Project Director, Academics

Seeking Dynamic Common Core Experts

TNTP seeks a full-time Project Director for our client services team. These positions are based in a home office anywhere in the U.S. or from the TNTP central office in Brooklyn, NY, and are available immediately. Travel up to 40% annually is required.

Who We Are

TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

Staff on TNTP’s Client Team work alongside teachers, school leaders, districts and states to help them achieve their goals for students. Specific to our academic work, we work on initiatives that incorporate a focus on curriculum, instruction, assessments, systemic reforms and/or ensuring alignment at every level to rigorous standards, such as the Common Core. We keep the full system in mind to customize interventions that will make a sustainable impact at scale.

What You’ll Do

As a Project Director, you will partner with school districts and TNTP programs across the country to develop, advocate for, and implement models aimed to raise the quality of classroom instruction through the development and implementation of academic strategies. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Supporting the district to gather and use data to inform academic strategies
  • Aligning district systems, resources and structures to support evolving academic strategies
  • Managing the design and implementation of other instructional trainings and projects aligned to Common Core
  • Developing and managing high level client relationships with senior district leaders and other stakeholders
  • Creating high-quality, data-driven reports demonstrating the effect of newly created models on quality of instruction
  • Managing other TNTP staff in their work to coordinate projects, examine large data sets and develop metrics to support the successful implementation of services

What You Bring

We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.

We expect our Project Directors to:

  • Know great Common Core aligned teaching and learning when you see it. Whether you are watching how students engage during a lesson or looking at student performance data, you can identify whether students are grappling with the right content and diagnose what needs to happen to improve student learning outcomes immediately and in the long-term. You understand the implications of the shifts in instruction required by Common Core for students, teachers, school leaders and district staff.
  • Motivate and influence education leaders. You’ll regularly partner with, and be expected to influence, clients, teachers and school leaders, investing them in a vision of Common Core aligned instructional excellence and generating excitement about innovative approaches to professional development.
  • Translate your Common Core expertise. We’re counting on your strong public presentation skills, ability to assess and adjust to the learning needs of your audience and ability to clearly communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, including teachers, school leaders and district staff.
  • Connect the dots in ambiguous circumstances. You’ll use your analytical and problem solving skills to design and facilitate trainings and meetings, craft strategic academic interventions that improve student performance, and propose solutions to academic challenges every day. Ambiguity doesn’t scare you; just the opposite, you thrive on it. Your creative instincts will help you deal with vague situations and develop new approaches with limited guidance.
  • Develop talent. One of your greatest responsibilities and privileges will be to manage and develop TNTP’s amazing people.


  • Strong familiarity and expertise with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) required, including:
  • Experience as a lead practitioner in a school system that has adopted the CCSS and/or a deep conceptual understanding of the instructional shifts
  • Experience with the role of complex text in ELA instruction and/or the Standards of Mathematical Practice, and the major work of each grade
  • Experience managing complex projects or organizational change efforts
  • Deep knowledge of content and instruction, with at least four years Pre-K-12 teaching experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a proven track record of raising student achievement
  • The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions
  • Previous experience developing and facilitating adult learning/training (highly preferred)
  • The ability to work effectively with others at all levels of an organization and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions
  • Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of rapidly changing priorities and tight deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong staff management experience or instincts

What We Offer

TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance based bonus. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online.

It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check.

At TNTP, we believe that diversity makes us stronger and challenges us to think differently every day. TNTP provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status or disability.

Learn More

TNTP: www.tntp.org

Benefits and hiring process: http://tntp.org/join

Life at TNTP: http://tntp.org/about-tntp/our-people

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