Director, Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Development

Teaching Trust - Dallas, Texas - Full time

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Director, Staff DEI Development to develop and lead our staff learning, growth, and development in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

This role is dependent upon securing the seed fund to launch our expansion work.

What You’ll Take On

The Director, Staff DEI Development is charged with creating, leading, and designing a vision in collaboration with the Managing Director, Staff Knowledge & Learning Strategy, that will lead the way to supporting Teaching Trust’s staff learning, growth, and development in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. Your approach to staff DEI Development is unique, outside the box, and focused on learning that will drive anti-racist behaviors at Teaching Trust. You will do this by leveraging your expertise in various identity development theories and everything you already know about the many stages of identity development to curate learning opportunities that support and guide the Teaching Trust internal staff through their individual self work.

Additionally, in FY21 you will:

●Learn about Teaching Trust and what matters, and where we are in our DEI journey to better understand our DEI learning and support needs, and our unique approach in order to guide the development of a multi-year DEI learning plan. Develop an approach to assessing all staff and creating a roadmap that informs the DEI learning plan for the near term and far term.

●Consistently lead and facilitate our key org-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative and work with external consultants to design and deliver content. Org wide DEI sessions include, but are not limited to:

○Small Group Identity Development Sessions (small group learning opportunities & affinity spaces)

○DEI Cross Functional Team (a 4-5 person cross functional team that meets to collaborate and align on different moving pieces of DEI work happening across the Organization)

●Develop and begin implementing an approach to drive DEI initiatives and learning for staff, including; developing & leading a clear identity development approach, planning for how to leverage other learning opportunities for DEI infusion (e.g., onboarding, manager development, small groups, all staff gatherings)

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 are committed to social justice, are actively anti-racist, are an innovator, take risks, learn from your mistakes, persist through challenges, and use feedback as an opportunity to improve.

●You actively practice being anti-racist and are deep into your own personal identity development which illuminates and pushes the learning of others and you are #ready to push the development of others' identities across lines of social/cultural/racial difference.

●You are a racial identity development nerd who is always thinking about adult learning and identity development. You are likely already familiar with different identity development theories and ways to help people make learning “sticky.”

●You are ready to create work that disrupts oppressive power structures and assures that we focus on the many ways to do things, not the “right way” to do things.

●You build trust quickly and ground your work in developing relationships with the staff your work serves.

●You are a team player who thrives on collaborative learning that allows the team to push each other’s work.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Experience (2+ years) in curating, facilitating, and leading adult learning experiences using multiple learning approaches, as a part of your formal role.
  • Extensive experience (2+ years) in developing and leading staff learning and development in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion focused areas, as part of your formal role.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a DEI subject matter expert, providing coaching, modeling, education and consultancy throughout the organization to support the implementation of Teaching Trust’s DEI strategy.
  • Deep DEI and identity development content knowledge.
  • Ability to navigate, support, and have hard conversations.
  • Deep and evolving understanding of the intersectionality of race and other areas of marginalization and oppression.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, across lines of difference and across different roles and teams in leadership, collaborator, and contributor capacities.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, demonstrating resilience and flexibility.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, collaborate, and build trusting relationships to drive results.
  • High level of comfort taking and implementing frequent feedback to improve the work.
  • 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.
  • Passion to work at an organization focused on ameliorating educational inequity.
  • Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results.
  • Exceptionally strong project management and time management skills.
  • 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 Action: 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.

Who We Are

Teaching Trust is closing the opportunity gap by developing leadership capacity to transform schools. Simply put, we believe that Great Leaders + Great Teams = Great Schools.

Other existing nonprofits attack the opportunity gap at different levels – curriculum, training for teachers, or advocacy for equitable funding. We focus on engaging school leadership teams in intensive training sessions, where we go deep on foundational concepts proven to move the needle for schools.

We build deep relationships and support school teams with successfully implementing practices across their campuses, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with leaders to provide counsel, support, and accountability. We are not just here to provide training, send Teaching Trust participants off with a binder, and hope all goes well. Our coaching truly is a living partnership.

Our definition of a team is highly inclusive. We work with everyone – from the teacher to campus coaches to the principal to school district leaders. We believe, and have seen firsthand, that strong, aligned leadership from campus to district to state level is a game changer for students.

To date, we’ve impacted more than 1,500 educators across 300 public schools, reaching 350,000 students across our region. We are engaging leaders at all levels in local, complex, and large urban districts to collaborate and build a common vision around school leadership development – and we’re seeing strong results for students in partner districts like Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Richardson ISD, and Garland ISD.

The opportunity gap is one of many undertakings when it comes to tackling broader systemic change for historically oppressed communities. We aim to work alongside many community partners, educators, and families in pursuit of large-scale transformational change across North Texas.

What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a salary of $82k for this role. In May 2018, Teaching Trust implemented a new approach to our compensation philosophy. We are deeply committed to being an organization that not only talks the talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion but also walks the DEI walk. Equity, in particular, shows up in many ways - but is often most palatable in the practices and policies an organization pursues. We believe our approach to compensation is one way to demonstrate our commitment to equity. Our staff all have salaries that are aligned by level and tenure with the organization in order to achieve compensation equity. The salary for this role reflects that philosophy.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, a generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA retirement 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. 

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