Regional Executive Director for Leading Educators

Leading Educators develops teacher-leaders in order to raise student achievement and retain talented educators in high-need schools. We aim to ensure that public education successfully trains its middle managers, thus retaining our best teachers and bolstering the pipeline of future principals.

We offer a two-year Fellowship where teacher-leaders, receive in-school coaching, engage in frequent leadership development sessions, participate in problem-solving communities, and travel to high-needs, high-impact schools in other regions to learn best practices to effectively lead teams in their schools while remaining anchored in the classroom.. Results from the 2011–2012 school year show that students of teams led by New Orleans Fellows grew 12 times more than their counterparts across the district while students of teams led by Kansas City Fellows grew 5 times more than their counterparts across the district. 

Leading Educators also offers Strategic Support Initiatives (SSI), customized teacher leadership development consulting to districts, charter management organizations (CMOs), and non-profit organizations. This contract-based work may include delivery of training modules; teacher leader recruitment, selection, and retention consulting; train-the-trainer projects; and evaluation consulting. For example, this year Leading Educators partnered with Houston Independent School District to implement a Teacher-Leader Pathways pilot for over 60 teacher-leaders across 20 schools.

Leading Educators has trained hundreds of teacher-leaders in New Orleans, Kansas City, Denver, Houston, and Washington, DC. Building on success in these regions, Leading Educators is assembling an ambitious team to expand the program nationally.
The Regional Executive Director is responsible for day-to-day leadership for a Fellowship region in order to ensure programmatic offerings achieve their objectives.


The Executive Director will manage the regional team, its deliverables, and its overall success. The Executive Director will create and execute formal contracts with multiple partner districts and organizations.

Joining an ambitious organization at a critical growth stage in its national expansion, the Executive Director will shape systems, cultivate a dynamic and dedicated team, and build a foundation for sustainable programmatic and fiscal growth in a new geographic region.


Overall Program Leadership and Management

  • Develop a regional program site to effectively deliver high-quality professional development for teacher-leaders serving in high-needs public schools
  • Recruit, select, onboard and develop high performing team members and fellows
  • Lead the regional team to achieve targeted Leading Educators Fellowship goals in Fellow development, student growth and teacher retention
  • Provide program oversight for regional Strategic Support Initiatives including partnership management, staffing, program logistics and evaluation
  • Establish and leverage a regional Advisory Board focused on fiscal and program sustainability


Participant Recruitment: Attraction and Selection

  • Develop and implement teacher-leader recruitment process, including systems for tracking outreach, creating local marketing materials, and building a robust educator pipeline
  • Collaborate with national team to refine overall Selection Criteria, Participant Profile, Application materials and Selection Process
  • Manage regional teacher-leader Selection Process, including Interview and Assessment sessions


Community Partnerships

  • Serve as the primary liaison between Leading Educators and regional district and charter school networks
  • Build organization’s profile within Memphis, coordinating with partner organizations, school stakeholders, and philanthropic entities


Talent Management

  • Recruit talented staff and forge a mission-focused team
  • Lead and manage team performance in order to ensure high quality program delivery within accelerated start-up time frame
  • Direct reports to include Leadership Coaches, Program Experience Manager, and Special Project Coordinator


Finance and Administration – Systems Management

  • Oversee site budget, finances and data management systems
  • Ensure organizational infrastructure and operations provide effective support to program work streams



  • Responsible for creating and meeting local fundraising goals via cultivation and management of donor relationships, grant-writing, and compliance/reporting


Program Delivery and Evaluation

  • Collaborate with Chief Program Officer, VP of Regional Operations, an regional Coaches to ensure strategic evaluation of Fellowship and SSI program delivery toward overall regional efficacy
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience with an emphasis in education
  • Minimum of 3 years of leadership experience including staff recruitment and development
  • A bachelor’s degree and a passion for constant learning
  • Previous K-12 teaching and/or leadership experience preferred
  • Experience as part of an entrepreneurial venture preferred
  • Commitment to creating outstanding schools in support of social justice and educational equity
  • Experience implementing adult programmatic curriculum
  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • Ability to work with ambitious timelines for accelerated launch in an entrepreneurial environment; committed to meeting organizational deadlines
  • Knowledge of successful grant writing and donor cultivation/management processes
  • Capacity to create systems which support regional programming, fellowship and staff development and financial management
  • Dynamic interpersonal and people management skills
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills with attention to accuracy
  • Excellent project management, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail within the context of the larger strategic goals
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications required; strong database skills, familiarity with Salesforce a plus; social networking and marketing experience highly desirable
Memphis, TN
Compensation will be competitive, commensurate with experience.
Please follow the link to submit your application form and choose Regional Executive Director, Memphis from the pick-list:


Leading Educators is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or natural origin.

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