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Onward 2 High School Program Director

The Smet Foundation at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy (Downey)






Onward 2 High School is a bridge program designed to give students direction to achieve academic excellence and college readiness beginning in elementary school. Our program creates a seamless 6th-12th grade learning experience between high school and elementary school partners. Onward 2 High School hosts a Summer Institute for 7th-8th graders to provide enrichment and career exploration opportunities.

The John H. & Cynthia Lee Smet Foundation
The Smet Foundation was established in 1992, focused primarily on education in large
part because the Smets recognize and appreciate the many ways that education shaped their
lives at work, at home, and in the community. Additionally, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Department of Catholic Schools, the Smet Foundation sponsors a variety of leadership, professional development, and scholarship programs outlined at

The Opportunity
The Program Director (PD) is a highly qualified and experienced master mathematics instructor who will liaise between the elementary school partners and St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy (PMA). The Onward 2 High School PD will unify and strengthen the academic preparation pathway between partners in a shared and collaborative setting. Building a strong culture of collaboration and articulation among PMA and our partner elementary schools will provide students who choose a Catholic education from TK-12 access to high-quality academic programming and lead them to achieve their most significant potential in college and beyond.

The Program Director
This position is responsible for bringing evidence-based best practices into the surrounding 6th-8th grade mathematics classrooms to increase student achievement. He/She will serve as a master teacher, instructional coach, and summer institute director. We are seeking an innovative, flexible self-starter who will be the founding PD of the Onward 2 High School Program at PMA and work seamlessly with the school Principals, Math teachers, and the Onward 4 Excellence team. The PD must analyze and interpret formative and summative instructional data to support student learning. The PD should be a good relationship builder who views his/her role as a service provider and sets a solid professional, ethical example.

Specific Job Responsibilities

Mathematics Instructor
● Teach one high school mathematics course at PMA
○ One section per term
○ Attend math curriculum meetings
● Support mathematics intervention to students at partner elementary schools

Instructional Coach
● Support student learning by collaborating with, observing, and coaching middle school math teachers at partner elementary schools
● Provide individualized coaching to partner school math instructors through
○ Implementation of observation and feedback cycles in which the Program Director
models research-based practices and works with teachers to incorporate them into their
○ Implements regular individual & group professional learning community (PLC) meetings
and professional development series
● Understand and analyze data from multiple sources. Use data to identify student learning trends, set goals, monitor and modify instruction, and increase student achievement per school objectives

Program Management
● Coordinate and run the annual Onward 2 High School Summer Institute
● Facilitate early high school mathematics programming with partner schools
○ 8th Grade Algebra I or Geometry for high school credit
● Lead the development of aligned 6-12 grade math coursework and curriculum to support college-ready math skills for students at partner schools and PMA
● Collaborate with Onward 4 Excellence to
○ Engage in ongoing dialogue regarding teaching and coaching
○Promote professional development opportunities and liaise for resources for teachers
● Manage program budget and maintain accurate records in Salesforce along with the Onward Scholars Program Director at PMA
● Coordinate social media and website in collaboration with the peer Onward 2 High School Program Director


Key Qualifications Required

● Established record of successful math teaching experience as measured by performance evaluations, value-added data, and other evidence of instructional excellence
● Demonstrated expertise in content, curriculum development, student learning, assessment analysis, mentoring, and professional development
● Experience as an instructional lead, such as department chair, teacher lead, assistant principal of curriculum and instruction, etc.
● Instructional expertise demonstrated through model teaching, team-teaching, or other dynamic classroom instruction methods
● Excellent communication skills and an understanding of how to facilitate professional growth in adults
● Skilled connection and relationship builder who integrates themselves into the school community
● Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, engineering, mathematics education, or a related field
● Commitment to Catholic education

Ideal Qualifications
● Master’s degree in an educational field
● California State Teaching Credential or equivalent

Information/Application Contact

The Smet Foundation at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy (Downey)

7851 Gardendale St.

Downey, CA 90242