Manager, Teacher Leadership Development – 2017-2018 school year (Apply by Feb 26)

Please review the applications instructions below carefully, as there are four items you’ll need to complete when submitting an application.

The Role

Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLD) are at the heart of Teach For America’s work. As an MTLD, you will manage, coach, and develop our corps members to fundamentally transform the lives of students and become lifelong advocates for educational equity. You will help corps members’ students achieve major academic and personal growth. You will build leadership in your corps members both in their classrooms as well as the long-term movement. You will also be deeply involved in communities and schools, engaging with principals, students and families.

To reach this vision, you will work directly with a group of teachers. You will regularly collaborate and problem solve with other team members to ensure the success of your region. You will play an important role 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). You will report to the regional program manager, executive director or other member of the region’s’ leadership team who manages and develops you to achieve these goals.

Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Build Corps Member Leadership

  • 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 leadership skills
  • Ensure corps members build perspective and situate their daily work in the bigger picture
  • 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

  • Help corps members deepen their understanding of educational inequity and their role in addressing it, so that they become lifelong advocates for social justice
  • 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 on instructional techniques, classroom management, and curriculum, 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

  • Deepen your understanding of educational inequity and your role in addressing it, so that you become a lifelong advocate for social justice, and help corps members do the same.
  • Serve as active and engaged members of communities
  • Deepen understanding of your own identity and strive to take actions aligned with our vision of inclusivity and equity
  • 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 alumni initiatives



Prior Experience

  • Minimum of two years of experience achieving ambitious outcomes as a classroom teacher in a low-income community
  • Deep knowledge of effective teaching practices
  • Teach For America corps member experience preferred, but not required

Work Demands

  • Occasional weekends and evenings
  • Independent travel to multiple school sites throughout the day that may be significant distances from one another
  • Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license before the first day of employment (varies by region)
  • No major driving violations in the last three years (varies by region)
  • Potentially travel to at least two Teach For America conferences each year


  • Have a deep commitment to Teach For America’s mission and core values
  • Focus to constantly keep “eye on the prize” and remember the end goals- even when the going gets tough
  • Build deep relationships and communicates effectively with others across lines of difference
  • 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


  • Bachelor’s degree required

Please note:

  • This is a central job description for the MTLD role. Roles and responsibilities may vary by region. Candidates will get additional information during the hiring process.
  • Regions will review applications in early March after the application deadline and conduct interviews in April. Final hiring decisions will be made as early as April, but could extend later in the year as MTLD openings become available in each region.

Apply Now

In order to be considered for the Manager, Teacher Leadership Development position, you must complete the four parts (see below for the full details):

  • Submit a short online profile and resume. (You do NOT need to submit a cover letter for this application.) Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the link to start your application. You must be logged in to apply.
  • Once you complete the online profile, you will automatically receive an email from [email protected] titled “MTLD Application Started.” with instructions on how to complete steps 2, 3 & 4.
  • Complete the online application form, which includes:
  • Responding to a series of short answer questions
  • Completing the “Observing a Teacher” activity
  • Reflecting on Teach For America’s Commitment to Diversity and responding to a series of questions
  • Complete the Location Preferences Survey
  • Request up to three professional contacts to complete a reference survey on your behalf.

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application and complete all four parts of the application. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

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:

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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