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Director of Mathematics Education

Portland Public Schools District

The Opportunity

We are seeking a dynamic leader with a demonstrated record of improving student performance and eliminating achievement disparities to join us as our Director of Mathematics Education. The Director of Mathematics Education is a critical leadership position. As the Director of Mathematics Education you will report to the Senior Director of STEAM in the Office of Teaching and Learning. You will support the district's transformational work to develop and support our teachers, school leaders and instructional staff.  As the Director, you will help lead the vision to accelerate how school leaders and school site teams, along with district teams, create the conditions for student success. You will serve as a strong collaborator across the District to align and integrate curriculum, instruction and assessments, responsible for developing a vision, integrating this vision with the Department’s core strategies, and leading and managing implementation for mathematics.  


Support the implementation of high-quality/effective mathematics instruction in schools, including observing and coaching teachers to improve instructional planning, teaching practice, and the use of data, assessment, and instructional technology.
Serve as the central office contact and liaison with parents and the community regarding the literacy and history/social studies instructional program.
Develop and introduce a variety of approaches to improve instruction and effectiveness by working at various levels (classroom- school- system-wide) to directly support instruction, intervention, and the transition to Common Core Standards.
Work with various teams (administrators, teachers, TOSAs) to facilitate analysis of data provided by diagnostics, common assessments, and formative assessments.
Lead teams, both internal and external, in their continued growth and development that result in clear, actionable outcomes and retention of high performing staff members.
Work collaboratively with colleagues and school administrators to develop policies and school structures that incorporate effective teaching strategies and use of resources, in mathematics.
Work collaboratively across the STEAM department with other content Directors to foster a cohesive STEAM program.
Experience administering and interpreting results from various mathematics assessments, as well as using the results to determine instructional implications.
Continuously monitor, track and analyze student achievement data in order to identify needed supports and strategies for all students.
Comprehend, analyze, synthesize and communicate complex information quickly; and
Evaluate written work and verbal presentations of others to provide effective constructive feedback.
Ability to plan and manage the annual budget and other factors to achieve identified goals.
Ability to effectively manage people and large scale, long term projects; ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities in a high-demand, fast-paced environment;
Flexibility and adaptability when presented with a change of course; willingness to fill a need, solve a problem and demonstrated initiative that strategically advances efforts;
Success managing details and the day-to-day implementation of multiple projects simultaneously and seamlessly;
Ability to maintain a long view while also attending closely to immediate details; and
Strategic initiative-taking skills, especially in problem-solving, anticipating risks.
Facility in the use of digital technology, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software and flexibility in adapting to computer applications.
Eagerness to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment where team members push each other’s thinking and strive consistently toward the highest quality work;
A commitment to data-driven problem-solving and decision-making;
Improvement mindset (constantly reflecting and trying to learn and apply lessons to become better); and
Ability to generate and identify connections among different facets of the work to support inter- and intra-team integration.

The Director of Mathematics Education will have:

Knowledge and understanding of mathematics education, including the development of children's’ conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and productive disposition towards mathematics.
Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly in public-facing communications;
Knowledge, experience and an understanding of how to integrate across subjects; and a commitment to being a strong leader to advance students’ literacy knowledge and skills across disciplines.
Knowledge of research and best practices in mathematics, PK-12;
Knowledge of CCSS for Mathematics, standards based education and the Oregon’s state assessment system;
Knowledge of and experience with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and researched-based best practices in curriculum design and instruction
Understanding of successful mathematics instruction for diverse learners.
Knowledge, experience, and understanding of successful facilitation of professional development in math among administrators, whole school staffs, teacher leader meetings, and with community partnerships;


An active Oregon Administrative License issued by Teacher and Standards Practice Commission or the ability to obtain licensure by the first day of employment.
A minimum of three years of professional K-12 teaching experience with direct responsibility for improving curriculum and instruction in mathematics;
A minimum of three years’ experience in an educational leadership role such as administrator, coach, mentor teacher, or content specialist;
Demonstrated experience building and managing a team, including hiring and annual evaluations, to meet ambitious outcome goals;
Strong content knowledge for mathematics; mathematics research and best practices in mathematics education, PK-12;
Strong knowledge of the CCSS for Mathematics and ability to apply them to teaching and learning, PK-12;
An understanding of the nexus and power of curriculum standards and assessments;
Demonstrated knowledge of public school laws and policies as they relate to the delivery of instructional services;
Demonstrated competency in evidence-based instructional practices such as Universal Design for Learning and tiered academic instructional supports.
Demonstrated success working both independently and collaboratively with diverse individuals; leveraging different strategies and interpersonal skills to move the work forward;
Demonstrated evidence of strong conceptual, analytic, organizational and management skills,
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written, with the ability to foster positive working relationships.
Any other combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the candidate is likely to possess the skill, knowledge, ability and trait characteristics essential for this classification may be considered.

Classification & Salary

This position is classified as Director of Academic Programs, on the Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule FLSA Exempt for a 260 work year.  The Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule for 260 day employees can be found here:


Commensurate with experience.

Closing Date:

This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.

To apply: Visit: and apply to job # 17934