Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Breakthrough Greater Boston is currently seeking a highly motivated and talented Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) to oversee all aspects of teaching and learning for our middle school summer and school-year programs. The DCI will be responsible for hiring, training and supervising Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches; ensuring high-quality classroom instruction; and evaluating student learning and teacher performance. In addition, the DCI will provide ongoing support with student recruitment, admissions, placement, and support for our middle school students. The DCI works closely with other members of a dynamic person Program Team and reports directly to the Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction.


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A successful Director of Curriculum and Instruction will work in close alignment with the Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction to:

Plan and lead safe and engaging programming during the summer and school year for middle school students and Teaching Fellows

Hire, train and supervise a high performing and diverse team of Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches

Develop hands on, culturally responsive and rigorous curriculum that aligns with both district and state standards

Oversee assessment efforts to ensure students and Teaching Fellows make gains; use data to inform program and curriculum decisions

Work closely with the Director of Student Services to ensure all middle school students are well supported in their academic and social emotional learning


In this exciting role you will be responsible for leading the Teacher Training Program, curriculum development and student evaluation. Specifically, you will:

Program Management

Work in collaboration with the rest of BTGB’s full-time program team to:

Plan and implement summer and school-year programs

Oversee the day-to-day operations of year-round academic programming

Teacher Hiring, Training and Support

Lead Teaching Fellow recruitment and admissions, selecting 100+ outstanding candidates from a pool of several hundred

Conduct Instructional Coach recruitment and admissions, yielding a team of highly capable, seasoned classroom teachers from a diverse set of local schools

Plan and lead teacher training and professional development, including a two-week pre-summer teacher orientation and weekly professional development events, with the support of Instructional Coaches

With the support of Instructional Coaches, oversee and conduct Teaching Fellow evaluation, gauging teachers’ progress toward agreed upon standards of performance

Train, supervise and support Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches, ensuring that all achieve mastery of the instructional and classroom management strategies utilized by BTGB

Drive summer career exploration activities, such as educator panels, connect Teaching Fellow alumni to post-BTGB career opportunities, write recommendations for Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches and participate in instructional workgroups and special projects

Curriculum and Assessment

Oversee the design and implementation of engaging and rigorous year-round academic programming with the support of Instructional Coaches and other professional educators (In particular, provide structure for aligning course skill objectives with material taught in the most rigorous college-preparatory high school classes)

Develop and oversee student evaluation and assessment, including pre- and post-testing, as well as a wide range of formative and summative assessments

Track progress toward and report on annual goals for student and Teaching Fellow achievement

Maintain a resource library to ensure that Teaching Fellows have access to relevant, high-quality teaching materials

Student Support

Assist with student recruitment and admissions

Assist with student advocacy work, maintaining positive relationships and frequent communications with families and school personnel


Passion for the mission of BTGB, closing opportunity gaps and training the next generation of urban teachers

Four to five years of professional teaching experience with underserved students, preferably in grades 6-9, ideally with students who will be first generation to college

Significant experience with curriculum development and implementation

Experience mentoring and training pre-service or new teachers; ability to hold others to high standards while also offering support and maintaining positive relationships

An unwavering commitment to equity, in deepening your personal understanding and in advancing our collective work

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with students, families and educators

Superior organization and project management skills

Ability to work on multiple projects, adjust quickly to shifting priorities, meet deadlines, exercise good judgment and handle high-pressure situations

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a variety of audiences

Team player who demonstrates a positive attitude, sense of humor, energy, entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to collaboration

Prior experience with Breakthrough model highly desirable; familiarity with partner schools or districts a plus

Flexibility that allows for periodic work on Saturdays and evenings

Candidates of color and those from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply as are those with fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Amharic, Somali, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Tigrinya or Urdu

Bachelor’s degree


Breakthrough Greater Boston offers a competitive compensation package and is deeply committed to pay equity and transparency. The salary range for this position is $69,257.38-93,702.02; Breakthrough Greater Boston makes an offer based on relevant years of experience and does not negotiate salaries.


If you are interested in learning more about how your passion and experience can help Breakthrough meet its mission and grow its impact, please submit your resume and a thoughtful and targeted cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity. Applications can be submitted to Jenny Gardony, Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction at [email protected].

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more about Breakthrough Greater Boston at


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  • Nadira Fant
    published this page in Job Board 2024-04-15 11:50:17 -0400