Manager, Teacher Leadership Development (Baltimore,MD)
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 Teach For America - Baltimore. 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 Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development, who manages and develops you to achieve these goals.
Founded in 1992, Teach For America - Baltimore has as a corps and alumni base that is more than 1,100 strong. Corps member and alumni teachers reach nearly 30,000 students in Baltimore area public schools. Additionally, our alumni work across multiple sectors – as principals, social entrepreneurs, and civic leaders to improve access and opportunities for all students in Baltimore. The region is supported by a funding base of over $7 million. Regional staff members work to fill and retain leaders in the highest impact roles in education, support and develop the leadership of our corps members and alumni, and continually strengthen our network of local corps members and alumni to act together. We also work to expand the community relationships and funding base to ensure that Teach For America - Baltimore can continue to sustain and grow its impact.
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
- 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
- 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
- No major driving violations in the last three years
- 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
To be considered for this role, you must submit a resume and cover letter. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.
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 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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