May 23, 2019

Teaching Excellence Manager of Certification - YES Prep System Office

  • YES Prep Public Schools
  • 5515 South Loop East Freeway, Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Administrative Database Administration Data Evaluation and Analysis

Job Description

POSITION: Teaching Excellence Manager of Certification 

REPORTS TO: Managing Director, Teaching Excellence 

POSITION TYPE: 12-month 

COMPENSATION: $57,423 - $74,650 


Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. ?Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 19 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities. 

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).  


YES Prep needs a dynamic Manager of TE Certification with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.  

To put it simply, you will be a project manager who collaborates with personnel at various Houston districts to ensure the 300+ Teachers going through Teaching Excellence are on the pathway to certification.  


When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include: 

  • Leading and supporting the Teaching Excellence Certification team in planning and implementing processes that ensure compliance to the Texas Administrative Code and alignment to the TEA Educator Standards  

  • Collaborating with the Managing Director in making certification decisions and communicating programmatic requirements 

  • Collaborating with the Manager Leadership Team (MLT) to ensure aligned execution of certification-related items across the Teaching Excellence team 

  • Developing and managing systems to monitor and communicate the certification tactical plan and implementation 

  • Monitoring and adjusting processes/systems to increase the consistency, accuracy, and clarity of communication so that stakeholders feel equipped to successfully complete certification requirements.   

  • Supporting Teaching Excellence stakeholders in completing action items aligned to the Texas Administrative Code to gain both Initial Certification and Standard Certification. 

  • Advising and collaborating with the Talent Acquisition, Payroll, and Talent Support teams regarding the certification of teachers 

  • Collaborating with HR Departments at partnership districts to streamline the Teaching Excellence onboarding and experience for partnership teachers 

  • Lead the certification of over 300 Houston Teachers from districts and schools such as KIPP Texas – Houston, Étoile Academy Charter School, Baker Ripley, Yellowstone Academy, and Aldine ISD 

  • Support and develop team members, including the ACP Coordinators, through direct and growth-oriented feedback and goal-setting that promotes engagement and advances team productivity 


We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:  


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution 

  • Outstanding record of organization, and attention to details 

  • 3-5 years of experience with data tracking, people- and project-management, and communication with a customer-service focus 

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core values of YES Prep Public Schools 

  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback 

  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team 

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once 

  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress 


  • Experience managing a team 

  • Experience working in an Alternative Certification Program (ACP) 

  • Experience with compliance in a school district  


  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience. 

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance –  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Paid Time Off – 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar 

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  


YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 


If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here.  

If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at [email protected].

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