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Director, Accelerate - Professional Development

Teach for America

Teach for America

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

ROLE TITLE: Director, Accelerate - K-12 Professional Development (Full-Time)

POSITION REPORTS TO: Johanna Laxton, MD, Accelerate

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 19, 2024 at 11:59pm

LOCATION: Kansas City, MO


We are looking for an innovative team player who has a track record of building and refining whole-group professional development and is passionate about developing and retaining new teachers. In this role, you will work with an 11-person team serving over 250 classrooms in pre-K centers and K-12 public schools across Kansas City, MO. You will work directly with program participants and partners while also working to develop and facilitate whole-group professional development to heighten the impact of programming. The ideal candidate for this role thrives with a high level of responsibility and can effectively navigate a varied workstream. The goals for this role include both execution of programming and creating sessions that directly provide positive impact toward four programmatic outcomes centered on teacher retention, performance, and satisfaction, as well as staff culture and administrator satisfaction measures.


Professional Development Scope and Sequence Support (30%)

  • Develop and refine a scope and sequence for K-12 Accelerate whole-group programming

  • Develop materials and facilitation plans for ongoing professional development throughout the year

  • Work in partnership with the Managing Director, Accelerate to support team-wide development and ongoing initiatives

Whole Group Development (20%)

  • Design and facilitate group development sessions according to scope and sequence in alignment with DESE requirements for support for beginning teachers and mentors

  • 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

Accelerate Participant Development and Partner Alignment (30%)

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 aligned to DESE’s requirements for support for beginning teachers

  • Meeting regularly with administrators to ensure alignment of support and development

  • Work in collaboration with the Managing Director, Accelerate to form open and collaborative relationships with schools, ensuring alignment of support between Accelerate and the partner’s vision and strategy

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


Over the course of any week, the Director, Accelerate - K-12 will spend time:

  • Observing and coaching individual teachers

  • Meeting and aligning with administrative staff at partner school sites

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

  • Meeting with the MD, Accelerate both in check-in conversations and regular observations and feedback cycles

  • Meeting with the K-12 Accelerate team for skill development, session planning and practice, and community building

  • Drafting and refining programmatic materials for use by the Accelerate team


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

  • 5 - 7 years teaching or instructional coaching experience preferred

  • Strong track record of student achievement required

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

  • Track record of collaborating across teams within an organization

  • Experience coalition building and leading diverse groups to work toward a common goal

  • Preferred experience teaching in a K-12 classroom

  • Work demands:

    • Occasional evening and weekend work required

    • Ability to lift and transport up to 30 pounds

BONUS (preferred qualifications)

  • Experience working directly with new teachers

  • Experience with TFA - KC’s Accelerate program

  • Strong relationships with a variety of teachers and administrators across the KCPSS (Kansas City Public Schools Systems) footprint


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 $74,300-111,300.

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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