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Classroom Observer

Location: California
Type of Vacancy: Part-Time Seasonal


Seeking exceptional educators! 

TNTP is currently seeking experienced educators to conduct a series of classroom observations of teacher candidates and early career teachers in California (statewide) and Las Vegas.  This position has a start date of February 2018 for training, with observers conducting observations from March 2018 – June 2018. 

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. 

What You’ll Do

Observers will be responsible for conducting classroom observations for teaching candidates and early career teachers, some of whom are pursuing certification through TNTP Academy, an alternative route to licensure, and some who are pursuing certification through traditional preparation pathways. .  

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Completing 20-25 hours of virtual training on the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric, supplemented with up to 4 ongoing professional development sessions for the observer team throughout the academic year.  Initial training will be conducted virtually via an online course supplemented by conference calls. 
  • Attending one-on-one check-in meetings with TNTP or evaluation partner staff as needed; these may include in-person meetings to discuss observation logistics like caseload and scheduling or to practice norming with other observers.  
  • Conducting observations in specified schools, beginning in March and continuing through June (specific staffing needs will vary by site).  The information gathered by observers will aid in our understanding of beginning teachers’ growth trajectory and form an important part of how we ultimately measure their effect on student learning. These observation ratings may also be included in external research studies or contribute to evidence informing teacher licensure recommendations, depending on the site.
  • Scheduling observations for all assigned teachers during each Observation Round based on teachers’ schedules and availability.  
  • Observing each assigned teacher during the designated observation dates for an announced observation during the regular school day* that will last 45-90 minutes per participant (March through June). 
  • Traveling to schools to conduct observations. Depending on observer location and availability, this may involve arranging personal travel logistics for travel within California or to nearby states such as Nevada (including air or train transportation and lodging), or using personal transportation when applicable.
  • Providing observation ratings, entered into our designated data collection system, for each assigned teacher using the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric.
  • Writing a comprehensive observation report aligned to TNTP standards for ratings, and submitting reports electronically to the program.
  • Participating in all required introductory and ongoing training, team meetings, and one-on-one check-ins.
  • Demonstrating the ability to accurately observe and rate teacher performance based on TNTP Core Teaching Rubric.

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. 

Successful applicants to the Classroom Observer position will demonstrate strong time management, organizational, and communication skills, both oral and written; self-motivation; understanding of and empathy for the challenges faced by early career teachers; and a commitment to improving teacher effectiveness for all students. 

We expect our observers to: 

  • Demonstrate strong familiarity with and understanding of college and career ready standards
  • Support alternate routes to teacher licensure 
  • Demonstrate a track record of meeting ambitious academic goals with students
  • Possess the ability to provide polished, professional, and comprehensive written observation reports of new teachers
  • Demonstrate ability to successfully work in a self-directed role
  • Successfully complete the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric norming training and associated calibration assessment


  • Have a strong education background, content knowledge, and instructional skill set with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience in high-need schools (experience teaching with a curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards preferred)
  • Have strong written and communication skills
  • Have experience observing and rating early career teachers using a rubric (preferred)

All candidates must also pass the final assessment administered at the close of initial training to continue as a Classroom Observer.  In the event that a candidate does not pass, s/he will be paid for participation in initial training but not for any of the subsequent follow-up meetings or check-ins.

What We Offer

Observers will be paid at an hourly rate of $25 per hour for all training, school-year norming calls, site-based check-in meetings, scheduling, and observations (classroom time, writing reports, etc.).   Observers will also be reimbursed for any travel expenses if traveling outside of their local area.  We offer generous 403(b) matching contributions for eligible staff, access to virtual healthcare (copays apply), discounted pet insurance, pre-tax commuter benefits in NYC and D.C., referral bonuses and other employee discounts. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.   

Time Commitment 

Observers will be assigned a caseload of teachers (generally 15-25) with whom they must schedule observations during each designated observation round based on the teachers’ instructional schedules and the observer’s availability. While observers can expect to work ~10-15 hours per week during observation cycles, weekly working time will vary based on how the observers chooses to schedule his/her assigned observations.  Observers have the opportunity to take part in paid travel to complete observations outside of their geographic area, primarily in California and Nevada though there may be opportunities to travel to other locations throughout the country.

Training (20-25 hours) will take place in February and March via an online course and conference call; more details about the structure and content of training will be shared later in the hiring process.  Observations will be conducted in distinct rounds, with dates for each round dependent on the site’s needs but likely beginning in March and ending in June. Again, staffing needs will vary by site, and observation windows are determined by school and project needs. Information specific to your site will be provided throughout the interview process.

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.

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