Training and Instruction Manager - Fort Worth Teaching Fellows
Fort Worth, Texas
TNTP strives to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. A national nonprofit organization founded by teachers, TNTP is driven by the knowledge that effective teachers have a greater impact on student achievement than any other school factor. In response, TNTP develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop and keep great teachers. Since its inception in 1997, TNTP has recruited or trained approximately 43,000 teachers and worked with more than 200 districts in 31 states - benefiting an estimated 7 million students. Meanwhile, TNTP's acclaimed studies of the policies and practices that affect the quality of the teacher workforce -- most recently including The Widget Effect (2009) and Teacher Evaluation 2.0 (2010) -- have influenced federal education policy and inspired reform efforts across the country.
TNTP is active in more than 25 cities, including 10 of the nation's 15 largest. For more information, please visit www.tntp.org.
We are currently seeking a full-time Training and Instruction Manager for our Fort Worth Teaching Fellows program. The Training and Instruction Manager will be a TNTP employee based in our Fort Worth program office. For individuals currently teaching, it is possible this role could be part time (15-20 hours a week) starting immediately and transition to a full time role by early June 2012. TNTP will also provide a relocation stipend to help defer the cost of moving.
New Teacher Effectiveness and Fort Worth Teaching Fellows
TNTP’s New Teacher Effectiveness Group is responsible for recruiting great teachers to teach in high-need schools and subject areas, and for preparing those teachers to be immediately effective in the classroom. TNTP’s Teaching Fellows programs streamline the path to teaching for accomplished career changers and recent graduates. In 2011, TNTP recruited, selected and provided training to outstanding teachers in more than 20 cities and 18 states. In 9 of those states and the District of Columbia, TNTP is also approved to recommend teachers for certification through our rigorous, relevant preparation model, TNTP Academy, which has been shown to produce highly effective teachers. Building on this strong track record, TNTP is pioneering an evaluation program to recommend certification only for teachers who demonstrate their ability to advance student learning.
For the 2012-13 school year, the Fort Worth Teaching Fellows program will be responsible for recruiting, selecting, training and certifying over 100 teachers (both Fellows and Teach for America Corps Members). For more information, please visit www.forthworthteachingfellows.org.
Role and Responsibilities
The Training and Instruction Manager (TIM) will share accountability for ensuring that program participants (both Fellows selected, trained, and certified by Fort Worth Teaching Fellows and Teach for America Corps Members certified through TNTP Academy) are highly effective teachers. Specifically, the two local Training and Instruction Managers are responsible for results across several key areas, and specific responsibilities include:
· Analyze and proactively act on teacher performance data during the summer institute and school year certification seminars to immediately improve teacher effectiveness
· Ensure the pre-service training, school year seminar curriculum, and classroom interventions are relevant and rigorous for participants, as evidenced by teachers’ improvement in classroom performance
· Customize the TNTP summer institute and TNTP Academy curriculum to meet local Fort Worth context
· Help implement the program’s Assessment of Classroom Effectiveness (ACE), using multiple data points in order to assess teachers’ demonstrated performance
· Ensure that Fort Worth Teaching Fellows’ training sessions and instructors are a significant factor in developing Fellows and TFA Corps Members into effective teachers
· Contribute to organizational initiatives to improve instruction, including instructor quality, backward design implementation, and curricular knowledge development
· Recruit, select, and train Summer Institute Staff and school year Seminar Leaders
· Manage a team of Summer Institute staff and school year Seminar Leaders, setting clear expectations, coaching them through consistent and concrete feedback, and evaluating their performance
· Provide guidance and resources to staff as they evaluate and develop Fellows’ and Corp Members’ effectiveness, including offering advice on prescriptive plans and teacher feedback
· Build effective relationships with district leaders, school administrators, TNTP Academy specific clients (e.g., TFA), and other key stakeholders within the community to invest them in program and teacher quality
The Training and Instruction Manager will report to the Site Director of Fort Worth Teaching Fellows. This position also offers the successful candidate the opportunity to have a profound impact on how teachers are prepared to teach in schools in Texas.
We are seeking candidates who believe deeply in TNTP’s mission, who thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment, and who demonstrate a record of achievement. Successful candidates will also demonstrate:
· Support of alternative routes to teacher certification and an interest in working with new teachers
· Strong education background and instructional skill set with at least two years K-12 teaching experience (required), preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations
· Experience teaching in a high-need school in Texas(strongly preferred)
· Track record of raising student achievement
· Familiarity with Texas curriculum standards (strongly preferred)
· Understanding of what effective teaching looks like in practice, and a deep commitment to the importance of effective instruction
· Generative and innovative thinking
· Ability to effectively analyze quantitative and qualitative data and determine what story the data tells and how to act on it
· Strong staff management instincts, proven either through management experience or high potential
· Constant and fast learning, thriving in an innovative environment
· Self reflective on own performance, actively seeking feedback
· Excellent forecasting and prioritization leading to effective project management outcomes
· Superior communication and writing skills, including keen attention to detail
· Engaging presence as a facilitator and team leader
· Active approach to knowledge sharing, seeking resources from TNTP knowledge base and proactively synthesizing and sharing program knowledge across TNTP
· Fluency with technology, specifically Microsoft Office suite
· A willingness to work non-standard hours and occasional weekends
The annual salary for this position is $60,000 or commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for a performance based bonus. We also offer a motivated team of colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development, a comprehensive benefits plan effective on the first day of employment – including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, and a 403(b) plan with matching – as well as the opportunity to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation’s children. For more information on TNTP’s competitive benefits package, please visit http://tntp.org/join/our-benefits/
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We review applications on a rolling basis – so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position, which can be addressed to the Human Capital department. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check. TNTP is committed to fostering and capitalizing on the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position. If you would like to learn more about our mission, please visit our web site at www.tntp.org.