2018-2019 Director of Mathematics, Middle Schools

Location: FirstLine Network




Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools


In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans, which became the highest performing open admission middle school in the city.  FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.  Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:


  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence
  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship
  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members
  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success


Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.


Position Summary:


The Director of Mathematics is responsible for supporting schools and teachers in improving student achievement in Mathematics across grades K-8.  Specifically, the Director of Mathematics will lead the on-going refinement of curriculum and assessments, network-wide teacher professional development and collaborative planning for mathematics, and school leader professional development to support effective math instructional practices in their schools.  The ultimate aim of this role is to ensure that students develop computational fluency, strong problem-solving skills, a solid foundation of conceptual understanding, and intellectual perseverance in order to succeed in rigorous college preparatory high school programs.    


Position Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Director of Mathematics will be, although not limited to, the following:


Curriculum Development

  • Supporting the on-going refinement of shared math curriculum units
  • Leading the on-going refinement of FirstLine pedagogical framework for the teaching of math
  • Lead in developing associated resources for teachers to use in detailed unit and lesson planning
  • Lead an annual cycle of reviewing and revising scope and sequence for math classes and of math standards in other classes across the curriculum
  • Supporting the design and implementation of proven interventions that target students whose skills are below expected levels in  math
  • Leading the weekly collaborative lesson planning process by developing and coordinating teacher leaders (facilitators) to lead weekly collaborative lesson planning
  • Support school leaders with quality assurance practices in math lesson planning


Data Tracking, Assessment & Reporting

  • Track and analyze data to better improve math performance outcomes
  • Develop and provide guidance on formative assessment practices to drive improved instruction, curriculum, and layers of learning support
  • Collaborate  regularly with school leader and the network academic team to  analyze student progress and identify exemplars and areas in need of support


Professional Development

  • Support school leaders in understanding and implementing best practices of math curriculum and data driven instructional practices
  • Lead the network wide professional development for weekly collaborative professional development, new teacher training, and other network wide activities:  these activities include lesson study, data driven instructional practices, analyzing student work, analyzing classroom instruction video, direct workshops, and applied practice
  • Train teachers in best practices of math curriculum and instruction – serving as a “critical friend” and coach to the teaching staff throughout the school year by modeling practice and  providing ongoing informal observations and feedback to improve.  
  • Manage  peer-to-peer collaboration, observations, and feedback among math leaders and teachers across the FLS network, providing suggested schedules, structure and guidance required for school leaders/teachers to norm on evaluation practices and to provide each other with helpful feedback
  • Support  school leaders and teacher leaders in the delivery of professional development sessions for math
  • Support school leaders in the development and implementation of individual professional development plans for teachers who need more support in teaching math


Education & Experience:


  • Master’s degree; math specialism or concentration strongly preferred
  • Five years teaching in a non-selective urban school
  • Demonstrated success in improving student achievement in math in a K-12 setting
  • Experience with and understanding of math curriculum and instruction
  • Demonstrated passion for mathematics
  • Unwavering commitment to excellence
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:


  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum
  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration and Results


Physical Requirements:


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.
  •  Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)


DIRECTOR OF MATHEMATICS reports to Director of Teaching and Learning


How to Apply : Please apply online via: http :// www . firstlineschools . org / careers


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.


FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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