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Director of Instruction at Breakthrough San Francisco

Job Announcement: Director of Instruction
Full Time, starting early-mid 2013

Breakthrough Overview

Breakthrough San Francisco at SF Day School prepares motivated students with limited educational opportunities for success in college through rigorous summer and after-school programming, while training outstanding college students for education careers.

Our results are exceptional. In summer 2011, our students made average gains of 1.0 grade levels in reading and 0.65 grade levels in math, while writing scores increased by 31% on average. Also in 2011, our intern teachers made average gains of 14 percentage points on our teacher excellence rubric. We are at an exciting point in our development, having recently launched a multi-year expansion: we currently serve 5-7th graders, and will expand to 5-12th grade by 2017.

Since 1993, Breakthrough has been a community involvement initiative of San Francisco Day School, a K-8 coeducational independent day school that values academic excellence for all students. We are an affiliate of the national non-profit organization Breakthrough Collaborative.

Position Summary

The Director of Instruction oversees all aspects of teaching and learning for Breakthrough San Francisco’s summer and school-year programs. He or she selects, trains, and supervises intern teachers and Instructional Coaches; ensures high-quality, engaging, and academically rigorous classroom instruction; and evaluates student learning and teacher performance. In addition, he or she provides assistance with student admissions, placement, and support. The Director of Instruction reports to Breakthrough San Francisco’s Executive Director.

Essential Functions

Teacher Selection, Training, and Support

Oversee school-year and summer intern teacher recruitment

Oversee selection of school-year and summer intern teachers, identifying the most outstanding candidates from a pool of several hundred

Oversee summer Instructional Coach recruitment and selection, yielding a team of highly capable classroom teachers from a diverse set of local schools

Oversee intern teacher training and professional development, including a 9-day pre-summer orientation and weekly ongoing training sessions, and, during the school year, pre-semester trainings and follow-up support

Supervise and support school-year and summer intern teachers and summer Instructional Coaches, facilitating their development as education professionals and holding them to the highest possible standards

Oversee teacher evaluation, gauging teachers’ progress toward agreed upon standards of performance

Oversee summer career exploration activities and connect former interns to career opportunities with Breakthrough’s teacher pipeline partners

Curriculum and Assessment

Ensure academically rigorous instructional program for 5-8th graders in school-year and summer, preparing students for success in the most challenging high schools in San Francisco

Ensure intern teachers and Instructional Coaches have access to relevant, high-quality teaching materials

Oversee student evaluation and assessment, including annual goals for student achievement

Oversee program evaluation, continuously seeking out opportunities to improve the instructional program

Other Responsibilities

Collaborate closely with program staff at Breakthrough San Francisco and at other Breakthrough sites

Assist other program staff with student admissions and support, middle school and high school placement, San
Francisco Day School relationship building efforts, and other projects as needed


Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree a plus

At least 3-5 years of experience as a classroom teacher, preferably at the middle school level

Experience with curriculum development and implementation

Experience with teacher training and instructional leadership

Demonstrated ability to hold students to high standards and achieve measurable results

Demonstrated commitment to educational equity

Demonstrated history of reflecting on own performance and striving for professional growth

Superior presentation, writing, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills

Prior experience with Summerbridge/Breakthrough highly desirable

Familiarity with San Francisco public and/or independent schools a plus

Fluency in Spanish and/or Cantonese a plus

Commitment and Compensation

Full-time, starting early-mid 2013 (negotiable)

Competitive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with education and experience and consistent with San Francisco Day School personnel policies

To Apply

Email a current resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to no later than November 16, 2012 with subject line Director of Instruction2013. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Prior to applying, please thoroughly review our website, Questions can be directed to Executive Director Andy Shin at (415) 568-3661 or

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