Phoenix Modern is reimagining the design and approach of school. We are an innovative, next-generation learning community for Kindergarten through 8th grade students. Our purpose is to support a diverse community of learners in developing the skills, mindset and character that best prepare them for positive, healthy and productive engagement in the world. At Phoenix Modern, the role of the adult (teacher) is significantly different than in a typical classroom. Referred to as guides, they act as game makers, facilitators, coaches, and mentors. They inspire, ask probing questions, present challenges, help students reflect, and hold them accountable for upholding the community’s standards of excellence. Our instructional approach at Phoenix Modern provides students significant opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and shape the community. A student engages in a personalized path supported and held accountable by their guides and peers. Our model includes the following 21st Century learning components: self-paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills; real world tools and skills; critical thinking and powerful writing and speaking; soft skills and character development; and authentic relationships Beginning fall 2019, we will serve students aged 5 through 14 years old in multi-age learning studios. Our learners prove what they can do and “level up” by earning badges based on the completion of mastery based programs and completing individual and team based challenges and discussions that focus on academic skills, 21st century application, and the formation of character. We are seeking to hire a Master Learning Guide and Operations Director to collaborate with our CEO/Managing Director during our planning year (July 2018-June 2019) and into the first year of operations (2019-2020) as part of the founding leadership team.
MASTER LEARNING GUIDE: Our Master Learning Guide (or lead guide) will help further the design and launch of Phoenix Modern with a focus on curriculum, learner experiences, and support for staff. At Phoenix Modern, guides are responsible for supporting a small community of students as they build a foundation and love for learning. On a day to day basis, guides have the following roles and responsibilities: • Inspire and shepherd the energy of students • Curate or create engaging quest-based projects • Ask thought provoking questions • Provide challenges, frameworks, processes, tools and world class examples to support learning • Facilitate and model Socratic discussions • Monitor and support academic progress for core skills; hold students accountable • Directly support students through one-on-one or small group conferencing • Support student led exhibitions of learning (most of the work is done by students) • Communicate with parents including a student portfolio review twice a year In addition to being a studio guide, the Master Learning Guide (Lead Guide) will take on some campus leadership responsibilities, including, but not limited to: • Support other guides • Review and adopt curriculum • Create engaging integrated projects • Support marketing and enrollment • Analyze school wide performance • Support strategic planning for growth and improvement Position Competencies: • Genuine love and care for the well-being and growth of children • Empathy and student-centered focus • Capacity to lead and influence others • Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit • Proven excellence in written and oral communication • Project-based and/or experiential learning training and practice • Experience or a willingness to learn about online instructional programs • A strong desire to play a major role in building a high-performing start-up school in Phoenix • A strong commitment to creating and embracing different types of diversity • Commitment to affirming students, holding them accountable, and to delivering their best work • Ability to approach situations with optimism and perseverance • Willingness to take personal responsibility; open to and interested in feedback on performance; eagerness to continue to improve in effectiveness; and steady determination to pursue excellence regardless of the situation • Follow through, strong work ethic and curiosity for life The salary for this position is competitive and depends on experience. Compensation also includes additional benefits and ample time off. The starting date is flexible, but ideally starts July 1st, 2018 for a full year of planning and preparation. NEXT STEPS If you are interested in learning more, please contact Andrew Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org Ready to apply? Complete our online reflection form and attach your resume here: https://tinyurl.com/PHOENIXMODERN