Director of Academics

Website Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Director of Academics

About the Organization
Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is the first all-girls’ public charter school in the state of
Missouri serving students in grades 6-12. Hawthorn provides young women with the academic
background, self-esteem, and leadership skills with a focus in STEM that will enable them to
succeed in college and beyond.

About the Role
Hawthorn is seeking an exemplary instructional leader to build, implement and monitor key
academic systems across the middle and high school program. The DOA will work to ensure
Hawthorn’s students are exposed to rigorous, culturally affirming curriculum and staff members are provided with the necessary support to provide a high quality academic experience. In partnership with the Head of Schools, the DOA will ensure Hawthorn fulfills its mission to prepare each student for success in college.

This role reports directly to the Head of Schools.

Key Responsibilities
Oversee, implement and progress monitor the school’s instructional program

  • Assess the effectiveness of current instructional tools and practices and revise as needed
  • Create protocols and other meeting structures to support instructional expectations
  • Research curriculum in support of new curriculum adoption
  • Design, manage and implement a strategic professional development plan aligned with
    school wide instructional priorities
  • Collaborate with the Head of School to ensure instructional systems support the school
    wide goals
  • Ensure vertical alignment of our entire academic program to ensure that our scholars and
    educators experience an integrated, aligned program that develops our scholars for
    success in our schools and beyond
  • Ensure that school wide interventions and supports are implemented with Fidelity
  • Assist Head of School with teacher evaluation process

Directly Coach a cohort of teachers

  • Build a strong relationship and partnership with each teacher and learn their
    context–their strengths and areas of growth and their students
  • Use data from observations and student assessments to craft a long-term development
    plan for each teacher
  • Drive each teacher’s growth using a range of coaching tools, including observation/
    debrief, real time coaching, data meetings,

School Wide Assessment

  • Coordinate school wide assessments (NWEA, STAR)
  • Work along staff to coordinate state-wide assessments (MO MAP, EOC)


  • 3+ years as classroom teacher, with a demonstrated record of leading students to
    academic success, building strong relationships and establishing a strong classroom
  • Experience as an instructional leader, helping teachers to grow in order to help their
    students achieve their goals
  • Experience at the middle or high school level
  • Expertise in ELA content, common core shifts, and ideally Springboard curriculum
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic
    performance for all student populations; knows effective practice for differentiating

Other skills

Communication, Interpersonal and Team Skills
Builds and maintains strong relationships

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication
  • Actively listens to others and is able to effectively interpret others’ motivations and

Problem Solving and Systems Thinking

  • Makes decisions using data and technology
  • Takes initiative to solve problems and create stakeholder buy-in
  • Supports individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organizational success
    and improve student outcomes

To Apply
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