other senior level administrative role in instruction
  • 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’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, or equivalent, preferred
  • California Teaching Credential required
  • Administrative Services Credential required


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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