Director of Leadership and Learning

Job description

Organization: Moonshot edVentures

Organization Type: 501(c)(3)

Job Location: Denver, Colorado (must live in Denver, CO full-time)

Type of Job: Full-Time

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


Moonshot edVentures, a mission-driven and values-based organization, is focused on building the pipeline of diverse leaders to design and launch the schools of tomorrow in Metro Denver. Unlike other school incubators nationally, Moonshot’s School Launcher Fellowship is focused on broadening the tent of individuals who consider launching schools and programs. Moonshot does this by identifying leaders at least 2 or 3 years away from opening and provides them with high-quality, comprehensive programming focused on leadership development, school design, and pathways to launch. Moonshot also connects Fellows to local and national experts critical to Fellows’ school and/or program launch. Over the last two years, Moonshot has become a model for other cities that demonstrates the possibility of surfacing a more diverse set of leaders interested in doing school differently. Moonshot recently completed the inaugural fellowship year, supporting 16 Fellows with plans to lead charter schools, district turnaround schools, microschools, and after school programs, and plans to support 15-20 more Fellows in its second cohort beginning this fall. 


Read more about our Guiding Principles.


Job Description 

We are seeking our founding Director of Leadership and Learning who will take the leadership reins of the School Launcher Fellowship and ensure more underrepresented leaders are developed and supported to successfully open and operate schools in Metro Denver.  This role presents an opportunity to become a key leader and contributor to a new organization, which has garnered local and national attention and credibility.  The Director of Leadership and Learning will become a key contributor to ensure Moonshot continues to grow in sustainability and impact.  Ideal candidates are outstanding facilitators and instructional coaches, have sophisticated K-12 school leadership knowledge (ideally from experience founding an innovative school model), have a track record of facilitating conversations of diversity, equity, and inclusion, can manage external facilitators, and are energized by working in early stage, flexible, startup nonprofits. In this position, you will work directly with and report to the Moonshot edVentures’ CEO, Christine DeLeon.



  • Direct and lead all aspects of the facilitation and execution of the School Launcher fellowship
    • Act as key fellowship lead, focused on facilitation and coaching, for Moonshot School Launcher Fellows
    • Weave diversity, equity, and inclusion into programming
    • Liaise and manage content creation, development, and delivery of external facilitators, as well as identification of additional external facilitators as needed
    • Develop and/or revise facilitator guides and fellow agendas
    • Adapt fellowship programming dependent on Fellows’ needs
    • Establish credibility as an expert and trusted advisor with a range of diverse stakeholders
  • Provide ongoing 1:1 coaching to Fellows on school design and leadership, as well as connect Fellows to key stakeholders locally and nationally
  • Provide a school leader lens to programming and coaching
  • Refine workshop programming aligned to Moonshot's Leadership Competency Framework and School Design Rubric for School Launcher Fellows, including: 
    • Creation and revision of curriculum tools, including competency maps, scope and sequence, and rubrics, as needed
      • Codification of program materials and learning to ensure sustainability
  • Oversee the recruitment, application, and selection processes for upcoming Moonshot School Launcher Fellowship cohorts
  • Act as strategic partner to consider growth and sustainability options for organization



  • Minimum 3-5 years of professional experience in adult facilitation, with strong diversity, equity, and inclusion focus and/or experience with racially diverse participants, with an ability to build trust and respect across lines of difference
    • Ability to adapt facilitation and session plan according to Fellow needs as necessary
  • Fast-learner with ability to work autonomously, as well as collaboratively
  • Natural connector, with ability to work effectively with and build trust with others internally and externally
  • Ability to deliver programming on evenings and weekends
  • Strong anticipator (Thinks two steps ahead)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to self-manage and meet milestones in a flexible, fast-paced, results-oriented startup work environment
  • Values-driven with commitment to Moonshot's Guiding Principles

Other Preferred Strengths

  • Minimum of 2 years academic leadership (as a teacher leader or school leader) with demonstrated instructional results
    • Experience in a startup school; preferably in a leadership role
  • Expertise in developing K-12 curriculum and instruction
  • Experience implementing personalized and/or deeper learning in classrooms/schools
  • Robust project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple complex projects and deliver against aggressive timelines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.) 
  • Organized, enthusiastic, efficient and responsible personality

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • 90% Employer-paid health, vision, dental care, life and AD&D
  • Flexible work environment (work from home policy) with generous PTO package
    • Office is closed week of July 4th and Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day
  • Professional development and conference allowance
  • Monthly technology stipend
  • Relocation stipend