Manager, Institute Design (Dallas, TX)

The Role

The Manager, Institute Design will develop learning experiences to further the development of pre-service teachers and the summer learning for students over Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth’s eight week summer Institute. When successful, you will have developed training sessions for eight weeks that can be facilitated by others to develop pre-service teachers towards the larger Institute goals and that model excellence in adult learning. You will also manage a team of curriculum writers to produce a set of lesson plans K-12 that meet district preference, summer school student needs, and new teacher development needs. You should have a record of success leading students to meet ambitious academic and non-academic outcomes in a public school setting; experience designing and facilitating learning experiences for adults; and experience working with district curriculum departments. You should enjoy project based work that extends over multiple months. This role sits on the Teacher Leadership Development team and reports to a Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development.

The Team

The Dallas Fort Worth team is on a path to create progress for kids. TFA-DFW aims to work in partnership with the Dallas-Fort Worth community to dramatically increase college readiness by 2020. In support of this work, TFA-DFW will impact 100,000 students daily throughout the metroplex by the end of the decade.

We will need great leaders to join us in this work. 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. We aim to build a movement that will make Teach For America, Dallas-Fort Worth an essential talent pipeline in the city for 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.

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

Design pre-service teacher learning experiences that embody principles of strong adult learning (50%)

  • Set a vision for what elements of adult learning are present in all institute learning experiences and design learning experiences that embody that vision
  • Sequence and align learning experiences outcomes to meet the larger vision and outcomes for Institute.
  • Design individual learning experiences for Institute and prepare the materials so that others can execute learning experiences.
  • Develop training experiences to prepare facilitators to execute adult learning experiences.
  • Facilitate learning experiences as a Professional Learning Leader during Summer Institute.

Manage a team of curriculum writers to produce summer school student lessons (40%)

  • Audit the previous summer’s student curriculum in partnership with our district to set goals and vision for a re-vamp.
  • Recruit, hire, and train a team of curriculum writers to enhance and write curriculum that meets goals set with the district.
  • Monitor team progress and develop learning experiences as necessary to ensure curriculum writers can produce curriculum that meets a set of expected outcomes.
  • Create an online platform for curriculum access that can be shared with TFA staff, TFA corps members, district teachers, and other partners.

Lead Across the Movement (10%)

  • Serve as an active and engaged member of our community.
  • Operate with a deep commitment to our core values, including fostering a diverse movement by partnering with people in the communities that may offer differing perspectives such as parents, teachers, and school leaders.
  • Own and support broader regional and organizational priorities, including selecting new corps members, encouraging alumni and corps members to join our staff, and supporting regional initiatives.

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • A record of success leading students to academic and non-academic outcomes
  • Experience developing and leading adult learning experiences
  • Experience partnering with instructional leaders across organizational boundaries to set goals and achieve results
  • Minimum of two years of experience achieving ambitious outcomes as a classroom teacher in a low-income community
  • Teach For America corps member experience preferred, but not required

Work Demands

  • Flexible work schedule and work location
  • Some evenings and weekends required
  • Can travel to school sites and meetings across the DFW metroplex
  • Desire to work on project based work with periods of work requiring lots of individual contribution and other periods of work requiring lots of team collaboration

Skills

  • Ability to build relationships and connect with others, including those who are quite different than you
  • Strong written communication skills for telling the story of impact and communicating regularly with stakeholders
  • Deep knowledge of effective teaching practices and excellent adult learning experiences
  • Skills analysing student achievement data to make decisions and report on impact
  • Make smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most over a quarter, a month, and a week
  • Ability to project plan for 6-18 months, while taking into account stakeholder schedules and roles.
  • Ability to engage in difficult conversations
  • Reflect and proactively work to grow and improve
  • Engage in personal development around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Decision making and judgment that takes into account key stakeholder interests, the impact on equity, and organizational stewardship

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required/Masters degree preferred
  • Administrative certification preferred, but not required

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must:

1. Submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.

2. Complete your applicant activity, which is located here. Submit your applicant activity directly to [email protected]

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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