Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development

Posted:  April 29th, 2012 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

Position Summary

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In order to build an unstoppable movement to close the educational achievement gap, Teach For America is seeking managing directors of teacher leadership development (MD, TLD). Each region is charged with ensuring every student is on a fundamentally different academic and life trajectory as a result of their experience with our corps members and inspiring all levels of stakeholders to become lifelong advocates for educational equity. The MD, TLD is a critical lever in ensuring that regions reach these ambitious program goals. In each region, managing directors of teacher leadership development manage and develop a team of three to six managers of teacher leadership development who each influence the outcomes of approximately 35 teachers. Managing directors of teacher leadership development are therefore responsible for the student achievement of between 8,000 and 34,000 students, depending on the size of the region.

Managing directors serve as senior leaders on their regional teams, ensuring that the region achieves its student achievement, corps member retention, and stewardship goals. Additionally, MDs support their regional leadership teams in reaching development, alumni engagement, and human assets goals. Finally, the MD, TLD supports the development and execution of critical efforts around diversity and inclusiveness for the team. 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.

Primary Responsibilities

Lead Transformational Change in our Classrooms

— Hold a compelling vision for program which focuses on maximizing the positive impact the region has on the life paths of our kids
— Inspire program staff 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
— Work closely with regional leadership to shape and effectively execute the region’s strategy to achieve ambitious goals
— 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

Ensure a High Performing Program Team

— Develop a strong culture based on our core values – transformational change, leadership, team, diversity, and respect and humility
— Developing a strong, outcomes focused performance culture within the program team and the corps
— Cultivate, hire, and manage a high-performing team of managers of teacher leadership development to achieve ambitious goals
Foster the leadership of the program team in order to ensure strong contributions to all regional priorities

Fuel the Movement

— Establish and maintain key school district and community relationships to ensure long-term partnerships and sustainability
— Serve as a member of the teacher leadership development leadership team that makes decisions about the vision and strategy for teacher support and development, and  contributes to decision-making on all regional program issues
— Manage the professional development of all program staff in order to support a robust talent pipeline for staff positions in the Miami-Dade region and throughout Teach For America

Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Demonstrated Experience

— Teach For America corps member experience preferred
— Establishing a vision of excellence and building a culture of achievement
— Managing others to effectively track tasks, assess progress, and follow through on the execution of plans
— Analyzing data to draw accurate conclusions and to inform team management approach
— Making informed, timely decisions and using sound judgment to prioritize actions
— Developing and cultivating relationships and networks in order to achieve results
— Exemplifying Teach For America’s core values
— 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

Application Requirements and Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application. In order to indicate your regional preferences, please respond to our regional preferences survey indicating where you are willing to live and work as a managing director, teacher leadership development.

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic 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.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.

At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, more than 9,000 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members began teaching in 43 regions across the United States.  Since 1990, Teach For America corps members have reached more than three million students.  Nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni are working in education and many other fields, where they continue to advocate for students and families in low-income communities.  While only one in six corps members was interested in the teaching profession before joining Teach For America, nearly two-thirds of its alumni remain in the field of education.

Teach For America’s culture and work is grounded in and guided by a deep commitment to pursuing true transformational change for students growing up in low-income communities. It is a leadership development organization – committed to fostering staff members, corps members and alumni who establish a clear and bold vision for the future, set measurable and ambitious goals, work purposefully and strategically to achieve that vision, always operate with a deep sense of possibility and with perseverance, and define broadly what is within its control to solve. It is an organization committed to its people, to diversity and inclusion, and to operating with respect and humility toward the other important people and organizations working to advance the cause of educational excellence for all children.

90% of the students our corps members teach are African American and Latino and come from low-income backgrounds. Since the academic achievement gap in our country is largely drawn along lines of race and class, we know that it’s particularly important to foster the leadership of individuals – at all levels – who share the racial and economic backgrounds of our students. Our staff is diverse and we are thrilled to have staff members representing all racial backgrounds working here. For more information about our commitment to diversity, visit:

We are a high-growth, outcomes-oriented organization, with a $220 million budget and over 1,500 staff. In 2011 and 2012, we were named a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For. We operate in an entrepreneurial environment, maintain focus on quantitative measures, and are committed to continuous improvement.

Caitlin McDermott
Assistant, Strategy & Operations
Teach For America
(212) 279-2080 x11775

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