Vice President of Program

Teaching Trust - Dallas, Texas - Full time

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Vice President of Program (VP). This position is ideal for someone who is passionate about developing managers and inspiring them to do their best work, loves to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders to advance the work, thrives on innovation and continuous improvement to achieve results, knows how to iterate, communicate, and execute against a strategic vision, and wants to work on a dynamic, goal-driven team.

What You’ll Take On

The VP will serve as a critical leader of the Program team. Reporting to and in collaboration with the Chief Program Officer, the VP will articulate and implement the strategic vision and execution of Teaching Trust programs; oversee a portfolio of programs; evaluate the effectiveness of programs to provide ongoing feedback; represent and speak about Teaching Trust programming at events; provide mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to a team of managers; and identify best-in-class practices by staying abreast of emerging principles in K-12 leadership development.

Additionally, you will:

  • Apply continuous learning to enable thoughtful, innovative responses to evolving partner needs, and educational trends and standards
  • Effectively coach, develop, and manage a team of Program Officers to inspire staff to do their best work; foster a growth minded, innovative, and psychologically safe work environment to support the growth of all team members
  • Foster learning by creating strategies and routines in order to share learnings across teams
  • Develop a team-based environment to motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively toward vision and goals
  • Oversee coordination, integration, and delivery of programs, promoting collaborative relationships between program teams and ensuring that the expectations of partners, constituents, clients, and other stakeholders are consistently met
  • Foster productive, collaborative working relationships with external stakeholders where there is no positional authority
  • Partner with Teaching Trust’s CPO and Chief Learning Officer to ensure the realization of programmatic and organization-wide goals
  • Oversee and manage relationships with a growing number of Teaching Trust schools in order to lead to improved student outcomes and long-term partner satisfaction
  • Budget and monitor programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management

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 boldly adopt new approaches, learn from your mistakes, persist through challenges, and use feedback as an opportunity to improve.

  • You build trust across lines of difference at lightning speed through the two sides of trust: character and competence.
  • You create the conditions for your teams to be vulnerable, to learn, and collaborate. You love to develop people and teams to get the best results.
  • You leverage your expertise and understanding about what it takes to lead excellent schools to support your teams’ work. You have a proven track record of results and lead your teams to outcomes, time and time again
  • You are a curious learner, dreamer, and a visionary. You have a relentless drive to understand how to maximize the impact of Teaching Trust’s programming and don’t let obstacles hold you back from pursuing excellence and striving for social justice.
  • You are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You feel a responsibility for doing your own identity development work to build you cultural competency so that you can lead your teams and conduct your work in a way that fosters inclusion and equity.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A minimum of six years leadership experience overseeing multiple programs or contracts, ideally in the education sector
  • Deep knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogy, with a proven track record of raising student achievement, preferably in high-need schools
  • Demonstrated experience managing and developing high-performing teams
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of program planning and execution
  • Passion to work at an organization focused on ameliorating educational inequity
  • Cultural competence, interpersonal, and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, collaborate, and build trusting relationships to drive results
  • Strong relationship builder with the ability to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven and entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Strong community awareness and astuteness
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes
  • Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results
  • 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 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 $146,000 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 also offers a one-time moving stipend to new hires who are relocating for the role.

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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