Use your strategic thinking, relationship building and communication skills to end educational inequality!
TNTP seeks a part-time Director to support projects across our Community Engagement and Policy teams. This part-time, salaried position generally requires about 35 hours per week and may be based in a home office anywhere in the U.S. or from the TNTP central office in New York, NY. This position is available immediately and frequent travel 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.
TNTP’s Community Engagement team partners with school districts and charter schools to create structures and practices that fully utilize the ideas, energy, and resources of the entire community and enable districts and communities to work toward the shared goal of improved educational experiences and increased life outcomes for all students. These structures support and shape teacher training and development, leadership at the school and district level, human capital, and turnaround services.
Our organization is united around a commitment to advancing a core set of policy priorities including:
- Provide equitable access to an effective, diverse workforce. All children benefit from having diverse teachers and leaders and these benefits are particularly significant for children of color.
- Reduce or remove structural, financial, and other barriers to entering and staying in the teaching procession (including state certification requirements, cost of teacher preparation, and testing that is not predictive of impact.)
- Expand student, family, and community agency and input. Lasting change is only possible if families and communities are deeply involved in their schools.
- Amplify the voices of students and families in setting the policy agenda.
- Ensure access to clear and accurate information about student performance and outcomes.
- Promote policies that focus on the student experience as a critical factor in assessing the performance of teachers, schools and systems.
And our vision for a supportive environment that authentically engages school communities rests on four pillars:
- Intentional Culture & Diversity - An intentional culture is one that is purposefully reflective of the community’s demographics and perspectives. This will require districts to create a culture of inclusivity where all voices are heard.
- Supportive Environments - A supportive environment is one where school system leaders prioritize authentic engagement through actions like training all educators in foundational communication skills (e.g. cultural competency) to ensure they are well equipped to create a positive home to school relationship with families and a positive classroom/school environment for all stakeholders.
- Effective 360 Communication - Effective communication occurs when all stakeholders feel safe and empowered to receive and provide information to one another. School system leaders foster effective communication through transparency and creating opportunity for community members to share their perspectives. Community members buttress the communication by exercising the opportunities to both listen and be heard.
- Shared Vision & Accountability - A community must share a common goal for sustainable changes to education that create an environment for students to thrive academically. And, the community members must hold one another accountable for that goal. Without a shared vision, there is no common space for a community to engage authentically and productively.
What You’ll Do
As a Director, you will work collaboratively within the Community Engagement and Policy teams serving in a cross-functional role, leading a variety of contracts with support from the designated Partner. The team will benefit from your strong communication skills in enhancing, codifying and promoting current services as well as in contributing to the development of new and innovative future projects. As a Director with a strength in communications, you’ll also lead efforts on proposals for conferences and grants and contribute to external communications that showcase our work. The work of both the Community Engagement and Policy teams is evolving, and the team will look to you to bring new perspectives and ideas in the work.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Managing the design and implementation of our community engagement resources and training programs for teachers and school and district leadership;
- Assist with developing and leading trainings for TNTP staff on how to integrate community engagement strategies into their current and future work;
- Engaging state-level and district leaders in initiatives to promote policy change;
- Cultivating and managing high level client relationships with senior district leaders and other stakeholders;
- Generating new ideas for services and strategies to promote our policy agenda and four pillars of engagement;
- Creating high-quality, data-driven reports demonstrating the effect of the team’s work towards the goal of improved educational experiences for students;
- Drafting communications about our policy and community engagement work including grants, conference proposals, articles and case studies; and
- Managing TNTP staff in their work to coordinate projects, examine large data sets and develop metrics to support the successful implementation of services.
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 Directors to:
- Connect the dots. You’ll use your analytical and problem-solving skills to propose solutions and run with them every day. Ambiguity doesn’t scare 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.
- Partner with education leaders. You’ll play a leading role in interacting with, and influencing clients, motivating them to lead transformative change efforts.
- 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.
- Develop talent. One of your greatest responsibilities and privileges will be to manage and develop TNTP’s amazing people.
- Have a passion for education, policy and communities. Preferably, you have experience as an educator or grassroots organizing with a comfort in navigating complex organizations.
- Experience managing complex projects or organizational change efforts
- Experience with establishing and leading effective family and/or community engagement processes for direct service or education organizations
- Experience researching, analyzing or implementing policy change
- Experience leading and training others in campaign and organizing activities
- The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions
- 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
- Ability to connect qualitative and quantitative data to real world applications in and out of schools
- Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of rapidly changing priorities and tight deadlines
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong staff management experience or instincts
- Familiarity with or experience working in K-12 education, preferably in high-need contexts
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.
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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