Director, Teacher Leadership Development(Little Rock, AR)

The Role

In the spirit of ensuring every student and teacher in our community is able to realize their unlimited potential, we are seeking a Director, Teacher Leadership Development who will ensure that we reach ambitious regional program goals across the two-year corps continuum. The Director, Teacher Leadership Development drives our region's overall corps member professional development strategy and execution, and is responsible for ensuring strong alignment to the needs of our students and our district partners. The Director, Teacher Leadership Development will lead and manage teams of content-specific facilitators as well as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Fellows toward student achievement and corps member leadership goals, as well as setting and executing vision and strategy for our corps member pre-service events.

This person will work closely with the Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development and other regional teams to ensure alignment between the summer training, ongoing training, and the two-year continuum. The Director, Teacher Leadership Development will report to the Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development.

The Team

Arkansas' team is dedicated to driving results for students at every level while building collaborative, trust-based relationships with communities. Our 75 corps members and approximately 200 in-state alumni are working alongside our community and district partners to unleash the potential of thousands of students growing up in Arkansas. Our 12 member staff is supporting them in this work while pursuing our 5 year charge to mobilize 400 leaders into our state's movement for educational equity.

Qualifications:

Responsibilities

Lead corps member ongoing professional development (55%)

  • Work closely with Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development to create and effectively execute the strategy for improving teacher impact via professional development in order to achieve ambitious student outcomes through a focus on content-specific pedagogy and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness
  • Design content for corps member Race & Equity sessions, including both mixed-race and racial affinity group spaces
  • Cultivate, hire, and manage a high-performing team of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Fellows who execute professional development sessions in the region
  • Cultivate, hire, and manage a high-performing team of content-specific facilitators who execute professional development sessions in the region in math, science, ELA, elementary, art, music, Spanish, and social studies content teams
  • Build team understanding of and investment in the corps continuum and its execution via All Corps Summits
  • Track and effectively manage corps member compliance with professional development expectations, including attendance at All Corps Summits
  • Partner with Managers of Teacher Leadership Development to ensure professional development is aligned to the coaching support they provide
  • Partner with alumni, districts, community organizations, and other professional development providers to create a more streamlined approach to corps member effectiveness

Lead corps member pre-service development (20%)

  • Set vision and direction for corps member onboarding, Induction, summer development, and First 8 Weeks Kickoff
  • Manage the regional team in executing corps member pre-service development

Support development of Teacher Leadership Development team (15%)

  • Serve on Teacher Leadership Development Leadership Team in order to holistically support Managers of Teacher Leadership Development and corps members to achieve their ambitious goals
  • Design and facilitate professional development sessions for TLD team members to continually raise the bar for their practice as coaches
  • Develop a strong, outcomes-focused performance culture among the teacher leadership development team and the corps

Collective Responsibility and Regional Projects (10%)

  • Serve as regional liaison for national Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award process
  • Attend all-corps events including regional Induction in June, First 8 Weeks Kickoff in July, All Corps Summits every six weeks, and End of Year Celebration in May for up to 20 days total throughout the year
  • Participate in in-person selection for up to 6-10 days total throughout the year
  • Participate in the annual efforts to have CMs, alumni and other constituencies provide survey feedback
  • Participate in diversity and inclusiveness programming throughout the year
  • Attend all-staff meetings, retreats, and step backs throughout the year

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • Minimum 5+ years professional work experience preferred
  • Proven record of achieving ambitious results
  • 1 or more years of design experience preferred, including leading adults in some capacity
  • Former Teach For America corps member and/or staff member preferred, but not essential
  • Knowledge and experience in Arkansas community preferred

Work Demands

  • Ability to work some nights and weekends
  • Ability to travel within region
  • Willing and able to work some early mornings, evenings or weekends

Skills

  • Ability to work relentlessly toward goals and invest others in ambitious goals
  • Managing others, through layers, to achieve a vision that is aligned with goals and priorities
  • Proven ability to develop and leverage relationships
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data from a range of sources to make high-impact, strategic decisions efficiently
  • Outstanding ability to identify student and teacher needs in a classroom setting
  • Project planning and management experience with the ability to manage multiple, distinct concurrent projects
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong instructional background
  • Strong organization skills
  • Comfort overseeing logistics and operations

Education

  • Bachelors degree required

Apply Now

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.

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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