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Senior Program Manager, TEACH Louisiana

Company: TEACH.ORG
Location: Louisiana
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

About the role
TEACH Louisiana is seeking a full-time Senior Program Manager to lead a statewide initiative aimed at improving the quality and diversity of Louisiana s teacher pipeline, primarily by building and maintaining relationships with multiple stakeholders: the lead partners (TEACH and the Louisiana Department of Education), Education Preparation Programs (EPPs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and other partner organizations.
The ideal candidate is a results-oriented person, who excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders, possesses strong project management skills, and has knowledge of Louisiana s education landscape. They will be committed to supporting LEA and EPP partners in meeting their recruitment goals, achieving results in a fast-paced environment, and leading the statewide effort.
About TEACH Louisiana
TEACH Louisiana is a partnership between TEACH and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) with a mission to improve the perception of teaching and attract more talent into the profession. The mission will be accomplished through a statewide PSA ad campaign, direct outreach campaigns on college and high school campuses, digital media, online experiences, a one-on-one coaching program, and events that expose prospects to teaching. These resources will inspire prospective teachers to learn about and explore the profession, dispel misperceptions, and support the steps they need to take to enter the profession.
About the organization
TEACH is a national nonprofit founded by the U.S. Department of Education. Our mission is to end the national teacher shortage and diversify the teaching profession. We are rebranding teaching and reinventing how the teaching profession recruits, meeting digital natives where they are - online, on their phones, and on social media.
TEACH partners with state education agencies, school districts, educator preparation programs, and other like-minded organizations to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of the next generation of teachers. Our expanding list of partner regions include: Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), California, Colorado, Connecticut, Houston, Missouri, North and South Carolina and Louisiana.
To accomplish our mission, we provide free tools and supports that demystify the pathway to becoming a teacher and help aspiring educators map out their journeys to entering the profession. As part of our mission, we are further committed to specifically increasing the number of Black and Latinx applicants to teaching programs in our partner regions. TEACH is a virtual organization that welcomes talented teammates from all over the U.S. Our core values include:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to increasing the diversity of the teacher pipeline and providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment. We acknowledge that we are all at different levels regarding DEI competencies and are committed to helping all staff members develop these skills, regardless of their starting point.
Mission and Impact
Teach staff are dedicated to our mission to improve the quantity, quality, and diversity of the talent pipeline and are driven to maximize our progress towards achieving that mission
Care and Support
TEACH staff care for and support each other and that ethos of care and support is reflected in our organizational policies and practices. It is our goal that all TEACH staff feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work.
Learning and Growth
TEACH invests in learning and growth at the individual, team, and organizational level, fostering the culture, mindsets, and opportunities that lead to learning and growth
Job responsibilities
Working extremely closely with both lead partners (TEACH and LDOE), lead the TEACH Louisiana initiative and drive collaboration and coordination amongst all the stakeholders (TEACH, LDOE, etc.)
Develop excellent working relationships with the stakeholders at LDOE to ensure their satisfaction with the initiative, to coordinate all efforts, to support follow- through, and to stay informed about policy updates and conversations related to teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention to make appropriate connections between those policies and conversations and TEACH Louisiana.
Build and manage relationships with Education Preparation Program Partners (EPPs) and Local Education Agency partners (LEAs) to support them in successfully meeting their action items and commitments to build the teacher pipeline.
Lead communications for the initiative, which involves motivating and inspiring all the stakeholders; generating their buy-in and understanding about the value of the initiative; regularly convening TEACH Louisiana partners to report on progress and collaborate on ways they can contribute to the success of the initiative; and managing all partner communications (e.g., monthly newsletters, campaign tools, etc.). Liaise between the TEACH team and all the other stakeholders of TEACH Louisiana to enable them to understand and meet the needs of the initiative and execute to achieve all the goals and targets
Source Louisiana-specific content for general webpages and campaigns.
Represent TEACH Louisiana at local events / conferences.
Qualifications
Relationship-building and partner management Demonstrated track record of developing and maintaining strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders. Previous experience effectively gaining buy-in and motivating others, including those in leadership roles, to follow-through on their commitments.
Facilitation skills Outstanding meeting planning and facilitation skills in a variety of settings, with a keen eye towards soliciting collaboration and clear, actionable follow through.
Project management skills Can simultaneously oversee multiple projects without dropping balls, plans backwards and anticipates obstacles, identifies and involves stakeholders appropriately, strategically prioritizes work based on effort and impact.
Adaptable and nimble As this will be TEACH Louisiana s launch year, this person needs to be able to strive in a flexible, sometimes ambiguous, start-up environment that requires a mix of independent and collaborative work. An orientation to introspection, learning and growth and an openness to giving and receiving feedback will contribute to success in this role.
Communication skills Ability to tailor written and verbal communication to a variety of internal and external stakeholders in a way that results in achieving shared and desired outcomes.
Creative and data-driven problem-solving Leads from a place of curiosity, is capable of analyzing internal data and external research to propose solutions and deliver results that advance the initiative s impact.
Commitment to equity and inclusion Possesses an understanding of their own identity related to the work of diversifying the teaching profession and a willingness to continue learning about issues of race, power, diversity and equity
Ideal candidates will also possess one or more of the following skill sets: Shared lived experience with prospective teachers, experience in early-stage organizations, teaching, education policy (at the local level), talent recruitment, relationship management, public-private partnerships, and/or online products and services. Background & logistics
5 - 7 years of experience, preferably in the education or ed-tech sector.
Candidate must possess knowledge of Louisiana s educational ecosystem and have prior experience in education (PK-12 and/or higher education).
Education level: Bachelor s degree required, Master s preferred.
Travel: Willingness to travel to Baton Rouge (LDOE location) 1-4 times per month (more frequently initially) and travel throughout Louisiana up to 3 times per month to meet with EPP and LEA partners and other stakeholders (when it is safe and advisable).
Compensation
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions.
Timeframe
The ideal start date for this position is early January 2023. Anti-discrimination policy
At TEACH, we value all employees and job candidates as unique individuals, and we welcome the variety of experiences they bring to our organization. As such, we prohibit unlawful discrimination and believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, native language, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: TEACH.ORG, Columbia , Senior Program Manager, TEACH Louisiana, Executive , Louisiana, Missouri

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