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Leadership Coach

Posted by | May 4, 2021 |

NORTHEAST REGION

TNTP seeks a full-time Leadership Coach to join our Consulting Division in the Northeast Region.  This position is based in a home office anywhere in the Northeast, with preference given to candidates in Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or Massachusetts. Travel up to 40% is required (contingent upon organizational/state/federal regulations).

Who We Are
A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

Staff in TNTP’s Consulting Division work alongside teachers, school leaders, districts, and states to help them achieve their goals for students. Our staff work across urban and suburban school districts, independent charter schools, and charter networks. Our team is diverse and brings a wide range of expertise across content areas. We work to create effective leaders by recruiting and training new school leaders and developing current leaders through targeted professional development and one-on-one coaching.

What You’ll Do
We know that to have an effective teacher in every classroom, there must be an effective leader in every school.  As a Leadership Coach, you will work with our team and leaders in districts and schools in our Northeast Region to drive systemic change by creating and developing a shared vision of what excellent instruction looks like. You’ll coach current school leaders to operationalize that vision by developing their instructional expertise, identify gaps, and help them determine where to prioritize and focus their time as a school leader to best enable deeper learning in their school.

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Facilitating weekly goals-based coaching aligned to program priorities and differentiated for individual leader and school needs and context

  • Designing and facilitating professional development for new and veteran school leaders

  • Designing and delivering training experiences for aspiring school leaders

  • Collaborating with state, network and district leadership to observe and deliver concrete, actionable feedback to school leaders

  • Collaborating with TNTP Leadership Coaches across contracts to develop TNTP’s best practices in leadership development

  • Contributing to the vision and strategy, as well as expansion, of TNTP’s leadership development work

What You Bring
We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, understand the power of diversity, advocate for equity, aspire to lead through inclusion, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.

We expect our Leadership Coach to:

  • Bring a distinguished track record in school leadership. You have coached school leaders or led schools that achieved great things for their students and believe a strong school leader is essential to the success of a school.

  • Demonstrate expertise in facilitating powerful learning experiences for adults. You excel at designing and implementing professional development experiences and have the content expertise to create rich training materials, conceptualize meaningful interactive learning experiences, and facilitate training sessions for school leaders that helps them shift their practice and support them in implementing learning experiences at the campus-level.

  • Propose innovative solutions to complex challenges. You have a history of tackling high stakes challenges head on and moving work forward toward successful outcomes. Ambiguity doesn’t overwhelm you; just the opposite, you thrive on it. Your creative instincts will help you deal with vague situations and develop new approaches with limited guidance.

  • Influence leaders to act. You’ll regularly interact with and be expected to influence clients – motivating them to make both incremental change and take quantum leaps.

  • Embrace cross-cultural agility.  Authentic self-reflection, self- awareness, and high emotional intelligence are central to who you are, and you utilize these skills to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have an adept cultural understanding of yourself and use your understanding of yourself and others to build trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.   

  • Build relationships. You have the ability to connect and build relationships with diverse communities. Bilingual abilities are a plus, Spanish language preferred.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a school principal and a proven track record of raising student achievement (required)

  • Experience coaching and facilitating professional development for school leaders and teachers (required)

  • Immediate understanding of what effective teaching looks like and a deep commitment to effective instruction (required)

  • Strong familiarity and expertise with College and Career-Ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (preferred)

  • Ability to track and analyze performance data to uncover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve results

  • Ability to communicate compelling feedback that motivates leaders, develops instruction and accelerates student achievement

  • Comfort modeling and engaging in courageous conversations

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills, including the ability to collaborate, and attain and grow effective partnerships to meet common goals

What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $93,600 – $140,400. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and midpoint depending on experience and in alignment with internal equity.  We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.

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K-8 Certified General Education Teacher

Posted by | March 29, 2021 |

Job Description

General Education Teacher 

Term(10) month position-Salaried

Full-Time Exempt

School Background:

Established in 1997, Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School is one of the first African-centered charter schools formed in the state of Pennsylvania. With a focus on Science and Technology, Harambee is an elementary public school currently serving 525 students in grades K-8. Harambee prides itself on delivering an academic experience to students in a loving, safe, and culturally rich environment.

Mission:

To build self-respect, self-reliance, and empowerment through practical, educationally sound and culturally relevant curricula and services embedded in science and technology.

Position Summary:

The teacher is the central person responsible for planning and implementing the school’s instructional program in relationship to the academic, emotional, social, physical, cultural and aesthetic development of all students. Teachers are also responsible for fostering open lines of communication with parents and guardians.

Duties:

  • Plan and skillfully deliver instruction in a clear, concise, interesting and culturally relevant manner
  • Organize and maintain a classroom environment that fosters an attitude of acceptance
  • Maintain accurate record of student attendance-including responses to excessive tardiness/absences
  • Maintain regular contact with parent(s) or guardian(s) concerning student’s pattern of misconduct, excessive missing or poor quality homework; overall social and academic progress
  • If applicable, collaborates with all assigned personnel, i.e. paraeducators, student teachers, clinical/classroom volunteers
  • Take appropriate care and precaution to protect students, equipment, materials and school facilities
  • Work cooperatively with other members of the teaching faculty and staff to plan, develop, implement and assess the school’s instructional program-including school based problem solving activities
  • Complete and submit accurately maintained anecdotal records/reports, upon request, to principal/supervisor in a timely manner
  • Teachers are expected to prepare Lesson Plans according to PA Common Core standards, and based on an agreed upon schedule

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • PA State Teacher certification
  • 5 years of Teaching experience

Assurances

HISTCS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, HISTCS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.

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K-8 Certified Special Education Teacher

Posted by | March 29, 2021 |

Special Education Teacher

Term:(10) month position – Salaried

Full-Time – Exempt

School Background:

Established in 1997, Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School is one of the first African-centered charter schools formed in the state of Pennsylvania. With a focus on Science and Technology, Harambee is an elementary public school currently serving 525 students in grades K-8. Harambee prides itself on delivering an academic experience to students in a loving, safe, and culturally rich environment.

Mission:

To build self-respect, self-reliance, and empowerment through practical, educationally sound and culturally relevant curricula and services embedded in science and technology.

Position Summary:

The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring the delivery of services to students who have been identified with disabilities. The Special Education Teacher is also responsible for the management of IEPs, Progress Monitoring and related services for the students they service. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for demonstrating strong written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, as well as good organizational ability. Collaboration with regular education teachers is imperative.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • PA State Teacher certification in Special Education
  • Teaching experience preferred

Assurance:

HISTCS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, HISTCS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.

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Executive Director

Posted by | January 25, 2021 |

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than fifty schools, creating new educational opportunities for 21,000 students. PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in each sector. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Over the past decade, PSP has been at the forefront of the fight for increased educational opportunities for students and families in Philadelphia:

  • PSP’s school investments of over $80M in nearly seventy K-12 schools (district, charter, renaissance and parochial), have led to better schools for tens of thousands of underserved students.
  • PSP’s talent investments have supported recruitment and/or development of over 350 teachers and school leaders across the city.
  • GreatPhillySchools (GPS) and Apply Philly Charter (APC) have dramatically expanded parents’ ability to find and enroll in a school that best meets their children’s’ needs.

 

Despite this progress, there remain significant challenges in PSP’s fight for increasing educational opportunities for students and families in Philadelphia:

  • While 38% of students in Philly are attending a charter and over 50% attend a school of choice of some kind, the overall quality of schools in Philadelphia continues to lag behind other major cities for a variety of reasons.
  • The critical work of attracting, launching, and expanding great schools needed to solve this problem has only become harder, and while there are a variety of organizations fighting on the advocacy front, there is no coordinated vision and strategy for how those pieces will come together as a coalition and achieve success.

 

PSP is the only organization that can lead the work to fight through these challenges and achieve the type of education system in the city that all families deserve: one where there’s access to a great school for every child, regardless of their economic background. To accomplish this, PSP’s next Executive Director must be a leader who can build on the work to date by developing and executing a new strategy to build a citywide coalition that will enable meaningful expansion of high-quality seats throughout the city.

 

Position Summary

The Executive Director will be a visible and strategic executive with oversight and leadership of all aspects of PSP including strategic planning, operations, finances, fundraising and investments, advocacy, and stakeholder relationships. The Executive Director will bring a track record of leadership and a genuine passion for advancing educational opportunities across the city. It is the expectation that the new Executive Director will:

 

  • Be a Visionary – The next leader of PSP must be a transformational vision-setter, who can first and foremost develop and align with the Board on a clear vision for long-term success with the focus upon ensuring a high-quality educational option for every child in the city.
  • Lead a Team to Create and Execute a Strong Strategic Plan – Equally important to setting a clear and bold vision, is the ability of the next PSP leader to transform that vision into a clear strategic plan that can serve as a roadmap to achieving success, and in turn to build and lead a high-quality team that can execute on that plan successfully.
  • Create Coalitions and Forge Meaningful Partnerships – Critical to the success of this effort will be recognizing that our work cannot be done alone. It will take a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders coming together to work towards a common purpose. The next leader must have the ability to develop and execute a strategy that forges partnerships and coalitions at the grassroots and grasstops level and harnesses their collective power to make the changes needed for students and families.
  • Engage Local and National Funders in Pursuit of Educational Equity – The Executive Director will drive PSP’s fundraising strategy, including working with the Board to set fundraising goals, directly engaging funders to invest in our mission-critical initiatives, managing the development team, and stewarding PSP’s relationships with the funder community.
  • Communicate to Inspire Others – The next PSP leader must be a compelling communicator who can bring together different audiences – from elected officials, to education leaders, to business leaders and funders – to collectively understand the educational challenges facing students and families today and inspire others to join in the effort to create solutions.

 

The Executive Director reports to PSP’s Board and will manage the PSP team members and staff.

 

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

External Relations and Fundraising

  • Advance PSP’s public brand by serving as an active and magnetic ambassador for PSP’s mission and vision with key stakeholders, including representing PSP locally and across the country.
  • With support of the Board, play a central role in fundraising, fostering significant donor relationships, cultivating strategic partnerships.
  • Form relationships throughout the Philadelphia region (and beyond) that contribute to enriching and collaborative experiences for Philadelphia students and families.

 

Executive Leadership

  • In partnership with the Board and key stakeholders, align organization-wide priorities and set an overarching strategic vision for PSP.
  • Uphold and support PSP’s commitment to our vision and values by modeling expectations at all times.
  • Oversee the development and effective implementation of PSP’s initiatives and core values.
  • Set and drive team to aggressive outcomes for the organization directly impacting the quality of educational options for children in Philadelphia.
  • Establish and foster a collaborative relationship with the Board, keeping the Board informed of significant issues and events at PSP, collaborating on key projects, and seeking advice and expertise from board members, as appropriate.

 

Management and Operations

  • Serve as the direct manager and partner to the Leadership Team; provide support and guidance around best practices for managing and developing the staff.
  • Create and foster a healthy and productive team culture of professional growth and high achievement inside the organization, while maintaining a positive staff morale
  • Oversee successful performance management practices to ensure all professional and operational requirements are met.
  • Manage an operational budget of $8.7 million, ensuring effective fiscal stewardship and sustainability for the organization.

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of PSP and possess a bold vision for how to achieve educational equity for all children in Philadelphia.
  • Some experience in direct service to low-income, communities of color and an understanding of the barriers to quality educational options for the families we serve.
  • Energy, drive, and passion for continuous improvement, both personally and at an enterprise level.
  • A dynamic, proactive, inclusive, open, and decisive leadership style; an entrepreneurial planner and builder rather than a “steady-state” manager.
  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both inside organizations and in their approach to education reform
  • Ambitious and innovative mindset with a track record of translating strategy into action and delivering results.
  • Ability to lead and inspire others to deliver high performance.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written, with an enthusiasm for the mission of PSP and a passion to develop relationships with stakeholders.
  • A strategic and creative thinker with the agility to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines; comfort leading within ambiguity.
  • Ability to leverage qualitative and quantitative information in decision-making.
  • Proven track record of fundraising and grantmaking.
  • Ability and desire to work with a socioeconomically and racially diverse community with the ability to connect and collaborate.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and responsibility, and a strong work ethic.
  • Flexible attitude, ability to work with urgency.

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s or advanced degree is desired.
  • Minimum of 10 years of senior leadership experience with oversight across multiple functional areas.
  • Experience leading in the K-12 sector in one or more areas of school leadership, education philanthropy, and/or education policy is desired.
  • Extensive management experience with a track record of success in leading and sustaining a high-performing organization.
  • Experience cultivating partnerships with individuals and institutions across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
  • Experience effectively managing complex budgets and the strategic allocation of resources.
  • Track record of success in raising philanthropic dollars and stewarding donor relationships.

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to external meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary.
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls.
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing.

 

Compensation

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

 

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2021-2022 School Year Teachers (All Grades and Subjects, K-12)

Posted by | January 19, 2021 |

TEACHER (ALL GRADES AND SUBJECTS K-12)
Now Hiring for 2021-2022 School Year

 

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS

Reports To: Principal
Commitment: Full-Time
Term: 10 Months Annually, 2021-2022 School Year

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

High quality Teachers who have a professional and personal dedication to student achievement and the school community are the single most important factor to the success of the New Foundations Charter School mission and vision.

  • Our Mission: The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high-achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities. The teachers and staff of New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement of all of our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that pervades every aspect of school life and promotes responsibility for all members of our school community.
  •  Our Vision for Impact: In 2019, New Foundations embarked on an ambitious five year strategic plan.  The Strategic Plan’s “Vision for Impact” is that by June 2025, New Foundations will provide daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and well-rounded character development, and inclusive and expansive specials and extracurricular activities that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.

 

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened in 2000. Our core principle was simple: be student-centered and growth focused. This ethos remains and at New Foundations we maintain that in order for our children to thrive as leading members of society, they must grow academically, socially, and emotionally today.

Twenty years later, New Foundations is a prominent public charter school serving grades K-12 in Northeast Philadelphia and a leader in academic excellence, social emotional awareness, and community engagement. In a constantly changing world, we continue our work to evolve and improve. We are ambitious about New Foundations’ future. We’re a great school, but we still have work to do to be better and to redefine what it means to be a great school.

  • Our Students

As an open enrollment public charter school, we seek to prepare each student for the college, career and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students across a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

New Foundations has a highly diverse and representative student/family population: 57% White, 22% Black, 13% Latino, 5% Asian and 3% Mixed Races & Other; 40% Free Lunch, 30% Reduced-Price Lunch, 30% Paid Lunch.  The political and ideological diversity of our student and family body is representative of the United States as a whole.

  • Our Buildings 

The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Both buildings include recent renovations and are well-maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.

Building highlights include bright and spacious classrooms, technology-enabled classrooms, science labs, gymnasiums with full size basketball courts, cafeterias and learning commons.  The buildings are near major roadways with on-site parking for staff and within walking distance from the SEPTA Regional Rail Suburban station with trains to Center City.

  • Our Community 

New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong, positive presence in its Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia throughout the past 20 years.  New Foundations is highly-regarded on various academic performance measures compared with other Philadelphia charter and district schools and we have an admissions wait-list of over 10,000 students.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

All staff at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:

  • Embrace our mission and embody our vision for New Foundations’ future;
  • Model our core values of being student-focused, serving our community and consistently engaging in solutions-oriented and caring conversations;
  • Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
  • Demonstrate role model mentality in all interactions and activities;
  • Have a track record of success and achievement within an environment of limited resources.

A Teacher at New Foundations Charter School is expected to:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with a record of academic achievement;
  • Possess valid Pennsylvania teacher certification for relevant subject and grade level of instruction;
  • Demonstrate expertise and enthusiasm for subject of instruction;
  • Preferably possess a minimum of two years of relevant teaching experience;
  • Preferably possess prior teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting.

 

 COMPENSATION 
New Foundations offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We are committed to pay equity.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES 
Core Responsibilities

  1. Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Assessment
  3. Classroom Management
  4. Classroom Culture
  5. Professional Comportment
  6. Other

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Develop and implement rigorous and appropriate lesson plans, assignments, and assessments in cooperation with New Foundation’s leadership team and curricular resources.
  • Deliver the curriculum in an appropriate manner consistent with the student’s educational levels.
  • Ensure that the Standards of the State of Pennsylvania and New Foundations Charter School are incorporated in daily, weekly, monthly, and long term lesson plans.
  • Adapt the curriculum for individual student’s needs.
  • Maintain/write individual learning plans for each student.
  • Provide for the needs of special education students placed in the classroom.

Assessment

  • Prepare achievement reports (report cards/progress reports/etc).
  • Administer school assessments and mandated standardized assessments.
  • Maintain and record student’s achievement (homework/quizzes/tests/etc.)
  • In partnership with school leadership, analyze assessments that measure progress towards academic standards and use this assessment data to inform and differentiate instructional practices

Classroom Management

  • Maintain an effective, creative, and balanced learning environment that meets the needs of all students.
  • Enforce the school’s discipline policies and code of conduct.
  • Maintain student records including attendance, behavioral and academic.  Ensure that all student records are secured.
  • Maintain proactive communication with parents/guardians about their student’s academic progress and wellbeing.

Classroom Culture

  • Demonstrate genuine interest, belief, and care for students’ personal and academic success
  • Maintain a warm and  “friendly” classroom.
  • Maintain a safe and clean learning environment that is free of hazards.
  • Allow for the students to utilize the space in the room to enhance their learning.
  • Engage families in their children’s education by building relationships and maintaining regular communication.
  • Collaborate with other professionals in regard to student’s development and achievement.

Professional Comportment

  • Exhibit a professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Commit to continual professional growth.
  • Attend all professional development meetings and faculty/staff meetings.
  • Participate and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school-year.
  • Adhere to school schedule and be punctual for work and meetings.
  • Maintain an effective and positive relationship with colleagues, staff and supervisors.
  • Professionally and effectively communicate with all colleagues, staff and supervisors.

Other

  • Become a member of the school community, building strong relationships and being highly engaged.
  • Do whatever else is necessary or requested to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.

 

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National Research Coordinator

Posted by | December 21, 2020 |

Who We Are 

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. The organization empowers expert teachers to advance policy changes and improve instructional leadership and teacher supports; trains and coaches teacher leaders to successfully mobilize and lead teacher teams; and empowers teacher leaders to be change agents among their peers and policy makers.  Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.

What We Do

The Teach Plus national research team leads several research studies a year, administers timely research studies to support national policy initiatives, and collaborates with teachers to support regional and national policy projects. Examples of this work can be found in the publications section of the Teach Plus website under publications (http://www.teachplus.org/news-events/publications) and flash polls (http://www.teachplus.org/teacher-polls).  

The national research team works closely with the national policy team as well as with regional teams and their respective Teaching Policy Fellows. The research team also convenes groups of alumni Teaching Policy Fellows in a Teacher Research Council and ad hoc National Working Groups to support and lead individual research projects. 

What You’ll Do 

Reporting to the Senior National Director of Research and Knowledge, the National Research Coordinator will have key responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

Collaborate in the development of regional policy research:

  • Working closely with Teach Plus staff and teacher leaders, support and, in some cases, co-lead, the development of state research-driven policy projects. An example of these types of projects include “Improving as we go: Learning from Indiana district reentry plans” (2020).
  • This includes drawing on a variety of research methods to help Teach Plus state teams design, implement, and produce a state-focused research project. Methods typically include surveys, focus groups, interviews, and secondary data analysis.

Support national research studies:

Co-lead the Senior Research Fellowship:

  • The Senior Research Fellowship program offers alumni of Teach Plus programs the opportunity to advance their research skills by leading their own projects. They also train and support other Teach Plus teacher leaders in conducting their own research. 
  • The National Research Coordinator will co-lead this program by organizing monthly sessions, coordinating the work of the Senior Research Fellows, and design content and sessions for these teacher leaders.

Serve as project manager for national research initiatives:

  • Manage and update Teach Plus research resources, including an organization wide library of research resources and research-related software tools, e.g. survey tools.
  • Project manage multiple national initiatives, projects, and studies.

 

Who We Want

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and experiences:

  • At least three years of work experience in an education setting. 
  • Training or experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Strong project management skills, including designing, planning, monitoring, and communicating project timelines.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including demonstrated proficiency in writing and editing reports and other written materials.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience conducting public policy or education policy research.
  • Proficiency with statistical software (SAS, SPSS, STATA, or R).
  • Graduate degree in education, public policy, business, public administration, or related fields.
  • Experience leading and writing research reports.

 

Commitment to Diversity

In order to better serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job with the potential to develop and succeed with coaching and support. We recognize that such a candidate may have a less traditional background or have different kinds of relevant experience. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $50,000-$60,000 and actual salary offered will be commensurate with candidate’s experience. Teach Plus offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 3% matching 401k plan, disability and life insurance, and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and childcare expenses. Teach Plus offers generous time off benefits including 15 vacation days, 3 personal days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, and winter break. Additionally, Teach Plus offers paid parental leave and a 4-week paid sabbatical for every five years of service.

Location

This is a remote position that will be conducted virtually (primarily from a home office).

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete an online application found here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter should include an explanation of the candidate’s interest in the position as well as a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled. 

Application link: https://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328038 

Teach Plus is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or natural origin.

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Newsroom Visuals Coordinator

Posted by | December 3, 2020 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a visuals coordinator to join our team. Chalkbeat provides deep, local coverage of education policy and practice to inform the decisions and actions that lead to better outcomes for children and families, especially those in low-income communities. We believe that every child deserves an excellent education and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. In our eight local bureaus and a national desk (and growing), we’re working with communities to reimagine and recreate the press public education deserves. Learn more about how our unique model — a nonprofit newsroom covering a single topic in multiple locations — represents a promising path forward for local news. Read more about our mission and values.

The newsroom visuals coordinator collaborates daily with reporters, editors, data journalists, and bureau chiefs across Chalkbeat to make sure our stories are accompanied by the best photos and visual treatments. While this is not a photographer role, if you have photography skills there is an opportunity to take photos occasionally.

We’re looking for a flexible, self-directed person who enjoys interacting with people and finds fulfillment in sweating the smallest details. You must thrive in a fast-paced environment. You will report to Chalkbeat’s Managing Editor for Style and Standards.

 

Your impact as the visual coordinator:

  • Enhance the visual presentation of Chalkbeat’s journalism by maintaining our photo database, building our photo library, and uploading freelance and partnership photos.
  • Manage the daily process of selecting and acquiring photos and/or other visuals for stories and track which photos are used. 
  • Ensure that our published photos reflect the communities that we report for.
  • Maintain our asset manager. Fix errors or omissions in metadata and oversee best practices.
  • Refine and maintain our guidelines for workflow, stock photography, indexing, partnerships, and editorial and ethical standards for visuals. 
  • Work closely with the operations team to manage and oversee our Getty Images accounts, freelance photography relationships, and photo partnerships with other newsrooms.
  • Train and coach reporters on incorporating photojournalism best practices into newsgathering and story field production.
  • Work with our data team to create and organize a searchable database of past graphics and data sets.

 

What background and skills do you have?

  • You are highly organized, comfortable working with databases, and thrive on bringing order to chaos.
  • You have strong time management skills and are adept at prioritizing and multitasking while maintaining an attention to detail.
  • You have a basic understanding of photography and strong understanding of post-production workflows including metadata tagging, the Adobe Creative Suite, and storytelling. 
  • You are an avid news consumer.
  • You are comfortable working remotely or with remote team members.
  • You enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with a variety of personalities.
  • You are a solid communicator who knows how to ask for help, empathize with teammates, and take ownership of your work.
  • You share Chalkbeat’s commitment to reflecting and including diverse people and perspectives in our content.

 

Bonus points if you’ve got:

  • Experience working in a newsroom.
  • Experience or familiarity with copyright law and contracts. 

We recognize that every candidate brings interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. 

We are working remotely for the foreseeable future, but our virtual newsroom features daily interaction, fun slack channels (#pets and #foodies), personal development sessions, and team exercise and meditation get-togethers.  This position can be done permanently remotely, or when it is safe for our offices to reopen, you’re welcome to join us in person in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran statuses, sexual orientations, and marital statuses to apply.

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Operations and Data Analyst, Apply Philly Charter

Posted by | October 14, 2020 |

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunities for 21,000 students. PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Position Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) believes that helping to empower parents to find, choose, and advocate for higher quality schools of all types (district, charter, and private) is a critical part of our strategy to ensure every child in Philadelphia is enrolled in a great school.  Specifically, we are working to better equip families with information to find and choose great schools for their children.  In 2018, PSP launched Apply Philly Charter, an online application system that now has grown to serve over 80 charter schools in the city and is the predominant way in which families apply to Philadelphia charter schools. Apply Philly Charter allows families to apply to charter schools from a single website, and all participating charter schools abide by the same application, lottery and notification timeline. Participating charter schools conduct their lotteries on Apply Philly Charter, send seat offers to applicants and manage their waitlists on the system. Families are able to accept seat offers and monitor their placement on waitlists using the system.  Last year, over 30,000 applicants from every zip code in Philadelphia used Apply Philly Charter to submit 170,000 applications to participating charter schools. Apply Philly Charter is run on a Salesforce platform.

 

The Operations and Data Analyst will serve as the system administrator for Apply Philly Charter and will be responsible for providing technical support to participating schools. The Operations and Data Analyst will be responsible for the successful operation of the system, including, but not limited to: intake of applications, oversight of the lottery, waitlist, and seat offer functionality, and general support to schools and families as needed. The Operations and Data Analyst will also serve as the project lead for any technical enhancements made to the system, working closely with our Salesforce developers and vendor(s) to create the project scope and test functionality. Outside of system responsibilities, the Operations and Data Analyst will be responsible for managing, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting on school-level and city-wide application data for both internal and external initiatives.

 

This position includes creative opportunities to use technical programs or software to advance the policy initiatives and efficacy of Apply Philly Charter and to support other PSP teams in their data management, analysis and use of Salesforce systems.

 

This position reports to the Director, Apply Philly Charter. He/she will work closely with the entire Apply Philly Charter team, including the Managing Director, Community Resources, Manager, GreatPhillySchools, and other staff as needed.

 

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

General:

  • Report directly to the Director, Apply Philly Charter to manage day-to-day system administration, data analysis, and customer service to schools
  • Manage all technical systems relating to Apply Philly Charter including (but not limited to) Salesforce and Google Analytics
  • Provide ongoing technical support to schools and respond to charter school inquiries in a timely manner
  • Serve as liaison to the technical vendor to ensure user and system administration concerns are addressed in a timely manner

System Administration:

  • Monitor system application and usage data for family and school users to ensure smooth operation of the system, identify technical issues to be resolved
  • Develop and run system level reports, create system-level and school-level dashboards
  • Report out and analyze system-level data for internal organizational purposes
  • Help to manage and support data integrations between Apply Philly Charter and external data systems using Python
  • Work with the Apply Philly Charter team and schools to ensure application process benchmarks are hit (i.e. opening and closing of application, lotteries run on the correct day, etc.)
  • Perform other system administrator duties, including testing system features in advance of school user and/or family use

Data Analysis and Programming:

  • Clean large data sets for further analysis
  • Manipulate data in statistical software
  • Analyze and report out on key metrics
  • Edit scripts (Python and SQL)

Other System Support:

  • Support the Director, Apply Philly Charter and other staff in advancing policy goals and decision making
  • Support the Director, Apply Philly Charter and other staff in the operation of the Apply Philly Charter Steering Committee, including presenting system-level data to school partners
  • Create updated school training materials as needed, including annual updates to the Apply Philly Charter user manual
  • Conduct school training sessions, as needed
  • Work with and support potential Salesforce administration in other areas of the organization, including supporting the GreatPhillySchools and School Investment teams
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of the Philadelphia School Partnership.
  • Experience working with and managing data systems. Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in at least one programming language (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS, Python, C#, etc.)
  • Capable of cleaning, analyzing, managing, and processing large data sets using complex functions and programming languages.
  • Experience providing technical support to clients and/or partners.
  • Strong communication skills and the capability to synthesize data for lay audiences.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills.
  • Confidence working under pressure of deadlines and managing multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible.
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects.

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience with CRM database(s), Salesforce preferred.
  • Experience with statistical reporting software (R, STATA, SAS, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in client services and/or providing technical support.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Proficient in Google Drive products (i.e., Google Sheets, Google Docs)
  • Experience and/or familiarity with charter school application and/or enrollment processes, a plus.

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.

A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.

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Philadelphia Bureau Chief

Posted by | July 30, 2020 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering the effort to improve schools for the almost 30 million children in America who live near or below the poverty line, is seeking a seasoned journalist to serve as our first Philadelphia bureau chief. 

This is an exciting moment to help launch our bureau in Philadelphia,a result of The Philadelphia Public School Notebook (the Notebook) joining forces with Chalkbeat.  The past year has seen an onslaught of news carrying profound implications for students and families in one of the nation’s largest school districts. Most immediately, the district is grappling with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and how to educate its 200,000 students in the coming school year. The district, like many in the wake of unrest around police killings of Black Americans, is reimagining its school police force. District leaders are also continuing to navigate the 2018 return to city control after decades under state takeover. Chalkbeat wants to be at the forefront of these and other stories, breaking news and providing smart analysis of the implications on policy and politics.

The bureau chief role at Chalkbeat is unique, blending reporting, editing, people management, community engagement, and team building. You will guide our coverage decisions and priorities in Philadelphia, starting with your own reporting and overseeing one senior reporter. You will work with the reporter and senior editors to help shape stories on the front end so they connect to the important story of educational equity Chalkbeat is telling across the country. (You may pinch-hit on editing when one of our ace story editors is out, too.) You’ll also serve as Chalkbeat’s public face, working with our central engagement team to build a local community strategy, establish news partnerships, and represent the organization in the community. Finally, you’ll oversee the bureau’s budget and office with support from Chalkbeat’s central network.

 

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You find coaching reporters energizing, from helping them connect the dots across several incremental stories to instructing them in the fine art of source-building. You are devoted to elevating the voices of historically marginalized communities. You can balance quick news hits with enterprise work and have experience planning longer-term projects. While you love being on the ground and in the community, you’re also inspired by the idea of collaborating with colleagues across the Chalkbeat network to learn and share best practices and get the support you need to lead your team to greatness. You can serve as a guide for our readers — school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens — in explaining how education works in your bureau’s location. And you’re not afraid to call officials to task when warranted.

 

What background and skills do you have?

  • 7+ years’ experience in journalism, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues
  • Breaking news metabolism and decisiveness under pressure
  • Proven strategies for building an effective team and experience managing direct reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with curious reporters and skeptical editors
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and interest in building a sustainable local newsroom
  • Experience managing budgets and other administrative duties preferred
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a retirement plan and a paid recess between Christmas and New Year’s in addition to vacation time.

 

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in eight locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

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Executive Director

Posted by | July 20, 2020 |

Executive Director Position
The Executive Director has the responsibility for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission. In order to fulfill that responsibility, it is expected that the successful candidate for this position will have the competencies to be successful in four areas of concentration.

  • Effectively advocating to assure that legislation and administrative policies provide accountability, transparency, and equitable treatment and funding for all forms of K-12 public education
  • Driving to establish high standards of performance and consistently strong and fair authorizers for all charter schools
  • Providing support to help member schools improve, with the goal of having every charter school in Pennsylvania become a high-performing public school relative to the mission for which the charter school was created
  • Creating a strong and sustained financial base for the organization.

Desired Competencies, Experience, and Education

  • The maturity, confidence, composure, and presence to effectively build relationships and promote policies and standards with legislators, legislative staffs, members of the Governor’s office, the Department of Education, peers in other states, and the print and electronic media
  • Knowledge of the issues and challenges facing education reform and school choice, the national charter landscape, and K-12 education
  • A high level of integrity and the ability and tact to work effectively with persons across the entire political spectrum, and the entire public charter sector
  • Superb listening and oral and written communication skills, including the ability to tailor and convey ideas and positions as a spokesperson for charter schools to a wide range of constituent groups through position papers, press releases, print and electronic media interviews, testimonies, and social media
  • The ability and integrity to promote an equity strategy to ensure racial and gender equity in education, often afforded through charter school enrollment, as well as working with experts and other relevant organizations to help execute this goal and ensure stakeholders view PCPCS as an effective and inclusive advocacy organization
  • The skills to develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Trustees and facilitate Board and Leaders Council involvement in PCPCS actions
  • The ability to work with the Board to obtain a strong and continuing financial base for the organization. This includes demonstrated skills in working with individuals and foundations to raise funds, including writing and organizing grant proposals, and business development skills in working with charter schools to ensure relevance, growth, and sustainability of the organization
  • Demonstrated skill to develop and implement sound financial practices and ensure good fiscal and fiduciary responsibility, stewardship, and accountability
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, including the abilities to initiate actions, seek appropriate and timely guidance, and achieve amazing results with limited resources; this includes being proactive relative to the aspirations of the organization as well as reactive to its immediate needs
  • The ability to work with charter school leaders to provide the type of experiences and training needed to improve the operation and performance of their schools and ensure ongoing programmatic excellence
  • Legislative, advocacy, and legal experience combined with political savvy to understand the legislative, legal, and philosophical complexity of the charter school movement and its opposition
  • The ability to react rapidly to continually changing legislative, legal, and media needs
  • The ability to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • At least 3 years of leading and managing organizations during periods of political uncertainty
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred; degrees in education a plus

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