Leadership Development Director

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Leadership Development Director (LDD) to provide high-quality, intensive leadership coaching, feedback and support to a cohort of educator leaders. This position will be based in Dallas, TX with frequent travel to sites based in Ft. Worth. This position is ideal for someone who is energized by coaching and developing school leaders and teachers, has a passion for achieving ambitious results for kids, and wants to work on a fun, dynamic, goal-driven team.

Teaching Trust’s Leadership Teams Program is designed to help principals and their school leadership teams create and implement a robust plan for improvement. This program is funded by a state contract subject to renewal.

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

At Teaching Trust we believe that strong school leadership teams are at the core of schools that are changing the odds for our most vulnerable students. Our teams-based approach is grounded in our belief that effective leadership teams are not limited to school administration, but rather are inclusive of educators who have varying positions on campus.  As a Managing Director of Leadership Development, you will be charged with guiding a portfolio of teams to implement specific practices (related to instruction, team effectiveness and change management) at their schools. You will direct school leadership teams to success by delivering large group professional development sessions and providing site-based and other coaching.

Your day-to-day work may include:

  • Strategic planning with the Leadership Teams Program Officer to align priorities against organizational goals
  • Collaborating with school leadership teams to establish appropriate student achievement goals in light of school vision and context
  • Assessing team performance to advance instructional competence, team effectiveness, and student achievement
  • Coaching at individual schools to provide high leverage feedback to individual team members and teams as a whole
  • Planning and facilitating professional development sessions, focused around instructional excellence and team effectiveness
  • Establishing and leveraging relationships with individual program participants to cultivate a sense of community within and across school 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:

  • Bring a proven history of results: You have coached teachers and/or school leaders, or led schools that have a record of 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.  
  • Deliver exceptional 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.
  • 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 as a principal or head of school required; preferably in a high-needs setting
  • Ability to speak to consistently improving results for students
  • Experience facilitating effective professional development
  • Demonstrated ability to identify effective instructional practices and coach others to reach rigorous goals
  • Strong content knowledge in personal leadership, instructional leadership, and school culture leadership.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and teamwork skills with ability to influence, collaborate and build trusting relationships to drive results
  • Ability to tie leadership practices and actions to student achievement data in order to strategically and effectively replicate results
  • High level of comfort delivering and receiving direct feedback to influence leaders and improve outcomes
  • 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
  • Experience with culturally responsive teaching preferred
  • Comfort tackling sensitive issues and modeling crucial conversations
  • Desire and ability to build an aspirational school culture rooted in high-expectations
  • 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.