National Director of Leader Development (Immediate Opening)

Weslaco, TX, United States
Nov 21, 2020
Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :  


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that   all   our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!  

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve  over 65,000  students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in  Tampa Bay , FL  (2021) ,  and  Jacksonville, FL (2022) !  


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  


To learn more about IDEA, check out this   video .  

Role Mission:  National  Directors of Leader Development ( N DLD) build a strong school leadership pipeline to ensure that every school is led by a transformational leadership team.  This is in service of the  ultimate goal  of a transformational  welcome to IDEA  teacher in every classroom, driving rigorous and joyful learning for all students.  DLDs focus primarily on the onboarding, development, retention, and career progression of IDEA's principals  in residence  due to our belief that excellent school leaders are the key to hiring, developing, and retaining strong  welcome to IDEA  teachers. 

DLDs also work alongside other regional partners to help to build a strong long term school leadership pipeline, beginning with teacher leadership development, continuing with campus lead team member development, and culminating in the Principals-in-Residence and New Principal coaching programs.  Directors of Leader Development play critical roles in regional leadership teams, partnering with Executive Directors and Vice Presidents of Schools on the growth and stability of the human capital pipeline.   This role is designed to fill gaps in regions where extra support for leader development is needed.   



80 % of teachers , including Welcome to IDEA Teachers,  managed by Principals in Residence   (PIRs)  achieve Level 3+  (out of 5)  in the  Teacher Career Pathway  student achievement measure  (portfolio-specific)  
  • Ensure PIRs establish effective data tracking and response systems such that their coaching and management of their teachers is consistently data driven and aligned to students learning goals.  
  • Regularly analyze PIR student achievement data and respond by adjusting coaching with strategic urgency  


90% of PIRs will be rated as proficient or advanced in at  least  90 % of their target School Leadership Levers  
  • Implement IDEA's Principals-in-Residence principal preparation program by providing intensive 1:1 coaching for a portfolio of PIRs  and facilitating key professional development experiences  
  • Communicate to mentor principals the measures of excellence for principalship (defined within the School Leadership Levers) and, when needed, build mentor principal capacity to model proficiency for their PIR  
  • Provide specialized coaching to PIRs in the Rhodes Fellowship so that at least 90% of Rhodes Fellows achieve an  adequate  or  superior  rating on their Rhodes Vision Defense  
  • Collaborate with regional leadership team and other Human Assets, Schools Team, and Academic Services team members to provide aligned, strategic coaching to  support the success and development of PIRs  
  • Share best practices and collaborate with other DLDs on best practices to arrange  peer visits,  school tours, etc.  

100% of principal vacancies will be filled with a P rincipal in Residence
  • Partner with regional leaders , staffing team,  and principal managers to help  engage in selection and matching of Principals in Residence to vacant principal roles   
  • Monitor and support each PIR's progress toward meeting or exceeding their individual development and campus goals  
  • Ensure that each PIR is building both technical and adaptive proficiency in the most important areas of instructional leadership and visionary team leadership  
  • Partner with principal hiring manager to identify and address other local needs for principal preparation  
  • Facilitate sessions (as requested) in the Rhodes Fellowship  
  • Collaborate with other DLDs to share best practices across the organization  

100% of new principals in coaching portfolio receive an A/B state rating (or achieve their PK - 2 goal, if no state testing yet )
  • Provide coaching to portfolio PIRs in the Rhodes Fellowship to ensure new principals are set up for success in their new role (ensuring  that 90 - 100% of Rhodes Fellows achieve an  adequate  or  superior  rating on their Rhodes Vision Defense)  
  • Coordinate new principal school reviews to evaluate implementation and impact of the vision & plans created during the Rhodes Fellowship  
  • Support the creation & implementation of new principal coaching plans that align to each principal's highest priority development focus,  if/as requested by the principal's manager  

Retain 90% of all principals, 95% of PIR-Alumni principals, and 95% of mentor principals from August to August  
  • Consult with principal managers to provide thought partnership around principal retention.    
  • Periodically (if needed & requested), provide short-term coaching to high priority principals (and sometimes their lead teams) to address a specific need.   
  • Help identify prospective mentor principals  
  • Support mentor principal development in modeling excellence in principalship, if/as needed  
  • Help design and/or facilitate sessions in principal professional development programs, if/as requested by principal managers  

85% Campus lead team retention, with no gaps by position 
  • Lead the regional Leadership & Management Academy (2 nd  year cohort for all campus lead team managers of intact teams)  
  • Support   facilitation  of IDEA coaching and leadership trainings, including:  New Leader Institute, Coaching Academy & Leader Content Knowledge Institute (e.g. facilitate sessions as requested/available)  
  • Support other local campus leader collaboration days as requested/available (e.g. Principal collaboration)  
  • Coach PIRs & Principals to effectively coach & manage their lead team members  

90|50% of Leadership & Management participants will respond to the key quality measure survey question with 8+|10, with 90% average attendance & 90% achieving target proficiency in final triathlon tasks 
  • Serve as regional lead for the region's Leadership & Management PD program for campus leaders, managing all local elements of the program (designed nationally & executed regionally)  
  • Lead communication and build relationships of trust with participants in region  
  • Customize session design if/as needed to meet the local needs of your leaders  
  • Facilitate sessions and/or select and prepare facilitators  
  • Supervise the work of a regionally-selected logistics manager  
  • Partner with the Regional Director of Operations and Director of College Success (as needed) to support high quality in-field coaching of A ssistant Principals of Operations  and D irectors of College Success  in Leadership & Management Academy  

Build relationships of trust and collaboration with principal managers, mentor principals, and other school & regional leaders, so that 100% report being satisfied or highly satisfied with the partnership 
  • Initiate regular communication about the performance of leaders you support and about the health of the business partnership itself  
  • Embrace the challenge of navigating complex business partnerships (sometimes encountering resistance), and seize this challenge as an opportunity to influence transformation at any and all levels of the organization  
  • Help business partners understand the connection between sometimes seemingly dichotomous priorities (e.g. national/regional, individual/collective, short term/long term, coaching/management)  

Live Values of IDEA
  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students  are capable of getting  to and through college   
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them  
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve  quickly  
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change  
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization  
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes  
  • Embodies IDEA's core values    


  • Mission Focus  
  • Strategic leadership  
  • Effective management of self and others   
  • Building strong trusting relationships  
  • Designing and facilitating adult learning experiences  
  • Project management  
  • Navigating complex partnerships  
  • Leading change  
  • Humility with a commitment to continuous improvement  


  • Education:  Master ' s Degree Strongly Preferred  
  • Experience:  Teaching & principal experience required  


Knowledge and Skills:  
  • Mastery of School Leadership Levers (or similar school leadership rubric)  
  • Ability to coach and influence senior leaders across the organization  
  • Familiarity with Relay G raduate School of  E ducation /Leverage Leadership Coaching model  
  • Comfortable & skilled at managing others to results through both direct supervision and influence   
  • Exceptional design & facilitation of adult professional development programs & sessions  
  • Successful experience with project planning and executing large-scale professional development programs  
  • Execute organizational strategy at the regional level   


  • Salaries for this role typically fall between $ 85,000  and $ 102 , 5 00, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.  


Location/Travel Requirements:  
  • Live in an IDEA Region - preferably Texas  
  • Able to travel 50% of time   

Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $85,000 and $106,000, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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