Manager of Teacher Leadership Development – Part-Time (McAllen, Tx)
Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLD) are at the heart of Teach For America's work. MTLDs manage, coach, and develop our corps members to fundamentally transform the lives of students and inspire corps members to become lifelong advocates for educational equity. MTLDs help corps members' students achieve major academic and personal growth. They will build leadership in their corps members both in their classrooms as well as the long-term movement. They will also be deeply involved in our communities and our schools, engaging with our principals, students and families. They are leaders in every sense.
To reach this vision, MTLDs work directly with a group of teachers. They regularly collaborate and problem solve with other team members to ensure the success of their region. They play important roles in achieving critical organizational goals in multiple functional areas (for instance, selecting new corps members, recruiting alumni to join staff, or helping out at regional events). MTLDs will report to the regional program manager.
Teach For America works in school districts in five counties in the deep south region of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. Here, more than 400,000 students are enrolled in public schools in an area that has historically underperformed in comparison to the rest of the state and country. TFA has been partnering with communities in the Valley for more than 20 years. Today, more than 120 corps members and 170 alumni join community-wide efforts to increase educational attainment for Valley students at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. Together, we are changing the narrative of what is possible for children in low-income border communities.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Build Corps Member Leadership (35%, 9 hours/week)
- Build authentic relationships through multiple touch points with a diverse group of teachers; including meetings and communication on evenings and weekends
- Support and foster corps members' leadership development by helping them stay centered on their classroom visions and learn critical instructional and leadership skills
- Ensure corps members build perspective and situate their daily work in the bigger picture of educational equity work
- Help corps members understand the community in which they teach and provide strategies for corps members to build meaningful relationships with multiple stakeholders within the community
Coach and Empower Corps Members (35%, 9 hours/week)
- Help corps members diagnose top needs based on student progress and gaps in their learning
- Observe corps member instruction in live action (could require independent travel to school sites)
- Provide detailed coaching to corps members in alignment to the Teaching as Leadership and Diversity frameworks, while also helping them connect their values and beliefs to their work
- Facilitate small group sessions and design learning experiences that offer best practices and create communities of collaboration among corps members, including occasional meetings on evenings and weekends
Lead Across the Movement and in the Region (30%, 7 hours/week)
- Serve as active and engaged team members
- Attend weekly staff meetings, such as check-ins, team huddles, and quarterly step backs.
- 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
- Potentially travel to 1-2 Teach For America site visits or conferences each year
- Must be available to work 25hrs/week
- Minimum of three to four years of experience achieving ambitious outcomes as a classroom teacher in a low-income community
- Experience in coaching adults highly preferred.
- Deep knowledge of effective teaching practices
- Teach For America corps member experience preferred, but not required
- Have a deep commitment to Teach For America's mission and core values
- Being results-oriented and taking personal responsibility for achieving results
- Build deep relationships and connect with others, particularly across lines of differences
- Make smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most, especially when things get busy
- Reflect and proactively work to grow and improve
- Connect and build relationships with key influencers in the community
- Ability to engage in difficult conversations
- Engage in personal development around diversity, equity and inclusiveness
- Engages in constant reflective practice that breeds a deep level of self-awareness.
- Strong growth mindset orientation
- Occasional weekends and evenings
- Independent travel to multiple school sites throughout the day that may be significant distances from one another
- Bachelor's degree required
Submit a resume and cover letter online at www.teachforamerica.org/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.
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
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:
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