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Direct Instruction Program Manager - IDEA Tampa Bay (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2022-2023
Location: Tampa Bay Regional Office
Region: Tampa Bay, FL
Category: Headquarters
Job Type: Full-Time


DI Program Manager PK-2


Role Mission: The DI Program Manager serves as an expert in Direct Instruction for Pre-K-2 DI within an assigned region, managing and supporting student academic achievement through data analysis, consistent quality coaching and training of leaders. As a national team member, the DI Program Manager will collaborate across regions and with NIFDI to implement comprehensive, user friendly and aligned processes that empower school leaders to lead instruction, increase teacher effectiveness and maximize student results.




Ensure successful implementation of DI in grades Pre-K-2 for a cohort of schools within assigned region so that schools meet the district end of year Pre-K-2 DI student achievement goals.
  • Support effective DI Instruction through weekly data analysis, feedback, observations and coaching
  • Facilitate and/or participate in Weekly Problem Solving Calls to provide clear next steps via the Weekly Problem Solving Summary
  • Provide group/regroup/test up recommendations based on DI Placement/DIBELS test results
  • Conduct in field observations, coaching and support to school leaders
  • Communicate priorities so that schools meet district student achievement goals
  • Manage and communicate processes related to PK-2 DI implementation, so that leaders in the region are tightly aligned around priorities. Such as:
    • Participate in operating mechanisms for region to facilitate communication: check-ins/business partnership meetings
    • Utilize regional newsletters as primary mode of communication to cascade information and/or action items 
    • Troubleshoot in person or remotely, formally or informally with school leaders as needed
Manage district wide systems and processes for DI at the regional level such as DI Testing, PK-2 DI Academy, BoY Roster creation, BoY/EoY Roster Verification, DI Online, Mid-Year Hire, NIFDI and other Pre-K-2 related trainings so that schools meet the district end of year Pre-K-2 DI student achievement goals.
  • Collaborate with appropriate teams to determine the process for PK-2 related trainings, attendance and logistics
  • Define process and checkpoints for leaders and teachers for registration so that participants enroll in appropriate sessions of PK-2 DI Academy, PK-2 DI Academy make-up, PK Institute, DI Systems Overview and all related NIFDI trainings (Coaching Academies I, II, III, III plus, IV, Peer Coaches Training-Level A, B, C)
  • Provide training and accountability for school leaders in key processes throughout the year such as roster creation and verification and student testing
  • Collaborate with the Director of Academics-PK-2 and participate in the design and roll out of Pre-K Institute and other related PK-2 trainings

Prioritize and support
school lead team members who manage DI teachers so that 90% of schools meet defined capacity building targets.
  • Track and monitor leader trainings so that appropriate staff complete all required trainings
  • Track and monitor teacher-leader training so that appropriate staff complete A, B, C Coach Training, as well as, Trainer of Trainers
  • Leverage teacher leader capacity, such as using Trainer of Trainers to deliver mid-year hire training as needed
Facilitate business partnerships with NIFDI Project Directors and school leaders at NIFDI supported schools within assigned region
  • Co-facilitate quarterly trend meetings with Chief Program Officer, Director of Academics PK-2 and NIFDI Project Directors to facilitate data analysis and next steps, so that school leaders develop continuously toward autonomy and student achievement increases quarterly toward goals
  • Create and maintain operating mechanisms with Project Directors so that the business partnership with NIFDI serves the needs of schools and maximizes new leader growth
  • Engage resources such as Teachboost, Problem Solving Summaries, DI Online and Locus Dashboard to identify patterns and trends and communicate with NIFDI Project Directors to provide communication to NIFDI Implementation Managers and schools about strategies and next steps for improvement
  • Collaborate with NIFDI Project Directors and campus leaders to identify teacher leaders to attend Peer Coaches Training and/or NIFDI Coaching Academies to build a strong pipeline for campus lead team positions

We look for Team and Family who embody the following
 values and characteristics: 
  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.



  • Mission Focus – Focuses on IDEA’s core purpose of getting all students into college, with a particular focus on designing an academic program that achieves that goal
  • Record of Results – Holds high expectations for self and others to achieve and surpass intended goals
  • Problem Solving – Able to synthesize, analyze, and prioritize data and opportunities to develop strategies for achieving quantifiable goals, with a particular focus on student achievement data
  • Communication – Effectively conveys information using a variety of channels and techniques
  • Continuous Improvement – Proactively identifies opportunities to improve and consistently reflects on past actions to guide future decisions



  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of 2 years DI teaching experience in any of the following programs:
      • Reading Mastery, Signatures Language
    • Minimum of 1-year coaching Reading Mastery
    • Minimum of 2 years managing DI program implementation and instruction


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of multiple DI Programs such as Reading Mastery, Signatures Language, DISTAR, Espanol to English, Corrective Reading
  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends/priorities, as well as, strategies and next steps

Compensation & Benefits:

Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $73,900 and $90,200, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment. 


Additionally, we offer medical, dental, vision, and supplemental benefits as well as retirement plans and a generous vacation package. You can find more information about our benefits at

IDEA Public Schools in Florida intends to promote and establish a Drug-Free Workplace Program to maximize safety and productivity in the workplace, enhance our competitive position in the marketplace, without experiencing the costs, delays, and tragedies associated with accidents that result from drug or alcohol abuse by employees. A Drug-Free Workplace means that of our employees must remain Drug-Free both on and off the job, and free from alcohol on the job. In holding to this policy, all staff members will undergo drug testing prior to starting in their new role with us.


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