Manager, Teacher Leadership Development - ENC (Lenoir, Duplin Counties)

The Role

Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina seeks a new Manager, Teacher Leadership Development. MTLDs are at the heart of Teach For America’s work. MTLDs manage, coach, and develop our teachers (corps members or CMs for short) 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 for educational equity. 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).

In Eastern North Carolina we believe that in order to fuel a movement for educational equity and excellence that location matters. In the next three to five years we’ll be moving to a more localized model of support where MTLDs will shift to what we describe as Local Leadership Coaches, who live in the community they serve and will support district & community partnerships as well as alumni engagement in their specific community. The person in this role will ideally make this shift in year 2.

The MTLD will report to a Director, Teacher Leadership Development.

The Team

Founded in 1990 as one of the first sites, Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina has approximately 260 corps members (first- and second-year teachers) reaching nearly 20,000 students. Approximately 800 alumni of Teach For America work in education and across all sectors locally. The region is supported by a funding base of over $6 million, and 36 regional staff members work to train and support corps members, strengthen relationships with local schools and districts, foster the leadership of local alumni, grow the regional funding base, and influence the prevailing ideology to ensure that we can have an even greater impact.

Responsibilities

Build Corps Member Leadership (45%)

  • 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 (45%)

  • 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 (10%)

  • Serve as active and engaged members of communities
  • 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 at least two Teach For America conferences each year
  • 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

Qualifications:

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • Minimum of two years of experience achieving ambitious outcomes as a classroom teacher in a low-income community
  • Experience either teaching math or science or coaching math/science teachers required
  • 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
  • Education
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Skills

  • 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 connect with others, including those who are quite different from you
  • 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

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application with your resume and a cover letter. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.

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/benefitspackage.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial 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/staff-diversity.

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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