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Massachusetts Policy Manager

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 Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Massachusetts Executive Director, the Massachusetts Policy Manager will have overall management responsibility for running the Policy Fellowship program and the Massachusetts Statewide Policy Fellowship program, growing a grassroots teacher advocacy network, and building partnerships and relationships in the Massachusetts education community.

The Massachusetts Policy Manager will be a credible broker between teachers and policy makers leveraging partnerships in the city in order to lay the groundwork for teacher voice and create opportunities for teacher leaders to have influence on critical issues. The Massachusetts Policy Manager will be responsible for all aspects of leading, running and growing successful Teaching Policy Fellowship Programs in the Massachusetts region.

These responsibilities include:

Create the policy focus, goals, and strategy of the Massachusetts Region
The Policy Manager will serve as the policy leader of Teach Plus Massachusetts and leverage relationships that enable teachers to have an impact on critical policy issues by;

  • Along with the Executive Director, establishing strong relationships and effective partnerships between Teach Plus, state education leaders, local districts and other local educational organizations;
  • Along with the Executive Director, identifying policy opportunities for Fellows and a strategy for supporting the teachers in achieving their goals;
  • Identifying other leadership opportunities for teachers, such as Teacher of the Year, Fishman Prize, opportunities to engage in federal policy work, and more.
  • Connecting teachers to media contacts, and actively pursuing opportunities for Teach Plus teachers to showcase their work and ideas.

Activate and grow the network of informed and active teacher leaders
The Policy Manager will develop the skills of a statewide cohort of 50 teacher leaders, alums, and others to engage in policy and advocacy discussion and create a broad community of excellent and effective teachers to bring teacher voice to influence national, state and district policies, through:

  • Successful management of the Massachusetts Teaching Policy Fellows Program and the Massachusetts Statewide Policy Fellows Program which includes:
    • Recruitment & Selection: lead recruitment and selection of a cohort of 50 outstanding early career teachers as Teaching Policy Fellows. 
    • Program Management & Delivery
      • Build strong relationships with Fellows
      • Deliver high-quality program content (including assigned readings, lectures, guest speakers, group discussions and working groups) that gives Fellows an understanding of policy and research related to teacher quality, advocacy tools and opportunities to develop and present and advocate for their ideas. 
      • Oversee planning of all aspects of Fellows sessions and retreats, including content, logistics, etc.
      • Manage the Regional Program Manager on recruitment, policy and program management work related to the two Fellowships.
      • Manage Teacher Policy Alumni Fellows in supporting current Fellows’ work, including working group projects, overseeing the writing of op-eds, and policy briefs.
      • Support the Fellows to develop and disseminate their proposals for policy changes at the local, state and national levels that would better retain effective teachers in urban schools. 
      • Engage and communicate with alumni of the Fellows Program to support them in continuing to actively pursue reforms.
  • Partnerships, Field Building & Advocacy
    • Create a broader community of excellent and effective teachers by organizing a series of events or other engagement opportunities in service of Fellows’ goals to inform and engage a critical mass of teacher voices to influence state and district policies. 
    • Serve as a talent agent for teachers by seeking out and/or creating teacher leadership opportunities, including but not limited to nominating fellows and alums for awards, and soliciting opportunities for high-profile advisory roles.
    • Manage relationships and opportunities for alumni, including mobilizing them for impact opportunities and visibility.
    • Collaborate with national staff to participate in national/federal advocacy work (e.g., ESEA).

III. Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree , Masters and MA teacher certification preferred
  • 3 to 10 years classroom teaching experience and experience leading teachers 
  • Strong background in education policy, and strong research and writing skills
  • Collaborative team player
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative
  • Excellent program management skills
  • Adept at use of social media
  • Experience with Salesforce, Google Docs, survey and newsletter software preferred

IV. Hours and Terms 
This is a full-time position and candidates must commit to 40 hours per week. The start date is August 1, 2017. 

V. Compensation and Benefits
Salary is competitive and will be based on prior experience and qualifications. Full benefits package includes medical, dental, retirement, disability, life insurance and generous paid time off benefits.

VI. How to Apply
To apply, please complete an online application found here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in the position as well as a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.

Application Link: https://www.tfaforms.com/4623473

Teach Plus is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or natural origin.