Program Officer

Teaching Trust - Dallas, Texas - Full time

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Program Officer to drive the work of one of our Program teams. In this role, you will lead one of six program teams in order to build the leadership capacity across a district. These target schools and school leaders will, in turn, close the opportunity gap - by beating their peer schools, the average schools in the state, and eventually the best schools in the country. This is an ideal role for someone who has a passion for achieving ambitious results for kids, is energized by the work of developing school leaders, and wants to work on a fun, dynamic, goal-driven team.

What You’ll Take On

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, you will lead one of our Program teams. You will manage and develop a team of individuals, including Managing Directors of Leadership Development. Together, you and your team will plan and execute high quality programming that leads to improved outcomes for kids in the communities we serve and strengthens our reputation with clients.

Additionally, you will:

  • Set and execute on the vision and strategy for your Program team, aligning with broader Teaching Trust programmatic goals and vision
  • Plan, design, and deliver practice based learning experiences aligned with Teaching Trust’s 4 Key Leadership Levers (Data-Driven Practices, Instructional Practices, Team Effectiveness, and School & Student Culture) to drive whole school improvement across a district partner
  • Develop and manage high level client relationships with school leadership teams, district leadership, and principal supervisors
  • Provide seamless service to clients, leveraging your expertise to maximize the benefits of our work
  • Collaborate with Program Design and Evaluation teams to learn what’s working well, identify opportunities, and iterate so that we are continuously improving our work
  • Collaborate with the Chief Program Officer, Vice President, and peer Program Officers to drive overall program work, and help set the strategic direction of future work
  • Continuously leverage data to monitor and analyze progress to goals; identify what is driving and impeding progress, develop solutions to address gaps and adjust course as necessary
  • Effectively coach, develop, and manage direct reports to do their best work; foster a growth minded, innovative, and psychologically safe work environment to support the growth of all team members

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for someone who shares our deep commitment to educational equity. You will thrive in this role if you take risks, learn from your mistakes, persist through challenges, and use feedback as an opportunity to improve.

  • You build trust at lightning speed and create the conditions for your team to be vulnerable, take risks, and learn from mistakes. You love to develop people and teams to foster innovation and get the best results, and you have effectively managed others across lines of difference.
  • You have a proven track record of results and leverage your expertise and understanding about what it takes to lead excellent schools to support your teams’ work.
  • You are highly motivated by and deeply committed to our organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work.You are passionate about delivering programming that amplifies and creates equity and disrupts traditional power structures that may impede educational equity.
  • You are adaptable, resilient, and thrive in the face of uncertainty. You rely on your growth mindset and agility to manage fast-paced, dynamic work.
  • You see yourself as a leader when it comes to managing high level client relationships, and you offer strong judgment and problem solving. You provide seamless service, and leverage your expertise to maximize the benefits of our work.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A minimum of three years in school leadership or experience coaching school leaders; experience and record of results in a turnaround setting is strongly preferred
  • Deep knowledge of content and instruction, with a proven track record of raising student achievement, preferably in high-need schools
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, demonstrating resilience and a growth mindset
  • Ability to manage high level client relationships, offering strong judgment and problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with 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
  • Experience supervising principals or leadership experience at a district office preferred
  • 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.

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:

  • We train, develop, and support school teams to grow leadership capacity
  • We collaborate with partners to transform principal preparation programs
  • We build a community of educators through our work
  • We influence the practices of the school systems with which we partner

What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a competitive salary for this role. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and ensuring compensation equity for our staff, the salary for this role will be aligned based on level and tenure with the organization. We also 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 also offers a one-time moving stipend to new hires who are relocating for the role.

Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. 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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