May 30, 2019

Manager, Regional Learning

  • Teach For America
  • Bay Area, CA, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

TEAM: Bay Area
REPORTS TO: VP, Chief Impact Officer
LOCATION: Bay Area, California 
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
At its core, Teach for America (TFA) is a learning organization. Throughout the Bay, we have TFA corps members and alumni who are delivering rigorous, life changing instruction in their classrooms. Their success has been driven by a continuous desire to collaborate, learn and improve their practice. Similarly at TFA, we are constantly evaluating the efficacy of our corps member development model and looking for ways to improve. We aspire to model the same learning culture we expect to see in our corps as we collectively pursue educational equity for students. Together, we have an untapped wealth of insights, best practices, and resources that should continuously inform how we support future generations of corps members in the Bay - so that every generation is better off than the last.
The Manager, Regional Learning is ultimately the fuel that will keep our learning engine running.  While all staff are accountable for contributing to our learning culture, your unique role will help ignite learning and collaboration among TFA program staff across community teams and program functions. You will also curate rigorous curriculum, practice exemplars, and resources that have proven to accelerate student academic growth and generate ways for corps members to apply these resources in their class.

THE PERSON
You are passionate about instructional rigor and excellent teaching: You enthusiastically seek out expert advice and the latest, greatest teacher PD and resources to improve your practice. You geek out on teaching, When you find an incredible teacher, you want to understand the secret to their success and tell everyone you know about them. You believe that all students can engage in rigorous, grade level content, and you feel if more teachers could see what this looks like, they would believe it as well.
You are an inspiring storyteller: You see the impact and value our corps members are creating in classrooms everyday, and you concretely tell the story of how corps members achieve success through the data, artifacts, and media you share with staff and other corps members. You tell corps member impact stories in a way that not only inspires other corps members to adopt similar practices in their own class, but also tackle ongoing challenges with greater optimism.
You are a continuous learner:  You are reflective, figure out what’s working and replicate it, and drive your own learning. You access resources around you to ensure you are learning and growing in your work. You model this in your own work and apply those same principles to the work you do while developing other adults.
You are a relationship-builder and connector: You can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people and readily inspire others to action. You are naturally empathetic and can quickly understand people’s needs, perspectives and aspirations. You view relationships as a key strategy to achieve your outcomes and can make your relationships translate into action from others.
You are self-driven: You have superior written, organizational, and project management skills. You work with the highest degree of integrity, and follow-through on all facets of your work. You demonstrate personal responsibility and take initiative to do what it takes to achieve success.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
External Content PD and Resource Curation (25%)

  • Design and execute a plan for:
    • Curating and organizing third party content resources and instructional videos aligned to core CM skills
    • Researching high-impact external instructional content PD for program staff or corps members
    • Sharing of available PD and content resources with program staff and CMs
    • Assessing CM satisfaction and student impact of PD and resource investments

Field-Based Learning and Internal Knowledge Sharing (35%)

  • Lead field work activities (instructional rounds, school tours, etc.) that foster a regional learning culture
  • Manage system for organizing and sharing CM/alum practice exemplars aligned to org outcomes
  • Support regional program meetings and coach trainings, including support resources and logistics

Learning Management Systems (25%)

  • Setup and manage regional learning platforms (e.g. Teacher Hub, Slack) for tracking key program metrics
  • Design and execute plan for training program staff on how to use learning and sharing platforms
  • Manage program data collection and platform usage, communicate trends and reinforce usage expectations

Contribute to broader organizational vision and mission (15%)

  • Manage regional Sue Lehman Award finalist process
  • Coordinate program staff and corps member participation in national conferences
  • Interview, select, and matriculate incoming corps members
  • Collaborate with other functional teams (partnerships, alumni, external affairs) on interrelated work streams
  • Participate in Teach For America - Bay Area events (e.g. All Staff Retreats, BayEd Summit)


MUST HAVES

  • Prior Experience
    • More than 3 years of classroom teaching experience, preferably at a school demonstrating excellent outcomes with low-income students OR more than 5 years work experience in education supporting teacher professional development and access to resources
    • Knowledge of proven, research-backed teacher PD and instructional resources
    • Experience planning and facilitating trainings for other adults
    • Ability to develop and manage complex project plans from inception to final execution
  • Work Demands
    • Able to visit schools and program events bi-weekly across all 4 communities (SF, Oak, Richmond, SJ)
    • Able to attend corps member facing-events on the weekend or in the evenings 2-3 times a month
  • Technical Skills
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel/PowerPoint and Google Suite
    • Proficiency using platforms such as Slack, Instagram, YouTube or other comparable content sharing and collaboration tools
  • Education
    • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred   


THE TEAM
The Manager, Regional Learning will be a member of the TFA-Bay Area Program Team. The Program Team supports the development of corps members from the day they accept their TFA offer to the day they complete their two-year commitment. We call this the corps member program continuum. Your work will support program learning across the continuum. The 28-member Program Team currently consists of two sub-teams, Pre-Service and In-Service. The bulk of your work will support the learning of our In-Service coaches and program managers who support corps members during the school year. This will evolve as we work to integrate Pre-Service and In-Service work streams. You will report to the Chief Impact Officer, who manages the overall Program Team.


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