Director, Design

Director, Design

The Oakland Director of Design will be an integral member of a tight-knit team focused on accelerating the impact Teach For America educators in the Oakland community. This person will develop arcs of learning for first and second year corps members, and will lead our team to execute the necessary learning experiences for corps members to work toward our vision. They’ll collaborate closely with members of Team Oakland, especially our Coaches. The Director, Design will report to the Managing Director of Program.

Mindsets

  • You approach your work through an equity lens. You fundamentally believe that race, class, and privilege are at the core of inequity in our society and schools. You work to understand the way that your own identity impacts your thoughts, actions, and ultimately your leadership, and you are excited to support educators in understanding this as well.
  • You are excited to collaborate. You know great design doesn’t happen in a vacuum -- it’s the result of many perspectives and lots of input. You believe teachers should be at the center of experiences designed for them, and that their feedback and input is vital to your success as a designer and facilitator. You love connecting with other people, value their perspective, and want them to believe that time with you is time well-spent.
  • You are obsessed with data. You see data collection and analysis as an essential component of equity work. You consistently collect both quantitative and qualitative data, draw connections between the two, and use these data points to take your work and the work of teachers to new heights.
  • You are hungry for excellence. You learn and continuously improve. You aren’t interested in “good enough”. You are driven to become exemplary in your capacity to coach educators and to facilitate group professional development experiences. You pursue world-class results because of your deep commitment to the movement for educational equity.
  • You create exceptional culture. Teams and communities are better because you are a part of them. In the face of challenge, you choose joy. As a result of your work and influence, groups of individuals become teams united in pursuit of a common vision.
  • You are self-driven. You don’t wait. You get clear on audacious goals and you pursue them proactively and with vigor.
  • You have a bias towards collective impact. You are deeply compelled by the potential for impact of the collective. You creatively and steadfastly pursue strategies that aim to deepen a trusting and connected culture among large groups of people, and orient them towards leveraging their collective power to drive change. You deeply believe in the power of team, and thrive off of working in close partnership with your peers to strengthen your work and impact.