Job Description
Job Title:  Director of Curriculum and Innovation

EXEMPT: Yes                                                   POSITION LEVEL: Administrative
SALARY LEVEL:  Administrative               DEPARTMENT: Educational Services
LOCATION:  District Office, Ed. Serv.        TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 Month
REPORTS TO: Chief Academic Officer       DATE APPROVED:

SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Chief Academic Officer, the Director of Teaching and Learning will oversee, manage and lead the development, selection, implementation, evaluation and refinement of the District’s K-8 written, taught, and tested curriculum, and the district’s professional development plan to help schools in Pendergast District dramatically accelerate student academic achievement and become a district of first choice.  S/he will ensure the organizational systems and academic programs are established to ensure all students are college and career ready.  The Director of Curriculum and Innovation will oversee the development and implementation of instructional strategies throughout the district, as well as the design and implementation of assessments throughout the District.  The Director of Curriculum and Innovation will coordinate the district special programs and academies.

JOB GOAL: To oversee, evaluate, monitor, and improve all aspects of the curriculum, assessments, instruction, and student services to enhance student learning for all students.


  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field
  • Valid Principal or other valid Arizona Administrative Certificate
  • Commitment to the success of all students
  • Effective manager of people with the proven ability to build the capacity of others and develop leaders
  • Knowledgeable about change management and quickly able to establish credibility among team members including partners, peers, direct reports, and executive leadership
  • Ability to effectively work with and communicate to a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders for a variety of purposes, including cross-functional teams representing multiple District Office departments responsible for school effectiveness and student performance


  • Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Five years’ experience as a successful school-based principal
  • Prior district office administrative experience
  • Prior experience supervising, organizing assessments or developing curriculum and instruction

Such alternatives to the above required & preferred qualifications as the Superintendent/ Designee may find appropriate and acceptable.

SUPERVISES: The Director of Curriculum and Innovation supervises and evaluates the English Language Arts and Social Studies Coordinator, Coordinator for Staff Development, Coordinator for Language Acquisition, and the Technology Integration Specialist.


  1. Assist in the development and implementation and monitoring of a curriculum management plan to move the District’s curriculum, instruction, assessment and technology programs from traditional practices to that of integrated, performance-based practices.
  2. Implement and monitor the PESD Comprehensive Curriculum Management Plan to integrate development and use of the written, taught, and tested curriculum to provide continuity and consistency across all grade levels.
  3. Coordinate the selection, implement, and evaluate newly adopted district-wide curriculum, assessments and programs to support teaching and learning.
  4. Lead special program development and implementation.
  5. Ensure that curricula, assessments, and special programs are designed, appropriately implemented, evaluated and refined to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  6. Collaborate, plan and oversee professional development that supports the district strategic goals, school improvement action plans and PESD values.
  7. Ensure that there is an appropriate and logical alignment between the District’s academic program, curricula, assessment, and the District, State and Federal accountability programs.
  8. Use multiple sources of data, including student performance data, to effect changes in curriculum, assessment, programs, teaching and leadership practices, as well as the attitudes of stakeholders about needed changes.
  9. Ensure that appropriate differentiation in curricula and instruction are available to students.
  10. Oversee appropriate intervention programs to support struggling students.
  1. Oversee the English Learners Program and support culturally responsive instructional practices throughout the District.
  2. Collaborate with the Director of School Improvement and Program Development to evaluate the implementation and impact of Title I, II, and III instructional programs.
  1. Implement and oversee district initiatives in order to provide equitable educational opportunities that are intentionally inclusive of all students regardless of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and/or national origin.
  1. Coordinate with Educational Services staff and site based instructional staff on program and curriculum development.
  2. Supervise and evaluate designated staff.
  3. Perform such other duties and assumes such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Superintendent/Designee.

EVALUATION:  Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provision of the Board policy or evaluation of professional personnel.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions; ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several concrete variables

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret education materials and programs; ability to write reports, procedure manuals, and correspondence; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of teachers, students, administration, and the community.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to work with mathematical such as probability and statistical inference; ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to handle, or feel objects, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION: Ability to work collaboratively with peers in decision-making and work to provide assistance on major issues in the organization regardless of whether the carrying out the decision is in one’s division. Effective communication and positive interaction with community, staff, parents, and students.

SUPERVISION:  Educational Service Office Staff as assigned by Chief Academic Officer.


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