Associate Director, Talent Development
Redwood City, CA  / San Jose, CA  / Oakland, CA  / Milwaukee, WI  / Washington, DC  / Nashville, TN ...View All
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Job Description
At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

Talent Development Team
The Talent Development Team works to ensure that Rocketship develops and retains outstanding school-based staff. This team is responsible for designing programming and systems to support strong pipelines of school-based instructional staff and leaders.

The Position
Reporting to the Senior Director of Talent, the The Associate Director (AD) of Talent Development will work directly on one of our top organizational priorities: talent development of school based staff. In this position, the AD will directly impact Rocketship's future talent pipeline through program design and implementation, talent planning and processes, and managing external partnerships. Currently, Rocketship employs nearly one hundred school leaders and over 350 teachers. These critical staff members are at the heart of our mission to eliminate the achievement gap and our ability to support and develop them over time is critical to our mission and growth. The AD of Talent Development will lead the following Talent initiatives:

Teacher Leadership Program Design and Implementation ("Rising Leaders")
    • Create competency-driven scope and sequence maps for programming
    • Align program vision with principal managers and principals
    • Design and facilitate select sessions; train local facilitators as needed
    • Design selection models and select cohorts
    • Set vision and direction for teacher leader projects and campus-based opportunities
    • Communicate directly with candidates and participants to support program engagement.
Talent Development Systems and Processes
    • Design talent reviews processes and talent pipeline planning
    • Design and execute internal transfer processes for school leaders
    • Lead internal selection of instructional hourly staff who wish to move into classroom teaching positions
    • Lead Talent Development team knowledge management and codification of program content
    • Drive additional projects to support internal staff development, retention, and promotion

Teacher Residency Program Partnerships and Implementation
    • Set teacher residency vision and models in collaboration with regional leaders
    • Lead partnerships with external residency programs
    • Establish metrics to monitor and assess program effectiveness
    • Lead internal residency selection processes
Talent Development Programming Design and Support
    • Design content on management and/or adult leadership for Rocketship Leadership Labs programming (school and network leadership development programming)
    • Create system and platform for school and organizational leaders to access all Leadership Development content and materials to support organizational learning
    • Research and select vendors or programs for live or virtual compliance trainings

    • Bachelor's degree required
    • Ability to design group and one on one programming that engages and inspires participants
    • Excellent oral and written communication
    • Ability to invest diverse stakeholders across multiple teams without direct authority
    • Experience collaborating on complex projects across teams and or regions to invest and align diverse stakeholders
    • Experience planning and managing complex projects
    • Outstanding skills in problem solving and critical thinking
    • Experience facilitating professional development for educators (preferred)
    • An entrepreneurial spirit; high degree of comfort launching new programming in a new role and adapting to changing needs
    • Demonstrated knowledge of, and support for, Rocketship's mission, vision, and model
    • An unwavering belief in the potential of all students to learn and the responsibility of teachers to unlock that potential
    • Strong organization skills
    • A minimum of three years of experience in K-12 education
    • Experience designing and/or leading effective professional development opportunities for educators
    • Content knowledge of leadership skill-building and/or management
    • A minimum of two years of experience leading or managing teams (preferred)
    • Experience interviewing and hiring staff (preferred)
    • Experienced as an assistant principal, dean, instructional coach, or principal (preferred)
    • Authorized to work in the United States

Redwood City or San Jose, CA (preferred); Oakland, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Washington, DC; or Nashville, TN. Travel 4-8 times per year to Rocketship regions.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools' employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our and here for our . For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Email: Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 to 12 years
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