The Knowles Teacher Initiative—a private, operating foundation, established in 1999 and funded by an endowment from C. Harry and Janet H. Knowles—is seeking a Program Officer for Teacher Development to work as part of teams to implement and refine the Knowles Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows Programs. The Teaching Fellows Program offers support and professional development for 165 promising new high school science and math teachers for five years. After Teaching Fellows complete the Teaching Fellows Program, they become Senior Fellows who work together as part of a network to improve math and science education across the country. Knowles seeks to strengthen the teaching profession and increase the US education system’s capacity to continually improve science and math education by creating a networked community of teachers who mentor and sustain new teachers, set and meet high standards for student learning, and create and uphold benchmarks of teacher professionalism grounded in a deep and nuanced understanding of the work of teaching. Rather than waiting for leaders to emerge from within the educational system, Knowles identifies and selects beginning teachers who show the potential to develop into outstanding teachers who lead from the classroom. For more information about Knowles Teacher Initiative programs and this position visit www.knowlesteachers.org/careers.

Program Officers work in teams to design, implement, refine and study the Knowles Teaching and Senior Fellows Programs. Work with the Teaching Fellows includes designing and leading professional development (online and in-person) for cohorts of Fellows; providing ongoing mentoring support to Fellows; supporting Fellows in accessing Knowles Teacher Initiative’s generous Fellowship benefits; and evaluating, researching, and writing about program components for continuous program improvement and generation of knowledge for the field. Work with Senior Fellows Program includes supporting Senior Fellows in leadership projects such as producing the Knowles journal Kaleidoscope and leading the Knowles Coaching Network, and supporting Senior Fellows to develop and lead professional development through the Knowles Academy. Program Officers work as part of a broader national learning community that includes Teaching Fellows, Senior Fellows and Knowles staff, as well as master teachers, teacher educators, researchers and evaluators.

An ideal candidate for the Knowles Program Officer position would be/have:

  • Committed to the belief that teaching is a critically important, complex, intellectually challenging profession
  • An experienced teacher at the secondary level
  • Experienced in mentoring beginning teachers, educating pre-service teachers and/or developing and providing professional development to teachers, particularly at the secondary level
  • Knowledgeable of their subject matter
  • Disposed to learn from their own practice and support other teachers in doing so
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and/or supporting teachers in doing so
  • Experience with and ability to foster collaborative relationships in secondary school settings
  • Knowledge of the current state of math and science education and its impacts on teachers and students
  • A graduate degree in science or math education or a related field (or anticipating such). Doctorate is preferred.

Program Officer for Teacher Development positions are full-time, on-site in NJ (right outside Philadelphia) and will report to an Associate Director of the Teaching Fellows Program. The ability to work some weekends and travel (10-15%) is required. Salary is based on education and experience, and is competitive with university academic and K–12 administrative positions. Knowles Teacher Initiative offers a full, generous benefit package including a relocation package if needed. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume or CV to: careers@knowlesteachers.org or 856-608-0008 (fax).

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