Coordinator, Science (2021-2022)

Science · Harvey, Louisiana
Department Science
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation $50,000-$68,000

School Overview

Founded by seven community members in 2014, Jefferson RISE Charter School will have 740 students in grades 6-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. Located in Harvey, Louisiana, we serve a diverse group of students from the Westbank of Jefferson Parish, with a student body that is 52% Black/African American, 30% White, 16% Hispanic, and 2% Asian and where 92% of students qualify as economically disadvantaged. 

We believe in educating the whole child, supporting both an academic foundation as well as building students’ social-emotional skills and readiness for long-term college and career success. Our model includes:

  • High-Quality Academic Program: With a longer school day and school, one-on-one tutoring, intervention, one-to-one devices, and a rigorous curriculum, our academics prepare our students for college.
  • Social-Emotional Learning: Everything we do supports students to develop and live our values of Character, Respect, Integrity, Self-Discipline, and Excellence. 
  • Student Life and Career Readiness: Beyond our core academic program, we provide enrichment opportunities and electives, skill blocks, and community circles to support students in developing their passions and life-long happiness. 

Since our founding, we have achieved remarkable results with our students. In the 2018-2019 school year (the latest year with available data), our 8th graders outperformed both district and state achievement levels in all subject areas, and our high school earned an “A” growth grade from the Louisiana Department of Education. We have also found that students who spend more time at our school are significantly more likely to score proficient or advanced on end-of-year exams. 

Position Overview

The Coordinator, Science, will oversee science for 6th through 12th grade.  

The Coordinator, Science will directly manage all science teachers that teach middle school and high school classes. In addition, the Coordinator will teach at least one (and maybe two) classes per semester. 

The Coordinator, Science will also be a key member of the Instructional Leadership team, consisting of academic Coordinators and Directors, which focuses on analyzing student data to drive day-to-day academic performance, as well as the Management Team, which focuses on people management across the school. 

As a charter school, Jefferson RISE sets its own academic calendar and daily/weekly schedule based on the needs of its students. Staff generally work from mid-July (beginning with professional development before students arrive) through late May, although prospective candidates should expect to start on July 1st, 2021. Leadership workdays are generally 6:45am to 3:15pm, with leaders expected to stay later for afterschool activities or duties on a regular basis. Weekly professional learning opportunities are provided on Fridays.

As a charter school, Jefferson RISE sets its own academic calendar and daily/weekly schedule based on the needs of its students. Staff generally work from mid-July (beginning with professional development before students arrive) through late May. 

Teachers expected to stay after school one day a week for tutoring or other afterschool activities. Weekly professional learning opportunities are provided on Fridays. 

In addition to role-specific duties, all Jefferson RISE staff members are also expected to:

  • Support school operations, including lunch duty and/or homeroom duty, as needed 
  • Working with individual or small groups of teachers or students as needed during and/or after the formal school day
  • Communicate with families on a regular basis
  • Attend a weekly one-on-one meeting with their supervisor to discuss performance, student needs, school needs, and other items that may arise
  • Complete all compliance paperwork as required by the school, state or local officials, or the school’s board 
  • Be willing to teach a class at least one semester a year (note that Coordinators will teach at least one class throughout the whole year) 

Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  1. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Utilize assessment data and curricula to develop and implement evidence-based academic elective programs that are intended to improve student performance (in conjunction with classroom teachers)
  • Individually, and with other teachers, create standards-aligned scope and sequences, annual plans, unit plans, and lesson plans and develop interim, midterm, and final assessments as needed
  • Provide engaging, motivating, and rigorous instruction in whole-class, small-group, and individual settings
  • Provide academic support and tutoring to small groups or individual students as needed/scheduled, including after-school tutoring
  • Work to continuously improve effectiveness in all instructional practices, using the school’s teacher performance rubric as a guide
  • Use feedback to make productive changes in performance

  1. Coaching, Feedback, and Leadership 
  • Provide coaching, feedback, and support to teachers through observation and debrief cycles aligned to the school’s performance rubric
  • Support teachers in developing and implementing lesson plans 
  • Serve as a model educator within the school
  • Attend professional development and coaching opportunities outside of the school
  • Plan summer and school-year professional development in conjunction with other academic leaders 

  1. School and Community Culture
  • Embody and teach the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the school
  • Design and implement programs that promote academic success and motivate students to exhibit the leadership values of the school
  • Build classroom community by investing families in students’ academic success and development of strong character and leadership traits 

  1. Administrative
  • Serve as part of the school’s Management Team, comprised of subject area leads and school academic leaders
  • Serve as part of the school’s Instructional Leadership Team
  • Analyze student achievement data in collaboration with team members 
  • Implement data tracking system and use data to inform instructional development and delivery
  • Enter in student performance data in a timely manner
  • Complete all administrative requirements before given deadlines

Candidate Profile

Education and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Degree in content area (preferred)
  • Content area certification (preferred)

Experience and Skills:

  • Technological proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint as well as other web-based applications
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High level of personal organization and planning
  • Proven track record of student achievement and/or growth

Culture and Fit:

  • Commitment to the mission and organizational success of Jefferson RISE 
  • Ambition and desire to grow as a leader 
  • Openness to feedback and a willingness to take personal responsibility for the affairs of the school 
  • Entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Personal and professional integrity 
  • Team player (flexible, willing to jump in)


Jefferson RISE pays the following employee only costs for all full-time employees: 85% medical and 100% dental, vision, short and long term disability. The Employee covers the remaining costs, including 15% employee medical and all spouse/dependent costs. RISE offers a Simple IRA retirement account and matches up to 3% with no vestment period. Jefferson RISE reserves the right to offer different or additional benefits to the Employee at any time.

At this time, Jefferson RISE is not able to provide work visa sponsorship. Being authorized to work in the United States is a precondition for employment. 

Additional Questions

The following questions will be part of this job application. Those marked with an asterisk will be required to submit your application.

  1. If someone were to walk into your classroom, what activities would they see you and the students doing? *
  2. What do you do to improve? Give an example of a time when you received difficult feedback from a peer, student, teacher, or supervisor. How did you respond in the moment? How did it affect your thinking? Your actions? *
  3. Describe a time when you saw some problem and took the initiative to correct it rather than waiting for someone else to do it. *
  4. Do you have a bachelor's degree? *
  5. Are you certified to teach in the state of Louisiana? *
  6. Are there specific courses or grade levels within your subject area you are interested in teaching? *
  7. How did you learn about this position? *
    2. ZipRecruiter
    3. Google Jobs
    4. BetterTeacher 
    5. WorkNOLA
    6. A Jefferson RISE team member (please specify)
    7. A Jefferson RISE parent or community member
    8. An email from Jefferson RISE Careers
    9. Somewhere else (please specify)
  8. If you learned about this role from a Jefferson RISE staff member or somewhere that wasn't listed in the previous question, please tell us who or where.
  9. Is there anything else you'd like us to know in considering your application?
  10. If you have prior teaching experience, please tell us about the evidence of student achievement for your former/current students. If you do not have prior teaching experience, tell us about a time you were required to monitor progress towards achieving a goal and how you did so.

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