With the world changing so rapidly, one thing has remained constant: the importance of education. Children at a young age need well-trained, experienced teachers to develop the fundamental skills that will enable them to tackle more complex problems as they get older. Meanwhile, research has shown that to deliver excellent pedagogy requires not just a practicum of knowledge but also extensive apprenticeship. Thus, institutions that provide both theoretical and experiential training to future elementary school teachers fill a critical role in the larger educational ecosystem.
The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI), based in Oakland, California, is a shining example of this complementary approach to teacher training. For two decades, nearly 500 aspiring educators have graduated with a master's degree and multiple-subject credential after two years of intense classroom study and on-the-job mentoring. Since its inception, BATTI has benefited from the able leadership of its founding executive director, who will retire next June after nearly twenty years on the job. Now, BATTI seeks an executive director with not only a passion and expertise for teacher development, but also a systematic and relational mindset for running and growing an association of partner schools, teacher residents, and university instructors. This one-of-a-kind position starts July 1, 2021 and reports to the board of directors.
- Applications Accepted Starting: September 10, 2020
- Application Deadline: October 12, 2020 at 5:00pm PDT
- Quarterfinal Round: October 24 and 25
- Semifinal Round: November 7 and 8
- Final Round: November 16 – 18
- Decision Announced: December 11, 2020
- Start Date: July 1, 2021
Organizational Mission and Programmatic Leadership
- Oversee the education of approximately 70 aspiring elementary teachers each year.
- Manage a two-year residency program that provides both hands-on practice and formal training in educational theory to prepare aspiring teachers for full-time classroom work in independent, public, and charter schools.
- Ensure that BATTI meets the needs of a diverse set of learners, and maintain a commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion during: student recruitment, support, and placement; instructional design planning and course development; and, instructor hiring and training.
Strategic Partnerships and Organizational Growth
- Develop and maintain relationships with dozens of coalition schools, educational associations, heads of school, and principals across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, which employ teacher residents, provide mentorship during both the school year and summer, and hire BATTI graduates.
- Work closely with the university partner to oversee instructor hiring, course development, the credentialing program, and student recruitment and matriculation.
- Ensure BATTI representation at hiring fairs, conferences, and other strategic events.
- Identify and explore opportunities for growth — geographically and programmatically.
Executive Leadership and Board Governance
- Communicate effectively with the board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the board to make informed decisions.
- Partner with the board leadership on matters of mission-driven strategic planning, board education, bylaw review, financial oversight, board composition, meeting management, and committee staffing.
- Establish meaningful partnerships with local, regional, and national associations and thought leaders in areas of teacher development and progressive education.
Operations and Management
- Oversee all BATTI staff and volunteers.
- Identify opportunities to improve BATTI in areas such as organizational efficiency, operational workflow, marketing and communications, and financial management.
- Ensure effective day-to-day operations of BATTI including communications, financial transactions, membership services, programs, and legal responsibilities.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
BATTI IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE
- Possession of a graduate degree from an accredited college or university
- Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher
- Immersion in diversity work — both in training and in implementation — and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms, curricula, and student experiences
- Previous supervisory and administrative experience, preferably in educational or nonprofit settings
- Organizational leadership experience in areas including governance, strategic planning, and budgeting and financial management
Leadership and Personal Qualities:
- A love of education, teaching and learning, and teacher development
- A collaborative, cooperative, and growth-oriented mindset
- An ability to identify and cultivate strategic partnerships
- An engaging personality, charismatic presentation skills, and a passion for professional networking, relationship building, and industry partnering
- Fluency in applying research and data analysis to make decisions, craft strategy, and track progress toward strategic goals
- An ongoing desire to remain current in emerging trends in pedagogy, classroom instruction, and educational leadership
- A true belief in all educational models: public, independent, and charter
- A smart and confident decision maker who operates with integrity, collaborates with sincerity, counsels with affability, and teaches with humility
- Genuine empathy and care for those aspiring to enter the teaching profession
- A systematic mindset that in parallel works to build an empathetic community
- An ability to create organizational systems and apply project management skills in support of organizational growth and operational efficiency
- Authentic warmth, and collegiality, and an ability to spread these qualities across an entire organization and its many diverse constituents and supporters
For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.
BATTI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and affords equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status.