Regional Director of Secondary STEM

  • Full-time
  • Start Date: Next year opening
  • Department: Regional Support and Leadership

Company Description

About KIPP Nashville Public Schools 

KIPP Nashville Public Schools is a network of high-performing, free, open enrollment K-12 schools that has been committed to positively affecting student outcomes in Nashville since 2005. KIPP Nashville is part of the acclaimed KIPP Network, which educates 100,000+ students nationwide and supports students from Kindergarten through college, career and beyond. Through the KIPP Forward program, our team helps students identify their career of highest aspiration and develop the skills and confidence to chase their dreams.
KIPP Nashville currently operates 3 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school and we are excited to open our doors to a 2nd high school in 2023. Our student community consists of over 3,000 students in North, East and South Nashville. 94% of our students identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and 26% are identified as diverse learners. We are excited to continue our growth to ensure all students in Nashville have access to an excellent education and the resources necessary to push past any boundaries that may stand in their way.
The mission of KIPP Nashville is to together with families and communities create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence they need to pursue the paths they choose - college, career and beyond - so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
If you share in this belief, if you have a proven willingness to do what it takes for students to be their best, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, then you are already a KIPPster.

Job Description

Position Overview
KIPP Nashville Public Schools is committed to providing a college preparatory math and STEM education to all students. The Director of STEM plays a critical role in realizing this mission by providing schools with high-quality curriculum materials that are vertically aligned across grade levels, ensuring that every KIPP Nashville student is ready to matriculate into rigorous high school science and math courses.

Key Responsibilities:
Responsibilities of the Director of STEM include, but are not limited to:

Vision Setting 

  • Invest leaders, teachers, students, and families in KIPP Nashville’s STEM vision 
  • In collaboration with regional academic leaders and school-based leaders, continually refine KIPP Nashville’s vision for academic excellence

Change Management

  • Internalize the Eureka Math2 curriculum materials and assessments 
  • Build investment from APs and teachers around what excellence looks like in a Eureka math lesson
  • Ensure math teachers are well-trained and supported moving into the new curriculum 

Curriculum Frameworks

  • Create and support the rollout plan of regional supports for the Eureka Math2 curriculum
  • Create and manage the 5-8 science and math curricula, including scope and sequences, daily aims, and lesson resources
  • Ensure curriculum alignment to TN state standards 
  • Set the assessment vision for 5-8 STEM, including testing calendar and grading deadlines 
  • Collaborate with the KIPP high school math and science department chairs to ensure vertical alignment between 5-8 and 9-12 curricula and instructional approaches.

Assessment and Data-Driven Instruction

  • Write and/or edit assessments for 5 – 8, including topic assessments, end of modules, and interim assessments 
  • Analyze assessment data and use it to drive action with STEM APs 
  • Prepare data for, and participate in, weekly regional Academic Progress Monitoring meetings
  • Support Manager of Science  in setting vision for and authoring assessments for 5-8 science 
  • Support teachers and leaders in analyzing assessment data.

People Management 

  • Set goals for the Manager of Science to drive high-quality curriculum materials and academic outcomes
  • Provide feedback on the vision and curriculum materials produced for the science program 

Professional Development

  • Plan and lead summer PD to launch shared vision and build teacher toolkit
  • Plan and lead shared PD during the year to support ongoing teacher execution
  • Set the vision for STEM internalizations, including protocols and schedules 
  • Develop STEM content leaders by observing internalizations and providing feedback 
  • Co-observe with APs at least bi-monthly to drive alignment of execution 
  • Observe instructional practices in schools to identify and address curriculum design and professional development gaps.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum 4 years exemplary math teaching experience with strong student achievement results
  • Minimum 3 years exemplary teacher coaching and adult management experience
  • Experience with Eureka Math2 curriculum (preferred) 
  • Model of effective and high-quality STEM instruction
  • Demonstrated ability to drive student success
  • Experience planning and leading engaging and effective professional development for adults
  • Experience in curriculum support, such as assessment writing and/or scope and sequence management
  • Strong project management skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent communicator, who can work with internal and external stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in education and/or Math education preferred

Desired Characteristics

  • Keen analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong time management and ability to prioritize
  • Strong judgment and decision-making skills 
  • Flexible and strong ability to manage competing priorities
  • Goal and deadline-driven
  • Team-player capable of working both collaboratively and independently 
  • Commitment to the mission of KIPP Nashville

Additional Information

Our comprehensive compensation package includes life insurance and long-term disability coverage provided by KIPP Nashville, voluntary medical and dental plans, in addition to retirement benefits and an annual salary increase. To establish equitable salary practices, the compensation package is derived from the regional KIPP Nashville Public Schools pay scale. This position is exempt and will follow a 12-month schedule.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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