Managing Director, Principal Preparation Program

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Managing Director of Principal Preparation to help build the next phase of Teaching Trust’s Principal Preparation Program. This position is ideal for someone who thrives on developing and managing high level client relationships, innovates to achieve results, and is looking to translate their academic expertise to build and execute high quality programming.  

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 report to the Program Officer, Principal Preparation. Your team will partner with local and regional universities and Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) to develop a vision for, design, and facilitate a cohesive learning experience rooted in research-based approaches aimed at providing the highest quality principal preparation programs. You will analyze market needs and strategically advise Teaching Trust leadership on the direction, scope, and implementation of our principal preparation services.

Additionally, you will:

  • In collaboration with the Program Officer, partner with universities and other EPPs to develop and execute a comprehensive principal preparation strategy and advisory function
  • Work with the Program Officer to design and implement a practice-based learning experience that will support strong instruction that prepares prospective principals for success
  • Develop and manage high level client relationships with university leaders  and other stakeholders
  • Influence clients and partners, investing them in a vision of excellence and innovative approaches to principal preparation
  • Consult with universities and EPPs to align resources and structures to support evolving strategies
  • Continuously monitor and analyze progress to goals; identify what is driving and impeding progress, develop solutions to address gaps and adjust course as necessary
  • Continuously build knowledge around best practices in Principal Preparation through research, conference attendance, and collaboration with expert external partners, etc. in order to advise on the strategic direction of programming

What You'll Bring

We are looking for someone who shares a passion for our mission to achieve better outcomes for students in urban schools. You will thrive in this role if you boldly adopt new approaches, learn from your mistakes, persist through challenges, and use feedback as an opportunity to improve.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A minimum of six years of work experience; preferably in education and/or client management
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Principal Certification required, with ability to be certified in the state of Texas upon hire
  • Deep knowledge of content and instruction, with a proven track record of raising student achievement, preferably in high-need schools
  • Experience managing complex projects or organizational change efforts
  • Passion to work at an organization focused on ameliorating educational inequity
  • Exceptionally strong project management and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies
  • Strong relationship building skills with the ability find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders
  • High level of comfort taking and implementing feedback to improve the work
  • Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven and entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results
  • 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.

 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.