Apr 27, 2021

Director of Humanities (PK-8)

  • DREAM Charter School
  • 1991 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA
Full-Time Education/Training General Management

Job Description

Reporting to the Network Director of Curriculum and Instruction, the Director of Humanities (PK-8) is responsible for managing the development, codification, and implementation of DREAM’s rigorous, vertically aligned PreK-8th grade Humanities curriculum. The Director of Humanities collaborates closely with school-based leaders to design and facilitate high-quality professional development and coaching, ensure strong implementation of the humanities curriculum, and make strategic adjustments to curriculum and teaching in response to student data. The ideal candidate has extensive knowledge of best practices for humanities teaching and learning in grades PK-8, experience fostering adult learning through high quality professional development and coaching, and strong data utilization and strategic thinking skills.


Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • Manages the design and development of a rigorous, vertically aligned PK-8 humanities curriculum that fosters the achievement of all students, is culturally and historically responsive, and develops students’ critical consciousness
  • Collaborates with the Network Director of Curriculum and Instruction and other key stakeholders to design a multi-year process for development, revision, and codification of the PK-8 humanities curriculum and assessments and to determine curriculum revision priorities for the current school year
  • Designs the vertically aligned scope and sequence for grades K-8
  • Designs the humanities curriculum, including creation of unit plans, assessments, lesson plans, and instructional materials in prioritized grades
  • Manages and provides feedback on curriculum development and revision work done by academic deans, lead planners, or other school-based team members in prioritized grades and instructional blocks
  • Provides input on the network assessment strategy for humanities and revises network interim and unit assessments as necessary
  • Utilizes student performance data to assess the effectiveness of curricular design and implementation and make necessary short and long term revisions and improvements
  • Ensures that the design and implementation of the humanities curriculum leads to continuous improvement of student outcomes
  • Collaborates with principals, academic deans, and other key stakeholders to regularly analyze assessment data and use it to drive instruction 
  • Collaborates with the high school Director of Curriculum and Instruction to ensure alignment of our PK-8 and high school humanities programs

Teacher & Leader Development

  • Collaborates with PK-8 principals and school ILTs to design high quality school-based professional development and coaching practices 
  • Collaborates with the Managing Director of Schools, Network Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and other key stakeholders to design and lead highly effective training for academic deans
  • Supports school-based teams in determining focus areas and action steps for instructional improvement by observing humanities instruction and analyzing student and teacher data 
  • Regularly observes and provides feedback on Intellectual Prep meetings in order to improve coaching and teacher development practices across schools

Hiring Organization



  • Master’s Degree in Education, Teaching, or School Administration, preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience with a record of achievement for ALL children
  • Extensive knowledge of instructional design, curriculum development, assessment design, and pedagogical best practices in humanities 
  • A successful record of developing teacher knowledge, skill, and productive mindsets around teaching and learning, including experience with design and execution of adult professional development and coaching
  • A strong analytic, performance management, accountability, and systems-thinking orientation necessary to inform strategy development and execution
  • A drive to succeed and achieve great results on behalf of all students, especially those furthest from opportunity 
  • Deeply committed to fostering equity and inclusion in our schools 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competency, and an ability to connect and build relationships with a diverse group of people 
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to project plan, prioritize, and balance multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey complex information to a variety of audiences
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including a desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community 

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