Managing Director, Teaching as Leadership (Flexible)

The Role

As the Managing Director, Teaching as Leadership you are the key point of contact and internal expert when it comes to our main teacher leadership framework: Teaching as Leadership (TAL). As a member of the Leadership Development team, you work to ensure TAL is aligned to our organization-wide Theory of Leadership Development, evolving to meet our needs, utilized expansively, and understood and internalized by staff members with an emphasis on regional corps member support staff.

You are a deep believer in the power of our TAL framework and have the ability to clearly articulate TAL and the potential for aligning the development of our teachers around this primary source. You are an exceptional designer of adult learning experiences and can create and deliver an engaging learning experience. You get energy from grappling with meaty questions, working to make sense of seemingly conflicting ideas and turning big picture ideas and concepts into concrete, accessible frameworks and materials for others to utilize in their daily work. Additionally, you are well versed in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) and can speak with authority regarding the intersections of this approach and our TAL model.

The MD, TAL will report directly to the Vice President, Leadership Development.

The Team

The Teacher Leadership Development team provides resources and experiences to help corps members, alumni, and school partners amplify their impact. Our team ensures corps members are set up for success with their students from day one, by creating and executing early admissions planning and summer institute training. Our aim is to provide strong foundational training and ongoing development so that students have the classroom and community leaders they deserve.

The Leadership Development subteam creates tests, iterates, and evolves Teach For America's articulation of what leadership is and must be in our context and how we develop those leaders. We work to align the organization around key elements of a shared leadership development promise and experience for our program participants and support teams in contextualizing that promise and experience.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as main owner and driver for TAL and working with the VP, Leadership Development to understand areas of overlap, divergence, audiences, purpose, implementation status, and evolution for both TAL and the Theory on Leadership Development (TOLD). Refresh our TAL framework and supporting resources in alignment with ToLD and evolving organizational needs
  • Partner closely with the Org-Wide Learning & Strategy (OWLS) team to understand programmatic data and how TAL can support or push those results further towards our Breakthrough Results
  • Design and facilitate processes and discussions for aligning on the fundamental questions of program (e.g., what do our students most need from our corps members, what do our corps members most need from us), our evolving best answers, and our resulting high-priority learning questions
  • Synthesize our fundamental questions and our evolving best answers into a simple articulation of the core programmatic beliefs which make us "one TFA" (e.g., overall TFA mission and vision plus TAL plus theory of CM and alumni development)
  • Create opportunities for leaders throughout the organization to make meaning of their experiences through the lens of these fundamental questions and core beliefs in order to drive learning


Prior Experience

  • Full-time Teach For America staff experience highly preferred
  • Professional experience in content design highly preferred
  • Experience/learning in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy required

Work Demands

  • Working with colleagues who are based all over the country – using remote technologies and traveling periodically for in-person collaboration (estimated travel is 1-2x/quarter)


  • Ability to set and evolve an innovative and compelling vision
  • Ability to be proactive, flexible, independent, and take an optimistic approach to work
  • Ability to build strong relationships and work with individuals at all levels of the organization, seeing situations from multiple perspectives
  • Good judgment and strong problem solver; excellent critical thinking skills

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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

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:

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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