Program Director - Tarrant County
LOCATION: Fort Worth
REPORTS TO: Deputy Director of Policy and Tarrant County
Leadership ISD has programming in Dallas, Tarrant, and Harris Counties and is growing in Texas. Between the three regions we serve the over 1.4 million students in our public schools and advocate for equity and excellence for every single one of them. The work of the organization is overseen by the CEO and a Board of Directors. Each region (Dallas, Harris, and Tarrant) has a Regional Director and an active advisory board to help guide and support the work locally. Regional Directors are empowered to build a team to support them as they execute all aspects of the program. The organization supports each region with communications, fundraising, curriculum and program development, and an operational framework.
The Program Director is responsible for working toward our vision and maximizing Leadership ISD’s impact in Tarrant County. The position will build on the LISD mission in creating informed and engaged citizen leaders and to grow existing programming and design and implement new initiatives to activate our network of fellows, alumni and partners in innovative ways to accelerate improved outcomes and opportunities for students. The position will have a transformative role in shaping how our community views and supports our public schools.
Program Planning & Execution
Planning and executing Leadership ISD programming – including but not limited to the Civic Voices, Campus Voices and Student Voices programs – focused on building an informed and engaged cohort of leaders advocating on behalf of student success in alignment with the established parameters and mission of Leadership ISD.
Planning and executing additional programming to activate Leadership ISD’s network of influencers for community mobilization in educational equity and excellence, including but not limited to, attending school board meetings, issue intensives, community conversations, etc.
Design an overall timeline/guide to assist fellows in carrying out the goals of the practicum project; serve as first point of contact for schools and fellows; conduct regular check-ins to monitor progress of each project and develop contingency plans as needed.
Tracking the development of Fellows along a continuum of success, as outlined by competencies and/or other goals developed by Leadership ISD Team.
Creating Community Capacity
Plan and execute a comprehensive recruitment strategy to attract and select a diverse and competitive cohort of Fellow candidates from various civic, business, faith-based organizations and nonprofits.
Develop and cultivate strong relationships with school district leaders and practitioners, with the purpose of identifying strategic opportunities to partner with LISD including gaining access to speakers and schools for Fellows to conduct fellowship and practicum work.
Contribute to expanding and managing a network of strategic community partners that can support the work of Leadership ISD, and whose missions LISD Fellows amplify.
Raise awareness of the mission of Leadership ISD by speaking at community, civic and business events, and hosting information sessions and attending local networking events.
Work with various stakeholders including alumni, non-profit agencies, school district staff, principals, and Leadership ISD team to help facilitate and contribute meaningfully to Leadership ISD and regional issue advocacy goals.
Policy and Advocacy
Collaborate with Regional Director to set local policy and advocacy strategy.
Devise engagement strategy for fellows and alumni to participate in local- and state-level policy and advocacy initiatives.
Monitor and track election-related information for Tarrant County school boards, municipal, and state legislative races so as to inform regional strategies related to informing the electorate on education-related issues.
Monitor and track school board meetings and issues the school district is managing in Fort Worth and across Tarrant County.
A Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree a plus, preferably in Education or Public Policy
A minimum of five years of relevant work experience including facilitation, program execution, and/or leadership development
A minimum of two years of management experience
Ability to work some evenings and weekends
An entrepreneurial aptitude, with a strong desire to create to help shape a growing organization
Experience in growing initiatives, ability to design, develop and move projects with autonomy
Excellent communication skills, including strong group facilitation skills, exceptional writing (excellent grammar, sentence structure, persuasive writing), proofreading skills and speaking (presentation skills)
Possess great relational skills with diverse communities
Ability to think strategically, prioritize multiple activities, effectively organize work and effectively manage time and resources for projects
Commitment to exploring issues of race, class, and privilege
Ability to contribute in a team environment and the desire to play a major role in an organization deeply focused on impact
Passion/interest in educational equity issues and familiarity with public education
Sense of urgency around accomplishing goals and objectives
Proven experience in taking projects from conception to successful launch, ability to design, develop and move projects with autonomy
Desire to be “all in” on education in our community – passion, tenacity, innovation, and optimism!
Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Leadership ISD
Mission Oriented: Committed to educational and racial justice
Driven: Possesses a diverse skill set and is proactive about learning new skills
Collaborative: Willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise
Adaptable: Excited to work in a fast-moving small team environment with multiple responsibilities
Self-reflective: Open to receiving and giving ongoing feedback
Positive: Brings passion, sense of humor, and fun to the job
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please reference Program Director in the subject line.
This job description reflects Leadership ISD’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
By joining Leadership ISD, you join a group of individuals committed to pursuing equity and excellence for all students. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.