Director, Professional Learning & Design (Nashville)
As the Director, Professional Learning and Design, you will boldly lead the development and creation of learning experiences for corps members from the moment they arrive at institute until they complete their first two years of teaching. You are convicted about creating experiences that build community among teachers and are passionate about the importance of diversity and equity in teacher education. You are creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic, excelling as a self-starter. You enjoy partnering with and developing others, and thrive in environments where your relationship with others must be strong.
Continuing Nashville's legacy of disrupting inequity, Teach For America ¬| Nashville recruits, develops, and mobilizes a diverse coalition of high impact education leaders who support schools to provide a limitless education to students. Great classrooms, schools, and districts require exceptional leadership, and in the past few years, our city and state have unleashed transformational initiatives. Teach For America – in partnership with other champions for Nashville's students – is a part of this work. Over 150 Teach For America corps members teach in 60 schools across Metro Nashville, reaching nearly 13,000 students. 760 Teach For America alumni call the city home and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy. They are working with our communities to create long-term, sustainable change. We believe that, 10 years from now, we'll look back on this as the decade when the people of Nashville came together to change the life prospects for our children.
Teacher Development & Effectiveness (55%)
- Partner with team leaders to develop a vision for corps member development aligned with values-based leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusive leadership development, and technical skill development
- Manage and design corps member learning experiences from institute to the school year, including content-based development throughout the corps and diversity development during the school year.
- Work closely with the Associate, PLD to ensure incoming corps member development is aligned to yearly corps member outcomes
- Create a vision of what strong teaching looks like for 1st year teachers and for 2nd year teachers, and create learning experiences that align to this
- Research our most pressing problems and most promising opportunities related to teacher and leadership development and identify solutions to increase teacher effectiveness and leadership
- Support, train, and prepare MTLDs to execute ongoing corps member professional development aligned to the scope and sequence of corps member learning experiences
- Partner closely with TLD team to track the effectiveness of corps member learnings and staff training, making revisions as necessary
- Cultivate relationships with community partners to facilitate corps member professional development aligned to the corps members development scope and sequence
- Partner closely with the Alumni and TLD teams to ensure corps member development aligns to the vision of both teams
Part-time Staff Development & Management (30%)
- Cultivate, hire, and manage a team of 12-16 professional development facilitators to provide ongoing professional development for corps members.
- Cultivate, hire, and manage a team of 5-9 specialists to provide excellent corps member development and experiences at institute
- Cultivate, hire, and manage the Manager of Institute Data to monitor, track, and lead the Institute team with having clear access of progress towards goals throughout Institute (teacher, student, and staff facing).
- Work closely with our district partners, in order to cultivate and hire the Mentor Teacher and School Support Administrator for Institute
- Lead the curriculum team on curriculum development for the summer, including assessments, lesson planning, and content feedback
- Revise, design, develop, and execute institute staff member spring training and conferences
- Monitor progress towards student achievement, corps member, and staff goals
- Coach staff members towards institute student and corps member goals
Regional and Organizational Stewardship (15%)
Support team-wide priorities for Greater Nashville and organizational-wide initiatives. Examples include:
- Participating in staff committees and task forces
- Corps member recruitment, admissions, and matriculation
- Team meetings and professional development
- Regional events and programming (such as teacher orientation and end-of-year celebration)
- 5+ years professional experience preferred
- 1-2+ years of design experience preferred
- Experience managing institute staff or multiple years of working at institute in a content facilitator role preferred
- Teach For America alumni or Teach For America staff experience highly preferred
- Ability to work some weekends and evenings
- Build and maintain deep relationships and connect with others, including those who are quite different from you, across all levels in the organization
- Good judgment, strong initiative, and a quick learner
- Make smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most, especially when things get busy
- A record of excellence, pursuing results, and teamwork
- Exceptionally strong strategic thinking
- An understanding of the differing needs of 1st and 2nd year teachers and the ability to design aligned learning experiences
- Ability to apply adult learning theory to training sessions
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Exceptional customer service orientation
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to tailor approach toward the perspective of others
- Strong outcomes-driven design skills
- Bachelor's degree required
- Master's degree preferred
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. 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.
Our Core Values:
Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.
- Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
- Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
- Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
- Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
- Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
- Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
- Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission
At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation.
Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.
Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.
This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs.
→ Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.
→ The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
→ The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:
- Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
- Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.
- Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.
- Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.
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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