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The Capitol Collegiate Fellowship: Instructional Leadership

Capitol Collegiate is a college-preparatory elementary school serving the students of Sacramento, CA. The Capitol Collegiate Fellowship covers all facets of running and supporting a high-performing, college preparatory school at the elementary level, from delivering lessons, managing food distribution and operations, to accountability set-up and support systems. The Fellowship attracts dynamic, flexible, driven, and detail-oriented leaders who wish to gain tangible experience in a game-changing school. Capitol Collegiate Fellows work on the front lines of education reform every day, putting in the time and dedication necessary to support our shared work to ensure every child is successful. Fellows from this program can go on to serve as future staff members, gap-closing teachers, and leaders in the work to improve education in this country.

 About Capitol Collegiate

Capitol Collegiate was founded in 2009 to address very low high school and college graduation rates among minority students from low-income families in Sacramento, CA. Capitol Collegiate will serve more than 150 students in grades K and 1, over 90% of whom are low-income and/or ESL students. Using a slow growth model, Capitol Collegiate works to ensure that every grade is given specific and thoughtful attention, ensuring students are given access to an excellent education.

Capitol Collegiate’s success is built on a culture of rigor and excellence with the following elements:

  • Uniformly high expectations—starting with the ultimate goal of college graduation—to which parents, students and teachers alike are held;
  • Optimized use of every minute of the school day together with a longer school day and year;
  • Individualized support for students with special needs; and
  • Highly developed operational systems that enable teachers to focus on instruction.

Capitol Collegiate is developing ambitious plans for student achievement and requires the innovative thinking and support of energetic fellows. The Fellowship will offer opportunities to both work at the ground level in day-to-day school work as well as plan, manage, and implement projects to promote the continued success of the school.

 

2012-2013 Openings

Capitol Collegiate Academy holds a very high bar for operational systems that support student learning and culture. We believe that thoughtfully-created systems enable our school to run smoothly and efficiently, and that all student and staff-facing systems must embody our values of urgency and high expectations for student achievement. Capitol Collegiate is seeking strong Fellows to work closely with school leaders to ensure the continued high performance of school operations at Capitol Collegiate Academy and to further develop new systems for the school.

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about serving an urban population and contributing to a dynamic school that already has a strong track record of success. We are currently accepting applications for the  following positions:

  • Operations Fellow
  • Instructional Leadership Fellow

 Operations Fellow:

Capitol Collegiate is seeking an Operations Fellow to provide crucial support in project development and communications, as well as manage key aspects of school operations. The Operations Fellow will regularly connect with families and staff, support staff and student recruitment, work in the community, and directly serve in daily school roles and responsibilities. The Fellow will also manage school resources and provide support to operations staff in ensuring the smooth functioning of the school.

Specific Responsibilities May Include:

  • Manage key aspects of school operations
    • Manage school IT resources
    • Manage school inventory of supplies; purchase and maintain supplies
    • Coordinate space and resource assignments
    • Coordinate logistics for on-site events
    • Complete coding of financial documents
    • Provide logistical support for school programs (ie. enrichment) and field trips
  • Support operations staff with maintaining data systems
    • Execute data entry as requested
    • Process weekly PREP behavior analysis reports
  • Accountability Systems
    • Support data entry, state and federal reporting
    • Grant reporting and communications
  • Communications
    • Develop documents for public distribution
    • Manage web site content
    • Provide support and contribution to social media
    • Manage and distribute critical news stories
    • Draft media releases
  • Daily Operations Support
    • Include areas such as: food distribution, after-school program management, structural systems within the building, school decorations, structural expectations
  • Serve as a homeroom teacher and member of a Grade Level Team
    • Participate in administrative team discussions and meetings
    • Problem-solve schoolwide challenges
    • Participate in Professional Development
    • Engage in collaborative team meetings
  • Serve as a productive member of the Capitol Collegiate community

Instructional Leadership Fellow:

Capitol Collegiate is seeking an Instructional Leadership Fellow to provide crucial support in lesson preparation, lesson delivery, data analysis, student support and student supervision. The Instructional Leadership Fellow will regularly connect with teachers, students, and families, and directly serve in daily school roles and responsibilities. The Fellow will also manage classroom resources and needs, providing support to teachers in ensuring the smooth functioning of the classroom.

Specific Responsibilities May Include:

  • Provide interpretation for school meetings and events at request
    • Interpret for occasional large-group meetings and events, including after-school and evening events (i.e. family orientation nights)
    • Interpret family meetings and phone calls on an ad hoc basis
  • Provide preparation of lesson materials upon request
    • Prepare and distribute prepared materials, as needed
    • Support in projects and heavy times (conferences, testing)
  • Manage key aspects of classroom operations
    • Manage school IT resources; troubleshoot and maintain technology, including copy machines
    • Manage classroom inventory of supplies
    • Coordinate logistics for grade-level work
    • Provide logistical support for school programs (ie. enrichment) and field trips
  • Support teaching staff with maintaining data systems
    • Execute data entry as requested
    • Process weekly behavior analysis reports
    • Analyze data for student achievement
  • Serve as a member of a Grade Level Team or Office Team
    • Participate in grade level team discussions and meetings
    • Problem-solve grade level challenges
    • Participate in Professional Development
    • Engage in collaborative team meetings
  • Serve as a productive member of the Capitol Collegiate community

Preferred Experience & Qualifications for all Fellows:

  • Minimum: Junior Year of College (Bachelor degree preferred)
  • Must pursue substitute certification by 10/1/12.
  • Strong ability to provide/receive constructive feedback and collaborate

 Qualities Sought

  • Commitment To Urban Education: Belief that there is not a more urgent task than to educate students from low-income, urban backgrounds.
  • Mission Alignment: Belief that every student should be held to the highest academic and behavioral expectations. Understanding that a structured environment is essential for learning.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Openness to change, willingness to problem-solve, and interest in developing new ideas & programs.
  • Qualifications: Previous teaching experience preferred. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
  • Systems-thinker with the ability to focus on outcomes who will thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Team Player: Is able to work effectively in a team environment and will encourage/support others in doing their best work
  • A high level of zest, grit, hope, gratitude, enthusiasm, tenacity, and humor

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to careers@capitolcollegiate.orgaddressed to Penny Schwinn. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Capitol Collegiate Academy is an equal opportunity employer and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.