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Manager of Resident Development: Community and Culture Job Description
The Nashville Teacher Residency (NTR, www.nashvilleteacherresidency.org) is an independent Education Preparation Provider (EPP) that recruits and trains recent college graduates to become high performing teachers in Middle Tennessee. Residents work full-time in their Partner Schools, paired with effective mentor teachers, while taking practice-driven coursework taughty by NTR staff two nights per week. NTR is a social justice organization committed to fighting inequity by preparing effective, diverse cohorts of teachers to serve the students who need them most.
NTR envisions Middle Tennessee as home to exceptional schools, staffed by diverse, local, and highly effective teachers, that are breaking the cycle of poverty by ensuring that every child receives an outstanding education.
NTR’s mission is to develop thriving new teachers, prepared through strategic cycles of practice and feedback, who know their Middle Tennessee and school communities, and value their relationships with students, families, and colleagues, in order to improve outcomes for all students in Middle Tennessee.
NTR launched in the Fall of 2016 with fourteen residents in our founding cohort, increased to eighteen residents in Cohort II, and currently trains 31 residents placed at eleven Partner Schools in Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville charter schools, and Clarksville Montgomery County School Systems. At full capacity, NTR will place seventy-five residents in the classrooms of effective, experienced mentor teachers, who provide modeling, mentoring, and coaching as the residents take over teaching responsibilities in their classroom.
Central to NTR’s mission is its commitment to diversifying the teaching workforce so that teaching staffs look more like their students. Over our first three cohorts, 75% of NTR residents have been Residents of Color, and 40% have been first generation college graduates. Our social justice work is not only preparing exceptional teachers, but doing so in a way that reflects the values, assets, and demographics of the communities we serve.
NTR seeks a Manager of Resident Development who will serve as the on-site supervisor for at least two of our Partner Schools and take the lead in developing and teaching our Community and Culture course sequence. This position reports directly to the Managing Director of NTR.
- Site manage at least two Partner Schools:
- Observe, mentor, and support NTR residents throughout the residency year.
- Observe and provide feedback to Mentor Teachers to improve quality of coaching at least one coaching meeting per week.
- Build strong, collaborative relationships with partner schools through frequent engagement and support of residents, mentor teachers and school leaders.
- Coach and support NTR residents during their first year of full-time teaching.
- Help residents plan, master, and prepare to teach curriculum in their Mentor Teacher’s classrooms.
- Plan and deliver Community and Culture classes to NTR residents (approximately twice/month) with a focus on asset-based thinking, student empowerment, community knowledge, and celebrating diversity as reflected in our Community and Culture Rubric, as well as other classes as needed.
- Shape NTR by being an ambitious, critical, entrepreneurial member of our team.
- Embrace the challenges of fighting inequity through teacher education by trying new curriculum and new program structures, figuring out what works, and improving it based on data and feedback.
- Collaboratively problem solve programmatic and resident issues with other NTR staff.
- Push, challenge, embrace, and improve the ideas of others teammates with a focus on improving student learning through teacher education.
- A minimum of four years experience in education, including at least three in the classroom, with a demonstrated record of success.
- Outstanding pedagogical knowledge and preferably English and Math content knowledge. You need to know the CCSS/Tennessee Academic Standards and how to backwards map from them. You need to feel comfortable modeling and coaching exceptional instruction from grades 6-12. You need to love teaching and be able to inspire that love of content and craft in our residents.
- Experience working with racially, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse populations is essential. In addition to working with diverse, high poverty schools, the NTR curriculum focuses heavily on developing teachers’ cultural competencies, specifically as they apply to Middle Tennessee’s communities of color. You must be comfortable with and capable of discussing issues of race, privilege, and power, especially as they pertain to teaching and education.
- Collaborative, strategic, entrepreneurial thinking. As a member of a small team in a young program, your voice will shape what NTR will become. This position requires someone who enjoys and excels at innovating, problem solving, and creating. The idea of creating a teacher residency excites you by its possibilities rather than scaring you with all of its unknowns.
- Relationship Building Skills. NTR is built on our strong relationships with school leaders, teachers, and residents. You must be an exceptional communicator and listener who can recognize the needs of various stakeholders and problem solve effective solutions.
- Growth Mindset. You believe that you will be better at your job tomorrow than you are today. You believe great teachers are made, not found. You seek feedback, are eager to implement it, and are unafraid to push yourself, our team, and our future residents to improve.
Start Date: Fall, 2018
Read more about our residency at www.nashvilleteacherresidency.org. Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimum Education Required