School Innovation Partner- Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

About Us 

Partners in School Innovation (Partners) is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning in the lowest-performing public schools so that every student, regardless of background, thrives.  Our work is to improve school outcomes for students of color living in poverty, and our unique approach to changing lives rests upon a foundation of teamwork.  We collaborate with teachers and leaders in vulnerable public schools to help build their capacity to support breakthrough student achievement.

Every member of our team is a results-oriented leader, change agent and champion for public education. We value continuous learning and improvement, diversity of backgrounds and ideas, systems thinking and innovation. In addition to a relentless pursuit of our mission, we work hard to ensure we keep growing as humble, knowledgeable, and culturally responsive social justice warriors, deeply committed to helping public schools achieve educational equity.

About this position

School Innovation Partners (SIPs) collaborate with principals and teacher leaders to develop results-oriented leaders, create systems and structures that support teacher professional learning, and build a strong core instructional program at schools with the ultimate goal of dramatically increasing student achievement.  SIPs are extraordinary urban teachers, instructional coaches, and/or principals who have gotten breakthrough results in their own classrooms and schools, and know first-hand that all children can and will learn at high levels.  Our SIPs embody the mindsets and practices we aim to engender in our partners: social justice, results-orientation, and continuous learning.  SIPs are the agents of the change we seek in schools. We are seeking full-time SIPs to be part of the trail-blazing team that will launch our presence on the East Coast, working with the School District of Philadelphia to transform outcomes for students.  


  1. Provide leadership coaching and thought-partnership in order to develop results-oriented leaders.  SIPs support principals and teachers to plan for and implement the key actions needed to build and sustain excellent core instruction.
  2. Work alongside school leaders to create systems and structures that support teacher professional learning.  Support the creation of a system for professional learning that is aligned with the priorities of the school.
  3. Co-plan and co-facilitate regular grade group collaboration to build a sound, school-wide core instructional program that meets the needs of all students to ensure sustained student achievement results.
  4. Co-design and facilitate monthly principal leadership networks.  In collaboration with other members of the Partners team, the SIP helps create and facilitate an ongoing professional learning community to support principals as they engage in Results-Oriented Cycles of Inquiry at the leadership level.  Key topics may include long-range planning, data analysis, establishing professional learning structures and reflection on progress towards goals.
  5. Contribute to the Partners’ program.  In addition to responsibilities at school sites, SIPs actively contribute to the development and refinement of the overall program.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: internal professional development, program development, and staff recruitment.

To be considered, candidates must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least three years of teaching experience in an urban elementary and/or middle school (K-8) setting
  • Teacher certification
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle to use to drive to/from school sites
  • Please complete the application, and include a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and what skills and experience you would bring to the job.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • Passion for and commitment to achieving educational equity
  • A high degree of initiative, independence and tenacity; able to identify and prioritize actions towards a goal
  • Effective communication skills – verbal, written, presentation– with audiences diverse in age, race, etc.
  • Ability to build relationships quickly and authentically
  • A sense of optimism and an assets-based way of viewing people and situations
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive instruction
  • Knowledge of and experience delivering the Common Core
  • An orientation towards problem-solving and value creation – experience identifying root causes and developing results-oriented solutions
  • Experience collecting, analyzing and using data to inform instructional planning and strategic intervention
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with others to effect change beyond the classroom
  • Racial and cultural competence – an understanding of the role of race, culture, class and power in the inequities of the public school system

Additional preferred experiences include:

  • Knowledge of change management strategies
  • Coaching or consulting skills
  • Experience facilitating learning experiences for adults
  • Specialized content expertise, especially early literacy, supporting English Learners, bilingual education, and culturally responsive pedagogy


We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision insurance, vacation and sick leave as well as a 403(b) retirement plan.


Please complete our online application, including a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the skills and experience you bring to the job.

Start date will be August 1,2017. The work schedule for this role will vary with some network events occurring during weekends or evenings.



With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and equity, we believe that diverse perspectives and background create a rich work environment.  We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with school leaders as well as how we work together as a team.

We hope you will join us as we continue to build a diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.


Partners in School Innovation is committed to equal employment opportunity in its hiring and employment practices and policies for all staff members and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical ability, marital status or veteran status.

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