Turnaround Coaches drive strong measurable improvements in teacher proficiency and student learning by providing intensive 1:1 coaching to struggling corps members and/or corps members who are stagnant at a particular level of culture of achievement. Turnaround Coaches provide Real-Time Coaching and professional development related to the mindsets, knowledge, and skills teachers need to be effective in the classroom and set teachers on a firm trajectory towards transformational teaching. Turnaround Coaches do whatever it takes to bring classrooms to compliant/on-task or to the next level of achievement in 4-6 weeks. Turnaround Coaches partner with Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (M,TLD) and other program staff to diagnose and prioritize corps members for coaching, and support regional strategy for achieving ambitious goals regarding student outcomes and overall corps member leadership development. The Turnaround Coach is a director level position. The Turnaround Coach reports to the Executive Director who manages and develops them to achieve these goals. The Turnaround Coach receives ongoing professional development from a Real-Time Coaching mentor and members of their regional management team.
Once a powerhouse of industry, today Cleveland is among America's poorest cities - a reality that adversely affects the educational and life prospects of thousands of children. But there is hope for our city to be great again. Community leaders are tapping into the region's entrepreneurial spirit and focusing on education to break the cycle of poverty. Our 50 corps members are proud to be included in Teach For America's first year as part of these efforts. They join 300 alumni working statewide to bring about change for our region's children.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Building Corps Member Leadership
Coaching and Empowering Corps Members
- Inspiring corps members 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 a leader in the movement for educational equity.
- Supporting an evolving set of our struggling corps members (up to 8-10 at a time) by providing intensive 1:1 coaching that will turn their classroom around within 4-6 weeks
- Quickly building relationships with corps members including building trust and buy-in in the coaching process and building a sense of urgency, renewed commitment, and intensified investment in improving the classroom
- Diagnosing classrooms against ambitious expectations for student outcomes, instruction, and leadership through the use of observation and analysis of student achievement data; coaching corps members and other program staff to do the same
- Developing a strategic approach for the use of Real-Time Coaching
- Prioritizing and sequencing coaching opportunities on the teacher mindsets and behaviors that most impact student performance
- Partnering with Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (M,TLD) to diagnose and prioritize corps members who are appropriate for turnaround coaching and maintaining strong lines of communication with M,TLDs to enter and exit corps members from coaching in ways that support a smooth transition of support.
- Supporting Institute staff in early identification of struggling corps members, and providing early intervention support to prepare them for the classroom
Leading Across the Movement
- The Turnaround Coach will manage, coach and support at least one Manager, Teacher Leadership Development toward ambitious outcomes.
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites
- Being a part of the community, beyond the direct work with corps members
- Building strong relationships with school leaders, district leaders, and university partners to facilitate effective school placements and establish lasting partnerships
- Participate in the selection of future corps members
Approach to Work
- One year of experience achieving ambitious outcomes as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development (M,TLD) at Teach For America or instructional dean in a school, district, or network required. (Two years preferred.)
- Strong record of coaching and developing others to reach measurable improvements in student achievement
- Sophisticated ability to influence others (peers, teachers and/or corps members) to achieve outcomes
- Delivering direct feedback and having tough conversations with a nurturing disposition
- Making informed, timely decisions and using sound judgment to prioritize action
- Tracking tasks, assessing progress, and following through on the execution of plans
- Bachelor's degree required
- Exemplifies Teach For America's mission and core values
- Great at quickly building rapport, credibility, and alignment with individuals including somewhat friendly and unfriendly audiences
- Motivation around coaching & developing struggling individuals as teachers, professionals, and leaders
- Empathy, compassion and emotional maturity
- When things are very busy, make smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most
- Reflective and proactively work to grow and improve
Application Requirements and Process
- Willingness to work some weekends and evenings to facilitate corps member professional development
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.
One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
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