Director of Partnerships – IM

Type of Vacancy: Salaried full-time, starting ASAP

Location: New York City; Washington, DC; or a remote/home office anywhere in the United States

Reports to: Managing Director of Partnerships or Chief Program Officer (TBD)

Travel Required: 20-40% depending on season

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Summary of Position

Teaching Lab is seeking a Director of Partnerships (DoP) to join our Partnerships Team and lead a portfolio of engagements with school systems as they implement Illustrative Math’s 6-8 curriculum (IM) and OUR Math’s 6-8 curriculum using our model for professional learning.

Specifically, the DoP will engage in three major workstreams:

  1. Build and maintain high-level district relationships, ensuring that districts build institutional knowledge of research-based professional learning practices and the IM curriculum in a way that supports independent implementation of Teaching Lab’s model over time.
  2. Manage and develop a cohort of Project Managers as they lead day-to-day implementation of Teaching Lab’s core model with partners, which includes coaching facilitators, building knowledge of the IM curriculum, collecting data, managing client relationships, maintaining operational efficiencies, and project planning.
  3. Collaborate with other members of the Teaching Lab community, including our professional learning Content Design team, our Business and Operations team, our Learning and Research team, and external stakeholders like Illustrative Mathematics and other professional learning organizations, to ensure success for our school system partners and the students they serve.

As a rapidly growing nonprofit, we seek an entrepreneurial individual excited about leading a team. This position has high potential for both large-scale impact and career growth.

Eligible candidates must have strong expertise in relationship and client management, leading professional learning, project planning, the IM curriculum, and the Common Core or similar College- and Career-Ready state standards. Ideal candidates will have the unique combination of intellectual curiosity and established skill in each of these areas. Above all, any candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to educational equity.

Key Responsibilities & Workstreams

Build & Maintain High-Level District Relationships. The DoP will:

  • Liaise with senior leadership in client school systems, including superintendents, chief academic officers, curriculum and instruction experts, and principals, to build their knowledge of research-based professional learning practices, Teaching Lab’s professional learning model, and the IM curriculum
  • Support district leaders by scoping, proposing, and leading multi-year efforts to create sustainable, research-based, district-led professional learning that lead to self-sustaining professional learning communities
  • Work with Teaching Lab’s Partnerships Team to identify and engage new school system clients on scopes of work to meet business development goals and drive towards impact and outcomes for teachers and students

Support & Develop Project Managers and Facilitators. The DoP will:

  • Lead project management across Teaching Lab’s portfolio of IM projects
  • Build a strong team culture with Project Managers and Facilitators in the IM portfolio
  • Train Project Managers and Facilitators on professional learning best practices, facilitation and client engagement techniques, and Teaching Lab’s IM professional learning sequence
  • Coach project managers through an inquiry process aimed at developing their practice
  • Support Project Managers as they lead day-to-day implementation of the work in partner sites

Collaborate With Other Teams. The DoP will:

  • Engage with Teaching Lab’s Content Design team to support development and iteration on IM-specific professional learning content modules and sequences, including maintaining site-specific versions of that content
  • Support Teaching Lab’s data collection and impact evaluation processes in conjunction with the Research and Learning team
  • Work with Teaching Lab’s Business and Operations team to support project management, staffing, performance management, and financial goals
  • Liaise with external stakeholders, including Illustrative Math and other experts in the field, to ensure continued success of Teaching Lab’s work with school systems

Areas for Growth

Teaching Lab is committed to practicing what we preach, which means that providing developmental opportunities to our team is a key organizational priority. As a community of learners, we support one another through thought partnership, direct assistance, and opportunities to expand our own knowledge. The Director of Partnerships will have the following growth opportunities:

  • Unparalleled networking and learning opportunities with Teaching Lab staff, board members, and experts in the field, including Student Achievement Partners, UnboundEd, EL Education, Illustrative Math, and others
  • Opportunities to attend and present at conferences
  • A peer community of other Directors of Partnerships focused on collaborating and supporting each other in their core areas of responsibility
  • Internal cycles of inquiry on core topics that mirror our client-facing, external professional learning sequences

In addition, Teaching Lab is a fast-growing nonprofit organization; we expect to double in size annually for the next several years, which will provide pathways for career growth and expanded impact over time.


Teaching Lab team members bring relevant experience, knowledge, and skills, as well as a commitment to shared values and norms. Prospective Director of Partnerships candidates should be able to demonstrate experience or background in the following categories:

Educational & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum five years working experience in education
  • Successful teaching experience with students from traditionally underserved backgrounds (2 years minimum) with demonstrated evidence of impact
  • Experience facilitating high-impact professional learning for educators
  • Experience leading relationships with clients and stakeholders in an education context
  • Experience managing and developing staff
  • Experience in an entrepreneurial role or startup organization (preferred)


  • Deep knowledge and experience with Common Core or College- and Career-Ready mathematics standards
  • Understanding of the Illustrative Math curriculum, including its design and component parts


  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Superior critical thinking and creative problem-solving capabilities, including a self-starting/entrepreneurial approach to difficult problems
  • Strong professional and interpersonal judgment
  • Ability to form credible and lasting relationships with teachers, school leaders, and district and state leaders
  • Compelling communication and influence skills


  • Deep commitment to Teaching Lab’s organizational mission and educational equity for traditionally underserved students
  • Strong commitment to growth mindset for both adults and students, and a desire to work collaboratively to grow team skills and capabilities
  • Belief in the power of relationships to drive collaboration
  • Relentless focus on results for traditionally underserved students, including a high bar for quality work

Working at Teaching Lab

This position is eligible for remote work anywhere in the continental United States. Candidates who live near New York City or Washington, DC may elect to work out of Teaching Lab offices located in those cities if they choose.

This position will require significant travel (20-40%) based on organizational needs and capacity and time of year. Teaching Lab staff members are required to attend “home weeks” in DC or NYC every other month in addition to travel required for day-to-day job responsibilities. Ideally, the candidate will be able to attend Teaching Lab’s Partnerships training in Washington, DC on June 1-3, 2019. (Note that in general, Teaching Lab does not require weekend travel and we expect this to be the only instance of required weekend work throughout the year.)

Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. Teaching Lab offers a comprehensive benefits package, including organizational contribution of 100% of employee costs and 50% of dependent costs for health/dental/vision insurance, a 401(k) program with a 4% employer match and diverse investment options, monthly technology reimbursement, and generous time off and leave policies.

We are committed to building a sustainable organization. We love our work and want to be able to do it for years to come. This means that despite our relentless focus on impact and results for educators and students, we commit to maintaining a balance between work and other parts of our lives.

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