Director of Instructional Innovation

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Live Oak School

Live Oak School, a K-8 independent school in the heart of urban San Francisco, believes that the best learning happens when students are actively engaged in the process—thinking deeply, exploring ideas, and trying on strategies for solving problems. The school’s approach to teaching and learning is deeply rooted in progressive tradition and informed by contemporary research. Live Oak anchors its instructional program around the students as individual learners, determined to prepare them for the opportunities that will define the lives of graduates in the twenty-first century.

As the school embraces a new strategic plan and launches several major initiatives, Live Oak has created a new role—director of instructional innovation—that will be integral to the continued growth and evolution of this nearly fifty-year-old institution. The director will have a chance to oversee and grow programs tied directly to curricular innovation, instructional design and educational technology—including the highly anticipated ChangeMaker Lab that comes online fully next fall. The director of instructional innovation will serve on the leadership team and report directly to the head of school.

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Post Date: January 6, 2020

Application Deadline: January 29, 2020 at 5:00pm PDT

Remote Semifinal Round: Saturday, February 1, 2020

On-site Final Round: February 10 – 13, 2020

Decision Announced: February 28, 2020

Start Date: July 1, 2020, or earlier by mutual agreement



Instructional Design

  • In partnership with the leadership team, develop and coordinate a strategic vision for instructional innovation.
  • Design, manage, and evaluate major initiatives across the divisions to help grow and evolve the teaching and learning program.
  • Work directly with faculty 1:1 to support them in an instructional design capacity.
  • Inspire, collaborate with, and support various academic leaders, program coordinators, and team leads to explore, implement, and assess innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Internal Professional Development

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to professional growth and adult learning, by not only planning and coordinating internal offerings, but also identifying and supporting participation at external conferences and workshops.
  • Design, deliver, and oversee major on-campus professional development and growth experiences for faculty.

ChangeMaker Lab and Educational Technology

  • Oversee the ChangeMaker Lab, developing curriculum and teaching lessons for students, as well as designing integration opportunities for faculty.
  • Oversee the technology department, which includes both internal employees and a partnership with an external services provider.


  • Serve as an active member of the leadership team and report directly to the head of school.
  • Establish and maintain local, regional, and national partnerships to support the strategic goals of the school’s instructional and technology programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Professional Qualifications:

  • Understanding of contemporary research and professional growth programs related to designing and implementing innovative independent school K-8 teaching and learning practices
  • An ability to create differentiated opportunities for administrators, teachers, and students to participate as design partners of new innovation models, and not simply be consumers of those models
  • Experience working in the areas of instructional design, curricular innovation, instructional technology, or related fields
  • An innovative mindset with expertise in school change management, and extended professional development in the areas of education, leadership, and innovation
  • Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
  • Skillfulness at delivering presentations, sharing updates, and facilitating discussions with board members, senior leadership, faculty, students, and families
  • Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

  • Inspirational leadership and ideas that appeal to a dynamic and diverse faculty body, complemented by a willingness to “walk the innovation walk” on the ground
  • Empathy, warmth, and authentic collegiality to faculty members across the innovation spectrum
  • An eagerness for effecting institutional change, balanced with a judicious understanding that successful innovation at a K-8 school requires establishing lasting peer-to-peer relationships
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills, along with a collaborative, cooperative, and patient mindset
  • A passion for education in and out of the classroom


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