Managing Director, Institute/ Summer Teacher Residency (Las Vegas Valley)
In the spirit of exploring every possible way to insure every child in our city has access to a great neighborhood school, we will likely launch a regional summer training institute in Las Vegas for the summer of 2018. We are looking for a visionary, instructionally-savvy, and dedicated leader to develop, launch and sustain a world-class teacher preparation experience for over 100 new teachers each summer.
This person will work closely with the Director of Program Continuum and the Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development to ensure alignment between the pre-corps experience, summer training and ongoing teacher support and development – all of which is centered on the principles of Teaching As Leadership. He or she will also collaborate regularly with colleagues across the country on innovation in instructional and leadership development. The Managing Director, Institute will report to the SMD, Program Continuum, and will eventually build a summer team to lead institute programming and logistics.
Key Mindsets of Target Leader
You are innovative and strategic. You are energized by a blank page, and are constantly imagining ways for things to improve or new ways to solve problems. This same energy fuels you as a designer—both in crafting powerful adult learning experiences and in forging new systems and structures for impact. You match big thinking with being extremely deliberate in your decision making and know when to push pause on being generative so that you can turn something into reality.
You are a self-driven planner and executer. You seamlessly take gnarly projects and break them down into manageable chunks. You constantly know what is around the bend and have likely laid out four or five contingency plans just in case. This allows you to take immense ownership of your work.
You are obsessive about impact. Your decisions are data-driven and outcome-oriented. You set and stay laser-focused on audacious goals and create team cultures that do as well. You never lose sight of the end game and are relentless about figuring out how to get there.
Our work in the Las Vegas Valley mostly serves Clark County School District (CCSD), which is the fifth largest school district in the nation. The work we do in the Las Vegas Valley is driven by our belief in the possibility of all students to exceed current expectations and fueled by our culture values of One LoVVe, Vision-Driven, and DEI Focused. Only 70% of the district's 315,000 students graduate from high school. Additionally, Nevada has the lowest percentage of children enrolled in early childhood programs in the country. The inequity between students in affluent communities and low-income, that also disproportionately affect communities of color, is the injustice we fight to end. If we cannot provide a quality education for all of our kids, then their futures and our community's economic and just future, begin to look dim.
While there is a great need here, there is also an incredible opportunity. Since 2004, Teach for America – Las Vegas has placed nearly 700 corps members in the Las Vegas Valley, reaching over 40,000 students growing up in poverty. We have also partnered with CCSD; a number of local corporations and foundations; University of Nevada-Las Vegas; and other organizations to improve outcomes for all kids. Community leaders in the Las Vegas Valley recognize that education is the key to improving the quality of life for everyone in Las Vegas, and we are all coming together for our students and for our future.
Set Vision and Design (50%)
- Design a compelling vision and strategy to reach desired student achievement goals over the summer as part of our training program for corps members
- Partner with members of our Leadership Team to build a strong case for support of our regional institute, and represent the region at meetings with potential donors to secure additional funding (anchor funding already secured)
- Partner closely with Program Continuum team to create a seamless transition from institute training to regional program support
- Make significant instructional decisions that will impact both corps member effectiveness and our ultimate goal of student achievement
Manage Team and Operations (20%)
- Manage part-time staff members in the planning and execution of institute
- Develop and execute summer staffing and training proposal aligned to Institute priorities of community integration
- Work with national Talent Recruitment Team to cultivate and select high performing part-time summer institute staff to build a top-notch instructional team
- Oversee a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify a strong local university aligned with our vision and approach to culturally responsive teaching, to build a teacher training program partnership (an interested partner has already been identified)
Build Relationships with Key Stakeholders (10%)
- Develop and manage strong relationships with key players at the NV Department of Education, the University ARL provider, and school partners in order to develop a summer school program for students and training program for corps members
- Partner closely with school leaders of Institute sites to ensure institute goals and priorities align with school goals and priorities
Fulfilling our Mission through Organizational and Regional Priorities (20%)
- Participate in the selection and matriculation of the next year's teaching corps
- Engage in diversity conversations and exploration of your self-identity
- Participate in cross-functional team-wide initiatives that align with our regional priorities and strategies.
- Strong instructional background, preferably a former teacher, teacher coach, or school leader.
- Experience leading teaching residency programs required (i.e., Teach For America Summer Institute, Teach For All Institutes, TNTP, Teaching Fellows, MATCH).
- Design and execution of adult professional development experience required
- 2 or more years of management experience highly preferred
- Minimum of 6 years or more of work experience
- Some evening and weekend work required
- Located in Las Vegas, NV with travel to other TFA summer institute locations to study and partner with other institute teams.
- Exceptional ability to set and evolve project vision and direction
- Exceptional ability to build and execute multiple, distinct concurrent projects
- Strong ability to inspire, motivate, and invest others in ambitious goals
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Proven ability to develop and leverage relationships and networks
- Ability to analyze and synthesize data from a range of sources to make high-impact, strategic decisions
- Desire to work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial endeavor
- Bachelors degree required, Masters preferred.
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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