Director of Teaching & Learning and Innovative Projects

East Orange School District | East Orange, NJ


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Posted Date 9/13/2022
Expiration Date10/13/2022

REPORTS TO:         Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction


At the discretion/direction of the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, the Director of Teaching & Learning and Innovative Projects will:

  • Develop innovative strategies anchored in current research to ensure academic success for all student groups.
  • Directs and coordinates the District’s Summer School Programs and intervention and enrichment activities for students.
  • Develop and facilitate innovative project and grant alignment that will support school improvement and academic achievement throughout the District.
  • Assist with overseeing, writing, submitting, monitoring, and coordinating grant reimbursement programs.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, revision and evaluation of the District’s curriculum and all district instructional programs for content-based and innovative projects.
  • Work directly with the Assistant Superintendent to provide research and resources to develop and implement a multi-year strategic plan for all schools (grades K-12) that reflects the latest research and standards for specific curricula and support strategies needed to ensure student achievement in all schools.
  • Works and facilitates efforts with content area supervisors to provide interdisciplinary experiences across the curricula.
  • Provides the necessary support to content area supervisors and principals in order to implement innovative building level programs in all disciplines.
  • Research and organizes programs for the participation of students in appropriate competitive programs on local, national, and international levels.
  • Assume overall responsibility for the development, editing and printing of assigned curriculum guides and curriculum publications.
  • Attends conferences, workshops and other important meetings as necessary in order to keep abreast of new materials and trends in the areas of assignment.
  • Maintains appropriate records, files and documentations of program activities and effectiveness; submits periodic reports concerning areas of assignment.
  • Identify work study and internship opportunities for students pursuing immediate entry into the labor force or alternate post-secondary institutions of study. Also works with colleges and universities to explore pre-college experiences for identified students for both high school and college credits.
  • Works with Labor Relations and Employee Services to recruit, screen and interview appropriate staff for the areas of responsibility.
  • Reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction to develop budget recommendations and overseeing budget related to grant funding aligned to K-12 program and innovative projects.
  • Participates in the process of developing and conducting on-going program evaluation in the areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinate special projects, and grants and innovative district and school programs for the Division of Curriculum & Instruction.
  • Assist the Division of Curriculum & Instruction with providing instruction, direction, support and monitoring of school improvement at the district and school level based upon current data as well as the evaluation of school improvement implementation.
  • Assist the Division of Curriculum with monitoring and support in the professional development for leaders, teachers and district staff aligned to the district improvement plan and school improvement plans.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with local education leaders, community stakeholders and external partners as appropriate.
  • Identify gaps between current and desired instructional and innovative programs, as well as make recommendations for improvement.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction and/or designee.
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodations, if necessary.


  • Ability to work independently and efficiently, including the ability to research and gather information from varied sources.
  • Working knowledge and proficient level of experience with Microsoft Office Suites.
  • Working knowledge and proficient level of experience with Google products.
  • Ability to learn, interpret and explain departmental and systems procedures and policies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively; possess excellent oral and written communication skills (grammar, spelling, etc.).
  • Ability to perform at a high level, as a team player, in a team environment and demonstrates professional ethics.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities.
  • Ability to facilitate various size groups using facilitative leadership skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and flexibility to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances.
  • Ability to provide supervision to staff.
  • Demonstrate success in implementing quality support services that align well with district’s instructional/achievement program.
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports, maintain accurate records and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to manage budget contracts and memorandum of understandings with community partners and contract staff and supports.
  • Respond skillfully and efficiently with resources and related services to administrators as needed to support school innovation.
  • Prepare and oversee the preparation of records and reports as required by federal, state, and local procedures.


  • Valid NJDOE Instructional Certification
  • Valid NJDOE Administrative Certification as Principal or School Administrator
  • Minimum experience as determined by the Board.
  • Ability to plan, organize and administer a district-level professional development program.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in the areas of responsibility included in the job description.
  • Required criminal history background check and eligibility to work in the United States.
  • All applicants must meet NJ Residency requirements as per “New Jersey First Act,” N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70).
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the essential duties in the area of responsibility with reasonable
  • Such alternatives to the above as the Board of Education may find appropriate and acceptable.


The Physical Abilities and Other Conditions of Continued Employment listed in this section are representative but are not intended to provide an exhaustive list of Physical Abilities and Other Conditions of Continued Employment, which may be required of this position.  The East Orange School District encourages persons with disabilities who are interested in employment in this class and need reasonable accommodations to contact the Division of Labor Relations and Employment Services.

Vision:  (which may be corrected) to read small print; view a computer screen for prolonged periods.

Hearing: (which may be corrected) to answer telephones and tolerate exposure to noisy conditions.

Speech:  to be understood in face-to-face communications; to speak with a level of proficiency and volume to be understood over a telephone.

Upper Body Mobility:  use hands and fingers to feel, grasp, and manipulate small objects; manipulate fingers, twist and bend at wrist and elbow; extend arm to reach outward and upward; use hands and arms to lift objects; turn, raise and lower head.

Strength:  to lift, push, pull and/or carry objects, which weigh as much as 5 pounds on a frequent basis.

Environmental Requirements:  encounter constant work interruptions; work cooperatively with others; work independently; work indoors.

Mental Requirements:  read, write, understand, interpret and apply information at a moderately complex level essential for successful job performance; math skills at a high school proficiency level; judgment and the ability to process information quickly, learn quickly and follow verbal procedures and standards; give verbal instruction; rank tasks in order of importance; copy, compare, compile, and coordinate information and records.


Qualified applicants are invited to file applications and credentials via Applitrack at:


  • Review of credentials filed with the Superintendent of Schools
  • An oral interview to determine an applicant’s personal qualifications and aptitude for the position, as required
  • The appointment of a person to the position advertised is the responsibility of the Board of Education and will be made in compliance with Board policies related to the appointment of professional staff


Twelve-month work year


Collective Negotiated Agreement between the EOBOE and the EOAA

Type of Job (K-12 or Higher Ed.)

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