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Director of Program & Strategy, California

Position Summary

For nearly 10 years, NCTR has supported the development of teacher residency programs across the state of California, helping to significantly expand the scale and sustainability of the movement. These partnerships have accelerated over the last 3 years, and with new state funds now available to launch and sustain residencies, higher demand for NCTR services has increased the need for our physical presence in California. The California Director of Programs and Strategy, a newly developed role, will lead NCTR’s efforts to build and sustain residencies in the state, providing high-quality technical assistance to emerging and existing programs.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead, direct, and deliver technical assistance and programming to multiple California teacher residencies located throughout the state;
  • Identify, pursue, and secure new residency program partners across the state;
  • Build and contribute to California state strategy development, identifying ways to advance the residency movement and accelerate NCTR’s impact;
  • Develop and infuse new content into all NCTR programming;
  • Codify NCTR’s programming in California, working closely with NCTR’s Director of Data & Impact to measure the impact and scale of our work;
  • Manage direct reports through performance review processes and provide professional development, coaching, and learning opportunities throughout the year (as applicable); and
  • Represent NCTR as thought leader in the state of California.


  • Master’s degree in related field and minimum of 10 years of experience in education;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and capable of communicating NCTR’s vision to various audiences;
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, creative, and able to work independently, under pressure, and as a team player in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
  • Ability to develop a positive, productive, and collaborative team culture and lead teams to achieve ambitious outcomes;
  • Strong knowledge of P-12 and higher education, with an emphasis on trends in teacher preparation and ideally the use of residencies to train P-12 teachers;
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and a demonstrated ability to teach and engage adult learners. A track record of designing and leading the delivery of technical assistance;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the development and delivery of teaching curriculum;
  • Strategic planning skills and experience developing and executing plans to materialize strategy;
  • Must have classroom teaching experience, preferably at the K12 level;
  • Must have management experience; and
  • Willing to travel up to 25% in California and nationally, as necessary.

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a generous benefits package is included.



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