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.
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.
Be a Program Manager
Be an Experience Designer
Be an Equity-Driven Leader
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.
Check out The Teachers Guild online community: https://teachersguild.org/
Watch this video for a peek into the Chapters program: https://vimeo.com/268099535
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.
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.