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.
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
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