District Innovation Manager, The Teachers Guild (1 Year Contract)

In a nutshell:

IDEO San Francisco and The Teachers Guild is in search of a Chapter Program Manager for a one year contract. This person will be a design thinking educator who will grow a professional learning community that activates and sustains a culture of teacher-led creative leadership for school districts and regions across the U.S. They will lead a program that catalyzes school districts to create more innovative solutions for the evolving needs of its students: that means getting good at starting with questions, not answers, trying new things, and knowing what works and why for students.  The District Innovation Manager will be an integral part of The Guild team, with opportunities for extension beyond the one year contract.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

Teachers are constantly designing learning experiences to meet the needs of their students. However, while teachers have the greatest impact on our students, their innovations often go unseen and their expertise goes unrecognized. Too often they are left out of the decision-making process. The Teachers Guild is changing that. Our vision is to transform the teaching profession into a creative force through a community of educators who are driving systemic change for and from their classroom. Teachers become creative leaders by practicing design thinking.

Guild Chapters is an initiative that brings together teachers, school principals, and district administrators in local design teams to activate and sustain a culture of creative leadership within their communities.  Based on IDEO’s 30 years of experience in design and innovation and The Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit, our learner-centered design methods and mindsets support teachers and their schools to use their expertise of pedagogy and content toward designing solutions that meet the unique and evolving needs of students.

Once here you will:

Be a Program Manager...

  • Lead the recruitment, selection, and onboarding of district and regional chapters;
  • Manage the annual calendar and logistics that calibrate to district and teacher time including annual kick-offs, in-person workshops, online community of practice events, and final showcases of teachers and their groundbreaking ideas;
  • Design the expansion strategy for Guild Chapters, with a focus on sustainability, scalability, and reach;
  • Integrate Guild Chapters with the other programmatic areas of The Guild by leading thoughtful design journeys, producing insight reports, and designing learning agendas;
  • Monitor expenses, Chapter budgets, and finances of the program.

Be a  Design Thinking Facilitator

  • Mentor and inspire local Chapter design teams (teachers, school principals, and district administrators) with professional development workshops  that activate a culture of creative leadership by practicing design thinking methods and mindsets to solve local challenges;  
  • Provide in-person and virtual coaching to the local design teams to build the capacity of the chapter to be self-sustaining in the future;  
  • Inspire teachers to share their ideas and build off each others’ ideas in our online platform;
  • Coordinate the planning and production of in-person and virtual meetings.

Be a Community Builder

  • Build deep and trusting relationships with local chapter design teams (teachers, school principals, and district administrators,) to help teachers practice design thinking in their school communities, build cultures of creative leadership, and sustain a teacher-led movement;
  • Activate and support local design teams to mobilize a movement that aligns with their interest and culture;
  • Coordinate with the Community Manager to develop outreach campaigns to Chapters and continuously improve the teacher online experience.

Be Impact and Learning Driven

  • Partner with the Learning & Impact Specialist on measuring mindsets, quality of teacher-design ideas, and district transformation;
  • Design a learning dashboard that tracks engagement, progress, impact, stories and insights of what is working and why;
  • Create an annual learning agenda focused on the teacher, school principal, and district administrator experience, with moments for student-centered insight;

Relevant experience:

  • Educator well grounded in district and school practice with at least 3 years of teaching experience, preferably in public schools. Ideally, been part of a school or district leadership team;
  • Innate love of leading professional development;
  • A  learner-centered designer at heart with a belief in empathy to develop the best ideas;
  • Driven to address diversity, equity, and inclusion gaps in education;
  • Demonstrable comfort with design thinking methods and mindsets;
  • Ability to collaborate with cross-cutting teams across multiple organizations;
  • Thrives in fast-paced, rapidly changing work environments;
  • Self-driven problem-solver.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

The Teachers Guild is a professional learning community that grows teachers into creative leaders. Creative leadership is the capacity to create change and have the ability to embrace act on and share ideas. It is needed more than ever in education today so we can keep pace with the unique and evolving needs of students and prepare them to be the complex problem solvers of tomorrow. The Teachers Guild is a non-profit initiative of Plussed at Riverdale Country School, that is being incubated by IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio.

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Application requirements and instructions:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter (yes, we read all cover letters). Tell us why you think a culture of creativity is essential in school districts today.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.