Managing Director, TEA Instructional Leadership Initiative

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Managing Director, TEA Instructional Leadership Initiative to provide high-quality, intensive training, feedback and support to a cohort of Texas Education Agency (TEA) employees from across the state of Texas.

This position is based in Dallas, TX or may be based remotely, within Texas, with travel to sites across the state.  This position is ideal for someone who is energized by designing and leading practice-based professional development, has a passion for achieving ambitious results for kids, relentlessly pursues excellence, and wants to work on a fun, dynamic, goal-driven team.  If based remotely, travel up to 40% annually is required for this role. If Dallas based, travel up to 25% annually is required for this role.

Who We Are

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

What You'll Take On

You will be charged with helping to shape the experience of turnaround schools across the state of Texas by better equipping those who support them from the TEA.  Teaching Trust’s TEA Instructional Leadership Initiative is designed to help school leadership coaches from Education Service Centers across the state set a vision for school turnaround and build skills specifically in the areas of Data Practices and Student Culture to improve the odds for students in the lowest performing schools in Texas.

In this role you will work within a team of one other Director, one Manager, one Coordinator, and one Program Officer to conceptualize a year-long experience for evidence-based growth for a cohort of around 100 ESC employees.

Your day-to-day work may include:

  • Strategic planning with the TEA Instructional Leadership Program Officer  and team members to align priorities against organizational goals.
  • Planning and facilitating professional development sessions, focused around instructional excellence and student culture.
  • Continuously building content knowledge (through research, conference attendance, collaboration with expert external partners etc.) in priority areas in order to produce high quality professional learning programs to address program needs.
  • Assessing participant performance and designing targeted learning experiences to build  skill related to instructional planning, data practices and student culture.
  • Establishing and leveraging relationships with individual program participants to cultivate a sense of community within and across service center teams.
  • Developing collaborative relationships with Teaching Trust team members to develop best practices around leading school change.


What You'll Bring

We are looking for someone who shares our deep commitment to equity and results for all students. You will thrive in this role if you feel an urgent need to improve student achievement in urban schools, cultivate trusting relationships, boldly adopt new approaches, learn from your mistakes, and persist through challenges.

Additionally, we expect you to:

  • We are looking for someone who shares our deep commitment to equity and results for all students. You will thrive in this role if you feel an urgent need to improve student achievement in urban schools, cultivate trusting relationships, boldly adopt new approaches, learn from your mistakes, and persist through challenges.  


    Additionally, we expect you to:

    • Bring a proven history of outstanding student achievement results: You have coached teachers and/or school leaders, or led schools that have a record of dramatically improving outcomes for kids. You can speak to the the role you played and the strategies and actions employed to achieve these results.
    • Lead through influence: You know that great leaders can inspire others to act without being in a direct management role.  You know how to balance motivation and accountability to lead others to action and can speak about specific examples in your professional history when you have led through influence.  
    • Design and deliver exceptional practice-based professional development: You have experience designing and leading professional development for large groups of people.  You have the content expertise to create practice-based learning experiences for school leaders that will drive change back on school campuses.
    • Be quick on your feet: You can transition quickly from one thing to the next.  You know what it means to turn projects around quickly and maintain attention to detail and quality.
    • Demonstrate a strong sense of resilience: You approach challenges head on. You know what it means to make tough calls, hold yourself and others accountable to reaching goals, and learn from your mistakes. You expect there to be setbacks and you leverage challenges as an opportunity to improve. You actively seek to get better in all that you do.

Ideal candidates will have:

    • A minimum of three years in school leadership or experience coaching school leaders; experience and record of results in a turnaround setting is strongly preferred.
    • Experience designing and facilitating outcomes-based professional development, including a comfort and ability to provide in the moment coaching and development.
    • Demonstrated ability to identify gaps in performance during practice, and skill and comfort to coach others to close those gaps in real-time.
    • Strong content knowledge in data practices, instructional planning (including backwards planning and lesson alignment), and school culture leadership.
    • Familiarity and comfortability in breaking down learning standards into discrete, aligned and rigorous daily lesson objectives.
    • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with ability to influence, collaborate and build trusting relationships to drive results.
    • 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.
    • Comfort tackling sensitive issues and modeling crucial conversations.
    • Authorization to work in the U.S. 

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.

 What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, covering the employee premium for base medical, dental, and vision plans, and subsidizing the costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Additional benefits include employer paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending account options, a very generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA plan with employer matching. 

Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to 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. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.