Description: The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is currently seeking a Program Director for Great from the Gate, a new initiative that connects colleges/universities and K12 schools to create highly skilled, diverse local teacher workforce pipelines. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, is skilled at relationship building with various audiences, and is keen to lead a not-for-profit initiative into its next stage of growth.
The Organization: NCTQ believes every child deserves effective teachers and every teacher deserves the opportunity to become effective. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization.
Great from the Gate is an NCTQ initiative aimed at transforming the quality of the student teaching experience for aspiring teachers to strengthen the teacher workforce. We provide colleges/universities with a mechanism for ensuring their teacher candidates have powerful student teaching experiences by placing them in excellent K12 schools with rigorously trained mentor teachers. We also give K12 schools that host these aspiring teachers the tools and support they need to use the student teaching experience as an opportunity to build a strong, diverse talent pipeline. Student teachers who participate in Great from the Gate are matched to high quality mentors in schools that have been successfully educating traditionally underserved populations, and receive additional supports and opportunities for feedback, as well as priority consideration for hiring among network schools.
We are entering the second year of piloting this work in two geographic areas: the San Francisco Bay Area and Indianapolis. Because of a strong commitment to seeing this work grow in the Bay Area, we are hiring for the new position of Bay Area Program Director.
As an equal opportunity employer, we seek to hire staff that bring diverse perspectives and experiences.
Job Summary: The Program Director is responsible for growing the work into a sustainable, stand-alone program by managing multiple stakeholders (including school leaders and college and university leadership and faculty). The Program Director will continuously learn from stakeholders and refine and adapt the program model and strategy. The Program Director recognizes that high quality schools need educators who have been well-prepared and are equipped to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education.
The Program Director position is based in the Bay Area and is supported by a Program Manager who has been in-seat since December 2017.
Experience in higher education or teacher preparation is strongly preferred.
Qualifications: Attributes of the Ideal Candidate
We're interested in seeing your good work. To apply for this role, submit to firstname.lastname@example.org a summary and/or an artifact of a time in your professional career when you exhibited leadership to either set vision or course correct. Please limit your submission to three pages and include "Great from the Gate Program Director" in the subject line. In your cover email, feel free to include any additional context that would help us to better understand your submission and your leadership capabilities. We will request resumes from candidates who proceed beyond this initial stage at a later point in the interview process.
The National Council on Teacher Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NCTQ does not discriminate in its hiring and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.