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Manager, Teacher Leadership Development – Second-Year Teachers @ Teach for America Kansas City

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development – Second-Year Teachers
TEAM: Kansas City Regional Team
REPORTS TO: Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development
LOCATION: Kansas City
 
THE ROLE
Teaching is a powerful act of leadership. At Teach For America, we have a deep belief that, even in the first few years in front of students, teachers have the ability to transform the lives and education of students. We also believe that the experience of teaching will strongly influence a corps member’s long-term leadership, and that the corps experience will be a transformational experience for our participants. We believe that prioritizing the development of first and second year teachers is critical to our commitment to students and school partners. In Kansas City we are in the first year of piloting a differentiated support model. The role of a 2nd year coach is focused primarily on helping corps members develop a strong theory of change, aligned with their next role in the fight for educational equity, while continuing to operate as a culturally responsive practitioner that leads their students to strong academic and personal growth. End of year outcomes for the 2nd year team are focused on reaching breakthrough results in our Corps and Alumni Learning Index (CALI) and meeting the bar set in our regional vision for student achievement.
 
THE ORGANIZATION
There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.
 
Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusivenessand are ready to join us in this global movement.
 
THE PERSON
The Manager, Teacher Leadership Development – Second-Year Teachers will be responsible for:  

Small Group Development (60%) 

Opportunities for group collaboration will occur throughout the year; MTLDs will collaborate with the 2 CM team to develop and execute small group development sessions centered on the outcomes listed above.  Session should focus on the following themes, while also being responsive to data trends within the corps:Developing a theory of changeBuilding personal and professional networks through Career Learning Tracks and ongoing opportunities to learn from and with CMs and alumniHaving strong academic impact with their studentsGrowing in their practice as a culturally responsive educator 
Team Collaboration (15%)


The 2 CM Team will work in close collaboration to ensure alignment across second year development.  Team members will meet on a weekly basis at minimum to share session plans and coaching practices, as well as identify trends across the corps to ensure development is both in line with the overall scope and sequence and responsive to teacher need as necessary.
In the early years of model revision, this time will heavily influence the CM scope and sequence and the tools used to execute and manage CM learning and performance within the model.  This could include but is not limited to development of team documents, trackers, and crafting of communication.
 
Coach and Empower Corps Members (15%) 

Weighted most heavily in the beginning of the school year, the 2nd year team will work to directly coach and support 2nd year CMs.  The coaching role will include, but is not limited to:Observing teachers’ instruction (requires independent travel to school sites)Establishing rapport quickly and building deep and trusting relationships that allow coaching to go deeper fasterEffectively coaching teachers using a variety of methods aligned with Teach for America’s Theory of Leadership (focusing largely on the self sphere of development, with introductions to concepts in the group and system spheres) and The Art of CoachingSupporting CMs in developing a theory of change that encompasses both the lessons learned during their time in the corps and their current beliefs about the role they will play in reaching One DayWorking across the 2nd year team to collectively lead 2nd year corps members in a way that values deep self-reflection, focuses on strengths, and deepens awareness of how their identity impacts their workMaintaining current and valid quantitative data regarding the impact of your corps membersWork in collaboration with the Director, Network Impact to retain CMs throughout their 2 year commitmentWork in collaboration to form open and collaborative relationships with schools/centers to further support CM development 
Regional Responsibilities (10%)Participate fully in Regional Team meetings and eventsParticipate in several rounds of selection for incoming CMsPartner with regional colleagues to measure and communicate CM impact and ensure CMs meet program requirements 
 
THE MUST HAVES
Prior Experience3-5 years teaching/instructional coaching experience preferredStrong track record of student achievement requiredTrack record of leading adults highly preferred 
SkillsAbility to:Operate with a high level of autonomyManage time to meet outcomesCommunicate clearly and compellingly using a variety of communication methods 
Work DemandsObserve corps member instruction, requiring travel to school sites during business hoursBuild relationships through multiple touchpoints to connect with corps members’ and school administration diverse styles, strengths and needs, including meetings and communication on eveningsPlan and set up professional development sessions, including transporting and setting up materials (up to 30 pounds)Some weekend and evening work required
THE TEAM
Kansas City is Too Much City for One State. Operating in both Kansas and Missouri, TFA KC has brought more than 1,000 leaders to the region who have service over 150,000 students. Today, with a local TFA network of 500+ leaders, Teach For America has established itself as a leader in the education space. Through Kansas City’s well-known spirit of entrepreneurship, foundations, non-profits, and schools are building a community intent on creating innovative solutions to advancing the work of educational equity.
 
THE PERKS
By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.
 
WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSIVENESS
Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.
 
Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
 
*This job description reflects Teach For America’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
 
NEXT STEPS
Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at staffing@teachforamerica.org or visitwww.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.

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