Director, Academics- Southwest and Southeast Regions
Multiple Locations (Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida)
TNTP seeks 5 full-time Directors, Academics to join our Consulting Team in the Southwest and Southeast regions. It’s required that these roles be based from a home office anywhere in the following states in the Southwest Region; Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma or Louisiana or in the Southeast Region; Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and highly preferred to reside in the state for the respective role bulleted below.
These positions are based in a home office and are available immediately. Travel within the state and region up to 40% is required (contingent upon organizational/state/federal regulations). Specifically, TNTP is hiring:
- 2 Directors in Tennessee for English Language Arts (Southeast Region)
- 1 Director in Florida for English Language Arts (Southeast Region)
- 2 Directors in Louisiana – one for math and one for ELA (Southwest Region)
Who We Are
A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.
What You’ll Do
As a Director, Academics you will lead people and partner with clients on a portfolio of projects, contribute to our academic project, state and/or regional strategy and invest others in strategies that align work on individual projects with broader organizational strategies and goals for students.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Supporting senior district leaders to develop and execute a comprehensive academic strategy that incorporates a focus on curriculum, instruction, assessments, student supports and other systemic reforms and/or ensuring alignment at every level to rigorous academic standards, such as the Common Core
- Developing, with our partners, theories of action and specific approaches to academic strategy, including support for high-quality instructional materials in ELA and/or math, that will improve the quality of instruction at scale
- Managing the design and implementation of complex projects, strategies, and trainings to support strong instruction for district leaders, school leaders, teachers and other stakeholders and ensure progress towards ambitious goals that improve outcomes for students at scale
- Facilitating and/or directly coaching district and school leaders in alignment with academic strategies
- Generating new ideas for services, partnerships, and projects, including contributing to/writing proposals for new work in alignment with state and regional strategy
- Cultivating and managing high-level client relationships with senior district/network leaders and other critical stakeholders such as school leaders and teachers
- Supporting districts in designing and building systems to monitor their progress against their academic and strategic priorities
- Leading the customization and implementation of diagnostics that support clients in clarifying and identifying academic and strategic priorities
- Aligning district systems, resources and structures to support evolving program/project strategies
- Creating high-quality, data-driven reports demonstrating the effect of the team’s approaches towards on quality of instruction.
- Bringing excellent management skills, including experience effectively managing diverse teams, building inclusive team culture and growing and developing staff to be successful in their work and career
What You Bring
We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, understand the power of diversity, advocate for equity, aspire to lead through inclusion, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.
We expect our Directors of Academics to:
- Have a passion and understanding for the education landscape and communities. You bring deep background knowledge in the current education landscape and a passion for embedding community engagement and involving communities in our work.
- Know great teaching and learning when you see it. Whether you are watching how students engage during a lesson or looking at student performance data, you can identify whether students are grappling with the right content and diagnose what needs to happen to improve student learning outcomes immediately and in the long-term. You understand the implications of the shifts in instruction required by standards such as the Common Core for students, teachers, school leaders and district staff and how the different elements of the standards (the research, the shifts, the standards, etc.) work together. You know high quality instructional materials in ELA and/or math and can support partners in their implementation at the classroom and school level.
- Ensure academic systems are coherent and support rigorous instruction. Excellent teaching and learning is not an accident—it happens when leaders set clear expectations, provide coaching and resources that reinforce the vision and align the other academic elements that support strong instruction. Whether it is working with a school or a district, you can diagnose gaps in academic systems and recommend ways in which they can be adjusted to reflect the desired expectations.
- Translate your academic expertise. We’re counting on your strong public presentation skills, ability to assess and adjust to the learning needs of your audience and ability to clearly communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, including teachers, school leaders and district staff. You have a vision for the sequence of learning that all stakeholders—district leaders, school leaders, teachers, etc—need in order to improve the academic experience of students.
- Innovate and implement solutions to complex challenges. You have a history of engaging with high stakes challenges directly and successfully. Ambiguity doesn’t overwhelm you; just the opposite, you thrive on it. Your creative instincts will help you deal with vague situations and develop new approaches with limited guidance.
- Sweat the details. You’ll use your strong organizational and project management skills to execute and move our work toward ambitious goals.
- Partner with education leaders. You’ll regularly interact with, and be expected to influence clients, motivating and guiding them to lead transformative change efforts.
- Build relationships. You have an ability to connect and build relationships with diverse communities. Bilingual abilities are a plus.
- Model cross-cultural agility. Authentic self-reflection, self- awareness, and high emotional intelligence are central to who you are, and you utilize these skills to shape a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, that influences how you think about your work. You have an adept cultural understanding of yourself and use your understanding of yourself and others to build trusting relationships with direct reports, colleagues and clients.
- Champion Your People. One of your greatest responsibilities and privileges will be to grow and develop incredible people toward ambitious goals. You’re an inclusive leader, that honors diverse perspectives and makes the most of your team’s and individual’s unique strengths.
- Deep knowledge of content and instruction, with at least five years Pre-K-12 teaching experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a proven track record of raising student achievement
- Strong familiarity and expertise with the College and Career-Ready standards, like the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in literacy and/or math required, including
- Experience as a lead practitioner in a school system that has adopted the CCSS and/or a deep conceptual understanding of the instructional shifts in ELA and Math
- Experience with the role of complex text in ELA instruction and research-based approaches to foundational literacy skills and/or the Standards of Mathematical Practice and the major work of each grade
- Previous experience developing and facilitating adult learning/training
What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.
Please submit your online application through Workday. The first priority application deadline for this position is July 31, 2020 and the second priority application deadline is August 21, 2020. After that date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position.
Regular, full-time internal candidates do not need to submit a resume and cover letter as part of their application.
TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record, conviction record, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of TNTP, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, and administering all personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs or terminations.