Manager, Best in Class

Dallas, Texas, United States | Best in Class | Full-time

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The Commit Partnership is seeking a Manager to provide strategic support and leadership on the Best in Class’s core pillars, specifically developing and retaining effective educators.

The pillars of the Best In Class Coalition strategy are as follows:

  • Attract a greater number of well-prepared educators who are increasingly representative of the student body demographics they teach and to work in the highest need schools;
  • Ensure that all educator candidates go through certification programs and induction that prepares them effectively for classroom and school leadership;
  • Strengthen existing educator quality through improved, differentiated evaluation systems that drive high-quality professional development supported by highly effective school leaders; and
  • Increase retention of quality, diverse educators by supporting schools and districts in proven retention strategies such as expanded career path options and an enhanced teaching environment.

This role primarily focuses on providing internal and external strategic support and leadership on two Best in Class initiatives currently being scaled across the state: (1) the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) initiative; a strategic staffing and whole child support initiative geared towards ensuring our most effective educators are in front of the students who need them the most, along with providing significant and impactful wrap-around to services and (2) Strategic Educator Evaluation; working with school districts to refine and enhance educator evaluation systems to accurately reflect the effectiveness of a district’s educators, which in turn drives many systemic reforms at the district level (ie; professional development, strategic staffing, compensation, teacher mentorship)

The Manager reports to the Director of Best in Class.

 Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree required (in education, business, public policy, strategy, or communications field preferred), an advanced degree is preferred (MBA, MEd, Public Administration)
  • Experience in education strongly preferred (campus leadership role, human capital management department, administrative leadership support and/or school leadership, education policy, or education focused non-profits)
  • Comprehension of the education sector’s human capital structure both in public and higher education
  • Strong interest in the national and statewide dialogue on education policy, and alignment on the core tenants of multiple-measure evaluation systems and strategic compensation for educators
  • Ability to think critically across public and private sectors
  • Proven ability to meaningfully contribute during meetings and other events with systems-level executives (ie; Superintendents, Texas Education Agency officials, Deans of Higher Education)
  • Excellent judgment and creative, collaborative problem-solving skills
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
  • Proficiency in gathering appropriate data to structure analysis and create insights about the efficacy of the team’s work and district support
  • Superior project management and work planning skills; ability to juggle multiple projects at once and timely and effectively communicate progress and hurdles to the Director.
  • Develops, influences, and collaborates on solutions to achieve team and personal goals, escalating obstacles to desired outcomes.
  • Ability to engage, support, and influence peers and partners at organizations involved in Best in Class’s work (teacher preparation programs, school district administrators, educators, other non-profit staff and advocates)
  • Self-reliant, effective problem solver, and results oriented
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive;
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface internally with teammates at Commit and The Communities Foundation of Texas, and eternally with our many district partners
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Passion for Commit’s mission and that aligns organization’s core values

Responsibilities:

District Strategic Engagement and Technical Assistance -

  • Provide technical assistance and support for districts seeking to implement innovative, evidence-based strategies focused on developing and retaining effective teachers and leaders, with a primary focus on those district implementing Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) and Strategic Educator Evaluation initiatives
  • Effectively manage, facilitate as needed, and engage networks of leaders and practitioners around key Best in Class initiatives, including the Best in Class District Days which consist of 25 districts across Texas who are implementing or planning to implement the ACE model and a new strategic evaluation system
  • Provides logistical support as needed; captures and consolidates information and shares clearly in an accessible way with a lens towards action (agenda creation, material development, note-taking, post-meeting communications)
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders (internal and/or external) to leverage voice, experience, and perspective (ie; senior leaders of school districts, charter management organizations, educator preparation programs and institutes of higher education)
  • Present publicly and with confidence to senior leaders, small and large groups; facilitate large groups to shared outcomes

Partner Support & Relationship Building -

  • Support the development of key partner organizations, coalitions and their staff that will implement Best In Class initiatives in their local communities
  • Be responsive and complete requests for analysis and support from partner districts, especially from school districts and regional support organizations (ie; Good Reason Houston) and related requests for advocacy work around teacher effectiveness

Continuous Improvement and Strategy Refinement –

  • Design and implement a strategy to foster data-sharing, collaboration and continuous improvement between educator preparation programs and districts
  • Analyze and synthesize the findings of Best In Class efforts and others in the state and nationwide to determine the impact, challenges, and opportunities for subsequent efforts
  •  Use data to understand assets and challenges facing our region’s ability to define teacher effectiveness and ensure equity in access to effective educators and school leaders;
  •  Organize data (PPTs, memos, social media) in easy to understand formats to enable understanding of multiple stakeholders
  • In coordination with the Advocacy team, track and interpret implications of education policy at the federal, state, and district levels, as well as innovative and influential organizations

Commit & Best in Class support work –

  • Be a team player, actively working to build a positive, joyful team culture and help us all advance our mission to increase access to excellent educators
  • Looks for opportunities to integrate one’s own work with that of others to meet goals and timelines through collaboration.
  • Supports junior staff to communicate proactively as needed with groups served.
  • Actively participate and, in some cases, present at weekly team and all-staff meetings
  • Responds to requests from support team, as needed (planned and “Fire-drills”)

To apply, complete the application in our Recruiterbox system where you'll be asked to attach a cover letter and resume as well as provide three (3) professional references. Inquiries about the position can be forwarded to careers@commitpartnership.org; reference “Manager – Best in Class” in the subject line. For more information about The Commit Partnership, please read more about us. For applicants finding this posting on a third party site without a direct link to apply in our system, kindly visit our Careers page.

 

The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

About “The Commit Partnership”

The Commit Partnership is focused on the powerful idea that every child in Texas should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.

Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges. Our flagship effort, “Early Matters Dallas”, focuses on improving early childhood outcomes, while our second initiative, “Best-in-Class”, aims in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas to increase the number of effective and diverse campus educators serving the 5.2 million students of Texas.  Our third initiative, “Dallas County Promise”, seeks to align our local “higher ed” institutions to maximize the number of students who can access and complete a quality post-secondary education. Day-to-day work is supported by more than 50 full-time staff who combine data, deep educational experience, and strategic thinking to collectively support Partnership efforts while advocating for students at the state and local level and convening community conversations around the latest research and best practices. The net result is a shared roadmap for the future that civic leaders and local stakeholders own and hold themselves mutually accountable for its execution.

Our Core Values:

Integrity - To best serve students, families, and the community we will act honestly and ethically in how we make both internal and external decisions, present data, and communicate with partners

Equity & Inclusion – We seek to help transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We do this by actively and explicitly working with others to create more equitable outcomes and processes.

Students First - Our decisions are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?

Systemic Impact – We are patient and persistent as we identify the most effective approaches to help create lasting systems change. Once identified, we prioritize and relentlessly attack systemic challenges with efficiency and excellence.

Humility- We embrace the fact that our community’s success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and to constantly learn.

Joy- It’s important we bring a constant sense of optimism and have fun while taking on this difficult work.