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Phoenix Charter Academy

Boston, MA ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2876425
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : April 8, 2019

Job Description

  **2019-2020 Positions Available in Chelsea**


Job Title: Director/Dean of Curriculum and Instruction



Phoenix Charter Academy's mission is to challenge young people in our area with an academically rigorous and individually tailored curriculum. Phoenix scholars will have the support, resources and training needed to succeed academically in high school and college, and become economically secure in their future. Phoenix Charter Academy is named after a mythological figure of strength, healing and renewal.


Phoenix schools challenge resilient, disconnected young people with rigorous academics and relentless supports, so they take ownership of their futures and succeed in high school, college, and as self-sufficient adults.


Role Summary

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction provides leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review and evaluation of the school's curriculum and instructional program, leading efforts around professional development, instructional staff observations, and student assessment, among other responsibilities.


Leadership Commitments

Administrative leaders at Phoenix Charter Academy are expected to go above and beyond to ensure student achievement and carry out a belief that all students can achieve. All leaders model the core values and mission of Phoenix Charter Academy in every piece of their work and at all times. In order to be successful, all leaders must be innovative, relentless, humble and communicative with all members of the Phoenix Charter Academy community. Further, leaders should have a strong desire to take ownership of various projects and should possess an entrepreneurial spirit.


Qualities of Phoenix staff member:

  • Unwavering Belief in Phoenix Scholars - Phoenix staff operate with the deeply held belief that all young people want to and can succeed even in the face of what can seem like insurmountable barriers and societal constraints. 
  • Ability to Put Scholars First - Phoenix staff go above and beyond to ensure mastery of the skills and development of positive self-identity that will ensure success for college, careers and beyond.  Phoenix staff find every opportunity to engage in teaching and learning with scholars, using conflict to build supportive relationships with scholars and never taking things personally.


  • Eager to Learn Under Pressure - Phoenix staff must be able to learn as they go in a fast paced, ever evolving, urgent environment. They have the desire to receive direct feedback and the ability to implement the feedback into practice quickly.
  • Humility - Phoenix staff approach problem solving with curiosity and desire to understand the perspectives of others.  They carry an internalized sense of “I can always learn more”  from others, and know that adults at Phoenix must model the qualities of being open-minded and willing to make mistakes and learn from them.


  • Experience with Low Income Communities -  Staff have the proven ability to work across cultures and experience serving low-income communities and/or academically-disconnected adolescents.  
  • Ability to Find Inspiration In the Small Things - In the face of challenge and hard work,  Phoenix staff must have the ability to find humor, inspiration, success and joy in the day to day interactions with scholars and the larger Phoenix Community.
  • Personal Commitment to Cultural Proficiency and Ongoing Development - Phoenix staff are ongoing learners about diversity, equity and inclusion and seek to understand the ways that their self-identity and experiences impacts and interacts with their daily work, colleagues and scholars.

Instructional Leadership and Teacher Development Responsibilities


  • Act as instructional leadership voice
  • Teach one class per quarter
  • Observe 5 classes per week, give informal feedback to each teacher and direct supervisors in terms of scholarly habits (Directed specifically, but not limited to, habits as related to categories of classes); participate in all formal observations and teacher evaluation
  • Directly supervise all department chairs/members of ILT
  • Observe Department Chairs teaching bi-weekly
  • Enable the growth and development of “student-centered” and innovative teaching practices; work to ensure skills of each student are tracked and adequately measured
  • Model lessons and guest teach when necessary
  • Oversee Advanced Placement
  • Facilitate and manage ILT meetings (weekly)
  • With HoS and appropriate network staff, plan PD calendar and Teacher Institute Calendar
  • Continue to make Phoenix Charter Academy more data-driven, especially as it relates to teacher feedback and student growth and make sure ILT actively seeks out and analyzes data in the following areas:
    • Data Cycles
    • MCAS (Fellowship and Teachers)
    • Student Support Team data
    • Correlative data (Student Support Team and Academics)
    • Oversee data-cycle process; manage and participate in one-on-one action-planning meetings; facilitate PD sessions dealing with interim assessments; make interim assessment calendar
    • Find innovative and new ways to celebrate student academic success; ensure Phoenix Award and other honors are public; be a voice of celebration across the campus

Student Support and Other Responsibilities


  • At discretion of Head of School, serve as “fill-in” for major disciplinary decisions and meetings, always with Dean of Students and in service to Phoenix Charter Academy Handbook as well as mission
  • Model handbook and professionalism at all times as relates to student-teacher/student-fellow relationships; when necessary, serve as student support team member
  • Look for areas of weak communication between teachers and Student Support Team, report these areas to principal and work with Student Support Team to fix them
  • When necessary, attend Student Support Team or IEP meetings as instructional leader of Phoenix Charter Academy
  • Serve as representative for Head of School at meetings and workshops throughout the year, especially as relates to DESE mandates
  • Work with DoS to determine disciplinary action when necessary
  • Become deeply knowledgeable of following areas:
    • CPR review process
    • Best practices of both high-accountability  charter schools as well as alternative schools
    • Restorative justice in schools
    • “Soft Skills” Development
  • Meet weekly with Head of School (at least 2 hours) for supervision


**It is understood that this Job Description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to be a complete and total description of each and every duty and responsibility. As such, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.

It is also understood that the Network retains the right to modify this Job Description at any time, for any reason, at the Network’s sole discretion**

We seek a diverse workforce. Phoenix Charter Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to providing equal opportunity to staff and applicants in all areas of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other area protected by federal, state or local law. Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual's employment.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Curriculum
    Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Joni Factor
    • 60 Canal Street
    • Boston, Massachusetts 02114

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