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Posted on March 13, 2013
Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development
Teach for America
Teach For America - Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development
In order to build an unstoppable movement to ensure educational excellence for all, Teach For America is seeking Managing Directors of Teacher Leadership Development (MD, TLD) in multiple regions. An MD, TLD leads a team of staff members charged with ensuring that the students in corps members' classrooms are on fundamentally different trajectories as a result of that experience, and that their corps members and other partners are inspired to become lifelong advocates for educational equity. Depending on the size of their team, MD, TLDs are in a position to impact the success of between 8,000 and 34,000 students.
Managing directors are senior leaders on their regional teams, ensuring that the region achieves its student achievement, corps member retention, and stewardship goals, in pursuit of their vision. The MD, TLD also supports the development and execution of critical efforts around diversity and inclusiveness for the team. Finally, MDs support their regional leadership teams in reaching development, alumni engagement, community partnerships and human assets goals, in pursuit of their regional vision. The MD, TLD reports to a member of the executive team in the region, such as the Vice President of Teacher Leadership Development or the Executive Director.
Teach For America works with five counties in the deep south region of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. Here, more than 400,000 students are enrolled in public schools in an area that has historically underperformed in comparison to the rest of the state and country. TFA has been partnering with communities in the Valley for more than 20 years. Today, more than 140 corps members and 150 alumni join community-wide efforts to increase educational attainment for Valley students at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. Together, we are changing the narrative of what is possible for children in low-income border communities.
Lead Transformational Change in our Classrooms
- Hold a compelling vision focused on maximizing the region's impact on students' immediate academic success and long-term opportunities in life
- Inspire your team to internalize the possibility of achieving ambitious goals related to student outcomes, realize their potential to set students on a dramatically different life trajectory, and claim their role as leaders in the movement for educational equity
- Work closely with regional leadership to shape and enact your region's strategy to bring its vision to life and achieve ambitious goals; including a specific focus on the Critical Hope framework proposed by Dr. Jeffry Duncan-Andrade
- Cultivate good judgment in your team about trends and causes in classrooms
- Lead your team to take actions that result in significant changes in classrooms, thereby demonstrating results and putting kids on a life path that gives them the same opportunities as their more affluent peers
Develop a Successful Teacher Leadership Development Team
- Cultivate, hire, and coach and develop a strong and diverse team
- Ground your team in the region's vision and goals, and enable them to plan and execute successfully toward them
- Create an inspiring and inclusive team and corps culture, grounded in the core values and committed to conversations about the intersections of race, class and privilege in our work
Fuel the Movement for Educational Equity
- Establish and maintain diverse school district and community partnerships that drive toward a common vision, goals, and values
- Actively work to build authentic relationships with all stakeholders, and to realize our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
- Encourage staff and corps members to regularly reflect upon and strive towards maximizing their impact
- Cultivate corps members and alumni in order to support a robust talent pipeline for staff positions in the region and throughout Teach For America
Know and Grow Yourself as a Leader
- Hold a clear, personal vision for impact and how it relates to your goals
- Seek ways to expand your impact, based on reflection and feedback
- Sustain yourself in this work and model this for your team and corps members
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites:
- Teach For America corps member experience preferred
- 5 years of work experience required
- Strong instructional background and successful experience as a teacher
- Exemplifying Teach For America's core values
- Establishing a vision of excellence and building a culture of achievement
- Making informed, timely decisions and using sound judgment to prioritize actions
- Developing and cultivating relationships and networks in order to achieve results
- Analyzing data to draw accurate conclusions and to inform team management approach
- Managing others to effectively track tasks, assess progress, and follow through on the execution of plans
- Leading and participating in conversations about issues of inequity in schools, systems and society more broadly
- Being intentional in their own learning and development
- Bachelor's degree required
Approach to Work
- Vision-centered, with ability to balance strong outcomes-orientation
- Operating with urgency and sense of possibility
- Great at connecting and building deep relationships with all types of people in all types of contexts
- Excited about spending time coaching and developing people
- When things are extremely busy with lots of competing priorities, makes smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most
- Professional maturity
Apply now at https://teachforamerica.taleo.net/careersection/01/jobdetail.ftl?&job=12905
For more information, please contact or visit www.teachforamerica.org /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 www.teachforamerica.org/benefitspackage .
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity:
Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethic and racial 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/staff-diversity .
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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