Director of Program and Instruction – Memphis Teaching Fellows
TNTP - Tennessee

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Memphis, TN

TNTP currently seeks a Director of Program and Instruction for our Memphis Teaching Fellows Program. This position is available immediately and will be based in the program office in Memphis. TNTP will provide a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving, if applicable.

New Teacher Effectiveness and Memphis Teaching Fellows

TNTP’s New Teacher Effectiveness Group is responsible for recruiting great teachers to teach in high-need schools and subject areas, and for preparing those teachers to be immediately effective in the classroom. TNTP’s Teaching Fellows programs streamline the path to teaching for accomplished career changers and recent graduates. In 2011, TNTP recruited, selected and provided training to outstanding teachers in more than 20 cities and 18 states. In 9 of those states and the District of Columbia, TNTP is approved to recommend teachers for certification through our rigorous, relevant preparation model, TNTP Academy, which has been shown to produce highly effective teachers. Building on this strong track record, TNTP is pioneering an evaluation program to recommend certification only for teachers who demonstrate their ability to advance student learning.

In Tennessee, TNTP has managed the Memphis Teaching Fellows program since 2007, recruiting, selecting and training individuals to teach in Memphis’ most high-need public schools. In 2010, TNTP partnered with Memphis City Schools to create TNTP Academy Memphis, an accelerated certification pathway for Fellows. For more information, please visit www.memphisteachingfellows.org.

Role and Responsibilities

The Director of Program and Instruction is the local TNTP lead for Memphis Teaching Fellows, accountable for setting and meeting ambitious annual goals to ensure that Fellows are highly effective teachers by drawing from and evaluating current practice and actively developing and driving a strategy to improve teacher quality. The Director of Program and Instruction must assess outcomes in real time in order to improve program results continuously and contribute to TNTP’s knowledge base. In sum, the Director of Program and Instruction is responsible for results across several key areas, and specific responsibilities include:

Teacher Quality

  • Track, analyze and respond to teacher performance data (including both direct analysis and management of the quality of staff’s analysis) to improve program implementation immediately, including strategically piloting new approaches under a quick timeline in order to ensure a highly effective cohort of teachers
  • Ensure the pre-service training, school year seminar curriculum, and classroom interventions are effective in improving student learning and teacher performance. Oversee the design and implementation of the program’s Assessment of Classroom Effectiveness (TNTP’s teacher evaluation used to make certification decisions) , including gaining access to student achievement data and district and/or state level assessment data, and using multiple data points in order to assess teachers’ demonstrated performance
Program Quality

  • Ensure that Memphis Teaching Fellows is a significant factor in developing Fellows into effective teachers
  • Create and use efficient management tools to monitor contract goals and innovation outcomes, making immediate adjustments to practice where needed, and investing staff in these adjustments
  • Communicate program outcomes to external clients, staff, and internal stakeholders at TNTP, building a case for successes, failures, and outcomes of pilots and innovations
  • Ensure TNTP Academy remains in good state standing, which includes responding to data requests, creating compliance reports, and facilitating successful state site visits
Client Satisfaction

  • Build effective relationships with district and state leaders, school administrators, TNTP Academy specific clients, and other key stakeholders within the community to invest them in program and teacher quality
  • Navigate and develop relationships with clients in Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, and the new Unified School District throughout the upcoming school merger
  • Position self as credible expert on teacher quality and effective talent management, advising clients on approach and sharing best practices from TNTP’s national reports and best practices
Market Sustainability

  • Explore approaches to increase Memphis Teaching Fellows’s immediate and long term market sustainability by pursuing opportunities to expand to secure positions for Fellows in charter schools and other districts in the region, as well as assessing current program costs and outcomes and proposing methods to increase cost effectiveness
  • Provide oversight over recruitment campaign, implementation of the teacher selection model, and district hiring process, tracking and analyzing data to ensure that program is sustainable in short and long term and making strategic decisions on where to spend staff time and resources based on data analysis
  • Analyze program costs and roll out changes under a fast timeline to meet measurable market sustainability goals
Staff Management

  • Manage a team of full and part-time staff members, setting clear expectations, helping them to prioritize tasks that are tied to key outcomes, coaching them towards their professional development goals through consistent and concrete feedback, and evaluating their performance
  • Engage staff in ambitious program goals and monitor the quality of their deliverables, promoting professional growth and innovations in implementation
  • Establish strong, productive, supportive team culture, including fostering staff’s connectivity to TNTP colleagues and knowledge across the country
Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who believe deeply in TNTP’s mission, who thrive in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment, and who demonstrate a record of achievement.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate:
  • Ability to generate multiple effective and innovative ideas
  • Comfort with piloting new approaches, assessing immediate impact, and holding self accountable to results
  • Understanding of what effective teaching looks like immediately when observing teachers in practice, and a deep commitment to the importance of effective instruction
  • Ability to effectively analyze quantitative and qualitative data sets and determine what story the data tells and how to act on it in a strategic and efficient manner
  • Track record of setting and achieving ambitious goals
  • Strong staff management instincts and/or experience
  • Ability to diagnose what clients care about, to develop rapport, and to engage clients towards common mission
  • Constant and fast learning, thriving in an innovative environment
  • Self reflective on own performance, actively seeking feedback
  • Excellent forecasting and prioritization leading to effective project management outcomes
  • Superior communication and writing skills, including keen attention to detail
  • Engaging presence as a facilitator and team leader
  • Active approach to knowledge sharing, seeking resources from TNTP knowledge base and proactively synthesizing and sharing program knowledge across TNTP
  • A strong education background and instructional skill set with at least two years K-12 teaching experience in a high-need school (strongly preferred)
  • Basic understanding of, and comfort articulating, the current teacher evaluation and student assessment landscape
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Accurate understanding of the challenges and opportunities of high-need school districts; knowledge of the educational landscape in Tennessee (a plus)
  • Familiarity with state and national curriculum and teaching standards (a plus)
  • Fluency with technology, specifically Microsoft Office suite
  • A willingness to work non-standard hours and occasional weekends
Compensation

The annual salary for this position is $76,000 or commensurate with experience in a similar position, with the potential for a performance based bonus.

TNTP offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, a comprehensive benefits plan effective on the first day of employment – including low cost medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, a 403(b) plan with matching, potential opportunities for performance based bonuses – as well as the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation’s children. For more information on TNTP’s competitive benefits package, please visit http://tntp.org/join/our-benefits/

To Apply

We review applications on a rolling basis – so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position, which can be addressed to the Human Capital department. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check. TNTP is committed to fostering and capitalizing on the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.

TNTP strives to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. A national nonprofit organization founded by teachers, TNTP is driven by the knowledge that effective teachers have a greater impact on student achievement than any other school factor. In response, TNTP develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop and keep great teachers. Since its inception in 1997, TNTP has recruited or trained approximately 49,000 teachers - mainly through its highly selective Teaching Fellows programs - benefiting an estimated 8 million students. TNTP has also released a series of acclaimed studies of the policies and practices that affect the quality of the nation's teacher workforce, including The Widget Effect (2009) and Teacher Evaluation 2.0 (2010). Today TNTP is active in more than 25 cities, including 10 of the nation's 15 largest. For more information, please visit www.tntp.org.

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