Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning at American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C. in Mexico
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Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning
American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C. (Mexico)

Nov 5, 21
Nov 26, 21

POSITION TITLE: Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning

APPOINTMENT: August 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 26, 2021

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHOOL, CITY, AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY

ASFM is a private, secular, non-profit, Nursery through 12th grade, college-preparatory, U.S.-accredited, co-educational institution, which offers both a Mexican and U.S. High School Diploma that serves the local and international population.

ASFM is a community of learners, engaged in the search for open minds, caring hearts, global leadership, and sharing of knowledge and experience among its members.  This community, composed of students, alumni, parents, teachers, support service personnel, and administrators, recognizes and is enriched by the fact that each member brings their own personal experiences, national heritage, language, and family customs and values to our institution.  Each member is a unique individual, possessing a wealth of thoughts and feelings that are most valuable when shared with others. 

Monterrey is one of the three most important cities in Mexico. Surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Madre mountains in the Northeastern part of the country, the city has an altitude of 537m above sea level. Its population reaches more than 3.5 million people. The city is full of tradition, culture, and progress.

Monterrey has nine months of warm weather and three months of colder temperatures. Being a semi-desert region, rainfall is sporadic throughout the year. The warm weather starts in March and continues until the end of October with temperatures ranging from 80° to 100°F. During January and February, some cold spells usually occur. Temperatures can go below freezing; however, snow is rare.

Though primarily a city of industry, Monterrey offers its share of museums and restaurants, with many interesting places to visit nearby. In addition, Monterrey has many things to do for the adventurous: rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and more.

VISION

We believe in open minds, caring hearts, and global leadership as essentials for a healthy and successful life.

MISSION

The American School Foundation of Monterrey (ASFM) fosters open minds, caring hearts, and global leadership within the entire school community. ASFM serves a diverse population and prepares all students through an innovative, inclusive, and intensive program focused on engaging and enabling students to achieve their individual potential in citizenship, academics, athletics, and the arts.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

ASFM offers an educational program for grades Nursery through 12th grade.  The Preschool is composed of Nursery and Pre-Kinder. The Elementary School includes Kinder-Grade 5.  The Middle School includes grades 6-8.  The High School includes Grades 9-12. The Mexican Bachillerato program is a six-semester program that corresponds to Grades 10-12.

It is our purpose to provide each student with a learning environment that is both challenging and rewarding; one that encourages discovery and the development of special talents, abilities, and interests in academics, athletics, citizenship, and the arts; one in which the teacher serves as a facilitator and catalyst to learning as well as a source of knowledge.  It is our goal that in this environment each student will learn to appreciate a diversity of opinions and ideas and will become a critical and creative thinker and communicator as well as a self-disciplined and positive member of the community.

The ASFM curriculum shall reflect the following guideline:

  •  The curriculum shall be modeled after best international practices.
  • The curriculum in each subject area should reflect a coherent, orderly progression through the grades.
  • The curriculum should be continually reviewed by the professional staff to ensure that it meets the needs of our students and to constantly upgrade and improve the course of study.

Curriculum development is the responsibility of the entire academic staff, but the leadership and coordination of the development process is the special task of the Head of Innovation and Learning in conjunction with his or her staff.

ASFM offers a demanding college preparatory program modeled after current international educational trends and methodologies that foster open minds, caring hearts, and global leadership, serves a diverse population, and prepares all students through an innovative, inclusive, and intensive program focused on engaging and enabling students to achieve their individual potential in citizenship, academics, athletics, and the arts.

ASFM is licensed to operate as a private school in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and is subject to the regulations of the Secretary of Education of Nuevo Leon and local and federal legislation that are applicable to private schools.

FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS

SCHOOL GOVERNANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

The ASFM Board of Directors determines and reviews policy, hires and evaluates the Superintendent and then delegates executive, supervisory, academic, and instructional authority to the Superintendent, and through the Superintendent to the employees. The Board of Directors is composed of no more than fifteen (15) Members appointed by the Associate Assembly. 

ASFM is committed to collaboration and the leadership structure reflects this collaborative spirit.  Leaders serve on a variety of teams to meet the needs of strategy.  Two standing signature teams pertinent to this position include:

Senior Leadership Team

  •  Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Elementary Principal
  • Middle School Principal
  • High School Principal

Academic Leadership 

  •  Assistant Superintendent
  • Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning
  • Director of Instructional and Assessment
  • Director of the Center for Learning Achievement
  • Division Principals
  • Division Vice Principals

The Director of Curriculum and Professional Development collaborates closely with teacher leaders to ensure the relevance, ownership, and efficacy of the written curriculum and taught curriculum.  

THE POSITION:

The Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning is responsible for the design, implementation, and monitoring of a guaranteed and viable curriculum for grades nursery through 12. The Director of CPL will ensure that the ASFM curriculum embodies research-based best practices and is aligned with the mission, vision, and learning principles of the school.  The CPL is responsible for the development and implementation of the ASFM professional learning program across the school.  


Core Responsibilities:

 

  •  Lead, model, and communicate the ASFM mission, vision, and learning principles.
  • Lead the development and maintenance of standards-based, student-relevant, inquiry-focused, and institutionally aligned written curriculum that clearly outline student learning outcomes and proficiency expectations.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a system of planning that produces clearly articulated units of instruction that facilitate inquiry for the personalization of learning.
  • Facilitate the review of learning evidence to revise and align the written curriculum.
  • Ensure that the curriculum is well documented, easily accessible, and well communicated to internal stakeholders.
  • Lead and maintain the communication of the curriculum to external stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the internal department that coordinates compliance with the Secretaria Educacion Publica (SEP).
  • Develop an annual professional learning program that aligns with school priorities and maximizes impact on learning.
  • Coordinate the day-to-day operations of the professional learning program.
  • Organizing and supporting the school accreditation process.

Supporting Responsibilities:

 

  •  Support the implementation of the taught and assessed curriculum through collaboration with other members of the Innovation and Learning Office.
  • Support the implementation of standards-based assessment and reporting.
  • Support the development of a PLC at Work culture through a focus on learning, collaboration, and evidence.
  • Support the development and implementation of the school strategic plan.
  • Support the development and attainment of annual objectives and key results.

Collaborative Responsibilities:

 

  •  Collaborate with the Innovation and Learning team to ensure alignment of language, process, and products.
  • Collaborate with the academic leadership team, including divisional administrators, to ensure the alignment of actions to improve learning, clarity of roles and decisions, and coordination of support and accountability.
  • Collaborate with teachers to support ongoing improvement of student achievement.
  • Collaborate with Elementary Section Subject Leaders and MSHS Department Heads to ensure the effective implementation of the curriculum.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Professional Qualifications:

 

  •  Bachelor’s Degree; current teacher certification
  • Advanced degree in Education; preferably in Curriculum and Instruction; or Leadership
  • Five years of teaching experience (international experience preferred)
  • Proficient English language skills both written and oral
  • Clear understanding of U.S. based standards and curriculum, the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, SHAPE America, National Core Arts Standards, Spanish Language Standards

 

 Preferred Professional Qualifications:

 

  •  10+ years of teaching experience within multiple age groups
  • Prior system leadership experience within a school setting
  • Demonstrated experience leading curriculum development in a standards-based environment
  • Demonstrated experience with Understanding by Design, Concept-Based Curriculum, and Instruction, or similar approaches to curriculum development
  • Demonstrated experience with the development of curriculum for inquiry-based instruction
  • Demonstrated experience with group facilitation and development including leading professional learning experiences
  • Demonstrated experience with the successful implementation of school-wide initiatives 

Personal Qualities:

 

  •  Learner-centered and learner-focused to impact learning in the classroom
  • Well developed people skills that support a culture of trust and collaboration
  • Strong core educational philosophy with an openness to grow and develop
  • Strong organizational skills to balance competing urgent priorities
  • Thrives in a dynamic environment by embracing ambiguity, agility, and responsiveness
  • Skilled public speaker and presenter; ability to inspire groups through effective communication
  • A positive mindset that permeates and promotes a culture of possibility
  • Rugged determination to accomplish challenging endeavors
  • Grounded in tradition and inspired by innovation to produce transformative results

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Reports to: Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Learning

Job Description: Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning

How to Apply:

The deadline for applications for the position is November 26, 2021. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as ASFM reserves the option to select candidates to interview in advance of the closing dates noted on this advertisement. ASFM also reserves the right to close the search and make selection decisions prior to the announced dates above.

The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Outstanding candidates will be immediately advanced for review.

Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email:

  •  A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in being the Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning at ASFM.
  • A statement describing your educational and leadership philosophy, not to exceed two pages.
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
  • A one-page list of references of immediate supervisors with current addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
Applications should be sent to: jobs@asfm.edu.mx with a carbon copy to sascha.heckmann@asfm.edu.mx.  Additional information about the American School Foundation of Monterrey can be found on the school’s website at < www.asfm.edu.mx>.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bill Turner’s international teaching career has taken him to Sudan, Italy, Qatar and the UAE as well as his home country of England. His very first teaching position was in rural Sudan.