Director, Teacher Engagement (Oakland, CA)
The Oakland Director, Teacher Engagement will be an integral member of a tight-knit team focused on accelerating the impact of over 400 Teach For America corps members and alumni in Oakland. DTEs will use their skills in vision-driven coaching and relationship-building to unleash our teachers' potential and drive toward transformational academic and personal growth for students. In addition, the DTE will build relationships with other educational leaders in Oakland, especially school leaders, to drive toward collective impact resulting in more quality schools for kids in Oakland.
Successful candidates will be exceptional former educators with adult development experience who are eager to take our work in the Oakland community to new heights. This position reports to the Managing Director, Program in Oakland.
The Bay Area team has set a clear mandate to harness our unique community assets—unparalleled intellectual, human, technological, and financial capital—to rethink our organizational approach, striving to build the next generation model for Teach For America and for teacher and educational leadership development.
For 25 years, Teach For America has been a critical force in creating classrooms and schools that are bucking the status quo for low-income students. And yet, our very best schools nation-wide are still facing a reality where fewer than 50% of students are on a path to college or meaningful post-secondary options. While an impressive shift from the status quo, we know that we must think differently to realize our aspiration of every student having the opportunity to fulfill her or his full potential.
We see clear indicators that what we are doing is working. From top quartile increases in corps member experience metrics to increased demand from our partners for our teachers, we are energized by the tangible results we are seeing as a result of our innovations. We are continuing to make strategic investments, learn from the wins and the misses, and evolve our thinking to ensure we accelerate the path we are on.
You approach your work through an equity lens. You fundamentally believe that race, class, and privilege are at the core of inequity in our society and schools. You work to understand the way that your own identity impacts your thoughts, actions, and ultimately your leadership, and you are excited to support educators in understanding this as well.
You are a relationship builder. In all of your interactions, people feel valued, clear on your purpose, and also believe their time was well-spent. You are fueled by connecting people, collaborating, and forging communities in pursuit of a bold vision
You are obsessed with data. You see data collection and analysis as an essential component of equity work. You consistently collect both quantitative and qualitative data, draw connections between the two, and use these data points to take your work and the work of teachers to new heights.
You learn and continuously improve. You aren't interested in "good enough". You are driven to become exemplary in your capacity to coach educators and to facilitate group professional development experiences. You take the initiative to seek help and creative inputs from others to move the work of the team forward. You inform your work by embedding yourself in Oakland's community context and adjust based on your ongoing learning.
You are self-driven. You don't wait. You get clear on audacious goals and you pursue them proactively and with vigor.
You build culture. Teams and communities are better because you are a part of them. In the face of challenge, you choose joy. As a result of your work and influence, groups of individuals become teams united in pursuit of a common vision.
Coach and develop teachers - 50%
DTEs will work with a cohort of approximately 30 corps members. This work will require you to…
- Cultivate trusting relationships with the teachers in your cohort
- Coach and develop the corps members in your cohort. This work will include (but is not limited to): observing the teachers in their classrooms, leading coaching conversations 1:1 or in small groups of corps members, leading learning experiences for teachers, connecting teachers to opportunities for development.
- Monitor progress toward our team culture, partnership, and student outcomes goals.
- Analyze data in order to create and execute responsive plans.
- Collaborate with other team members to execute team-level strategies
- Internalize TFA Oakland's vision and strategic direction
- Continuously develop your own skill as a coach and leader for educational equity
Build Relationships, Partnership, and Community across a Portfolio of Schools (40%)
Your corps members will be clustered at Oakland schools, and you'll be responsible building partnership and community with your teachers in those schools. This will require you to…
- Develop relationships with school leaders and other teachers
- Collaborate with school partners on a regular and frequent basis in order to inform leadership development work with teachers.
- Cultivate relationships with teachers and school leaders to inform, develop, and execute on teachers' development needs
- Bring teachers together so that they further their reflective practice as a collective
- Learn about the neighborhoods and school communities where your teachers work, so that your work is contextualized and infuses community assets into your strategies.
- Support the school community towards their vision for excellence
Contribute to Overall Oakland Vision and Team Priorities (10%)
- Build and use knowledge of adult learning to inform our corps-wide programming
- Support Oakland-wide initiatives, including but not limited to matriculation, selection, team events, etc.
- Minimum three years of highly effective teaching experience.
- Some experience coaching teachers and / or leading teacher development required.
- Teaching experience in a school in Oakland preferred.
- Based in Oakland, must be able to travel regularly around Oakland and occasionally to the other Bay Area offices (Richmond, San Francisco, and San Jose).
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary; overnight travel is minimal.
- Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree preferred.
Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your accomplishments and how those accomplishments align with your understanding of the role. Please submit your application here: www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we plan to notify all candidates who are moving forward.
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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