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Vice President of Teacher Leadership Programs

(Geo-flexible; Boston or Washington DC preferred)

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. Since 2009, Teach Plus has developed thousands of teacher leaders to advance educational equity and change by informing education policy at the school, district, and state levels and by building teacher leadership in schools and classrooms to improve instruction for students. Teach Plus currently operates in 11 states across the country.

Teacher-led and responsive to the urgent issues facing teachers, their students, and the teaching profession, Teach Plus believes that every student in America should have an opportunity to learn and achieve at their maximum potential in an education system that is defined by equity for all learners, responsiveness to individual student needs, and the ability to prepare students for success in an innovation economy. Student access to excellent, empowered, and diverse Teacher Leaders in our schools and educational system is a critical lever to attaining these goals.

The organization’s work has led to: improvements in federal and state policies and local teachers’ contracts; new programming to increase high-needs students’ access to strong teachers; nationally significant teacher-driven research and reports; and greater media attention to the voice of change-oriented teachers. 

ABOUT THE POSITION:
Teach Plus programs prepare and support teacher leaders to become advocates and change agents in their classrooms and schools. These programs develop attributes of teacher leadership that catalyze and shape pedagogical solutions and teacher learning across teams, schools, and networks, enabling teacher leaders to collaborate with and support their fellow educators in responding to the needs of their students. Teach Plus seeks a Vice President of Teacher Leadership Programs to grow and deepen the impact of these programs, empowering more teachers to lead change on behalf of their students and profession -- change in their schools, districts, states, and networks across the country.  

The Vice President of Teacher Leadership Programs will manage the National Instructional Leadership and Evaluation teams in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs. The Vice President of Teacher Leadership Programs will partner closely with state leaders to assess regional needs and continuously improve programming for maximum impact, and will collaborate with other senior leaders to develop and implement strategies that advance teacher leadership as a catalyst for student success and for strengthening the teaching profession. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Teacher Leadership Programs will be a member of the senior leadership team and a key contributor to the overall organizational vision for growth and impact.  

The Vice President of Teacher Leadership Programs will have a passion for teacher leadership and for expanding educational opportunity and outcomes for students. The ideal candidate will bring experience and expertise in improving instructional practice, a commitment to teacher-led professional learning and distributed leadership in schools, and the ability to build public, private, and philanthropic relationships to accelerate impact. The ideal candidate would bring a background understanding of education policy and systems, and the ability to encourage connections between classroom practice and large-scale policy that are mutually reinforcing. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Design and Evaluation

  • Oversee a strategy to grow the number of experienced, effective, and diverse teachers leading and facilitating change, including across networks of teachers, advancing goals and priorities aimed at improving outcomes, equity and success for students.
  • Manage the design of teacher development programs rooted in the Teach Plus Leadership Attribute Continuum - a foundation of essential leadership skills and knowledge that teachers need in order to lead and manage instructional improvement and change in collaboration with their peers.
  • Support effective implementation of Teach Plus’ programs at the regional and national levels by overseeing continued development and creation of tools, trainings, and resources.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage instructional practice programming towards policy and systems change. 
  • Oversee the continued evaluation and improvement of programs with a focus on equity, inclusivity, and responsiveness.

Executive Leadership and Management

  • As a key member of Teach Plus’ senior leadership team, contribute to the development and refinement of organizational vision and strategy.
  • Lead the development and implementation of instructional program team goals, ensuring alignment with Teach Plus’ broader organizational growth and impact strategy.
  • Manage and develop the National Instructional Leadership Team and National Evaluation Team, promoting a culture of collaboration, high performance, and continuous improvement.
  • Provide leadership and support on adopting research-proven pedagogy and standards-based instructional practices through targeted adult-learning opportunities.
  • Lead efforts to effectively communicate Teach Plus’ impact to a variety of audiences, with the goal of expanding our growth and impact. 

Field Building and Strategic Thought Leadership 

  • Collaborate with senior leaders to develop and implement an external relations/communications strategy that elevates teacher leaders as full partners in school transformation, professional learning, systems change and other educational decision-making.
  • Serve as an expert voice and advocate for teacher leadership, sharing teacher leader success stories and supporting research by speaking at conferences and writing op-eds, blogs, articles, and white papers. 
  • Develop and manage relationships with strategic partners and coach state leaders similarly to identify expanded opportunities for teacher leadership (e.g. opportunities to work closely with senior leaders at the state and district level to offer advice on systems change, guide implementation plans for new initiatives, and/or suggest areas where teachers can play a leadership role).

Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • 10+ years of experience in instructional leadership, coaching teachers, working with school leaders, familiarity with districts 
  • Advanced degree (doctorate preferred) and/or training in school administration, preferred
  • Proven success as a school principal and/or instructional leader implementing high-quality curriculum and/or instructional programming
  • Significant K-12 teaching experience and knowledge of broader instructional practice landscape and best practices 
  • Strong coaching skills, with the ability to differentiate the approach and ensure feedback is implemented with fidelity
  • Prior success managing a team to work collaboratively and achieve individual, team, and organizational goals
  • Able to work autonomously, while managing interdependencies and appropriately cascading communications
  • Entrepreneurial problem-solver with a focus on driving results and continual improvement

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.

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. The tentative start date is October 1st, but is flexible based on candidate’s availability. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.

Application Link:  https://teachplus.tfaforms.net/327940

Teach Plus is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or natural origin.