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Project Director - West Texas SEED

Location: Flexible location
Type of Vacancy: Full time

Description

TNTP seeks a full-time Project Director for the West Texas SEED partnership. This position may be based in a home office anywhere in the U.S., with a preference for applicants based in Texas (Houston or Dallas, preferably), and is available immediately.  Travel up to 40% annually is required.     

Who We Are

TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that 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 and achieve their goals for students. 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. 

Staff on TNTP's Client Team work alongside teachers, school leaders, districts and states to help them achieve their goals for students. In West Texas, we are partnering with Texas Education Service Center Region 18 (ESC 18) to enhance and expand a cutting-edge teacher preparation program aimed at increasing the number of diverse and highly effective teachers for students in high-need schools. We will support ESC 18 in operating a rigorous alternative certification program that will meet the needs of its most challenged schools and to grow a quality workforce by implementing systems and policies that attract, develop, and retain the best teachers across the district.

What You’ll Do

The Project Director will partner with our clients in ESC 18 to (1) train new teachers by dramatically increasing the quality of an alternative certification program focused on producing effective teachers for the highest priority subjects and schools, (2) grow a quality workforce by implementing systems and policies that attract and retain the best teachers with partnering school districts, and (3) sustain lasting change by ensuring ESC 18 can manage all programs independently and improve the quality of new teachers over time. You will be responsible for managing a successful program launch, building strong partnerships with senior ESC 18 staff, district leaders and other stakeholders, leading a thriving team of TNTP staff and maintaining a high bar for performance among program teachers.  

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead a community-based strategy in West Texas, including identifying and building relationships with key stakeholders, investing clients and stakeholders in the vision and potential impact of TNTP’s work, and embedding authentic community engagement into our work
  • Partner with and build capacity in ESC 18 staff enhance and expand a high quality alternate route licensure program;
  • Develop a long-term vision for the continuous improvement and sustainability of the ESC 18 alternative certification program;
  • Cultivate strong partnerships with a variety of stakeholders across ESC 18 and partnering school districts, including senior leadership;
  • Develop and execute a strategy for the program to align with and support the goals and priorities of the broader teacher recruitment, selection, hiring, development and retention work in partnering school districts;
  • Oversee the recruitment campaign and instructional vision of the program, ensuring we are on track to meet our goals;
  • Manage a team of TNTP staff to reach ambitious program goals and maintain a high bar for performance among staff and teachers in the program.

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, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level. 

We expect our Project Directors to:

  • 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.
  • Influence leaders to act. You’ll regularly interact with, and be expected to influence, high level clients at the district and school levels – motivating them to make both incremental change and take quantum leaps. 
  • Have stage presence. We’re counting on your strong public presentation skills and ability to provide thoughtful and compelling insights in settings small and large, formal and informal. 
  • 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. 
  • Lead a thriving team. One of your greatest responsibilities and privileges will be to manage and develop incredible people toward ambitious goals.

Qualifications

  • Deep knowledge of effective instruction, with at least four years K-12 teaching and leadership experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and the ability to help others diagnose and coach teachers
  • Experience managing teams to tackle complex projects or take on organizational change efforts
  • The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions
  • Previous experience developing and facilitating adult learning/training 
  • Previous experience in a leadership role for a teacher preparation program preferred 
  • The ability to work effectively with others at all levels of an organization and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of rapidly changing priorities and tight deadlines 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong staff management experience 

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.   

To Apply 

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online.   

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. 

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, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law. 

Learn More

TNTP:  www.tntp.org

Benefits and hiring process: http://tntp.org/join 

Life at TNTP: http://tntp.org/about-tntp/our-people




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