Seeking: Director of Pedagogy

Highlander Institute is a non-profit organization located in Providence, RI. Our vision is an equitable, just education system that meets the needs of all students as it prepares them for success in our complex, rapidly changing world. Highlander Institute supports classrooms, schools, district leaders, and state education agencies in reimagining how students learn, how learning is measured, and what skills and competencies are essential for success both in college and beyond.

Committed to equity and inclusiveness in education, Highlander Institute strives to support all schools in personalized learning programs that are student-centered and culturally responsive. As we continue to grow, we are committed to hiring a staff that reflects the diverse population we serve. We are looking for talented people to join us as we work to remodel our education system. If you are passionate about empowering students and leveling the playing field for all learners, we want you on our team!

In order to systematize instructional equity across our organizational work, we are seeking a Director of Pedagogy to advance and improve upon our school change process through a strategic rethinking of the instructional core. We are seeking a leader who has a vision for what liberatory classroom practices, assessment, and curriculum can and should look like in any classroom.

The Director of Pedagogy is responsible for research, quality, internal training and capacity building with regard to teaching and learning across Highlander Institute’s programming. The Director of Pedagogy will report directly to the Chief Education Officer, designing professional learning experiences for delivery within the Pathway to Personalization Framework coaching model, workshops and courses.

In partnership with the Institute’s Director of Implementation, the Director of Pedagogy will design processes, content, and experiences to support Highlander Institute coaches in their work with teachers and schools. The Director of Pedagogy will be responsible for moving the organization forward with regard to the practices included in Highlander Institute’s Priority Practices tool, pushing the tool to further integrate culturally responsive teaching as the foundation of personalization. The Director of Pedagogy will be responsible for ensuring that all Highlander Institute coaches and facilitators understand the theory and why behind these chosen practices.

The Director of Pedagogy must be highly skilled in research-based education practices, learning science, culturally responsive teaching and possess the ability to explain these practices to any stakeholder group. Ultimately, the Director of Pedagogy will be responsible for defining Highlander Institute’s new vision for pedagogy coming out of our strategic planning process allowing the entire organization to feel confident communicating this new pedagogy both internally and externally.

Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • All aspects of Highlander Institute, including history, guiding principles, current programmatic scope and future plans
  • School, district, and LEA structure and culture
  • Project management
  • Adult learning theory
  • Blended and personalized learning theory and pedagogy
  • Culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy design and implementation
  • Strategies related to SEL, UDL, PBL, ELL, interdisciplinary practices and special education
  • Content areas most commonly taught in high school (Math, ELA, Science & Social Studies)

Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:

  • Performs duties professionally, thoroughly, in a timely manner, and with a respectful, friendly demeanor in both external and internal relationships.
  • Handles routine challenges with diverse consulting team with calm and good humor.
  • Strong ability to build rapport and connect with educators at any level of the system.

Preferred Education, Additional Qualifications and Experience (not mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • Experience with Highlander Institute, knowledge of Highlander Institute philosophy and practice, and familiarity with communities served by Highlander Institute.
  • Classroom experience
  • Nonprofit experience

$85,000-$90,000 based on experience

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer at