Launched in 2007, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is a nonprofit organization that serves 14,200 students across 19 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles, California. The Partnership is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the U.S., and is not a charter organization. Our priorities are supporting great school leadership, developing highly effective teaching, and engaging families and community partners. Over the past decade, our high schools have seen their graduation rate more than double from 36% to 80% and college acceptances have risen by 17 percentage points in the last four years from 32% in 2015 to 49% in 2019. Suspension rates across the network are at less than 1%, compared with 21% when we started our work. Learn more about us at https://partnershipla.org/.
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is seeking a highly effective Coordinator of Advanced Math and Sciences, K-PhD, to join and lead our effort in building and implementing a new vision for supporting top math students through a K to PhD pipeline initiative across our 19 schools. This program is designed to model how schools can intentionally provide top math students with the support and experiences needed to ensure they can reach their dreams as PhD possessing engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists and as such, have a seat at the innovation table in designing solutions to the world’s most important problems.
Our future PhD students will come from within our K-12 schools in the Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles, and Watts communities. In collaboration with the Senior Director of School Transformation, Partnership staff, school leaders, teacher leaders, and external partners, the Coordinator will support schools with launching and developing a sustainable program that positions students for successful completion of a graduate degree such as in, Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Programming. The Coordinator will serve as an integral Partnership team member. They will report to and assist the Senior Director of School Transformation for Math with strategically planning the K-PHD program, and implementing other Partnership Academic Team initiatives as well. The ideal candidate for this position will be a motivated self-starter committed to transforming educational opportunities for students in Los Angeles and will have significant experience with math instruction and managing complex program implementation.
Given the current and fluctuating public health response to the COVID-19 crisis, and the impact that it is having on the normal function of schools, the work of the Coordinator of Advanced Math and Sciences, K-PHD will adjust accordingly, and may involve working remotely and/or at school sites and the office in downtown Los Angeles.
- Work with the Senior Director of School Transformation for Math to develop and execute a multi-year project plan designed to build network wide systems and a culture of providing top math students with the support and experiences they need to attain a PhD in Math, Computer Science or Engineering Fields, in service of being an international problem solver.
- Work with school level staff to build site implementation plans to meet the criteria of the Partnership K-PhD initiative.
- Work with schools to ensure that students have access to advanced level coursework and support the design of this coursework, including use of curriculum.
- Support schools in finding key partner organizations that amplify and supplement their implementation plans.
- Design professional development for the K-PhD Teacher Leader role seminars, as well as provide in field coaching and technical assistance support.
- Conduct program observations and use data to provide the site and program leaders with formative feedback.
- Facilitate ongoing data inquiries to determine program progress and needs of school site program initiatives; support school leaders and teacher leaders in analyzing and responding to data on program success and barriers
- Provide technical assistance to K-PhD school site staff program leaders, around program design, implementation and culture, as well as use of outside partners.
- Where needed, model instructional and culture building lessons with students, and educators to support program implementation
- Participate as a member of the Academic Team, Math Team, and other relevant work groups to exchange information, coordinate activities, develop teacher support resources, and resolve issues or concerns
- Contribute to positive home office and Academics Team culture
- Maintain project plans and various trackers for data, and other requests from the Senior Director of School Transformation
- Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.
- Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students
- A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members
- Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students
- Reflective and a life-long learner
- Unmatched work ethic
- Highest level of integrity
- A love for problem solving and developing problem solvers
- Excellent relationship building and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with administrative staff, instructional staff, support staff, and partners required
- Leadership experiences designing, organizing, and facilitating professional development for adult learners
- Demonstrated ability to motivate, inspire, and build strong working and mentoring relationships with adults required
- The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse constituencies, meet deadlines, be self-motivated, and work independently
- A positive outlook, flexibility, and a sense of possibility in stressful situations
- Ability to work collaboratively and a team player
- Ability to organize resources and establish priorities
- Exceptional critical thinking skills
- Must be an outstanding communicator and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills; interpersonal skills; and the ability to work collegially and interact effectively with a diverse constituency
- Excellent computer skills
- Demonstrated ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment
- Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports
- Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making
- Computer programming skills preferred
- STEM problem solving and can communicate a love for it
- Adult learning theory, facilitation skills, and design of professional development
- The Common Core State Standards and Instructional Shifts for Mathematics, as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice (preferred)
- How to build culture in a school and classroom context
- Use and analyze data to inform decisions
- Managing multiple complex projects, across multiple schools
- The ideal candidate will possess:
- Was personally in an advance math pathway in their career as a student
- A mathematics degree or degree in related field with successful completion of advanced discrete mathematics coursework (i.e., combinatorics, abstract algebra, mathematical analysis I and II)
- A proven track record project managing complex initiatives preferred
- Accuracy, attention to detail and a customer service oriented attitude
- An appreciation for and support of diversity in the workplace in all its forms
- Experience in a data-driven environment
- History of partnering with leadership to drive execution
- A proven record of academic success working with students in historically underserved schools and setting high expectations for teachers and students
- Ability to travel between school site and home office (must possess a valid Driver’s License)
- At least 2 years of successful full-time teaching experience preferred
- At least 2 years of successful leadership experience within the school context (coach, department chair, etc.) preferred
- An earned master’s degree or advanced degree in math, the sciences and/or teaching is preferred
- Proficient in Spanish preferred
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.