Director, Teaching & Learning

The Role

The Director, Teaching and Learning is responsible for stewarding our regional vision to ensure that corps members engage in professional learning experiences that develop them as teacher leaders equipped with the pedagogical knowledge needed to set and fulfill an ambitious goal and vision with students. The role is primarily focused around the design of learning experiences and professional development informed by the articulation of our DFW corps program and DFW theory of learning. In addition to designing professional learning experiences, the Director, Teaching and Learning will consult on the articulation of our corps program, set vision and support staff in facilitation of adult learning, partner with teacher coaches to develop the content and pedagogical needs of their teachers and be responsible for having a pulse on the state of learning in our classrooms. The Director, Teaching and Learning will report to the Managing Director over corps member professional learning.

The top 5 competencies the ideal candidate possesses are:

  • Ability to set, maintain, and develop a clear vision aligned with Teach for America's goals
  • Demonstrate sound judgement and make timely decisions
  • Influence and inspire others in order to achieve outcomes
  • Organize, prioritize, and track workflow and manage organizational resources
  • Make connections between unrelated findings into meaningful and actionable strategies or solutions

The Team

Among large urban areas, Dallas ranks 3rd in child poverty, and only 14% of high school students in Dallas County graduate ready to succeed in college. At Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth, we seek to work in partnership with the Dallas-Fort Worth community to dramatically increase college readiness for students. In support of this effort, Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth will impact 100,000 students daily throughout the metroplex by the end of the decade.

We need great leaders to join us in our work to end educational inequity. At Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth we aim to be essential talent pipeline of teachers, school and district leaders, non-profit leaders, political leaders, social entrepreneurs and beyond who are able to change the odds for kids in the Metroplex. We believe that enlisting, developing and retaining top talent is essential to moving the needle for students in our community.

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

Will include, but may not be limited to:

Influence and support teacher coaches to run high impact professional development and develop teachers (40%)

  • Find and secure instructional resources to meet teachers' assessment, instructional, and classroom culture needs
  • Set vision and support staff with adult learning and facilitation skills

Set vision and design corps member learning experiences (40%)

  • Use our articulation of program and theory of learning to create plans and design learning experiences that develop first and second year teachers' knowledge, skills, and beliefs in culturally responsive pedagogy across content areas and an inclusive and affirming classroom culture.
  • Consult and assist in the articulation of corps program and theory of learning

Serve as a key member of the Corps Program Team and TFA-DFW Regional Team (20%)

  • Support struggling corps members on individual areas of growth if necessary (could be called upon to serve as a back-up coach)
  • Participate in corps member selection and matriculation
  • Cultivate corps members and alumni for staff positions to fuel our movement
  • Participate in regional events such as All Staff Meetings and retreats

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • Two to three years of corps member support experience (previous TFA experience strongly preferred)
  • Two to Four years of prior professional experience
  • Ability to travel in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

Work Demands

  • Some evening and weekend work required

Skills

  • Extraordinary organization and attention to detail required
  • Strong critical thinking, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her work and professional growth
  • Exemplifies Teach For America's core values
  • Managing or influencing others to achieve a vision that is aligned to goals and priorities
  • Operating with urgency to achieve ambitious, measurable results
  • Analyzing data to draw accurate conclusions and to inform team decision making
  • Making informed, timely decisions and using sound judgment to prioritize actions
  • Tracking tasks, assessing progress, and following through on the execution of plans
  • Developing and cultivating relationships and networks in order to achieve results
  • Inspiring committed and positive action toward individual and organizational goals
  • Exemplifying Teach For America's core values

Education

  • Bachelor's degree required

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application and cover letter by May 15, 2017. 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.

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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