Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Senior Managing Director, Culturally Relevant Design to lead our Culturally Relevant Design team and develop and implement our approach to culturally relevant design in our programming.
What You’ll Take On
The Senior Managing Director, Culturally Relevant Design (SMD, CRD), exists to optimize and extend the impact of Teaching Trust programming by incorporating our vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion necessary for our programming to work towards educational equity. We believe we will achieve our vision for achieving equity by decentering dominant culture at two levels: 1) in our programming through the way we teach and the learning environment we create, and 2) the support we provide our participants and school leaders to create equitable and inclusive learning environments for the students they serve.
The SMD, CRD is charged with leading the Culturally Relevant Design Team, consisting of 2-3 people, and developing a path to align our overall approach to program design to our vision. The Culturally Relevant Design team exists to fuel learning at Teaching Trust and propel us forward to a future where our work is sustainable and scalable because effective, relevant, well-designed materials exist for program teams to use throughout each year.
Additionally, in FY21 (ending June 2021) you will:
• Create and execute a vision for how the Culturally Relevant Design team will operate so that the team itself is a model of culturally relevant and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
• Develop and implement a vision and plan for how we will move, over the course of 1 year, from our current program reality to a desired future state where cultural relevance is embedded in all that we do and is thoughtfully at the core of our leadership development programs
• Ensure that the Culturally Relevant Design Team enacts a human-centered approach for creation, codification, and organization of products/processes that respects Program Team member’s expertise and pushes thinking while also delivering on schedule, and exceeding internal and external stakeholders’ expectations.
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.
We are a leadership development organization delivering practice-based training and coaching to school leaders and their teams to accelerate systemic and sustained change in schools and across school districts. We envision a community of leaders sharing power to ensure racial, socio-economic, and educational equity for students who have been historically underserved by the education system. Since 2010, Teaching Trust has impacted more than 1,500 educators in 300 schools, reaching 350,000 students. We are striving to center racial and ethnic justice in the path we take together toward fulfilling our mission, including how we approach our programming and internal culture building.
Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of 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.
Teaching Trust positions are contingent on securing relevant contracts.
What You’ll Bring
We are looking for someone who is excited to help Teaching Trust achieve its vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through our programming so that we might disrupt traditional power structures that may unintentionally inhibit educational equity in the schools we serve. as an opportunity to improve.
• You are visionary. You can clearly see a future at Teaching Trust that leads to better, multi-faceted outcomes for students, and achieving educational equity. You are excited about approaching our programming in a culturally relevant way will play in creating more equitable and inclusive environments for our participants and their students. You are committed to realizing • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our programming.
• You are planful. You can project manage so that you are able to achieve your vision and so that your team meets goals and deadlines.
• You are curious. You lead your team to learn from others and from best practices, and include the feedback and expertise of others as we create and revise program materials.
• You are connected. You work cross-functionally, build relationships, influence others, and manage a remote team with great thought and care.
• You are thorough. You lead your team to engage in continuous learning and strive for precision in external facing materials. You encourage your team to use our collective understanding of adult learning theory, school improvement, and culturally relevant teaching- along with Program Team members’ expertise- to create amazing program materials.
Ideal candidates will have:
• At least 5 years of work experience in education, including significant experience in both curriculum design and culturally relevant design/teaching
• Deep knowledge of content and instruction, with a proven track record of increasing student opportunity, preferably in high-need schools, and demonstrated knowledge of adult learning strategies and design
• Demonstrated knowledge of understanding of how institutionalized and structural oppression and historical inequities manifest within the public school system and how to use culturally relevant strategies and curriculum reform, critical race theory, and design to achieve educational equity
• Experience managing and developing a team is preferred
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, demonstrating resilience and a growth mindset
• Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, collaborate, and build trusting relationships to drive resultsHigh level of comfort taking and implementing frequent feedback to improve the work
• 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
• Passion to work at an organization focused on ameliorating educational inequity
• Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results
• Exceptionally strong project management and time management skills
• 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.
Additional Salary Information: 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.
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