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Program Director - Leading Educators - Aurora - CO

Post Date: 03/13/2017

ORGANIZATION

Leading Educators is a national nonprofit deeply committed to ensuring students from low-income background receive an excellent education. We partner with schools and districts to help highly effective teachers develop the leadership skills they need to successfully transition from leading students to leading their peers. We help districts identify their best teachers, and then provide intensive job-embedded coaching, relevant professional development, and powerful cohort-based learning experiences. Our goal is to extend the reach and impact of these highly effective teachers, transforming schools and dramatically improving student outcomes. Further details about our organizational impact can be found at the end of the job description.

POSITION

The Program Director ensures that programmatic offerings achieve high-impact objectives for school system leaders, principals, teacher leaders, teachers, and students. S/he provides essential leadership in hiring and managing the instructional leadership coaches, building strong relationships with school and district partners, and guiding the program development, delivery, and evaluation. Additionally, the Program Director will serve as an instructional leadership coach. In the role as an instructional leadership coach, s/he plays an active role in guiding and directing teacher leaders and school teams toward the highest-leverage areas of focus.

In addition to coaching responsibilities and overall program leadership, the Program Director will also hire and manage a Program Coordinator who oversees operations and will participate in the design of content as a collaborator with the Design Team.

The Program Director role is a national role defined by willingness to travel and spend approximately 30% of time on site for project direction in Aurora, Colorado. At minimum, site specific travel includes four visits per year for Weekend Workshops of 1-2 days each and 1.5 weeks each summer for Regional Institute. Additionally, the Program Director travels for learning opportunities including conferences and retreats. The Program Director role reports to the Managing Director of Program Delivery and the primary responsibilities include:

Program Leadership and Management

  • Lead high-quality professional development for principals and teacher leaders serving in high-needs public schools.
  • Ensure facilitators deliver high-quality training sessions by conducting planning meetings, leading effective practice, and providing feedback.
  • Lead coaching efforts, including developing instructional leadership coaches and providing leadership coaching to school teams and school leaders.
  • Manage, develop, and refine coaching tools and resources in conjunction with the Program Team.
  • Ensure principals and teacher leaders master and apply high leverage instructional and cultural leadership practices.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Leading Educators Program and identify and contribute to opportunities for continuous improvement in conjunction with the broader Leading Educations team.

System Level Engagement

  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of school teams.
  • Build relationships with school leaders to better leverage, influence, and support participants to be effective in their schools.

Operations, Administration, and Finance

  • Oversee project budget, finances, and data management systems.
  • Manage a Program Coordinator who oversees all events, logistics, and data management for the project.

Leading Educators Ambassador

  • Model and foster the Leading Educators values of Equity, Service, Community, Growth, and Results and enhance overall organizational effectiveness.
  • Model all Leading Educators team expectations.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to improving high needs schools through coaching, training, and managing teams and will possess the following:

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Significant teaching and leadership experience in a high-performing, high-need public school with demonstrated exceptional results with students either in a leadership or a teaching capacity.
  • Depth of experience with standards-based instruction sufficient to provide development feedback to teacher leaders on instructional planning, practice, and assessment.
  • Coaching or mentoring experience with at least two years of formal responsibility and demonstrated competency with best-practice coaching and mentoring protocols.
  • Experience facilitating effective professional development sessions for teachers and instructional leaders.
  • Extremely high expectations of oneself, colleagues, and stakeholders; ability to communicate those expectations in a direct and motivating way
  • Ability to motivate others to meet ambitious goals.
  • Tremendous attention to detail and ability to develop processes and procedures.
  • Exceptional time management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Strong sense of purpose regarding social justice and/or educational equity with a demonstrated commitment to educational equity.
  • Knowledge of the school improvement context and of current, effective innovations in education.
  • Discretion in protecting the confidentiality of participants and schools.
  • Passion for professional growth and enthusiasm for continuous feedback.
  • Ability to participate in additional events that occur outside of the normal Monday- Friday work schedule and to meet the requirement of travel up to 30%.

LOCATION

Flexible with preference for Aurora, CO, Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, New Orleans, LA, and Washington DC

COMPENSATION

Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience. In addition, Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and a 4% matching 401k plan. Additional premium costs are covered by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses are available, as well as a very generous PTO plan. Benefits are valued at or above $7,500 for employees.

LEADING EDUCATORS ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT

Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective educators. Our goal is to identify, train, and support teacher leaders to raise student achievement and retain talented educators in high-need schools. Through our work, we create a larger, highly skilled talent pool to meet the nation's growing demand for high-impact teachers, middle leaders, and principals.

Leading Educators offers formal training sessions designed to be immediately applicable by teacher leaders. Expert faculty model new skills, facilitate targeted practice, and drive action planning for implementation. Leading Educators also provides customized teacher leadership development consulting for districts, charter management organizations, schools, state-level agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The Leading Educators Fellowship is a two-year program for teacher leaders. The program encompasses targeted training experiences, the community of a peer cohort, and the personal support of a coach in order to develop leadership and management skills that drive student achievement growth. Results from a preliminary RAND Corporation study found that teacher leaders enrolled in the Leading Educators programs showed statistically significant leadership skill growth and have remained in high-poverty schools at rates that were higher than or comparable to similar teachers in their school districts. In New Orleans, Fellows had a sizable, statistically significant impact on math achievement equivalent to 10 percentile point gain.

This school year, Leading Educators' work - including the Fellowship and beyond - is reaching over 730 teacher leaders, who are leading roughly 2,920 teachers and impacting 72,950 students in about 200 schools across multiple cities and regions.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT

Leading Educators strongly values equity and challenges historical inequity with a persistent focus on dismantling systemic racism. We work towards a more just society and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.

APPLY

Please apply by January 20, 2017 and use on the online application at http://www.leadingeducators.org/careers/

 

Job Requirements

The Program Director role is a national role defined by willingness to travel and spend approximately 30% of time on site for project direction in Aurora, Colorado. At minimum, site specific travel includes four visits per year for Weekend Workshops of 1-2 days each and 1.5 weeks each summer for Regional Institute. Additionally, the Program Director travels for learning opportunities including conferences and retreats. The Program Director role reports to the Managing Director of Program Delivery and the primary responsibilities include:

Program Leadership and Management

  • Lead high-quality professional development for principals and teacher leaders serving in high-needs public schools.
  • Ensure facilitators deliver high-quality training sessions by conducting planning meetings, leading effective practice, and providing feedback.
  • Lead coaching efforts, including developing instructional leadership coaches and providing leadership coaching to school teams and school leaders.
  • Manage, develop, and refine coaching tools and resources in conjunction with the Program Team.
  • Ensure principals and teacher leaders master and apply high leverage instructional and cultural leadership practices.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Leading Educators Program and identify and contribute to opportunities for continuous improvement in conjunction with the broader Leading Educations team.

System Level Engagement

  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of school teams.
  • Build relationships with school leaders to better leverage, influence, and support participants to be effective in their schools.

Operations, Administration, and Finance

  • Oversee project budget, finances, and data management systems.
  • Manage a Program Coordinator who oversees all events, logistics, and data management for the project.

Leading Educators Ambassador

  • Model and foster the Leading Educators values of Equity, Service, Community, Growth, and Results and enhance overall organizational effectiveness.
  • Model all Leading Educators team expectations.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to improving high needs schools through coaching, training, and managing teams and will possess the following:

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Significant teaching and leadership experience in a high-performing, high-need public school with demonstrated exceptional results with students either in a leadership or a teaching capacity.
  • Depth of experience with standards-based instruction sufficient to provide development feedback to teacher leaders on instructional planning, practice, and assessment.
  • Coaching or mentoring experience with at least two years of formal responsibility and demonstrated competency with best-practice coaching and mentoring protocols.
  • Experience facilitating effective professional development sessions for teachers and instructional leaders.
  • Extremely high expectations of oneself, colleagues, and stakeholders; ability to communicate those expectations in a direct and motivating way
  • Ability to motivate others to meet ambitious goals.
  • Tremendous attention to detail and ability to develop processes and procedures.
  • Exceptional time management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Strong sense of purpose regarding social justice and/or educational equity with a demonstrated commitment to educational equity.
  • Knowledge of the school improvement context and of current, effective innovations in education.
  • Discretion in protecting the confidentiality of participants and schools.
  • Passion for professional growth and enthusiasm for continuous feedback.
  • Ability to participate in additional events that occur outside of the normal Monday- Friday work schedule and to meet the requirement of travel up to 30%.

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