National Director of Teacher Residency

Great Oaks Charter Schools - New York - Full time

The Great Oaks (GO) Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of launching and supporting a network of charter schools that prepare students for college success through high-dosage tutoring coupled with outstanding classroom instruction. By design, GO’s schools contribute to the vitality of the urban neighborhoods where they are located by attracting and creating social, human and investment capital.

What sets Great Oaks schools apart from other college preparatory charter schools is a high-dosage tutoring model. The tutoring is provided by the Great Oaks Fellows, which is a selective cadre of recent college graduates who deliver at least two hours of individualized instruction to every student every day. This is a crucial strategy in Great Oaks schools to improve achievement and prepare teachers to work in our schools.

The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this program in Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; New York, NY and Wilmington, DE. A select group of the tutors at Great Oaks are enrolled in a Teacher Residency program that is being conducted in partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and Relay Graduate School of Education.

Under the leadership of the Executive Vice President, Great Oaks is currently undergoing a model design process towards Great Oaks 2.0. Key components of this process include designing the Great Oaks High school and adjusting the middle school, strengthening the alignment with blended learning models and incorporating an even stronger teacher residency component.

National Director of Teacher Residency

The National Director is responsible for coordinating, developing and supporting a rigorous, clinically rich teacher preparation programming and ensuring all students have access to a high-quality, well-prepared teachers. The National Director serves on a Great Oaks Foundation Academic Team that oversees the instructional learning across the Great Oaks schools.

Great Oaks currently has a residency program that involves a portion of its Fellows who choose to be residents and study to become teachers. As the Founding National Director, there is an exciting opportunity to build on this strong base and establish effective practices that integrate the residency experience more deeply within the school model and ensure that each succeeding generation of residents are ready to contribute to ensuring of Great Oaks student graduates college and career ready.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the current residency efforts across the Great Oaks Schools.
  • Establish a process for developing the 2.0 model of the Great Oaks residency, in collaboration with the Executive Vice President.
  • Coordinate with residency partners, the Foundation and school leaders in clearly defining what candidates should know and be able to do.
  • Collaborate with teacher preparation partners to develop and deliver competency-based curricula aligned to rigorous k-12 standards.
  • Act as liaison between residency partners to ensure program alignment, specifically that coursework aligns to the intensive clinical experience.
  • Establish effective school-based models to support residents and ensure effective monitoring, support and mentoring that results in the gradual release of teaching responsibility for residents.
  • Work closely with residency leads and mentors in each site to ensure effective practice and support.
  • Design and implement rigorous performance assessments of teacher practice to assess resident readiness.
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination across coursework instructors, training site staff, instructional coaches, and mentor teachers regarding resident performance, progress, and needs
  • Utilize data to continuously improve program implementation and impact.
  • Work closely with other members of the Academics team to ensure that the residency program is integrated into the instructional improvement efforts across the National.


  • Minimum of master’s degree
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in the field of education
  • Previous teaching, mentoring, and teacher educator experience required
  • Passionate about innovative teacher preparation programs committed to principles around mastery, personalization and strengths-based youth development.
  • Experience leading adults - through professional development, director supervision or coordination of key efforts.
  • Self confidence, flexibility and the ability to respond well to feedback
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Impact-oriented
  • Highly collaborative
  • Ability to navigate a complex inter-institutional partnership
  • Strong project management and team management skills. Superb organizational and self-management skills and an ability to handle multiple responsibilities effectively and thoughtfully.
  • Awareness of and comfort with issues of diversity, specifically around race, class, and gender; ability to engage in and facilitate discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced environment where the ability to multi-task and prioritize work is essential
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written; ability to provide constructive feedback to staff members.
  • A do-whatever-it takes attitude doing whatever is necessary to help all students achieve academic success including a willingness to work occasionally on the weekend or in the evening.
  • A strong belief that all students can succeed


Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.

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