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Manager, Accelerate - ECE

Teach for America

Teach for America

Kansas City, MO, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

ROLE TITLE: Manager, Accelerate - ECE (Full-Time)

POSITION REPORTS TO: Jess Tolan Klock, Director, Accelerate - Early Childhood Education

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 16, 2024 at 11:59pm

LOCATION: Kansas City, MO


We are looking for an innovative team player who is passionate about developing and retaining teachers to join our as team as a Manager, Accelerate - Early Childhood Education. The ideal candidate is passionate about teacher development and will live out the belief that, even in the first few years in the classroom, teachers have the ability to transform the lives and education of students. You will work alongside an 11-person team serving over 250 classrooms in Pre-K centers and K-12 public schools across Kansas City, MO. You will work in partnership with the Accelerate team to design a scope and sequence for development across the year for teachers, prioritizing both individual development and city-wide development to contribute to culture and retention in a way that has a positive impact on students both in the short and long term. The goals for this role include four programmatic outcomes centered on teacher retention, performance, and satisfaction, as well as administrator satisfaction measures.


Accelerate Participant Development and Partner Alignment (50%)

The coaching role will include, but is not limited to,

  • Establishing rapport quickly with participants and partners in order to build deep and trusting relationships that allow coaching to go deeper faster

  • Working directly with a cohort of ~20 teachers observing live instruction and executing individual coaching

  • Meeting monthly with administrators and KC Pre-K Cooperative representatives to ensure alignment of support

  • Work in collaboration with the Director, Accelerate and Managing Director, Accelerate to form open and collaborative relationships with schools, centers, and Pre-K Cooperative, ensuring alignment of support between Accelerate and the partners’ vision and strategy

Small Group Development (30%)

  • Design, revise, and facilitate group development sessions according to scope and sequence

  • Routinely collect, analyze, share, and respond to data regarding the effectiveness of the program

  • Share updates quarterly on participant satisfaction and student impact with the Managing Director, Accelerate to help inform the direction of programming

Team Collaboration (10%)

  • Work in close collaboration with the Accelerate team to ensure alignment across multiple partner sites and sustain strong relationships

Fulfill our Mission through Organizational and Regional Priorities (10%)

  • Participate in all TFA - KC regional staff events and responsibilities including staff meetings, retreats, and corps member selection


Over the course of any week, the Manager, Accelerate - ECE will spend time:

  • Observing and coaching individual teachers

  • Meeting and aligning with administrative staff and coaches at partner school sites and Pre-K Cooperative representatives at partner school sites

  • Reviewing, facilitating, and supporting whole-group development sessions and gathering satisfaction data

  • Meeting with the D, Early Childhood Education and MD, Accelerate for check-in conversations and regular observations/feedback cycles

  • Meeting with the ECE Accelerate team for skill development, session planning and practice, and community building


Your areas of knowledge and expertise that matter most for this role (minimum qualifications):

  • 3 - 5 years teaching or instructional coaching experience

  • Strong track record of student achievement in an ECE classroom

  • Reliable transportation within the KCPSS footprint required (in-city travel required daily)

  • Work demands:

    • Occasional evening and weekend work required

    • Ability to lift and transport up to 30 pounds

BONUS (preferred qualifications)

  • Experience leading adults/facilitating professional development

  • Experience working directly with new teachers

  • Experience with TFA - KC’s regional footprint

  • Strong relationships with a variety of teachers and administrators across Kansas City Pre-K centers and schools


TFA - KC has brought more than 1,000 leaders to the region who have served over 150,000 students. Today, with a local TFA network of over 500 leaders, Teach For America has established itself as a leader in the education space. Through Kansas City’s well-known spirit of entrepreneurship, foundations, non-profits, and schools are building a community intent on creating innovative solutions to advancing the work of educational equity. The region’s current work is focused on teacher recruitment, development, and retention in service of doubling the number of 3rd graders who are proficient in reading by 2030.


The applicable salary range for each U.S.-based role is based on where the employee works and is aligned to one of 3 tiers according to a cost of labor index in that geographic area. Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of job-related factors, which may include education, training, experience, location, business needs, or market demands. The expected salary range for this role is $61,300-91,900.

New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role. This range may be modified in the future.

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