Cluster Partners on the Teacher Support and Development team play a critical leadership role in ensuring our success in reaching these ambitious goals. Each Cluster Partner works in tandem with a Regional Operations Senior Vice President to oversees program results in 6-8 regions spanning approximately 1,000 teachers and 80,000 students. By partnering with regions (Program Managers and Executive Directors), Cluster Partners ensure that we reach ambitious visions and goals for student achievement, the corps member experience (including stewardship and retention) and staff experience At the national level, Cluster Partners shape long-term strategy for corps member initiatives and program management direction in partnership with directors of design. Cluster Partners report to the vice presidents of the Teacher Support and Development team.
Teach For America recruits individuals to our corps who have the potential to be outstanding teachers. Our team helps give them the training and support to turn that potential into skill and action. Across the nation, we bring staff and corps members the best thinking in education from Teach For America and external partners, then help them translate these learnings into positive results for kids. By helping our people live up to their potential, we're ensuring students can fulfull their own.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to
Lead Building TAL Classrooms in our Regions
Build a Strong Culture among TLD teams
- Setting Vision and Direction:
Ensure your cluster of regions (6-8 regions) has a bold and compelling vision for program which focuses on maximizing the positive impact the region has on the life paths of our kids
- Building Relationships and Influencing Others
: Establish strong partnerships with the regional teams, TLD staff, corps members, and community grounded in a deep understand of regional context.
- Setting Vision and Direction:
Work with regions to set North Starts that are meaningful and in service to the regional vision, with clear strategies and operational plans.
- Managing Team Execution:
Fully own the execution and management of our program work for the year, ensuring that we are demonstrating results and putting kids on a life path that gives them the same opportunities as their more affluent peers in your cluster regions
- Coaching and Developing
: Plan and execute robust professional development to ensure that our staff members are as effective as possible.
- Defining the Problem and Opportunity and Making Decisions and Demonstrating Judgment:
Hold a rigorous bar for our regions and corps members' classrooms. Through coaching and modeling, develop the judgment of our staff members in assessing classrooms.
- Synthesizing, Integrating, and Developing Strategies:
Work with Program Managers and TLD teams to determine the solutions and strategies to pursue in driving towards TAL classrooms.
Build a strong culture based on our core values - transformational change, leadership, team, diversity, and respect and humility
- Assembling Effective Teams and Coaching & Developing:
Assemble a strong team and ensure direct reports are maximizing their individual potential as team and organizational leaders, with explicit professional development priorities
- Coach and Develop
: Coach, develop and evaluate team members ongoing to meet their development goals and provide clarity of role, goals and accountability
- Assembling Effective Teams:
Cultivate the talent we need for staff positions in your cluster regions and throughout Teach For America
Contribute to our National TLD Strategy
- Defining the Opportunity and Problem:
Synthesize trends you are seeing across regions and share those trends broadly to influence the national decisions and initiatives we are taking on.
- Coaching and Developing:
Lead professional development for TLD members across the country (TLD conferences, leadership journeys, hosting site visits, etc.)
- Synthesizing, Integrating, and Developing Strategies
: Provide input on national initiative and actively engage in shaping the direction of TLD.
- Please note that support for each region is determined on a case by case basis so the above responsibilities will vary depending on region.
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Education and Experience
- Ability to effectively manage and cultivate the leadership of others remotely
- Highly vision and results-oriented
- Ability to analyze and synthesize data from a range of sources to make high impact, strategic decisions
- Ability to set compelling vision and strategy for short-term results and long-term impact
- Demonstrated sound judgment
- Confidence, poise, and the ability to communicate with diverse constituents
- Deep commitment to Teach For America's mission
- Embodies our core values
- Open to 50-60% travel
Application Requirements and Process
- Bachelors degree required
- 7 or more years of work experience preferred
- Teach For America corps member experience preferred but not required (demonstrated potential to acquire pedagogical knowledge quickly required)
- Teach For America Manager, Teacher Leadership Development and Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development experience highly preferred but not required
- Proven record of success managing others to achieve ambitious goals
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.
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