The Assistant Director, Curriculum & Accreditation shall show evidence of a Catholic philosophy of education and exhibit a Christ-like respect and fairness in dealing with others. In collaboration with the Diocesan Director of Catholic Schools, he/she shall strive to support the presidents, principals, and teachers in the Catholic schools within the Diocese as they prepare students for life in today's Church and society through a rigorous curriculum and through instructional formation in the beliefs, values, and traditions of the Catholic Church.
Purpose of Position:
The Assistant Director, Curriculum & Accreditation, facilitates the development of curricula aligned with a set of prescribed standards and the selection of textbooks and other support resources for curriculum implementation. He/she shall serve as an instructional leader in personnel professional development and training in pedagogy, curriculum design and implementation. He/she shall evaluate effective curriculum implementation by analyzing relevant data, monitoring student performance data, and training and evaluating teachers. He/she will facilitate district level accreditation for the Catholic schools and complete special projects as assigned by the Diocesan Director of Catholic Schools in the overall administration and leadership of the Catholic schools in the Diocese.
• Assists the Director of Catholic Schools in the overall management of our Catholic schools.
• Works in a consultative capacity with pastors and presidents/principals.
• Handles confidential and sensitive matters necessitating discretion.
• Facilitate the internal reviews and self-assessments of the schools in Diocesan accreditation.
• Serve as the lead facilitator in obtaining and maintaining Diocesan District accreditation through Cognia.
• Along with the Diocesan Director of Catholic Schools, facilitate the creation of Diocesan strategic and school improvement plans for continuous improvement.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
1. Oversees curriculum development and implementation to maintain and promote student achievement.
2. Design or create Pre-K through Grade twelve Diocesan curriculums for the core disciplines (Art, Christian Doctrine, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, and world languages) aligned to the prescribed standards.
3. Direct the development of new curriculum materials.
4. Assist the Diocesan Director of Catholic Schools in formulating the policies and philosophy of education.
5. Evaluate continuously both the appropriateness of the curriculum, the quality of the curriculum development and the effectiveness in implementation.
6. Develop a textbook review schedule.
7. Facilitate textbook review, analysis, and adoption annually according to the outlined schedule.
8. Identify curriculum resources including technology and technology support software for implementation.
9. Cooperate with instructional materials sales representatives to negotiate the best prices for the Catholic schools.
10. Facilitate the comprehensive standardized assessment program and maintain records of assessment data.
11. Use research and data in decision-making and promote the local use of research and evidenced-based data for instructional improvement.
Cognia Accreditation Facilitator:
1. Facilitate the internal reviews and self-assessments of the schools in Diocesan accreditation.
2. Serve as the lead facilitator in obtaining and maintaining Diocesan District accreditation through Cognia.
3. Facilitate the creation of Diocesan strategic and school improvement plans for continuous improvement.
1. Assists the s Diocesan Director of Catholic Schools in promoting the principles of Catholic identity and faith formation among all school leaders to ensure the distinctive values and practices of the faith are evident and vibrant in each school.
2. Assists in the development and implementation of Diocesan policies and procedures.
3. Works in a consultative capacity with principals and teachers.
4. Provides leadership in and is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of standards-based curriculum.
5. Completes written compliance/accreditation reports as needed for State, Diocesan, Federal, or international accrediting agencies.
6. Assists schools in long-range planning and accreditation self-studies.
7. Ensures schools meet all state, federal and accreditation requirements.
8. Fosters collegial relationships with and among principals, teachers, and staff.
9. Maintain a collaborative relationship with the different ministries and offices of the Diocese.
10. Facilitate the comprehensive standardized assessment program and maintain records of the District assessment data.
11. Serve as a mentor to new administrative leaders (principals or assistant principals) within our Catholic schools.
1. Serve as the Diocesan facilitator for all federal Title programs implemented in the schools and their respective Local Education Associations including Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IX.
2. Coordinate with Principals or their designee Title budgets, comprehensive improvement plans including professional development.
1. By recognizing that detailed and significant planning for optimum student experiences is effected by teachers and principals in individual schools, assist principals and teachers in identified professional development training needs.
2. Mentor principals and teachers in new educational programs or revisions to curriculum.
1. Monitors student achievement and progress within the schools.
2. Participate in student support teams as requested by the Superintendent or Principal of a specific school to assist with the identification of concerns with individual student progress and to assist in the development of a prescriptive plan of action for improvement.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in written and oral form and effectively communicate/present information to various stakeholders.
• Ability to read, analyze, interpret data, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.
• Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedural manuals.
• Ability to orally and effectively communicate/present information to various stakeholders.
• Ability to define problems, gather, analyze, and synthesize data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
• Demonstrated ability to appropriately discipline students, manage conflict with parents and to resolve faculty and staff disagreements or conflict.
• Commitment to a Catholic philosophy of education.
• Participate in professional organizations.
• Must maintain knowledge in current, professional literature, research, trends, and technology.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Outlook.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION:
• Must be able to sit or stand for long periods.
• Must be able to move around the school quickly.
• Must be able to reach with hands and arms.
• Should be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
• Employee may occasionally lift/and or move up to 50 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus, as well as, distance vision for supervisory purposes.
• Demands of the extended workday require a high level of physical endurance.
• Should be able to handle and balance multiple demands at one time.
• Master's degree in education or educational administration.
• 15+ years teaching experience with a least 10 of those years in a Catholic School; educational administration experience preferred.
• Committed to Catholic schools and their role in the educational ministry of the church.
• Possess or be able to obtain a Tennessee teaching license.
• Possess a thorough understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church, particularly as they relate to education.
• Possess strong administrative and organizational skills, especially in the areas of strategic planning and leadership development.
• Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, in particular the ability to articulate complex, and at times emotionally charged issues with clarity, empathy, and accuracy.
• Ability to work collaboratively and as a leader of a team in evaluating presidents/principals; personnel problem solving; and otherwise offering professional advice to pastors, presidents/principals, and the Diocesan Director of Catholic Schools.
• Position requires weekend and evening meetings, programs, board meetings, etc., around the diocese.
• Active member of a Catholic parish.
• Ability to successfully pass a background check.