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Director, Network Learning and Innovation
Teach For America in Houston, Texas
Date Posted 04/30/2021
Executive-Other Executive
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Director of Network Learning and Innovation will play a critical role in developing and supporting the leadership pipeline that will help increase the number of A-rated schools across our cities and ensure all Houston students have access to an excellent and equitable education within our lifetime. In this role, you will drive ongoing programming to meet the professional development and connection needs of senior alumni working in schools and school districts. You are also charged with overseeing all aspects of our aspiring school and district leader cohorts – from recruitment to program development and execution to talent matching – to ensure that we are continuing to build a diverse talent pipeline for roles impacting education and, ultimately, student outcomes.

To be the most successful candidate for this role, you must deeply believe in the power of our broader network to facilitate change that will lead to a more equitable Houston where more students are on a path to economic mobility. You are infinitely curious about and well-versed in the future of learning and education and seek out innovative ideas and solutions to incorporate in both your work and our shared regional work. You love and are stellar at independently managing projects and working collaboratively across teams – both regionally and nationally. You are passionate about the impact of school and school systems leaders on students and communities. You: consistently operate with generosity of spirit and are a conscious leader, are a team player, are innovative and strategic, are highly tolerant of ambiguities and the unknown, are obsessive about impact, are motivated by relationships, are self-driven, are self-aware, and are a compelling communicator. Above all, you see this role as the best way you can use your skills and talents in service of achieving One Day in Houston.


There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.

Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Setting vision and direction for the ongoing support of alumni school and systems leaders (35%)

  • Stay abreast of, incorporate, and regularly share innovations in learning and school and systems leadership

  • Co-create a theory of action with current school and district leaders that is rooted in antiracism and will define collective impact for this alumni demographic

  • Plan and execute programming or a pilot designed to meet the needs of our current school and district leaders in alignment with our theory of action and the future of learning and education

  • Partner with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) to fuel political, policy and organizing leadership amongst our alumni school and district leaders

  • Work cross-functionally and within the Network Learning and Innovation Hub to identify opportunities to maximize the impact of community supporters and alumni outside of education on the work of our alumni school and district leaders

  • Work closely with alumni school leaders and Community Hubs to identify teacher talent needs and support corps member placement

Managing and executing aspiring leaders cohorts (30%)

  • Create and execute an annual arc of learning for our Aspiring School Leader and our Aspiring District Leader cohorts

  • Work cross-regionally/-functionally and with external school and district partners to identify, recruit, and select strong prospects for each aspiring leaders cohort

  • Build strong relationships and work with district leadership locally and at the state level to identify opportunities to partner and for career opportunities for cohort participants

  • Manage all elements of cohort convenings including, but not limited to, event logistics; communications; and budget tracking

  • Work with the Texas Development Hub, as necessary, to gather and provide data for grant-reporting

Alumni Talent Matching (15%)

  • Collaborate with regional Community Hubs and employer partners on high-impact talent matching needs for mid-level school and district leaders as well as school and school systems leaders

  • Serve as Project lead for our annual Hiring and Opportunities Fair

Providing thought partnership and support toward relevant team goals (20% )

  • Manage and maintain up-to-date data tracking systems (Salesforce, Box, TFACT etc.) so you are able to accurately communicate progress to goals and impact as well as speak clearly to the work and efforts being made to serve our network.

  • Uphold our regional office operations, and fiscal responsibilities

  • Regularly communicate progress towards goals, impact, and efforts being made to serve our alumni to both internal and external audiences

  • Preparing and leading meetings with your team around progress toward goals and impact

  • Engaging in team retreats and meetings

  • Leveraging national resources (e.g., weekly newsletters, TFA Homeroom, relevant Slack channels)

  • Preparing for and engaging in our performance development program

  • Participate in regional and national committees/working groups/project teams

Prior Experience

  • 3+ years of experience as a school or district leader with a strong record of results

  • 4+ years of teaching experience with evidence of strong student outcomes

  • Experience or deep familiarity with navigating district central offices and leadership pathways within districts

  • Experience designing and facilitating strong adult learning experiences for school leadership

  • Experience with design thinking and integrating user research into product designs and design practices.

Work Demands

  • 40- 50 hours per week with increased hours occasionally

  • Occasional weekend or evening work hours required

  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities occasionally


  • Knowledge of future learning and education skills impacting students, school and school systems leadership

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills

  • Sophisticated ability to influence others (peers and senior leaders) to achieve outcomes

  • When things are very busy, make smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most

  • Reflective and proactively work to grow, improve, and respond to feedback

  • Able to work with a high degree of independence and comfortable with ambiguity


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree (in education, education administration or education leadership) preferred


The Network Learning and Innovation (NLI) Hub on the TFA Houston regional team is charged with driving engagement, innovation, learning, and collective leadership amongst the TFA network and like-minded peers. We develop the strategy for fueling network-wide engagement, centralized programming, innovation, learning, and collective action. We expand opportunities for students by finding, designing, and executing individual and collective programs for CMs, alumni, and their students, that reimagine the future of learning.

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. For more information, please contact staffing@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.


By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.


Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

*This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.


By joining staff , you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.


Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Apply. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at StaffHiring@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers

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