Manager, Teacher Leadership Development (Nashville)
In the spirit of ensuring an empowering education for all Nashville students, Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLD) are at the heart of Teach For America – Nashville's vision. 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. At the end of a successful year of work, MTLDs will see students on a new life path of extended life opportunities, due to major academic and personal growth. They will have built leadership in their cohort of corps members both in their classrooms as well as the long-term movement. They will also be deeply involved in our schools; engaged with our principals, students and necessary support staff. They are leaders in every sense.
To reach this vision, MTLDs work directly with a cohort of approximately 20 teachers. They regularly collaborate and problem solve with other members of the TLD team to ensure the success of their cohort. 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 report to the Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development who manages and develops them to achieve these goals.
Continuing Nashville's legacy of disrupting inequity, Teach For America | Nashville recruits, develops, and mobilizes a diverse coalition of high impact education leaders who support schools to provide a limitless education to students. Great classrooms, schools, and districts require exceptional leadership, and in the past few years, our city and state have unleashed transformational initiatives. Teach For America – in partnership with other champions for Nashville's students – is a part of this work. Over 150 Teach For America corps members teach in 60 schools across Metro Nashville, reaching nearly 13,000 students. 760 Teach For America alumni call the city home and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy. They are working with our communities to create long-term, sustainable change. We believe that, 10 years from now, we'll look back on this as the decade when the people of Nashville came together to change the life prospects for our children.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Build Corps Member Leadership (40%)
- Build authentic relationships through multiple touch points to connect with corps members' diverse styles, strengths, and needs, including meetings and communication on evenings and some weekends
- Support and foster corps members' leadership development by staying centered on the Teach For America vision, corps member's classroom visions, and evolving within the mindset to become limitless leaders towards our mission of "One Day".
- Ensure corps members build perspective and ground their daily work in the bigger picture toward One Day
- Help corps members understand the community in which they teach and provide strategies for corps members to build meaningful relationships with multiple stakeholders within their school community
Coach and Empower Corps Members (35%)
- Support 1st year teachers in their classroom and leadership development
- Help corps members diagnose top needs based on student progress and gaps in their learning
- Observe corps member instruction in live action, requiring independent travel to school sites during normal business hours
- Provide detailed coaching to corps members on instructional techniques, classroom management, standards alignment, and rigorous lesson planning and assessment in order for students to reach their classroom vision while also coaching toward corps members' long-term leadership, while helping them connect their values and beliefs to their work
- Facilitate small group sessions and learning experiences to continue additional learning of best practices and assist corps members in assembling communities of collaboration among other corps members, including occasional meetings on evenings
Lead Across the Movement (10%)
- Serve as active and engaged members of school communities; requiring independent travel to school sites during normal business hours
- Collaborate with a deep commitment to Teach For America core values, including, but no limited to fostering a diverse movement by partnering with people in the communities such as stakeholders, teachers, and school leaders to expand access and opportunity for students and teachers.
- Travel to (at least two)Teach For America conferences each year (as applicable due to availability)
Regional Stewardship (15%)
- Participate in staff committees and task forces
- Corps member recruitment, admissions, and matriculation
- Team meetings and professional development
- Regional events and programming (such as teacher orientation and end-of-year celebration)
- Act as liaison and/or ambassador for regional and national initiatives as pertinent to the TLD team
- 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
- Bachelor's degree required
- 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
- Self starter by continuously seeking opportunities and reflection on ways to improve
- 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
- Excellent candidates who have strong content knowledge, community relationships, and diversity, equity, and inclusiveness depositions
- A record of excellence, pursuing results, teamwork, and leading adults
- Orientation towards further developing a critically conscious lense towards educational equity (including development of self)
- A record of maintaining optimism (with healthy criticism) while overcoming obstacles and respect and humility
- Ability to work some weekends and evenings
- Ability to travel independently to multiple school sites throughout the day that may be significant distances from one another
- Ability to navigate school facilities that may or may not be ADA-compliant
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/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.
Our Core Values:
Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.
- Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
- Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
- Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
- Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
- Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
- Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
- Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission
At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation.
Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.
Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.
This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs.
→ Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.
→ The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
→ The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:
- Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
- Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.
- Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.
- Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.
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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