Project Director - Roots LA

About Us

TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that 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 and achieve their goals for students. 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. 

TNTP is excited to launch RootsLA, an innovative teacher pipeline and training program that aims to attract, select and grow effective teachers to teach Los Angeles’ schools. In the inaugural year, we will recruit and train 25 college juniors from Los Angeles who want to return to their home communities to make an impact through teaching.  RootsLA will offer college juniors an immersive summer training experience and an opportunity to earn a job offer before heading off into senior year. The RootsLA team will work with charter school partners to engage fellows throughout their final college year and ensure they are ready to lead their own classroom in the Fall of 2019. 

Our goal is for RootsLA teachers to have the content expertise and culturally responsive practices required to achieve significant academic gains with students, effect continuous and sustained improvement over time within their placement schools and districts, and dramatically improve student achievement in Los Angeles. TNTP has partnered with Great Public Schools Now to grow this program up to 75 fellows over three years. 

Project Director Role

The Project Director will ensure that the RootsLA program produces the city’s best new teacher recruits who are prepared to ensure that the students of Los Angeles receive a top-notch education. They will be responsible for managing a successful program launch in its inaugural year, building strong partnerships with stakeholders, leading a thriving team, and maintaining a high bar for performance among RootsLA teachers.  The Project Director will also support the development of systems, infrastructure, and curriculum for the second and third year of the program. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and manage the program, overseeing the planning and execution of pre-service training, co-hiring of a Lead Coach and Instructor with our charter partners, and managing candidate engagement strategies
  • Create innovative approaches to pre-service training including how to build Fellows’ content expertise, invest Fellows in the value of teaching in their home community, and retain Fellow engagement in the program and their placement schools through their ”gap year” before teaching
  • Align district systems, resources and structures to support evolving academic strategies 
  • Manage the design and implementation of other instructional trainings and projects that will support strong instruction that will prepare Los Angeles students for success in college and career 
  • Create high-quality, data-driven reports demonstrating the effect of newly created models on quality of instruction 
  • Cultivate and manage strong partnerships with a variety of stakeholders across the city including Great Public Schools Now, charter school partners, and others
  • Provide support to school leaders on their hiring and retention strategies 
  • Create and maintain a strong program culture among teacher candidates and staff
  • Contribute to other projects within TNTP as needed.

After the summer Pre-Service Training, the Project Director will continue to develop and grow our program. Specific year-round responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the recruitment campaign, ensuring we are on track to bring in at least 50 fellows in year 2 and 75 fellows in year 3 to begin teaching after their senior year.
  • Continuously adapt and redesign the summer training curriculum to meet the unique needs of teachers in Los Angeles charter schools
  • Support the development of communications, including marketing materials, website, and collateral, to ensure we are conveying the key messages
  • Recruit, select, train, and manage the part-time, seasonal staff involved in future pre-service trainings, including mentor teachers from our partner charter schools and instructors. 
  • Collaborate with leaders from other Fellows’ sites to gather lessons learned and integrate best practices from our programs around the country

What You Bring

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. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level. 

We expect our Project Director to:

  • Know great Common Core aligned 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 Common Core for students, teachers, school leaders and district staff.
  • Develop relationships with partners. You should be an effective communicator, someone who can interact with, and influence, high level clients at the district and school levels. Since this is a new program and we are seeking local support, your ability to engage our partners is crucial. 
  • Develop a team of exceptional teacher coaches. Based on your data analysis and what you know students need, you manage and develop coaches to pilot innovative approaches to improving teacher performance under a quick timeline to build a cohort of highly effective teachers.
  • Design and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges. You have a history of tackling high stakes challenges head on and moving work forward toward successful outcomes. Ambiguity doesn’t overwhelm you; you thrive on it. Your creative instincts will help you deal with vague situations and develop new approaches with limited guidance.
  • Drive strategy and planning for program operations. Your leadership, organization and keen eye on the details will be the backbone of an effective program. 


  • Full Time availability in Los Angeles June-July 2018 required (year-round preferable) 
  • Deep knowledge of effective instruction, with at least four years K-12 teaching and leadership experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and the ability to help others diagnose and coach teachers
  • Understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Experience managing complex projects or organizational change efforts
  • The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions
  • Previous experience developing and facilitating adult learning/training 
  • Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of rapidly changing priorities and tight deadlines 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong staff management experience or instincts

What We Offer

TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance based bonus. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.  

To Apply

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online.

It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position. 

TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.