Director, Center for Teacher Leadership

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 18, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

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Position Number F13620 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Open Working Title Director, Center for Teacher Leadership School/Unit School of Education Department SOETeachLrng: Dept Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant.
Mission or Goal of Unit

The mission of the Center for Teacher Leadership ( CTL ) is to promote and support teacher leadership in order to improve teaching and learning. CTL works with accomplished teachers to (1) promote the concept of teachers as leaders of change; (2) develop more effective teacher leaders through access to information and high-quality professional development; and (3) share the knowledge, experience, and insight of teachers with policymakers and others.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education is recruiting applicants for the Director of the Center for Teacher Leadership and Executive Director of RTR Teacher Residency with a start date of July 1, 2021. The VCU School of Education aims to be the leader in urban education through leveraging existing resources and talents among our faculty, centers, and institutes, and relationships with agencies in the community to expand innovation, excellence, and impact in schools, communities, families, and children. We prepare effective and highly skilled teachers, counselors, school administrators, higher education faculty, and other education professionals committed to challenging urban and high-needs schools, agencies, and other high-need learning environments. Ranked 11th best public graduate program in education by U.S. News & World Report, the VCU School of Education focuses its teaching, interdisciplinary research, and development efforts on issues of educational equity, social justice, and complexities of poverty that impact student learning and family engagement.

We are especially encouraging applicants with professional experience working with graduate and undergraduate residency models and programs. Candidates will also need to have demonstrated experience in advancing access, equity, and quality education for underrepresented learners within low-resource communities. This includes a commitment to addressing diversity, inclusion, social justice and equity in education/special education through research, teaching, service and mentoring. This individual will join a productive and collegial group of faculty members committed to cultivating a culturally diverse student body, faculty, and strengthening diversity within the community.

CTL conducts a number of diverse programs, all designed to improve the preparation, effectiveness, and retention of high-quality teachers. The Center’s work includes:
-New Teacher Center ( NTC ) Professional Learning Series for Mentors and Coaches that focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions critical for those who work with pre-service, beginning, and veteran teachers to improve instruction;
-Clinical Faculty (CF) Program that provides exemplary teachers who want to work with VCU student teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to assist pre-service teachers in becoming critically reflective practitioners.
The program ensures consistency and quality in VCU clinical placements, ensuring better prepared beginning teachers;
-National Board Certification Support Program that provides teachers with structured opportunities to clarify each aspect of the certification process and a network of support as they strive to meet the highest standards of the profession.

CTL’s largest and most impactful program is the Richmond Teacher Residency ( RTR ) whose mission is to recruit, prepare, and support the retention of extraordinary, inspiring teachers and teacher leaders who are committed to social justice and the disruption of educational inequities for systemically underserved students in the Greater Richmond area. RTR’s vision is that every historically marginalized student in the Greater Richmond area is taught by culturally responsive teacher leaders who stand against systemic inequities and empower students to reach their full potential.
RTR is a member of the National Center for Teacher Residencies. It was featured in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report issue on Best Grad Schools in America, and in its 2018 review of 437 of the nation’s graduate and alternative certification programs preparing secondary teachers, the National Center for Teacher Quality scored RTR in the 99th percentile compared to all other such graduate and alternative certification programs. Since 2004, CTL has secured more than $30M of external federal, state, and foundation funding to support RTR and its other programs.

Position Responsibilities

-Oversees the effective implementation of all CTL programs and projects, with a major focus on the Richmond Teacher Residency ( RTR );
-Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with school district partners, Virginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) faculty and administrators, and community partners to implement, expand, and sustain programs that address the need for highly effective teachers and teacher leaders, especially in the most challenged schools;
-Oversees CTL /RTR’s financial health by creating and managing program budgets;
-Works with stakeholders, policymakers, and others to create a diversified funding stream for RTR ;
-Seeks and obtains funding from federal, state, and private sources to support new and current initiatives;
-Chairs the RTR Advisory Board and Working Subgroup;
-Serves as liaison for the National Center for Teacher Residencies and to other teacher residency programs nationally;
-Chairs the Metropolitan Educational Training Alliance ( META ), a partnership with four school districts in the metro-Richmond area whose mission is to enhance teaching quality by identifying needs, opportunities, and resources for strategic professional development with the goal of improving student learning by improving the preparation, effectiveness, and retention of high-quality teachers; and
-Manages CTL / RTR staff and an annual budget of more than $3M in external funding.

Required Qualifications

-An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in education or closely related field;
-A track record of securing external funding and managing complex budgets;
-Evidence of leadership effectiveness in higher education, K-12 school systems, and /or professional organizations;
-Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and community-engaged work designed to meet the needs of historically marginalized communities;
-Experience working in urban settings with individuals in our communities who have been historically marginalized, and done from a culturally responsive lens;
-Demonstrated practice and work in advancing access, equity, and quality education for learners from historically marginalized and underrepresented minority populations living in poverty and/or the educators that serve them;
-Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU ;
-Demonstrated experience in designing and leading new initiatives or programs that would advance the mission of the Center for Teacher Leadership and the School of Education;
-Demonstrated success in building collaborative partnerships with public school systems, community organizations, and state and local leaders;
-Experience with a teacher residency model or similar non-traditional preparation program;
-Evidence of being a creative thinker, problem-solver, and coalition builder;
-Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
-Extraordinary organizational skills and close attention to details; and
-At least 5 years of teaching experience in a public school setting.

Preferred Qualifications

-Successful experience in an academic administrative position (e.g., department chair, program director, center director);
-Demonstrated work (e.g. practice, research, and/or scholarship) in advancing access,
equity, and quality education for learners from historically marginalized and underrepresented minority populations living in poverty and/or the educators that serve them;
-Experience with the New Teacher Center mentoring model; and
-Experience with undergraduate teacher residency models and programs.

Date Posted 12/17/2020 Open Until Filled No Application Deadline Date 03/17/2021 Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience. In addition, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at

Application materials must be submitted online through VCU eJobs by the application deadline, and must include all of the following: 1) A letter of application that addresses the applicant’s qualifications based on position announcement and consideration of the goals and mission of Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of Education; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) List of three professional references with contact information; 4) Diversity Statement
Please upload documents 1-3 as one PDF under ‘Other Document’ at for review by the Search Committee. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Thomas Beatty, at If selected as a finalist for the position, candidates must agree to current and prior employers being contacted.

Posted Salary $125,000-150,000 Quick Link Diversity Statement Information For more information on diversity statements, including guidelines, please click here . Supplemental Questions

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  1. * The School of Education values the following as our culture statement, 'The School of Education (SOE) recognizes that trust among all members of the SOE community is the foundation of a positive work climate. Realizes that our well-being as an institution depends upon the wellbeing of our members. Respects all members, new and continuing, regardless of status. Values honest communication and finding ways to respectfully address difficult issues. Strives to listen without bias and search for common understanding. Is committed to equity, fairness and a level playing field for all of its members. Knows that the SOE community thrives, because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise. Fosters collaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members of its community.' Please describe ways in which you have worked to foster this type of culture in the professional workplace or in your everyday life.

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