Director of District Consulting
|Date of posting||07/13/2017|
Leading Educators is a national nonprofit deeply committed to ensuring students from low-income background receive an excellent education. We partner with schools and districts to help highly effective teachers develop the leadership skills they need to successfully transition from leading students to leading their peers. We help districts identify their best teachers, and then provide intensive job-embedded coaching, relevant professional development, and powerful cohort-based learning experiences. Our goal is to extend the reach and impact of these highly effective teachers, transforming schools and dramatically improving student outcomes. Further details about our organizational impact can be found at the end of the job description.
Leading Educators works to support teachers and school leaders in building equitable schools through effective professional learning and distributive leadership. To do so, leaders create content-specific learning teams and engage teachers in iterative cycles of professional learning where they analyze data, set goals, learn individually and collaboratively, apply new learning in the classroom, observe each otherâ€™s planning and practice, and analyze student work.
The Director of District Consulting (DDC) will join an ambitious, innovative new team at the center of Leading Educatorsâ€™ national expansion. The District Consulting team partners with district leaders as they pilot teacher-led content teams, scale up the approach to reach all schools in the district, and build district capacity to sustain the work on their own over time. The team works closely with district leaders to align supports, remove barriers, and pursue systemic change at the district level, in service of transforming teacher professional learning and improving student achievement.
The DDC will play an integral role in shaping Leading Educatorsâ€™ approach to long-term district partnerships, designing the content and tools for our work with district leaders, and driving continuous improvement by learning from our current efforts in school systems across the country.
This position reports to the Managing Director of District Consulting and will provide a highly collaborative individual the opportunity to work in deep partnership with the Leading Educators Partnership Cultivation, Content Design, and Program Delivery teams.
Key responsibilities for this role include:
Designing content for multi-year district consulting projects to build district leadersâ€™ capacity to sustain teacher-led professional learning aligned to college- and career-ready standards; this content may include:
The key outcomes and deliverables that will guide our work with district leaders during piloting and scaling up district-wide
A scope and sequence, session plans, and supporting tools for in-person and virtual planning and professional development sessions designed to shape district leadersâ€™ decisions on academic strategy and curriculum and assessment selection
A plan for building the districtâ€™s knowledge, skills, and staff capacity over time so Leading Educators can gradually release responsibility fully to the district team
Collaborating across internal teams to align content, identify lessons learned from current district partnerships, and share tools and resources
Designing and facilitating a data-driven reflection process to assess the alignment of districtsâ€™ teaching practices, curricula, and assessments to the Common Core State Standards
Evaluating the effectiveness of district partnerships and identifying opportunities for continuous improvement in collaboration with Leading Educatorsâ€™ national Program Evaluation team and district partners
Leveraging personal experience with district-wide efforts to improve instruction with a focus on the Common Core State Standards, as well as existing tools, research, and lessons learned in districts across the country to inform the design and execution of our support to clients
Demonstrating a deep commitment to equity, an openness to exploring oneâ€™s own identity, and engaging in ongoing learning conversations about social justice and anti-racism
Modeling and fostering the Leading Educatorsâ€™ values of equity, service, community, growth, and results and ensuring our programming and collaboration with partners embody these values
Experience designing and implementing complex, multi-year, systems-level change efforts in a K-12 school district or CMO; specific experience doing so in teacher development or teacher leadership strongly preferred
Possesses the credibility as an academic leader and depth of expertise with the Common Core State Standards that is necessary to provide development feedback to district leaders and influence decisions on academic strategy and vision, teaching practices, curricula, and assessment
Experience designing and facilitating effective adult learning
Commitment to creating outstanding schools in support of social justice and educational equity
Ability to successfully lead projects that require a high degree of collaboration
Disciplined about reflecting on practice and continuous improvement
Willingness to travel up to 30% and the ability to participate in events outside of the normal Monday-Friday work schedule
Location is flexible.
Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience. In addition, Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and a 4% matching 401k plan. Additional premium costs are covered by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses are available, as well as a very generous PTO plan. Benefits are valued at or above $7,500 for employees.
LEADING EDUCATORS ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT
Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective educators. Our goal is to identify, train, and support teacher leaders to raise student achievement and retain talented educators in high-need schools. Through our work, we create a larger, highly-skilled talent pool to meet the nationâ€™s growing demand for high-impact teachers, middle leaders, and principals.
Leading Educators offers formal training sessions designed to be immediately applicable by teacher leaders. Expert faculty model new skills, facilitate targeted practice, and drive action planning for implementation. Leading Educators also provides customized teacher leadership development consulting for districts, charter management organizations, schools, state-level agencies, and non-profit organizations.
The Leading Educators Fellowship is a two-year program for teacher leaders. The program encompasses targeted training experiences, the community of a peer cohort, and the personal support of a coach in order to develop leadership and management skills that drive student achievement growth. Results from a preliminary RAND Corporation study found that teacher leaders enrolled in the Leading Educators programs showed statistically significant leadership skill growth and have remained in high-poverty schools at rates that were higher than or comparable to similar teachers in their school districts. In New Orleans, Fellows had a sizable, statistically significant impact on math achievement equivalent to 10 percentile point gain.
This school year, Leading Educators' work - including the Fellowship and beyond - is reaching over 730 teacher leaders, who are leading roughly 2,920 teachers and impacting 72,950 students in about 200 schools across multiple cities and regions.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT
Leading Educators strongly values equity and challenges historical inequity with a persistent focus on dismantling systemic racism. We work towards a more just society and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
Please apply by June 9, 2017 and use on the online application at http://www.leadingeducators.org/careers/