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Arkansas State Director

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Teach Plus
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Little Rock, AR
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Published 11 days ago

I. Overview of Teach Plus

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. The organization empowers 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 and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.  

 

II. Position Description

Reporting to the Mississippi Executive Director, the Arkansas State Director will – with support from Teach Plus’ national team -- advance educational equity for students in Arkansas through policy change led by teachers. The Arkansas State Director will build on our successful pilot of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teacher Advisory Board to recruit 20 Arkansas Teaching Policy Fellows (TPF) – at least 5 from the Arkansas Delta and at least 5 from Northwest Arkansas – in order to build a critical mass of teacher advocates prepared to lead on behalf of their students. The Arkansas State Director will be a credible broker between teachers and policymakers and teachers and the media, building partnerships across the state in order to lay the groundwork for teacher voice and create opportunities for teacher leaders to have influence on critical issues. 


The Arkansas State Director will be responsible for all aspects of leading and growing a successful Policy Fellowship Program in Arkansas launching in June, 2021.

 

Position Responsibilities:

1)      Work with the MS Executive Director to monitor and update the goals and strategy for Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Director will meet weekly with the MS Executive Director for collaboration and guidance as well as to bring local knowledge to bear on strategic decision-making and organizational learning.

 

  • Ensure the Arkansas Policy Fellows secure at least one major policy win at the state level.  This will require successful management of the fellowship, includinguilding strong relationships with Fellows, policymakers, and the media.
  • Delivering high-quality program content (including delivering Teach Plus curricula or arranging for another staffer to deliver it as needed, assigning readings and lectures, arranging guest speakers, and leading group discussions and working groups) that gives Fellows an understanding of policy and research related to Teach Plus’ Equity Focus Areas.
  • Managing Fellows’ work, including working group projects, overseeing the writing of op-eds and/or policy briefs.
  • Connecting Fellows with policy leaders in ways that enable their policy recommendations to advance. 

 

2)      Partnerships, Field-Building & Advocacy

The Arkansas State Director will serve as the policy leader of Teach Plus Arkansas by building relationships that enable teachers to have an impact on critical policy issues. In particular, the State Director will achieve this by:

  • Establishing strong relationships and effective partnerships between Teach Plus, state education leaders, local districts and other local educational organizations.
  • Connecting teachers to media contacts, and actively pursuing opportunities for Teach Plus teachers to showcase their work and ideas.

 

3)      Support the MS Executive Director in fundraising efforts in order to build a long-term and sustainable presence in Arkansas including:

  • Developing and growing relationships and engagements with new funders for Teach Plus, while maintaining and managing relationships with state-wide and local funding sources in Arkansas. 
  • Strategically diversifying the funding base, increasing the number of local and individual philanthropic leaders who know and support Teach Plus’s work.

 

4)      Activate and grow the network of informed and active teacher leaders

The Arkansas State Director will be the primary driver of the expansion of the state-wide network of Teach Plus teachers. They will do this in a variety of ways, including:

  • Organizing events that allow Fellows to engage a broader group of teacher voices to influence state policies.
  • Collaborating with national staff to participate in national advocacy work
  • Leading recruitment and selection of state-wide fellows and building an alumni group and strategy.

 

III. Qualifications

 The ideal candidate will have:

  • An understanding of major education policy issues that affect both the teaching profession and the success of children from low-income families. Specifically: recruiting & retaining a diverse teacher force, early childhood education, and the academic, social, and emotional impact of COVID-19 on Arkansas students.
  • An understanding of Arkansas current state education policy making landscape and the political climate.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience facilitating adults.
  • Strong project management skills and the initiative to complete tasks independently.
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate effectively, both in-person and in a virtual environment.
  • The ability to organize and mobilize a group of people toward a shared goal.
  • A passionate commitment to equity and improving public education by retaining and supporting outstanding teachers to support the success of all students, in particular for low-income learners and students of color. 
  • Previous teaching experience is a significant plus.


IV. Commitment to Diversity

In order to better-serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.


V.  Location, Travel, and Start Date

Although this position will be conducted virtually (primarily from a home office) applicants should live in, or within easy driving distance, of Little Rock, AR.  There will be a need to travel occasionally around the state and to be a presence in Little Rock, AR during the legislative session.  The tentative start date for the position is mid-June.


VI. Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Teach Plus offers a  generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 3% matching 401k plan, disability and life insurance, and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and childcare expenses. Teach Plus offers generous time off benefits including 15 vacation days, 3 personal days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, and winter break. Additionally, Teach Plus offers parental leave and a 4-week paid sabbatical for every five years of service.

 

VII. 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 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://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328071


I. Overview of Teach Plus

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. The organization…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 21, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 14, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Little Rock, AR
Associated Location
Little Rock, AR, USA

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 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://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328071

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…

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