Partnership Manager (EL)

Teaching Lab seeks a full-time Partnership Manager (EL) to join our Partnerships Team to lead high-quality, curriculum-aligned professional learning experiences for teachers and schools implementing High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) in ELA for grades K-12.

Type of Vacancy: Full-time, salaried, starting 12/2020. Continuation of the position beyond SY20-21 is contingent on business needs.

Location: Remote/home office anywhere in the United States

Reports to: Director of Partnerships, EL

Travel Required: Travel is currently suspended due to COVID-19 and will resume at a future date dependent on the implications of COVID-19. This position will likely require significant travel (20-40%) when travel resumes.

Compensation: The compensation for this position starts at $80,000, and is commensurate with experience. Teaching Lab centers equity in our work and therefore does not negotiate salaries.

Teaching Lab is an equal-opportunity employer committed to reflecting the diversity of the students we serve. We pursue equity as both a means and an end and enthusiastically welcome candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Who We Are

Teaching Lab is a nonprofit organization with a mission to fundamentally shift the paradigm of teacher professional learning to achieve educational equity. We envision a world where teachers and students thrive together in communities that enable life-long learning and meaningful lives. In partnership with teachers, we transform professional learning from the ground up to dramatically improve student outcomes. We also work with school, district, and state leaders to create the instructional systems necessary to support these changes.

Our model is based on the best educational research and years of experience using exceptional instructional materials with teachers. Our team of experienced educators is committed to ensuring all students—especially students traditionally underserved by our school systems—meet the academic expectations necessary to succeed now and in the future. Our partners believe in the power of great teaching to inspire students at all levels to learn and grow. Together, we are building a nationwide movement for evidence-based teacher professional learning.

Our Model

The core of Teaching Lab’s work is a belief that stronger professional learning for teachers can radically improve student opportunities and equity. Research suggests that effective professional learning incorporates four critical components:

We integrate Head, Heart, and Habits through the creation of “Labs” in schools and districts:

Summary of Position

Teaching Lab seeks a Partnership Manager (EL) to join our Partnerships Team to manage the implementation of Teaching Lab’s partner portfolio projects and lead high-quality, curriculum-aligned professional learning experiences for teachers and schools implementing the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum using our model for professional learning.

The Partnership Manager (PM) will be responsible for 1) partnership development; 2) project management; 3) facilitation; 4) facilitator coaching and training; 5) collaboration.

Specifically, the Partnership Manager will engage in five major workstreams:

  1. Partnership Development: Build and foster school and district relationships, ensuring that partners build institutional knowledge of research-based professional learning practices and high-quality curriculum in a way that supports independent implementation of Teaching Lab’s model over time. Extend current partner relationships to support high-quality professional learning within partner sites over time.
  2. Project Management: Internalize professional learning scope and sequence to create and lead the execution of project plans that support the implementation of Teaching Lab’s professional learning sequence at each site. Communicate effectively with partners, and execute logistics to support onsite professional learning. Ensure that all facilitators are prepared and staffed to onsite projects in a timely manner, and professional learning materials are contextualized for the partner and up to date. 
  3. Facilitation: Effectively lead professional learning sessions for district leaders, school leaders, and teachers that deepen pedagogical content knowledge of the high-quality curriculum through Teaching Lab’s model for professional learning. Reflect on participant feedback and adjust support in response to partners’ needs.
  4. Facilitator Coaching & Training:  Lead through a lens of racial equity to support and develop a cohort of 2-10 contracted facilitators as they provide on-site implementation of Teaching Lab’s work in each school, including coaching on content internalization, facilitation execution skills, knowledge of the high-quality curriculum, data collection, and partner investment.  
  5. Collaboration: Engage in organization-wide learning and community experiences, and team meetings with the Teaching Lab Community. Contribute to a culture of collaboration with external stakeholders, district leaders,  and 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 launching and implementing groundbreaking partnerships.  This position has high potential for national large-scale impact.

Teaching Lab is a mission- and values- driven organization. We seek outstanding leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to education equity and racial equity.

Key Responsibilities & Workstreams

Partnership Development - To build & foster school and district relationships, the Partnership Manager will:

  • Promote racial equity by engaging with district and school leadership to center equitable impact on students.
  • Engage with district and school leadership in partner school systems, including superintendents, principals, content specialists, and teachers, to build their knowledge of research-based professional learning practices, Teaching Lab’s professional learning model, and high-quality curriculum. 
  • Build rapport across internal and external stakeholders through a balance of empathy and  expertise.
  • Work with Teaching Lab’s Partnerships Team to identify and engage new and existing school system partners on scopes of work that drive towards equitable impact and outcomes for teachers and students.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the district’s and school’s contexts in order to inform and implement scopes of work (SOWs).
  • Support business development with current partners and craft  scopes of work that extend partner relationships over time.
  • Effectively lead external and internal communications, including 1:1, small and large group settings, virtual meetings, and presentations. 

Project Management - To project manage scopes of work, the Partnership Manager will: 

  • Lead high-level project management across a portfolio of high-quality curriculum EL projects, including working with the Director of Partnerships to staff sites, and Director of Special Projects to develop facilitators’ knowledge and skills.
  • Execute logistical tasks to support facilitators in delivering high-quality professional learning at partner sites.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills, time management, and workflow management while attending to the diverse needs of partners. 

Facilitation - To effectively lead professional learning sessions,
the Partnership Manager will:

  • Plan and lead virtual professional learning for district leaders, school leaders, teacher leaders, and teachers aligned to the Teaching Lab’s model of professional learning. On the ground professional learning to resume (likely) starting in July 2021.
  • Collect, reflect on, and apply data from participant feedback surveys to improve facilitation, relationships, and knowledge building at each site.

Facilitator Coaching and Training - To support and develop facilitators, the Partnership Manager will:

  • Build a strong mission and values aligned team culture with facilitators in the EL curriculum portfolio.
  • Observe facilitation and lead reflection and feedback coaching sessions with facilitators.

Collaboration - To foster a culture of collaboration,  the Partnership Manager will:

  • Collaborate with Directors of Partnerships, Directors of Content Design, and/or Content Managers to adapt Teaching Lab’s high-quality curriculum-specific professional learning content and sequences to partners’ needs.  Maintain site-specific versions of content.   
  • Support Teaching Lab’s data collection and impact evaluation processes in conjunction with the Research and Learning team.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders, including the district and school leaders to ensure continued success of Teaching Lab’s work with school systems.

Professional Growth Opportunities 

Teaching Lab is committed to practicing what we preach, which means that development of 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 Partnership Manager 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, Departments of Education, and others.
  • A peer community of other Partnership Managers 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.


We seek team members who bring relevant professional experience, knowledge, and skills, as well as a commitment to shared values and norms. Prospective Partnership Manager candidates should be able to demonstrate a professional experience or background in the following categories:

Educational & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum five years experience working in PK-12 education
  • Minimum of 2 years teaching experience with PK-12 students from historically underserved backgrounds with demonstrated evidence of impact
  • Experience coaching educators for 2-3 years (instructional coaching preferred)
  • Experience facilitating impactful professional learning for educators
  • Experience leading relationships with clients and stakeholders in an education context


  • Deep knowledge and experience with Common Core or College- and Career-Ready ELA content and practice standards
  • Deep understanding of the EL curriculum, including its design and component parts


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, demonstrates capacity to build rapport quickly, and form lasting relationships with the facilitators, teachers, school leaders, and district leaders 
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Superior critical thinking and creative problem-solving capabilities, including a self-starting entrepreneurial approach to difficult problems
  • Compelling communication and influence skills


  • Deep commitment to Teaching Lab’s organizational mission and Values, racial equity, and educational equity for historically 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 historically underserved students, including a high bar for quality work

Working at Teaching Lab

All roles at Teaching Lab are contingent on business needs. The continuation of the Partnerships Manager role beyond SY20-21 is contingent on our business needs. This position is eligible for remote work anywhere in the continental United States. This position will not require travel for the 2020-2021 school year. Teaching Lab may resume travel in June 2021. At that time, this role will require travel (20-40%) based on organizational needs and capacity and time of year.

Salary for this position starts at $80,000, and is 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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Teaching Lab is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all team members.

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