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Nevada State Policy Director

Nevada, Location Flexible


I. Overview of Teach Plus
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. The organization empowers expert teachers to advance policy changes and improve instructional leadership and teacher supports; trains and coaches teacher leaders to successfully mobilize and lead teacher teams; and empowers teacher leaders to be change agents among their peers and policy makers.  Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.  
 
II. Position Description
Reporting to the National Director of State Policy, Advocacy and Partnerships, the Nevada State Policy Director will – with support from Teach Plus’ national team -- launch and run the Nevada Policy Fellowship program that will successfully engage teachers in shaping key policy decisions related to implementation of the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), including expanding equity for underserved students, including English Learners; maintaining strong accountability systems; and improving high school graduation rates.  Fellows may also choose to focus on additional policy areas.  Other key responsibilities will include growing a grassroots teacher advocacy network, building relationships with policymakers, and cultivating partnerships in the Nevada education community. 
 
The Nevada State Policy Director will be a credible broker between teachers and policymakers and teachers and the media, building partnerships across the state in order to lay the groundwork for teacher voice and create opportunities for teacher leaders to have influence on critical issues. The Nevada State Policy Director will be responsible for all aspects of leading and growing a successful Teaching Policy Fellowship Program in Nevada.
 
Position Responsibilities:
1)  Work with the National Director and the Executive Vice President (EVP) to monitor and update the goals and strategy for Nevada.
The Nevada State Policy Director will meet weekly with the National Director, either in person or remotely, for collaboration and guidance as well as to bring local knowledge to bear on strategic decision-making and organizational learning.

  • Ensure the Nevada Teaching Policy Fellows secure at least one major policy win at the state level.  This will require successful management of the fellowship, including:  Building strong relationships with Fellows, policymakers, and the media.
  •  Delivering high-quality program content (including delivering Teach Plus curricula or arranging for another staffer to deliver it as needed, assigning readings and lectures, arranging guest speakers, and leading group discussions and working groups) that gives Fellows an understanding of policy and research related to ESSA, teacher quality issues, advocacy tools and opportunities to develop and advocate for their ideas.
  • Managing Fellows’ work, including working group projects, overseeing the writing of op-eds and/or policy briefs.
  • Connecting Fellows with policy leaders in ways that enable their policy recommendations to advance. 

2)  Partnerships, Field-Building & Advocacy
The Nevada State Policy Director will serve as the policy leader of Teach Plus Nevada and build relationships that enable teachers to have an impact on critical policy issues by:

  • Establishing strong relationships and effective partnerships between Teach Plus, state education leaders, local districts and other local educational organizations.
  • Connecting teachers to media contacts, and actively pursuing opportunities for Teach Plus teachers to showcase their work and ideas.

3)  Grow fundraising relationships in order to build a sustainable presence in Nevada by:

  • Maintaining and manage relationships with statewide and local funding sources
  • Strategically diversifying the funding base, increasing the number of local and individual philanthropic leaders who know and support Teach Plus’s work.

4)  Activate and grow the network of informed and active teacher leaders
The Nevada State Policy Director will be the primary driver of the expansion of the statewide network of Teach Plus teachers. S/he will do this in a variety of ways, including:

  • Organizing events that allow Fellows to engage a broader group of teacher voices to influence state policies.
  • Collaborating with national staff to participate in national advocacy work (e.g., ESSA).
  • If the program continues for additional years, leading recruitment and selection of statewide fellows and building an alumni group and strategy.

III. Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • A working understanding of major education policy issues that affect both the teaching profession and the success of children from low-income families. Specifically: ESSA topics such as equity, accountability, assessment, graduation rates, and teacher leadership.
  • An understanding of Nevada’s current state education policy landscape and the political climate.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience facilitating adults.
  • Strong project management skills and the initiative to complete tasks independently.
  • Comfort working in an entrepreneurial environment and the willingness to contribute as needed to a growing organization.
  • Experience managing and delivering innovative programs with a focus on quality and results;
  • A results-oriented, goal-driven, teamwork approach to work.
  • A passionate commitment to improving public education by retaining and supporting outstanding teachers in high-need schools.
  • Previous teaching experience is a significant plus.
  • The ability to organize and mobilize a group of people toward a shared goal.
  • Strong familiarity with Nevada’s public school system in general and current issues facing the system.

IV. Hours and Term
This is a full-time position and candidates must commit to 40 hours per week. Hours can be unpredictable, and will include some evenings and weekends. Additionally, there will be a need to travel occasionally around the state and to be a presence in Carson City during the legislative session. Teach Plus will build a presence in Nevada for a minimum of 18 months with the potential for multi-year engagement. As such, this position will be filled for one year with the possibility of extension and/or growth contingent upon increased scope of work and securing of additional funding. The start date is June 4, 2018.

V. Commitment to Diversity
In order to better-serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

VI. Compensation and Benefits
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Salary is competitive and will be based on prior experience and qualifications. Full benefits package includes medical, dental, retirement, disability, life insurance, and generous paid time off benefits.
 
VII. How to Apply
To apply, please complete an online application found here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in the position as well as a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.
 
Application Link: https://www.tfaforms.com/4664282