Part-time Senior Manager, Academics – Early Literacy

Part-time Senior Manager, Academics – Early Literacy (K-3)

Arkansas, Tennessee or Mississippi

TNTP seeks part-time Senior Managers, Academics – Early Literacy to join our Part-time Staff Pool to support early literacy work in Arkansas. This position is based from a home office in Arkansas, Tennessee or Mississippi and is available immediately. Frequently travel is required for this role and candidates must be willing and able to travel across the state of Arkansas to meet client obligations in both urban and remote settings. Candidates residing in Tennessee or Mississippi with the ability to meet the travel requirements are encouraged to apply.

Who We Are
A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

We are currently seeking individuals to join TNTP’s Part-time Staff Pool to fill part-time roles supporting early literacy work in Arkansas. TNTP part-time candidates provide additional capacity to complete priority projects. Assignments vary in length with most lasting between 2 weeks and 3-4 months or longer, and work is not guaranteed.

What You’ll Do

As a Part-time Senior Manager, Academics – Early Literacy, you will partner with school districts in Arkansas to support, coach, and develop teachers and leaders to shift and improve their instructional practice around the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices in early literacy classrooms.

Specific responsibilities include:

Supporting district and school leaders to deliver on their instructional leadership priorities and improve instruction for all students, by supporting them with key aspects of their roles, such as:

Leading compelling and practical professional learning on research-based practices in K-3rd grade age student instruction with a focus on literacy.

Designing and executing regular cycles of teacher professional learning, observation and feedback, or student work analysis on topics relevant to early literacy and intended to improve instruction and student outcomes.

Conducting classroom visits to assess the quality of instruction and support coaches and leaders in identifying trends within and across schools.

Modeling effective observation and feedback practices.

Facilitating the implementation of strong instructional materials aligned to the shifts and demands of the relevant state standards.

Setting up and maintaining data systems and supporting teachers and leaders to engage in ongoing reflection and use of data to drive improvements.

Building and maintaining strong relationships with academic departments and school-based staff.

Tracking progress towards contract goals and making strategic decisions regarding client management and support.

Motivating and influencing clients to consistently integrate equity-focused mindsets and practices into their academic strategy, including authentic community engagement and cultural proficiency.

Developing strategies to tackle instructional challenges and creating plans to implement them.

Contributing to the creation of high-quality, data-driven reports demonstrating the effect of the team’s approaches towards quality of instruction.

Designing tools and resources in real-time to respond to client needs, in support of academic or instructional goals.

Engaging with and communicating progress to a variety of district school and community stakeholders.

What You Bring

First and foremost, we are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education.  We value diversity of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, gender, religion, language, ability, and experience and exemplify this through the makeup of our team at all levels. You’ll be right at home here if you cultivate strong relationships and push yourself, your work, and the people around you to the next level. We encourage those with the following identities to apply: Black, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander, Indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people, veterans, people living with disabilities, and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities. 

We expect our Part-time Senior Managers to:

Have a passion and understanding of the education landscape and communities. You bring deep background knowledge in the current education landscape and a passion for embedding community engagement and involving communities in our work.

Know great teaching and learning when you see it. Whether you are watching how students engage during a lesson or looking at student performance data, you can identify whether students are grappling with the right content and diagnose what needs to happen to improve student learning outcomes immediately and in the long-term. You understand the implications of the shifts in instruction required by the state standards and other early literacy indicators for students, teachers, school leaders, and district staff. You know high-quality instructional materials in early literacy and can support partners in their implementation at the classroom and school level.

Translate your instructional knowledge and content expertise. We’re counting on your strong public presentation skills, ability to assess and adjust to the learning needs of your audience, and ability to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, including teachers, school leaders, and district staff. You have a deep understanding of effective instruction. You use this knowledge to meet our clients where they are at by designing reasonable solutions to their challenges.

Connect the dots in ambiguous circumstances. You’ll use your analytical and problem-solving skills to design and facilitate trainings and meetings, craft strategic academic interventions that improve student performance, and propose solutions to academic challenges every day. Ambiguity doesn’t scare you; just the opposite, you thrive on it. Your creative instincts will help you deal with vague situations and develop new approaches with limited guidance.

Partner with education leaders. You’ll regularly interact with, and be expected to influence clients, motivating and guiding them to lead transformative change efforts.

Build relationships. You have the ability to connect and build relationships with diverse communities. Multilingual or Bilingual abilities are considered a strong asset – Spanish language fluency is a plus.

Embrace cross-cultural agility. Authentic self-reflection, self-awareness, and high emotional intelligence are central to who you are, and you utilize these skills to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have an adept cultural understanding of yourself and use your understanding of yourself and others to build trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.

Manage time carefully. You may manage multiple projects simultaneously, and you’ll need to prioritize your time carefully to meet deadlines and the needs of our school and district partners.


Deep knowledge of content and instruction at the primary school level, particularly with early literacy instructional materials and resources, with at least three years K-3 teaching experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a proven track record of raising student achievement.

Experience designing and delivering strong professional development for adult learners and creating systems to support ongoing learning and development.

Teacher leadership experience and experience coaching teachers or other leaders.

Strong familiarity and expertise with the College and Career-Ready standards, or relevant state standards including:

Experience as a practitioner in a school system that has adopted Amplify and/or a deep conceptual understanding of the instructional shifts in early literacy.

Experience using high-quality curricular materials and knowledge of how the curriculum supports strong, rigorous instruction.

Prior experience with equity-based, asset-oriented and culturally responsive practices, especially in teaching and learning.

Multilingual or bilingual abilities are considered a strong asset – Spanish language fluency is a plus.

What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience in a similar position. The pay range for this position is between $35.00-$52.50 per hour. TNTP offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, and the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation’s children. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work each day.

To Apply

Please submit your online application through Workday. The priority application deadline for this position is September 25, 2023. After that date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application that addresses why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position.


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