Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Managing Director of Leadership Development (MDLD) to provide high-quality, intensive leadership coaching, feedback and support to a cohort of educator leaders. This position is ideal for someone who is energized by coaching and developing school leaders and educators, has a passion for achieving ambitious results for kids, and wants to work on a fun, dynamic, goal-driven team.
Managing Directors of Leadership Development serve on one of several program teams (our program teams include Leadership Teams, LEAD, and Aspiring Leaders), noted below:
Teaching Trust’s Leadership Teams Program is designed to help principals and their school leadership teams create and implement a robust plan for improvement.
Our partnership with TEA involves developing and delivering content and coaching to leaders working in Educational Service Centers across the state.
Aspiring Leaders is offered in partnership with Southern Methodist University's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and equips future school leaders to lead effective teams and drive improvement in complex urban schools.
LEAD is an innovative partnership with Dallas ISD in which we partner deeply with the district in order to deliver ongoing professional development and practice opportunities to over 700 leaders throughout the district.
What You’ll Take On
At Teaching Trust we believe that strong school leadership is at the core of schools that are changing the odds for our most vulnerable students. As a Managing Director of Leadership Development, you will be charged with guiding a portfolio of participants to implement specific practices (related to instruction, team effectiveness and change management) at their schools. You will direct participants to success by delivering large group professional development sessions and providing site-based and other coaching.
Your day-to-day work may include:
Strategic planning with the Program Officer to align priorities against organizational goals.
Collaborating with participants to establish appropriate student achievement goals in light of school vision and context.
Assessing participant performance to advance instructional competence, team effectiveness, and student achievement.
Coaching at individual schools to provide high leverage feedback to individual team members and teams as a whole.
Planning and facilitating professional development sessions for audiences of 30-150, focused around instructional excellence and team effectiveness.
Establishing and leveraging relationships with individual program participants to cultivate a sense of community within and across school teams.
Developing collaborative relationships with Teaching Trust team members to develop best practices around leading school change.
What You’ll Bring
We are looking for someone who shares our deep commitment to equity and results for all students. You will thrive in this role if you feel an urgent need to improve student achievement in urban schools, cultivate trusting relationships, boldly adopt new approaches, learn from your mistakes, and persist through challenges.
Additionally, we expect you to:
Bring a proven history of results: You have coached teachers and/or school leaders, or led schools that have a record of improving outcomes for kids. You can speak to the role you played and the strategies and actions employed to achieve these results.
Lead through influence: You know that great leaders can inspire others to act without being in a direct management role. You know how to balance motivation and accountability to lead others to action and can speak about specific examples in your professional history when you have led through influence.
Deliver exceptional professional development: You have experience designing and leading professional development for large groups of people. You have the content expertise to create practice-based learning experiences for school leaders that will drive change back on school campuses.
Demonstrate a strong sense of resilience: You approach challenges head on. You know what it means to make tough calls, hold yourself and others accountable to reaching goals, and learn from your mistakes. You expect there to be setbacks and you leverage challenges as an opportunity to improve. You actively seek to get better in all that you do.
You are highly motivated by and deeply committed to our organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work.You are passionate about delivering programming that amplifies and creates equity and disrupts traditional power structures that may impede educational equity.
Ideal candidates will have:
Minimum three years as a principal or administrative leadership role; preferably in a high-needs setting
Ability to speak to consistently improving results for students
Experience facilitating effective professional development
Demonstrated ability to identify effective instructional practices and coach others to reach rigorous goals
Strong content knowledge in personal leadership, instructional leadership, and school culture leadership
Excellent interpersonal communication and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, collaborate and build trusting relationships to drive results
Ability to tie leadership practices and actions to student achievement data in order to strategically and effectively replicate results
High level of comfort delivering and receiving direct feedback to influence leaders and improve outcomes
Ability to work well with people with a very wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style
Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Desire and ability to build an aspirational school culture rooted in high-expectations
Experience with culturally responsive teaching preferred
Comfort tackling sensitive issues and modeling crucial conversations
Authorization to work in the United States required
Additionally, alignment with our core values is essential for the success of any candidate:
Educational Equity: We prioritize work based on its impact in eliminating the achievement gap.
Disciplined Behavior: We are unapologetically results and competencies driven.
Courage and Resilience: We take risks, rebound and persevere.
Entrepreneurial Mindset: We own our outcomes and act with urgency.
Reflection and Growth: We seek feedback and modify behavior to achieve results.
Who We Are
Teaching Trust is closing the opportunity gap by developing leadership capacity to transform schools. Simply put, we believe that Great Leaders + Great Teams = Great Schools.
Other existing nonprofits attack the opportunity gap at different levels – curriculum, training for teachers, or advocacy for equitable funding. We focus on engaging school leadership teams in intensive training sessions, where we go deep on foundational concepts proven to move the needle for schools.
We build deep relationships and support school teams with successfully implementing practices across their campuses, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with leaders to provide counsel, support, and accountability. We are not just here to provide training, send Teaching Trust participants off with a binder, and hope all goes well. Our coaching truly is a living partnership.
Our definition of a team is highly inclusive. We work with everyone – from the teacher to campus coaches to the principal to school district leaders. We believe, and have seen firsthand, that strong, aligned leadership from campus to district to state level is a game changer for students.
To date, we’ve impacted more than 1,500 educators across 300 public schools, reaching 350,000 students across our region. We are engaging leaders at all levels in local, complex, and large urban districts to collaborate and build a common vision around school leadership development – and we’re seeing strong results for students in partner districts like Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Richardson ISD, and Garland ISD.
The opportunity gap is one of many undertakings when it comes to tackling broader systemic change for historically oppressed communities. We aim to work alongside many community partners, educators, and families in pursuit of large-scale transformational change across North Texas.
What We Offer
Teaching Trust offers a salary of $105,000 for this role. In May 2018, Teaching Trust implemented a new approach to our compensation philosophy. We are deeply committed to being an organization that not only talks the talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion but also walks the DEI walk. Equity, in particular, shows up in many ways - but is often most palatable in the practices and policies an organization pursues. We believe our approach to compensation is one way to demonstrate our commitment to equity. Our staff all have salaries that are aligned by level and tenure with the organization in order to achieve compensation equity. The salary for this role reflects that philosophy.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, a generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching. Teaching Trust also offers a one-time moving stipend to new hires who are relocating for the role.
Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Teaching Trust
Teaching Trust is a nonprofit organization grounded in the conviction that school leadership is the single largest lever to improve public education. We develop strategic, visionary leaders at multiple levels within schools and school systems to engage and lead accountable, collaborative teams. These teams in turn ensure schools have high quality teaching and learning and aspirational cultures, which are necessary to provide an education that eliminates the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color.We work in the following ways to provide education opportunities that eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities and give our students choice for their life path:-Training, supporting, and developing school leadership teams that are led by an effective principal-Working with principal preparation programs to create a new standard for the quality of principal preparation-Cultivating a community of educators by supporting their professional development and career advancement-Influencing the practices of the school systems we work with so they are more supportive of the practices our participants implement for impact