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Project-based Learning Teacher & Success Coach

Siembra Leadership High School is currently seeking to fill their open Project-based Learning Teacher & Success Coach position.

Job Overview

  • Posting Date: July 1, 2022 - Closing Date: Open until filled

Siembra Leadership High School is an APS start-up charter going into its 7th year of operation for the 2022 – 2023 school year. We are intentionally positioned in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque with an industry focus of entrepreneurship through a social justice lens. We will grow in staff, students, programming and facilities through 2029. As we increase in the number of students it is critical to ensure that we are offering the very best programming and have the educated professionals to meet the program needs. We are looking for innovative, non-traditional, bold, risk-taking, authentic, passionate, dynamic and inspiring folks who will demonstrate commitment to improving educational experiences for students and families through student support, community engagement and project-based learning. We value creative and energetic educators who have a relationship-based approach to leadership development, as it applies to both themselves and students.

Siembra’s Values

Siembra is committed to making the community a better place by engaging young people in economic development and entrepreneurship. We view young people as assets and believe they are the key to economic development in Albuquerque. We are re-imaging what school looks like and see the institution as a vehicle for larger social change.

Position Description

In alignment with our values, the role of PBL teacher & Success Coach shows up in the following practices at Siembra:

  • Ability to work in a startup organization in a growth phase, including but not limited to: ability/willingness to adapt in the moment, working in uncertainty, willingness to demonstrate courageous initiative, risk taking, development of systems and participation in the co-creation of a startup school setting.
  • Support young people in an individualized, relationship-based, student-centered model.
  • Commitment to professional and self development; intentional practice of self-management and accountability.
  • Co-create equitable assessment systems to capture student learning and strengths.
  • Design authentic, engaging, industry-driven, and community-responsive projects that align to learning objectives and content standards.
  • Commitment to a mastery-based learning and assessment anchored in skill development.
  • Collaborate in a co-teaching model to develop cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial projects that culminate in celebrations of learning at the end of each semester.
  • Provide inclusive instruction to accommodate for all students and their individual assets.
  • Foster the development of students’ 21st century skills in a collaborative and community responsive model.
  • Leveraging community partners and community spaces beyond the four walls of the school to design authentic learning experiences.
  • Facilitate the growth of a physically and emotionally safe school culture through daily practice.
  • Lead a Success Project caseload of students through their high school experience.
  • Engage families through asset based and “positive youth development” frameworks.
  • Participation and facilitation of ongoing professional development training sessions.
  • Commitment to guiding young people through their own understanding of social justice.
  • Operate classrooms that are open to visitors and community partners who wish to learn about/experience the school model.
  • Ability to acknowledge and address personal biases to co-create, with students, an authentic space for learning through experiences where education is as an act of social justice.
  • Expanding students' understanding of entrepreneurship beyond finance to also include larger community impact as an outlet for social change; commitment to developing social entrepreneurs.
  • Other essential duties necessary in an innovative start-up school in a growth phase.

Starting salary

  • Level I $55,00
  • Level II $66,000
  • Level III $77,000

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • New Mexico secondary teaching license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to professionalize loving young people
  • Ability to make student-centered decisions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Endorsements in multiple content areas
  • Bilingual/bicultural
  • TESOL endorsement
  • Experience supporting the social and emotional needs of students
  • Science endorsement
  • Math endorsement

Application Process

For consideration, applicant(s) must submit the following materials directly to Brian VerPloegh, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at

  • Letter of interest demonstrating qualification and experience
  • Personal statement of educational philosophy
  • Current resume
  • 3 references - direct supervisors preferred
  • Copies of current license(s)

Contact Information

Brian VerPloegh, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Email: