Program Director, Blackburn
Blackburn Alternative Program is in north central Omaha that serves 9th-12th grade students as recommended or referred by the 7 OPS traditional high schools. Blackburn follows the guaranteed and viable curriculum as set forth by OPS Curriculum & Instruction Support for secondary education. Both core and elective courses are offered to enable students to meet graduation requirements. Blackburn follows a block schedule that allows students to earn credits on a quarterly basis. Class sizes are generally smaller than in the traditional setting, so students receive the support they need to be successful. Staff members readily teach students skills they need to have an educationally rewarding experience at Blackburn and into the future. Students who accomplish their goals for attendance, behavior, and academic achievement may be recommended for return to the traditional high school setting. Students are, however, eligible to remain and graduate from Blackburn.
The mission of Blackburn Alternative Program is to assist students to achieve their highest potential through individual, flexible, and structured educational experiences designed to enhance their academic growth and foster lifelong learning.
Achievement and Results: Leader articulates clear expectations and holds self and others accountable for achieving high results for all students.
- Demonstrates high expectations and an unyielding belief that all students can and will achieve at high levels.
- Holds self and others accountable for reaching high academic achievement of all students.
- Articulates a clear and compelling vision to prepare all students for college, career, and community leadership.
- Sets challenging goals, continuously monitors progress, and demonstrates persistence to overcome obstacles to achieve goals.
- Proactively develops and implements school improvement plans to accomplish student achievement goals.
- Helps teachers reach and engage each student based on individual needs and interests.
Equity Leadership: Leader demonstrates awareness and conviction to address inequities and holds adults accountable for doing the same.
- Creates urgency and develops plans to close achievement gaps and prepare all students for college and career success.
- Addresses biases, engages in courageous conversations, and makes difficult decisions in the best interest of students.
- Supports teachers and staff to skillfully address race, culture, class, language acquisition and unique student learning needs to ensure all students achieve at high levels.
Instructional Leadership: Leader helps all students master standards through data-driven instruction and staff evaluation and development.
- Promotes student mastery of standards by implementing rigorous instructional strategies and assessments aligned to curricula.
- Uses – and enables others to use – multiple forms of student achievement data to inform instruction and advance learning.
- Ensures that teachers check for student understanding and clarify, reteach, or adjust instruction.
- Partners with staff to provide students the appropriate scaffolds and interventions to meet their individual learning needs.
- Evaluates staff and teachers. Observes classrooms to support effective teaching practices that result in improved student achievement.
- Provides coaching and timely, targeted, actionable feedback to ensure growth in practice.
Talent Management: Leader promotes professional learning, maximizes staff talent, and appropriately matches talent to student needs.
- Differentiates approach based on performance: recognizes and retains high performers, provides targeted support to mid-performers, and develops or exits low performers.
- Strategically selects and assigns staff to meet students’ unique needs.
- Provides targeted professional development and support based on observation and student data.
School Culture: Leader creates a culture that promotes learning, collaboration, respect, and safety for all.
- Creates a positive, safe, respectful, and welcoming school culture that focuses on each student’s development.
- Promotes collaboration among students, families, staff, and the community.
- Shares leadership or delegates appropriately, leveraging individuals’ strengths and interests.
- Sets and maintains clear expectations for students that inform positive behavior management strategies.
- Engages families as integral partners in their children’s education.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Leader skillfully and appropriately engages diverse constituents to meet student needs.
- Actively listens, solicits input from diverse stakeholders, and seeks to understand and address others’ perspectives and needs.
- Effectively communicates with students, families, staff, and the community.
- Moves adults to take action and ownership. Manages change, gains buy-in, and overcomes resistance.
- Resolves conflict in a direct but constructive manner, seeking “win-win” solutions.
- Develops and navigates school and district relationships and understands implications of actions.
- Reflects, accurately assesses own strengths and growth areas, solicits candid feedback, and seeks ongoing growth opportunities.
Problem Solving and Strategic Thinking: Leader assesses situations, defines action plans, and solves problems to accomplish goals.
- Collects, analyzes, and uses multiple forms of data to make informed decisions.
- Identifies problems, analyzes root causes, and develops effective solutions.
- Executes effectively: develops and implements action plans, anticipates risks, and adapts to changing circumstances.
Operational Leadership: Leader develops school systems, procedures, and protocols to maximize instructional time and attain school goals.
- Prioritizes, aligns, and effectively manages people, time, and resources (e.g., budget, facilities, etc.) to improve student outcomes and attain school goals.
- Establishes clear systems and structures to maximize instructional time and student learning.
- Delegates and monitors school operations to ensure a safe learning environment and asks for support to resolve issues as appropriate.
Job Title: Program Director
Location: 2606 Hamilton Street, Omaha, NE 68131
Reports To: Principal Supervisor
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: 12-month / 261 days, Exempt
Salary Schedule: OSAA Level 9