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Program Manager - District Innovation, The Teachers Guild (Contract)

In a nutshell:

The Teachers Guild, a non-profit initiative being incubated at IDEO San Francisco, is in search of a Program Manager to lead District Innovation, starting August 2018. The Program Manager will be an educator, experience designer, and equity-driven leader who will deepen the impact of Chapters: professional learning communities that activate and sustain a culture of  teacher-led creative leadership for districts and regions that reflect the increasing diversity of the U.S public school system.

This is an opportunity for a former educator excited to develop their design thinking skills and grow into a strategic leadership role. The Program Manager will support teachers in creating innovative and inclusive solutions for their students by (1) providing transformative professional learning experiences, (2) coaching school and district leaders, and (3) growing a collaborative, nationwide Chapter network. Most importantly, the Program Manager will be a bold leader excited to design experiences for educators to understand their own biases and create more equitable learning opportunities for low-income students and students of color in our public schools.

Why is this role important?

We are in a time of great innovation and deep divide, where, as a society, we have more questions than answers. If we want to prepare our students to be the complex and ethical problem solvers of tomorrow, then our teachers must have the freedom to think and act like designers today. That means teachers must have a more inclusive, agile, and learner-centered approach toward their practice so they can create solutions to meet all students’ unique and evolving needs. But they can’t do it alone. They need to be part of a community that integrates creative and equitable mindsets and methods to problem solve with other educators, and remain open to embracing and acting on each others’ ideas.

The Teachers Guild is a professional learning community for teachers to think and act like designers so they can meet the complex needs of all students and prepare them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Through community, coaching, and tools, educators create change for and from their classroom by understanding how their students learn best, designing inclusive and learner-centered solutions, and creating a repository of K-12 innovations. The Teachers Guild is a non-profit initiative of Plussed at Riverdale Country School, incubated by IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio.

Once here, you will:

Be a Program Manager

  • Manage the Chapters calendar and logistics, calibrating 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;
  • Lead the recruitment, selection, and onboarding of district and regional Chapters, while developing a program expansion strategy;
  • Design a learning journey and dashboard that tracks Chapters’ engagement, progress, impact, stories, and insights of what is working and why;
  • Monitor expenses, Chapter budgets, and finances of the program.

Be an Experience Designer

  • Design and facilitate transformative learning experiences for Chapter teams (teachers, school principals, and district administrators) that activate equity-driven culture of creative leadership by practicing design thinking methods and mindsets to solve local challenges;  
  • Coach school and district administrators in how to better support teacher leadership, shift minds, and catalyze culture change;
  • Collaborate with The Guild team to create a learning agenda the incorporates learning science, adult learning theory, design thinking, and equity into the learning experience for teachers, school principals, and district administrators;
  • Partner with the Community Designer to blend in-person and virtual coaching that builds the capacity of Chapters and helps them become self-sustaining.

Be an Equity-Driven Leader

  • Build deep and trusting relationships with Chapter teams (teachers, school principals, and district administrators,) to help teachers practice design thinking in their school communities, build equity-driven cultures of creative leadership, and sustain a teacher-led movement;
  • Collaborate with the Community Designer to increase teachers’ empathy and understanding of students and their communities by integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the learning experience for teachers, and coaching for school leaders and district administrators;
  • Design and develop equity-focused methods and mindsets that can be integrated into the Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit and Chapters program.
  • Partner with the Learning & Impact Specialist on measuring equity and creativity mindsets, quality of student-centered ideas, and district culture change.

Relevant experience:

  • An educator, well-grounded in district and school practice, with at least 3 years of teaching experience, preferably in public schools. Ideally, has been part of a school or district leadership team;
  • Deep affinity for professional development and creating transformative learning experiences for adults;
  • Driven to address diversity, equity, and inclusion gaps in education;
  • Demonstrable comfort with design thinking methods and mindsets, with a belief that empathy is key to developing the high-quality, innovative ideas;
  • Excited to travel and work in different regions across the U.S.
  • Ability to collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams across multiple organizations;
  • Highly organized, attentive to details, and responsive to partners’ need;
  • A problem-solver who thrives in fast-paced, rapidly changing work environments.

What does this role offer you?

The Teachers Guild is being incubated at IDEO, a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can work on diverse, complex challenges 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 being built in a way that reflects IDEO’s culture. As a member of the Teachers Guild team, you will be connected to IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio, the San Francisco location, and IDEO globally.

Some projects to check out:

Check out The Teachers Guild online community:

Watch this video for a peek into the Chapters program:

Application requirements and instructions:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter (yes, we read all cover letters). Tell us why you believe equity and creativity are essential parts of teaching in schools 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.