Director, Leadership Development-Apply by August 23 (Baltimore, MD)
We are seeking a Director, Leadership Development to design and facilitate learning experiences for members of our Teach For America community across the continuum, from accepted corps members through alumni-hood. The Director, Leadership Development will lead a range of learning experiences that provide opportunities for participants to engage in peer-to-peer learning that builds the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to be stronger, more culturally competent, vision-driven teachers, principals, advocates, and leaders in their respective fields. These learning experiences provide the key vehicle for the growth and development of our corps members and alumni.
The Director of Leadership Development charge will be to lead a diverse set of learning experiences, creating a vision in partnership with the participants, building community culture, facilitating experiences, coaching, assessing progress, and enlisting outside experts, where applicable. Because of the diversity of the learning communities (potential examples include a second year corps member course in parental engagement, an incoming corps member reading and reflection series, and alumni social entrepreneur design space), this role requires an entrepreneurial spirit and ability to coach, facilitate, manage and lead in diverse scenarios while being responsive to participants' needs.
The Director, Learning Communities must be an expert culture builder with experience in management, adult facilitation, values-based leadership development, and culturally responsive pedagogy. The Director, Leadership Development will report directly to the Managing Director, Leadership Development and will work closely with coaches and fellow team members, including three other Directors, Learning Development, on the Leadership Development Team.
Founded in 1992, Teach For America Baltimore has as a corps and alumni base that is more than 1000 strong. Corps member and alumni teachers reach nearly 30,000 students in Baltimore area public schools. Additionally, our alumni work across multiple sectors – as principals, social entrepreneurs, and civic leaders to improve access and opportunities for all students in Baltimore. The region is supported by a funding base of over $6.5 million. Regional staff members work to fill and retain leaders in the highest impact roles in education, support and develop the leadership of our corps members and alumni, and continually strengthen our network of local corps members and alumni to act together. We also work to expand the community relationships and funding base to ensure that Teach For America Baltimore can continue to sustain and grow its impact.
- Design, facilitate, and/or manage ongoing regional professional development learning experiences in coordination with the leadership development team and regional partners
- Provide transformative experiences, reflection opportunities, and skills-based coaching to learning experience participants and facilitators.
- Build strong relationships with school leaders, district leaders, and university partners to help to streamline corps member development over time.
- Provide critical input on programmatic innovations & integrating new national understandings about what makes our teachers and alumni effective leaders.
- Work with coaches to determine corps member learning gaps and design appropriate learning experience to address the gap.
- Build culture and community within each learning team
- Research local and national best-in-class professional development providers in the professional learning community fields to enlist outside expertise
- Contribute to Teach For America Baltimore's evolving Continuum of Leadership Development
- Cultivate, hire, and manage a high-performing team of facilitators and/ or content specialists who execute professional development sessions in the region
- Setting and evolving project/team vision and direction
- Prioritizing and sequencing project tasks
- Developing and cultivating beneficial internal and external relationships and networks in order to achieve results
- Influencing others toward outcomes through an understanding of relationships, an adaptable approach, and a compelling manner
- Identifying and systematically prioritizing work streams
- Drawing from data and prior knowledge to develop insightful conclusions and strategic solutions
- Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to operate in diverse situations and settings
- Excellent relationship, culture, and team building skills
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Minimum 5-7 years professional work experience (team management, coordinating strategic priorities, high stakes relationship management)
- Demonstrated results as a teacher or relevant education experience required
- Experience creating and managing systems
- 3+ years professional experience designing and facilitating professional development and/or supporting educators
- Experience working to influence and motivate adults
- Experience coaching adults and designing programming for adult leaders
- Bachelor's degree required
- Ability to be flexible and take an optimistic approach to work with an orientation towards being proactive, solutions-focused and helpful
- Demonstrates deep commitment to Teach For America's mission, core values, and our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
To be considered for this role, you must submit a resume and cover letter by August 23. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.
About the Organization
There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children's potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.
Teach For America (TFA) finds, develops, and supports an ever-expanding network of outstanding and diverse leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children in schools, school systems, and in every sector and field that shapes the context in which schools operate. Representing the diversity of America and sharing the experience of having taught successfully in our most challenging public schools, TFA corps members and alumni form a network of change agents inside and outside of education who are grounded in the tremendous potential of our most underserved children and connected to families and communities impacted by educational inequity.
Founded by Wendy Kopp in 1989, Teach For America has since expanded to 36 states and 53 regions, reaching more than 10 million students. Now 53,000 strong and growing each year, the TFA community is leading across all sectors, including as teachers, school and school system leaders, elected officials, policy and advocacy organizers, social entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders. We support the individual and collective leadership of this network as they work hand-in-hand with students, families, and allies in the effort to realize educational equity and excellence for children across the nation.
Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/employee-benefits.
Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy
Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff: www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/life-at-tfa/workforce-diversity-and-inclusiveness.
Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
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