Program Director, LEAP

Posted by: Leading Educators

Washington, DC, US


Leading Educators is a national nonprofit deeply committed to ensuring students from low-income backgrounds receive an excellent education. We partner with schools and districts to help highly effective instructional leaders develop the skills needed to successfully lead their colleagues. We provide intensive job-embedded coaching and rigorous and engaging professional development. Our goal is to extend the reach and impact of these highly effective leaders, transforming schools and dramatically improving student outcomes.


Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

Leading Educators has partnered with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to support their innovative approach to distributed leadership and professional learning for teachers, or LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice). At its core, LEAP is about creating content-specific learning communities that engage teachers in a cycle of lesson planning, content knowledge development, formative observations, and student work analysis – all tied to the DCPS curriculum and facilitated by a content-specific leader, called a LEAP Leader.

The Leading Educators LEAP Program is led by a Managing Director of Program, two Program Directors, and an Associate Director for Events and Operations. The Program Director manages Leadership Coaches, builds strong relationships with school and district partners, and guides program development, delivery, and evaluation. The Program Director also has the unique opportunity to work closely with our partners in DCPS’s Office of Instructional Practice to intentionally and collaboratively deepen capacity within DCPS to provide individual coaching to LEAP Leaders and principals. This position provides a highly motivated and innovative individual the opportunity to build systems, design content and tools, and manage others to ensure that our schools become models of distributed leadership such that teacher capacity is strengthened and student achievement increases. The position reports to the Managing Director of Program and has the following responsibilities:

Develop, Lead, and Evaluate LEAP Programming:

  • Collaborate with national program staff, LEAP team, and DCPS partners to design systems, structures, and processes to ensure outstanding program execution.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Leading Educators LEAP Program and identify opportunities for continuous improvement in partnership with national evaluation team and DCPS partners.

Develop Others:

  • Develop and manage Leadership Coaches to ensure effective execution of the coaching model with LEAP Leaders and principals by leading weekly training sessions, observing and providing feedback, and leading formal reviews.
  • Facilitate sessions to large groups of principals and LEAP Leaders in areas such as best practices for leading teams, establishing strong adult cultures, designing and facilitating professional development, and coaching using an observation and feedback model.


  • Collaborate with Office of Instructional Practice leaders to design and lead trainings for OIP content coaches; build systems for communication and processes to support alignment across LE and OIP coaches.
  • Collaborate consistently and closely with DCPS leaders, including instructional superintendents and DCPS’s Office of Instructional Practice to differentiate school support, share information and resources, and refine LEAP tools.
  • Build and consistently strengthen relationships with stakeholders; serve as an ambassador of Leading Educators.
  • Develop and maintain systems for effectively tracking and monitoring multiple sources of information from a variety of stakeholders to ensure they receive exemplary support.


  • Leverage a collaborative design process that includes national program team leaders and Office of Instructional Practice partners to design, and ultimately facilitate, professional development sessions to support principals with effectively leading through distributed leadership in their schools.
  • Leverage a collaborative design process to refine our existing quarterly data review (QDR) structure. Ensure that quarterly data reviews effectively support principals and school leadership teams in analyzing progress and planning next steps by effectively training Leadership Coaches to facilitate QDRs.

Embody Leading Educators’ Values:

  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to equity and an openness to exploring one’s own identity and engaging in ongoing learning conversations about equity and anti-racism.
  • Model and foster the Leading Educators values of Equity, Service, Community, Growth, and Results and ensure our programming and collaboration with partners embody these values. Frequently connect own beliefs and actions to core values to model values-aligned leadership.
  • Take on additional projects and responsibilities as assigned to support our team, organization, and partners.
  • Commit to deepening one’s own knowledge and skills by regularly seeking and applying feedback.


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition, Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and a 4% matching 401k plan. Additional premium cost are covered by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, child care, and commuter expenses are available, as well as a very generous PTO plan. Benefits are valued at or above $7,500 for employees.


Please follow the link to submit your application: add your name, select your region, and then choose PROGRAM DIRECTOR, LEAP from the list to get started:

Leading Educators is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood.




    The ideal candidate will have demonstrated measurable, significant results for students in a high needs school as a school leader. The candidate should also possess the following:

    Significant experience coaching, training, and supervising teams of instructional leaders to drive instruction that is content-based, aligned to CCSS standards, and measurably improves student outcomes; at least three years experience managing others.

  • Mastery of standards-based instructional planning and delivery that ensures student mastery of rigorous content and skills; significant experience with CCSS for Math.
  • Mastery of data-driven instruction, with a particular focus on looking at student work to drive re-teaching and planning.
  • Significant experience building school-level systems, structures, and processes to effectively launch, monitor, and strengthen new initiatives.
  • Excellent facilitation skills (high-energy, motivating, engaging, and clear) and experience facilitating to large groups.
  • Extremely high expectations of oneself, colleagues, and stakeholders; ability to communicate those expectations in a direct and motivating way.
  • Ability to thrive in environment of ambiguity; excited to innovate, build, and refine.Passion for professional growth and enthusiasm for feedback.Exceptional time management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting and collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

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