The Role: Teach For Armenia is seeking a Leadership Development Manager (LDM) for the Seroond School Leadership Pathway project (a.k.a. Seroond), which is a talent pipeline and leadership development pathway for its Alumni-Ambassadors, aiming to apply an innovation school model that draws on best practices from around the world to deliver high-quality education centering on students, educators, school leaders and the community.
The Seroond LDM will continually reinforce the project’s core purpose and principles, and ensure all decision-making is rooted in the purpose and principles. He/ she will contribute to a healthy environment ensuring a shared understanding of the Seroond model by various stakeholders, including the school staff, community members, the local government, and the Armenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MoESCS).
The LDM partners with the existing teachers and Teach For Armenia’s Alumni-Ambassadors in order to help them achieve impact both in their classrooms/ communities, as well as designs academic programs, instructional materials and contributes to the leadership pathways development for the Seroond project. The position offers the opportunity for an outstanding entrepreneurial individual to be part of shaping the future of education in the country.
While this is a three-year commitment tied with the Seroond Model, there is an opportunity for this role tied to the expansion of the Seroond program.
The Team: Seroond is a multi-stakeholder initiative - bringing together MoESCS, the regional government, and the global nonprofit Kizazi - to catalyze transformational change across the Armenian public school system. Through Seroond, TFA envisions schools that cultivate self-actualized leaders who think globally and work locally to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
The Seroond LDM, who essentially serves as a “vice principal", will report to the Head of Seroond, and will work alongside the other LDMs working in other schools of the project. The Seroond LDM partners with the school principal in order to implement the “Seroond” model, including in-service teacher training and various educational activities for students. Additionally, the Seroond LDMs support initiatives in order to create leadership opportunities for important stakeholders, such as the students and Alumni-Ambassador community.
Meanwhile, Kizazi (Teach For Armenia's international partner) will facilitate a support program for the team in developing the assessment scheme and whole child development approaches based on regional and global best practices in running government partnership innovation schools. Going forward, the team will continue to be a part of the Kizazi's global network - accessing further ongoing support.
In the future, Teach For Armenia hopes that Seroond model will be expanded all of the regions across the country. This is an excellent opportunity for an educational leader interested in participating in an exciting project that is likely to scale.
About You: Teach For Armenia may be the place for you if you believe it is important to foster a values-driven workplace that is centered on leadership. TFA team must be composed of culture-builders who exemplify the type of leadership they are striving to cultivate in their classrooms and across the system. This means each staff member must strive to exemplify their Kochari, hold themselves to the highest of standards while owning up to mistakes when they themselves falter.
For this role, the key responsibilities will include:
Strategy and Program Design (30%)
- Implement the project’s educational model, including curriculum, instruction, teacher training and assessments;
- Build instructional programs that align with Armenian national as well as global standards;
- Work with the Head of Seroond to create a common approach, time commitment, and definition of quality for all elements of instruction;
- Liaise with Senior Leadership Development, key individuals, organizations, and entities to develop curriculum and other resources to be used across schools;
- Partner with school leaders to create and implement a strategy for school-wide transformation;
- Help shape and drive efforts to move the project forward.
Stakeholder Management (20%)
- Foster strong ongoing relationships with the participating school, local community, regional government, and MoESCS;
- Collaborate with teammates in order to ensure seamless communication with various stakeholders, including potential funders.
Program Implementation and Reporting (40%)
- Coach Teacher-Leaders to help bring the Student Vision to life;
- Provide coaching and support for the Community Impact Projects;
- Work closely with Kizazi and the Programme Team to co-create meaningful and relevant professional development opportunities for Seroond’s participants;
- Work with Kizazi and the Programme Team to collect, gather, and make meaning of data collected from the classrooms.
Other Tasks (10%)
- Support the team and Head of Seroond in communication with MESCS while designing the components of the project and the latter’s implementation;
- Collaborate with regional and national teams on special initiatives.
Note: Teach For Armenia is a growing nonprofit working within a dynamic system. Its team must be agile as they grow in scale. TFA is looking for leaders who are resilient and adaptive. That is to say that responsibilities may shift over time.
- Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in Education is preferred;
- At least 2 years of work experience with demonstrated results, preferably in teaching, child welfare, or community-oriented projects;
- 1 year of leading an effective community-focused initiative;
- 2 years of teaching experience;
- Experience serving as a mentor or coach is preferred;
- Fluency in Armenian language; proficiency in English language is strongly encouraged.
For this role specifically, TFA is also looking for a candidate who possesses the following key competencies:
- Change Management: Teach For Armenia’s Leadership Framework is grounded in the development of innovative thinking and the ability to drive change. For that reason, Seroond Leadership Development Managers need to demonstrate an understanding of the competencies necessary to lead change management;
- Classroom Impact: In order to drive school-wide transformation, the Seroond LDMs must possess a strong track record with classroom impact;
- Community Impact: As a part of Teach For Armenia’s Kochari, they believe that Community Impact is an essential part of sparking change across the nation. Given this, the Seroond LDMs must also have a strong track record in cultivating community-oriented projects;
- Coaching: Teaching is not easy, and transformational teaching is even harder. The Seroond LDMs must become highly effective instructional coaches who are able to bring out the best in our teachers;
- Stakeholder Management: As an organization, TFA cannot do its work without the support of the government and its schools. The Seroond LDMs help the organization to maintain strong partnerships by building a rapport with its school leaders, regional government officials, and MoESCS. Further, the LDM is expected to build sound relationships with the teachers and parents driving and inspiring them towards implementation of Seroond objectives.
- Project Management: The Seroond model is complex and requires careful planning and coordination. The Seroond LDMs must be able to manage multiple projects and priorities at once.
Interested candidates are welcome to submit their résumé and cover letter through the official job posting: https://teachforarmenia.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=100
(found on Teach For Armenia’s website) by the deadline. In your cover letter, please make sure to explain what personally compels you to TFA mission and the role. If you have been referred to this role by a current Teach For Armenia staff member, please also indicate who referred you in your cover letter. In your application, please also specify your salary expectations (in the gross amount). Also, if your résumé is in Armenian, please provide an English translation.
Please clearly mention in your application letter that you learned of this job opportunity through Career Center and mention the URL of its website - www.careercenter.am, Thanks.
TFA Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity:
Teach For Armenia is an organization that strives to elevate the voices of its students and their communities. As such it is an organization that is committed to equity and strives to build an inclusive environment. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- Health Insurance;
- Mental health counselling services;
- Working remotely opportunity;
- Professional development opportunity;
- Scholarship for graduate studies;
- Gym membership financial support;
- Additional paid days off;
- Referral bonus;
- Team Retreats, Events and Teambuildings;
- Business trips;
- Birthdays and anniversaries celebration;
- Child care fund;
- Paternity leave.
Teach For Armenia is building a movement of leaders who will reshape what it means to provide an excellent education for all children across the nation. Teach For Armenia aims to cultivate students who can harness their voices and shape a changing world while being committed to their communities. This will require support at every level of leadership, from the teachers in the classroom to the highest-ranking officials. Teach For Armenia aims to accomplish this vision by recruiting promising leaders, both in Armenia and from across the diaspora, to teach for a 2-year commitment in schools where their knowledge and skills are needed. In the long-run, the organization is cultivating a network of changemakers, inclusive of its students, their communities, Alumni, government officials, community partners, supporters, and affiliates from across Teach For All.