Mentor Teacher

Mentor Teacher

The Role

Mentor Teachers serve as a model of excellent teaching, as well as a coach to corps members. Mentor Teachers coach in a way that empowers corps members, while still pushing them to grow as they begin their careers in education. Mentor Teachers are able to dive right into coaching corps members, and able to quickly determine key levers in the classroom and have an orientation to data. Mentor Teachers are internally motivated to do whatever it takes to support teachers, including but not limited to modeling lessons, running video clubs, and holding more traditional coaching sessions.

The Team

More than 400 corps members, 1,600 alumni, and dozens of staff members from TFA national teams call the Bay home, making for a collaborative, supportive environment that encourages the out-of-the-box thinking and innovative spirit the Bay is known for. Our main Bay office is in downtown San Francisco, but our community teams work extensively in the four communities we partner with—San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose—and work out of their respective satellite offices.We cannot achieve our long-term vision of unleashing the potential of every teacher without re-examining their entry point to our movement and we can’t achieve these new heights with our students unless they have a very different start to the school year. As the Bay Area regional pre-service team, we believe that by localizing the summer training experience, we have the opportunity to create a cohesive model as part of the broader program redesign and iterate to achieve a future where every incoming corps member is having a fundamentally different start to their career in education.For more information on the summer training experience, please visit https://www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/summer-staff-opportunities

Mindsets

You are a culture leader

You have a track record of achieving excellent results for students and success developing and leading effective and outcome-driven professional development in your area of expertise.

You are obsessive about outcomes and data.

You have an incredibly strong past record of results. Your decisions are data-driven, and you stay laser focused on your goals regardless of the day to day chaos you might find yourself in. You have a demonstrated record of success in your work despite obstacles.

You are motivated by relationships.

You cultivate and manage strong and lasting relationships with ease and have a knack for achieving ambitious goals by working alongside others. You strike that perfect balance between being a nurturer and holding a consistently high bar for those around you.

You are self-driven and efficient with your time.

You have superior organizational and time-management skills, integrity and great follow through on tasks. You demonstrate personal responsibility and take initiative to do what it takes to achieve success

Primary Responsibilities

Internalize the student curriculum and goals for the summer for each classroom you support
  • Internalize the student curriculum, trackers and resources
  • Ensure that all students meet the summer outcomes through the coaching and support you provide to teachers
Track progress and differentiate support
  • Review student work and student data daily
  • Review teacher videos and observe classrooms daily to ensure you are supporting teachers to make strategic decisions about their classrooms.
  • Ensure your teachers are tracking progress daily for student learning
  • Track progress daily for teacher skill aligned with the end of summer teacher outcomes, likely through Culture of Achievement observations and Lesson Plan Review
Lever your expertise to support teachers, based on student and teacher needs
  • Model a lesson, facilitate a lesson rehearsal, and co-teach with a corps member
  • Differentiate your support and constantly assess the impact of your support on increased teacher skill and student learning
Engage actively in content sessions
  • Ask and answer questions throughout
  • Support small group practice during sessions and share trends with the facilitator

Qualifications:

Requirements

Prior Experience
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience
  • Current or previous experience as an instructional coach preferred
Skills
  • Goal-oriented and results-driven
  • Past record of achieving ambitious results in leadership positions
  • Experience managing a team of people towards achieving results and providing one-on-one and/or small group training, coaching, and support
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and problem solve in high-stakes, fast-paced environments

Work Demands

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary starting in February for spring training (~3 nights per month)
  • Attend ALL of the following Pre-Summer Conferences: February 10, March 10, March 31, April 21, May 19, and June 9
  • Available full-time June 9–July 28 (during the application process you will be prompted to note any conflicts)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application and complete the following steps by November 15. Please find the link to the online application at the bottom of the page.1. Submit your initial application that includes uploading your resume (maximum length one page). No cover letter or additional uploads are required.2. The initial application will require you to provide short answers (maximum length 1-2 paragraphs) to 1-4 questions depending on whether you are a new applicant or a previous summer institute staff member.
  • New Applicants: Please answer all of the questions provided. If the question addresses returning staff members, please type in “N/A” as the answer.
  • Previous Staff: If you are a previous summer institute staff member applying for the same role you held, please only answer the first question addressed to returning staff and type in “N/A” as the answer for the remaining questions. If you are applying for a different role than the one you held last year, please answer all of the questions.
3. Once you have submitted your initial application, you will receive an “Institute Application Started” email. In the “Institute Application Started” email you’ll see a “Reference Request Form” link. Follow that link to request up to three professional contacts to complete a reference survey on your behalf. The survey is intended to give hiring managers an understanding of your full trajectory as a teacher and leader. Therefore, we ideally want to see feedback from professional, managerial contacts (you should not ask friends or family members to serve as a reference) who can speak to your experience in the classroom and school/corps community over time. This is not about the number of references (although hearing from several people can sometimes help understand your full trajectory); this is about getting a full picture.Upon submitting their contact information to us, we will send your references the reference survey to complete. We encourage you to leave adequate time for your references to complete this step. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes for them to complete.Please note that if references are unable to complete the survey by the application deadline, this should not hold you back from applying.For more information, please contact Tamila.Gresham@teachforamerica.org and CC Monique.Moore@teachforamerica.org.