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:: Manager, Instructional Support ::

Department:
Human Resources

Position Code:
30024753 - Manager, Instructional Support

Work Hours:
1.0

Application Deadline:
11/04/2013

Position Description:

SUMMARY

Under general supervision, manage and support mentoring and coaching roles in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS); design and enhance structures to support instructional growth throughout the system; oversee the district’s Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Mentors and Instructional Specialists (IS) to support significant improvement in student achievement.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS --Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages and develops the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Mentors and Instructional Specialists (IS).
  • Creates and/or enhances effective systems for managing and monitoring the work of others.
  • Communicates and collaborates regularly with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT), the Principal Forum, and other district stakeholders regarding mentoring and coaching strategies and opportunities.
  • Supports the PAR Mentors and IS leads in their roles and development.
  • Identifies and provides professional development and individual coaching opportunities for team members.
  • Analyze and act upon teacher and student performance data to drive the district’s mentoring and coaching strategies.
  • Collaborates with teacher evaluation team and supports the Standards of Effective Instruction (SOEI) observation process.
  • Develops systems to manage and monitor caseload management.
  • Directs budget preparation and management.
  • Supports the District’s Strategic Plan with specific emphasis on promoting academic achievement for all learners through effective mentoring and coaching.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Master’s Degree in Education, Education Leadership, or related field; AND three (3) years of teaching/school leadership experience, one (1) year of which was in a management role; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of professional development, leadership, school improvement, reform, instructional planning, and assessment.
  • Principles of student learning and student achievement strategies.
  • Principles of office management/workflow processes.  Ability to create effective systems for managing the work of others.
  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including budgeting, customer service, public relations and employee supervision.
  • Teacher and student performance data analysis, trend analysis to formulate data strategically and effectively.

Skill in:

  • Exceptional strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Professional development planning, group facilitation, communications, instructional coaching, and school improvement planning.
  • Effectively diagnose teacher development areas through observations, identify interventions, and communicate direct, actionable feedback.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Assessment or student instruction.
  • Outstanding facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Strong ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and evaluating staff performance.

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Three (3) years K-12 teaching experience in high-needs schools or with high-needs populations.
  • Experience teaching in Minneapolis Public Schools.

 LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. 

Current and valid Teaching License from the State of Minnesota is required.

Ability to be certified in MPS Standards of Effective Instruction (SOEI) observation process.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

METHOD OF APPLICATION:
All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at www.mpls.k12.mn.us (click on Careers).In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • On-Line Application

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY:

Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

The Minneapolis Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action School District