Director Of Pk- Science And Stem

Providence Schools
Full Time $120,894 - $129,075 Per year RI Providence School District Superintendent, 797 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903, United States


The Providence Public School District (PPSD) serves approximately 22,000 students (about the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) attending our 37 schools. PPSD employs more than 3,200 professionals who work in and provide support to our schools, which include 20 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 11 high schools, and 2 public district charter schools. Of our employees, about 2,000 are educators, and over 600 others directly support our schools' students and families.

Our schools are diverse learning communities. Approximately 68% of our students are Latinx, 15% Black, 7% White, 4% Asian, 5.5% Multi-racial and 1% Native American. Approximately 40% of students are multilingual, and about 16% receive special education services. Approximately 55% of students come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken. Our students and families speak more than 55 languages and hail from 91 countries of origin.

The Director of K-12 Science and STEM coordinates and provides leadership for the development and implementation of science and STEM curriculum, instruction, and assessment in elementary, middle, and high schools, and monitors this implementation through school visits, data analysis, and collaboration with other content Directors and departments within our district. The Director provides leadership for the delivery of professional development of administrators, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and classroom teachers, as well as the evaluation and selection of research-based curriculum and resources. The Director communicates the goals and aims of the program to the district leadership, staff, and community. They are responsible for increasing science achievement throughout the district for all groups of students.

Works under the general direction of the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment in the performance of assignments. Work is subject to judgment in the performance of assignments. It is also subject to review based on results obtained and for conformance to laws, regulations, policies, rules, and defined goals and objectives. The Director of K-12 Science and STEM also plans, directs, and coordinates the work of instructional coaches connected to Science and STEM.

***Contingent upon funding***


RIDE Requirements:

  • Rhode Island District Level Administrator Certificate – Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and/or Building Level Administrator and one or more of the following: 

  • RI Elem. 1-6 with MS Science Ext. 5-8 or MS Science Ext. 5-8 Certification or

  • Any RI Secondary Science Certification

  • Right to Read Proficiency within one year of hire

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in the areas of science, curriculum and instruction, or administration/educational leadership required

  • 5 years of outstanding teaching or related experience in science

  • ESL Preferred

  • Bilingual or Multilingual preferred


This role is an exciting opportunity to serve as a leader within a diverse and dynamic team committed to transforming public education in the Providence Public School District (PPSD). We are hiring someone who believes in all students' capacity to achieve at high levels and can work collaboratively with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders to drive transformative change within and outside of the organization. 

We’re looking for someone to:?

  • Provide leadership for district-wide science and STEM programming inclusive of standards-based curriculum development, resource selection, and staff development including summer and after school programs.

  • Deeply understand and provide professional learning in collaboration with the Executive Director of Professional Learning on the Next Generation Science Standards, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Cross Cutting Concepts.

  • Meet regularly with science and STEM department and teacher leaders to ensure vertical and horizontal articulation of curriculum and instructional vision.

  • Play a leadership role in the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support.

  • Coordinate proven, research-based methods and strategies for curriculum reform; collect and analyze data to improve products and services delivered to schools to support student achievement; provide leadership in designing and developing innovative programs and initiatives to meet identified needs.

  • Use data to monitor the quality of implementation of the science and STEM education programs and instruction in classrooms and engage in continuous improvement processes.

  • Establish collaborative relationships with other divisions in PPSD and the RI Department of Education that support the department's mission.

  • Collaborate with network staff to identify and coordinate targeted school-based support to improve science education.

  • Ensure that District initiatives comply with state standards and federal guidelines.

  • Develop and present information and programs to professional staff groups and community groups; work with community and school groups to build knowledge of effective curriculum and instruction practices; articulate PPSD vision and goals to various audiences and stakeholders.

  • Assist in developing and managing budgets to support and maintain quality district science initiatives Pre-K-12.

  • Negotiate and manage contracts with partners supporting science and STEM work in the district in partnership with the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with Transformation Officers and Principals to drive initiatives that enhance school performance and student achievement.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage in constructive, sensitive, and challenging conversations with staff, parents, and students to resolve issues and promote positive outcomes.

  • Proficient in effectively communicating and reporting progress, challenges, and outcomes to both higher management and team members, ensuring transparency and alignment with organizational goals.

  • Ability to conceptualize and articulate visionary strategies while paying meticulous attention to the implementation details, ensuring coherent and effective communication across all levels of the organization.

  • Achievement Focus: Sets challenging goals, demonstrates persistence, and overcomes obstacles to achieve goals.

  • Equity: Exhibits a commitment to equity and creates a sense of urgency to close achievement gaps. 

  • Perform other functions as assigned by the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.


  • Administrative or supervisory experience desirable.

  • Successful recent leadership experiences in assessing program needs, curriculum development, program implementation, and staff training or other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience that provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered. 

  • Experience in test development, curriculum development, and grant writing desirable. 

  • Experience with computers and instructional technology applications.  

  • Experience using instructional technology to support teaching and learning, curriculum development, staff training, and program and student accountability.  

  • 5 years of successful leadership experience (building leader/principal, assistant principal, and/or instructional coach). 

  • Significant K-12 urban leadership experience in assessing program needs, curriculum development, program implementation and staff training; or other combinations of applicable education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered. 

  • Knowledge of research-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.

  • Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail; outstanding written and oral communication skills. 

  • Provide site level observation, feedback, model lessons, coaching, and support in continuous improvement strategies relative to science curriculum and instruction regularly.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, adapt to change quickly and meet deadlines.

  • A proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative. 

  • Strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to one's work. 

  • Commitment to the belief that all students can learn, to educational equity, and to the PPSD vision.

Please submit the following with your application:

1. A cover letter detailing your interest in Providence Public Schools and how your professional experience has prepared you for this role is recommended, but not requiredThe priority deadline for applying is one week from the posting date. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application through Government Jobs.   

2. A Written Prompt: Explain your educational vision and philosophy (300 words or less).  Include the following sentence starters:

I (do/do not) believe that all students can learn at high levels because... 

I (do/do not) believe in holding people accountable for high expectations and high standards in instruction and curriculum by... 

Based on your statements, provide a theory of action for each area. (each 250 words or less).