The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. The organization recruits and selects expert teachers to advance policy changes and improve instructional leadership and teacher supports; trains and coaches teacher leaders to successfully mobilize and lead teacher teams; and empowers teacher leaders to be change agents among their peers and policy makers. Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes to create a more performance-based teaching profession, and improving the instructional practices of teachers to better serve all students.
Teach Plus believes that leadership and growth opportunities are key levers in improving the teaching profession overall. Top-performing teachers must be leaders in transforming both schools, and the larger system in which they work, in order to ensure that high needs students have access to effective teaching. To that end, Teach Plus programs focus on two things: 1. supporting teachers to advance policy change, and 2. empowering excellent teachers to help other teachers improve through teacher-led professional development. Teach Plus’s programs allow great teachers to spread their expertise and drive improved student learning beyond their own classrooms, while also expanding their impact and influence as leaders in their schools, and in state and district policy.
Teach Plus focuses on leadership opportunities that allow teachers to make an impact across several issue areas:
Teach Plus is having real impact, and has a track record of ensuring that teacher advocacy results in improved policies and supports in schools and districts. The organization’s work has led to: improvements in federal and state policies as well as local teachers’ contracts; new programming to increase high-needs students’ access to strong teachers; nationally significant teacher-driven reports, and greater media attention to the voice of reform-minded teachers. What’s more, Teach Plus attracts top talent internally: bright and relentlessly focused professionals with a deep commitment to Teach Plus’s mission, and to each other. Together, they have given the field dozens of proof points that demonstrate how teacher leaders can be highly valuable, solutions-oriented partners in discussions about policy, and established Teach Plus as a sector leader at the district, state, federal and union levels and, above all, among teachers themselves.
Since its inception, Teach Plus has been led by Founder Celine Coggins, a preeminent policy expert whose ability to speak provocatively and passionately about the power of teacher voice is powerful, and has helped the organization achieve its place at the forefront of the movement. After a decade of leadership, Celine has decided to return to her first passion: the classroom. In early 2017, after supporting and ensuring a smooth leadership transition at Teach Plus, she will step down and launch her own new teaching chapter at the university level.
Teach Plus’s next CEO will lead an organization at a critical juncture in its evolution; at once arriving at the 10 year milestone having achieved both significant revenues and critical mass, while also facing pivotal decisions, in a swiftly changing education landscape, regarding a sustainable path to scale. The ideal successor will foster and maintain the existing mission and culture of excellence, and position the organization to play a distinct leadership role in an increasingly competitive field. S/he will be a proud and compelling brand ambassador, and lead confidently around fiscal stewardship, strategic fundraising, values-driven leadership of staff, and partnership with like-minded policy and advocacy organizations that will yield even greater, collective impact.
Ready to leverage the strength and momentum of its policy and teacher-led PD programs, top talent, and history as a bellwether, Teach Plus must capitalize on its strong foundation and track record of success to respond to the demands of an ever-changing field. In this context, the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must have a deep and nuanced understanding of how to lead the continued development of a performance-driven profession that empowers teacher leaders to fuel change in the classroom and across school systems. S/he will guide the organization through several important strategic decisions, provide organizational leadership, strengthen organizational culture and capacity, and develop the team to provide ongoing support to teacher leaders, colleagues, clients and partners.
Specific RESPONSIBILITIES include:
Above all, the successful candidate will bring to the role a firm belief in the critical need to empower effective teachers to take leadership over policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. Further, s/he will be a leader who can strengthen Teach Plus’s position in the field, refine its voice, chart the course for its next chapter, and expand its influence over education policy using the levers described in the approach above. S/he will possess the following additional professional skills, experience and personal characteristics that validate his/her stated readiness to lead a complex educational organization with an ambitious mission:
Geo-flexible. Boston preferred. Significant, regular presence at Boston HQ required.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, retirement, disability, and generous vacation and paid time off.
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, including a cover letter and resume, should be submitted electronically, and will be considered on a rolling basis. Nominations, applications, or inquiries about the position and/or the search process should be directed to Leslie Nair via firstname.lastname@example.org.