The Director of Innovation will work closely with the Head of School, Division Directors, and Director of Student Support in crafting and implementing an innovative vision for learning at Pilgrim School. This role will provide key strategic leadership for the school in articulating the educational identity as an institution, developing the capability of our faculty and staff for innovative practice, and developing innovative programs that establish Pilgrim School as a leader in forward thinking education.
The candidate for this position must be a dynamic and energetic leader who exudes passion for innovation in education, and who recognizes the urgent need to rethink the future of education and school into something that has the potential to transform students, educators, and society at large. The candidate should have the capability of conceptualizing, planning, and implementing an idea to scale within and beyond the school.
Major Areas of Focus
K-12 Curriculum Development and Alignment
Project-based and Interdisciplinary Learning
Mastery-based Learning and Mastery Transcript Implementation
Internships, Service Learning, and Community Partnerships
Professional Learning and Faculty Development
Redesigning Secondary School
Core Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as “Chief Innovator” helping everyone in our community push their practice in new and innovative ways that are also aligned with our Principles of Learning.
Build strong and impactful relationships and partnerships both internally with faculty and staff, and outside with the broader community to enhance the teaching and learning happening at Pilgrim School.
Foster an inclusive culture within Pilgrim School that welcomes and meaningfully engages a diverse range of people and experiences.
Provide training and support for faculty in designing and implementing project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum.
Work closely with Division Directors and faculty in developing, articulating, and aligning curriculum across grades K-12.
Work with the Secondary School faculty and administration in creating and implementing the mastery credit architecture to use with the mastery transcript.
Actively participate in planning and designing the Pilgrim Professional Learning Community.
Manage and supervise the High School Internship and Service Learning programs.
Work closely with the Director of Secondary School and Head of School in redesigning learning in the Secondary School including the courses, times, and spaces in which students will learn.
Teach 1-2 classes, providing an opportunity to model the innovative practices sought for the entire school.
Performs other duties as assigned towards the success of the school.
Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field is strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree is required.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in a related leadership role within independent schools or a closely related organization, with a proven record of success in implementing innovative change in an organization.
Knowledgeable and passionate about K-12 education, and understanding of the developmental needs of children.
Deep understanding of innovative trends within education, including practical experience with mastery-based, project-based, and/or interdisciplinary learning.
Experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: research in a STEM-related field, work as an entrepreneur or within a startup environment, or work in community organizing or at a nonprofit organization.
Knowledge and understanding of complex systems, especially within schools, and the ability to design for and within systems to maximize success towards intended outcomes.
Excellent managerial skills and ability to collaborate within and among multiple teams
Superior skills in communication and technology, including outstanding writing and public speaking skills.
About Pilgrim School
Pilgrim School, founded in 1958, is an independent, co-educational, day school for students in Early Education through Grade 12 and day/boarding for Grades 9-12. Pilgrim School is located in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, and is the only accredited K-12 program within the urban core of Los Angeles, allowing us to attract a student body that reflects the city’s diverse population.