Instruction and Culture Director (HS) [Immediate or 2019-2020]

Position Details

  • Job Title: Instruction and Culture Director (HS) [Immediate or 2019-2020]
  • Department: High School
  • Job Category: School or Instructional Leader

The Opportunity

Harlem Village Academies is a community of educators working to build an urban school district based on the ideals and tenets of progressive education. HVA is the demonstration site for the Progressive Education Institute.

Joining a dynamic team of educators, the Instruction and Culture Director (HS) will take our work to the next level. The ideal candidate is a master teacher with broad knowledge and deep experience in quality instruction and progressive classroom culture as well as a sense of urgency around student achievement results and a passionate commitment to quality. S/he will work closely with the principal and the network education leadership team to contribute to the continual improvement of HVA’s model of progressive, accountable teaching and learning.



  • Aligned with HVA’s progressive vision, directly manage and support to produce outstanding instruction and classroom culture
  • Develop teachers through professional learning with a focus on planning, modeling, and in-class coaching – and follow-up with urgency to ensure teachers are effectively implementing what they have learned (e.g., follow-up observations same or next day)
  • Use student achievement data and student work to drive instructional improvement and decisions and to help teachers achieve learning goals
  • Co-lead with principals the teacher performance management process including direct and clear ongoing feedback, and development
  • Develop, supervise and support teachers in progressive classroom culture that is respectful, focused, independent and aligned with HVA’s student culture principles and practices
  • Lead and continually improve the effective implementation of school systems and structures related to curriculum and instruction, professional learning, informal daily assessment and regular interim assessments, and authentic presentations of learning



  • 7+ years of teaching experience preferred   
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence, particularly in English, History
  • A track record of strong quantitative student achievement results
  • Exceptional teaching abilities – engaging, sophisticated, effective, and progressive
  • Experience teaching in an urban setting
  • Experience analyzing qualitative and quantitative data to inform instructional decisions
  • Experience leading teachers and/or managing a team to achieve ambitious goals
  • Experience managing systems and programs with attention to detail
  • Ability to build strong adult culture and positive relationships
  • Good judgment and ability to navigate challenging situations
  • Incredibly high expectations for all aspects of schools and ownership over results
  • Maturity, humility, and a strong work ethic – continually seeks to learn and improve
  • Agile and thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as to take direction
  • Excellent organizational skills and acute attention to detail


Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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