I. Overview of Teach Plus
Mission. 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.
Programs. Teach Plus programs are designed to place highly effective teachers at the center of improvements in schools as leaders of their peers and outside schools influencing policy decisions that affect their classrooms. The programs develop excellent teachers into leaders who achieve change and mobilize others in their school, district, state, and across the nation to bring change to scale.
Impact. Teach Plus ensures that effective teachers have influence beyond their classrooms as:
- A key voice in legislation in local, district, state, and federal policy
- Change agents in transforming student learning across a school
- Leaders of other teachers in improving practice
- A grounded perspective in the media and on research
II. Position Description The Lead Teacher Organizing Consultant will support Teach Plus’ growing advocacy and organizing work in California to leverage teacher voice in a new way around teacher quality and student access to great teachers and schools. The outcome of this project is to have excellent teachers at the table when new legislation on teacher quality is written in California. The Lead Teacher Organizing Consultant will recruit, support, and assist in training excellent teacher leaders to become CA State Fellows in strategically-chosen legislative districts in order to give a face to critical issues and elevate teacher voice at the state legislative level.
The Lead Teacher Organizing Consultant will collaborate with leadership in Teach Plus’ California region to support the project and will be responsible for the following:
Recruiting excellent teachers as State Fellows
- Lead recruitment and selection of excellent teachers interested in organizing their community of educators in few select legislative districts by, among other things:
- Leveraging the existing Teach Plus network of teachers throughout California
- Working with partner organizations (District, Union, Other Not-for-Profits) in identifying high-potential state fellows and ensuring partner organizations disseminate information on the state fellowship
- Holding live and web-based information sessions for interested teachers
- Meeting directly with celebrated classroom teachers
- Engaging in traditional and social media strategies for recruitment, potentially including advertisements in appropriate periodicals and websites
- Maintain database of applicants and contact interested teachers throughout the application process.
Supporting State Fellows in building teacher action teams
- Gather pertinent information from teachers in the field in order to continually improve strategy and collaborating on strategy in weekly meetings.
- Support teachers at meetings with state legislators.
- Collaborate with the events development team to inform the actuals of events and actions.
Building relationships to elevate teacher voice
- Establish strong relationships and effective partnerships between Teach Plus, state education leaders, local districts, and other local educational organizations.
- Connect State Fellows and their teacher action teams to media contacts, and actively pursue opportunities for Teach Plus teachers to showcase their work and ideas.
- Connect State Fellows and their teacher action teams with policy leaders in ways that enable them to advance their policy recommendations.
In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates should have:
- A passion for bringing teacher voice to critical issues at the state legislative level.
- 2+ years of teaching experience, with preference given to candidates who have been affected by or involved in teacher quality issues.
- Recruitment experience or experience with community organizing or political/advocacy campaign work is highly desirable.
- Ability to manage multiple teams toward achieving goals.
- A passionate commitment to improving public education by retaining and supporting outstanding teachers in urban schools.
- Excellent communication and storytelling skills.
- Comfort working in an entrepreneurial environment.
- A results-oriented, goal-driven, strategic, and team-oriented approach to work.
IV. PROJECT TERM AND HOURS
The term of the project is planned through August 2017 with the potential for renewal. Candidates would need to commit to working 20-30 hours per week and have flexibility in their schedules for travel and occasional evening and weekend meetings and trainings.
V. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience. Independent contractors are not eligible for benefits.
VI. HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please complete an online application here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should include an explanation of the candidate’s passion for bringing teacher voice to critical issues at the state legislative level and a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.
Application link: https://www.tfaforms.com/448724
Teach Plus is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or natural origin.
Visit www.teachplus.org for more information about the organization.