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Director of Instruction-Chief Academic Officer

Texas School for the Deaf
City: Austin
State: TX
School Website URL: https://tsd.tedk12.com
Reports To (Position Title): Superintendent
Salary Range: Based on qualifications
Position Start Date: Negotiable
Position Description: OVERVIEW Serving more than 550 students on site and more than two thousand students statewide, Texas School for the Deaf is a state agency established to provide a continuum of direct educational services to students, ages zero through twenty-one, who are deaf or hard of hearing and who may have multiple disabilities. TSD is also directed to serve as a statewide educational resource center on deafness, providing a variety of educational services to families, students, programs and professionals throughout the state working with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. The school is located in beautiful downtown Austin and is home to one of the largest Deaf communities in the nation. Our educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that all children who are deaf and hard of hearing deserve a quality language and communication-driven program that provides education together with a critical mass of communication, age, and cognitive peers, as well as language- proficient teachers and staff who communicate directly in the child’s language. POSITION OVERVIEW The Director of Instruction is the chief academic officer for the school and is responsible for ensuring that a community of optimal learning is present at TSD. He/she will provide leadership, assistance and supervision for the effective operation of the academic programs, including curriculum and instruction, assessment and outcomes. The incumbent is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and works collaboratively with other Division Directors and administrative staff in support of the school’s mission to provide outstanding opportunities for academic achievement for all students. RESPONSIBILITIES Strategy • Provide direction in and maintain current knowledge of educational reform and instructional best practices in all aspects of Early Childhood through Transition deaf education. • Lead the oversight and development of instructional improvement strategies, programs and plans; review and track progress in school performance, student achievement objectives and academic excellence indicators to assure effective implementation of improvement strategies. • Provide key leadership in the development of the School’s strategic plan and the annual District Improvement Plan. • Determine and implement the School’s academic priorities; assure that curricula are aligned to state and national standards; review assessment tools and analyze performance for effectiveness in improving student achievement. • Develop and articulate clear instructional framework, Pre-K-12, that incorporates an MTSS approach. Instructional Leadership • Provide leadership to all school principals, district curriculum and academic staff to ensure that all departments are coordinating efforts to provide efficient and effective delivery of educational services. • Ensures that the curriculum developed by the school is research-based and aligned to rigorous content standards set by state and federal guidelines • Ensure that federal and state legislation/regulations related to special education are implemented schoolwide. • Serves as chair of the District Advisory Committee and oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of the District Improvement Plan with the Superintendent and other Division Directors. • Coordinates outcomes and accountability in district and state mandated testing programs • Interfaces with governmental agencies, business and civic organizations and the community to provide needed information and to promote the district’s educational initiatives Management • Assists administrative personnel in establishing, revising and approving basic professional standards of conduct not addressed by District, State and Federal guidelines • Supervises the development of formal staff development activities for teachers in teaching methods, discipline, and other issues • Supervises staff in interviewing and selecting teachers and support staff. • Approves departmental budgets and determines allocations for staff, supplies and equipment • Understands the Board policies, communicates guidelines inherent in those policies and oversees development and implementation of the relevant educational policies. Community Relations • Serve as key spokesperson to the Superintendent, School Board and community regarding all instructional issues.
Application Procedure: TO SEE THE COMPLETE JOB POSTING AND APPLY ONLINE PLEASE VISIT https://tsd.tedk12.com/hire/index.asp
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