Director, Teachers of Connecticut
Teachers of Connecticut Overview: Under Barbara Dalio’s leadership, Dalio Education launched Teachers of Connecticut in August 2021 to amplify the voices of Connecticut’s inspiring teachers who work tirelessly to support their students. In Barbara’s many conversation with teachers, she observed how teachers always have such valuable things to say but also that they lacked the platform they deserve. In response, she created Teachers of Connecticut for teachers to tell their stories, have their voices heard, and raise awareness around their experiences and ideas. A volunteer Advisory Group of teachers and civic leaders helps to lead Teachers of Connecticut, ensuring it achieves its mission of supporting public school teachers.
Dalio Education is seeking a Director for Teachers of Connecticut who will work as an independent consultant to Dalio Education. The Director will lead Teachers of Connecticut by:
- Collaborating with Dalio Education leadership and the Teachers of Connecticut Advisory Group to turn ideas into actions to shape the initiative’s future;
- Managing a small team, including a digital media team, and doing whatever-it-takes to execute tasks necessary to advance the initiative; and
- Connecting with public school teachers and other stakeholders to raise awareness about the initiative and further develop its brand and potential.
This part-time role is designed for an independent consultant and is not a position of full-time employment.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Teachers of Connecticut’s mission and excited to collaborate with Dalio Education leadership, the Advisory Group, public school teachers, and other stakeholders to advance this new online platform.
A successful candidate must offer relevant expertise and have strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and a collaborative style, along with a track record that demonstrates superior reliability and integrity.
This part-time independent consultant role will require rolling up one’s sleeves in order to execute multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a virtual environment that is oftentimes ambiguous and fluid.
Remote Work and Travel:
The Director will most often work remotely from home. However, when appropriate, based on public health guidelines, the Director will meet with Dalio Education leadership, Advisory Group members, public school teachers, and/or other stakeholders in locations across Connecticut. This role will thus require the consultant to travel in-state by car as necessary to advance the initiative and its goals.
Time Commitment and Compensation:
We anticipate this part-time independent consultant role will require approximately 20 hours per week and that some weeks may require even more time depending on the initiative’s needs. We also anticipate that this consulting engagement may last for up to 12 months with the option for extension through mutual agreement. Compensation for this role will be based on an agreed-upon hourly rate for work performed. This role provides no benefits.
Chief Education Officer, Andrew Ferguson
Top priorities are subject to change and include, but are not limited to:
Collaborate with Dalio Education leadership and the Teachers of Connecticut Advisory Group to turn ideas into actions to shape the initiative’s future (25%)
- Meet regularly with Dalio Education leadership to provide updates and get their direction on all facets of the initiative;
- Maintain relationships with Advisory Group members and regularly provide updates and solicit their input;
- Develop agendas and materials for Advisory Group meetings and facilitate such meetings; and
- Prepare and disseminate Advisory Group meeting minutes and prepare recommendations for action items in follow-up to such meetings for consideration by Dalio Education leadership.
Manage a small team of internal staff and vendors and coordinate and drive the content production pipeline, doing whatever it takes to execute tasks as necessary to deliver (45%)
- Review stories received through “Share Your Story” and other means, select teachers to profile, arrange phone calls with selected teachers to review and discuss the participation process, and connect teachers to participating journalists for interviews;
- Continue to serve as primary point of contact for all participating teachers throughout the process to ensure that their experience is positive and rewarding and that any questions or concerns that may arise are addressed well;
- Manage up to four freelance journalists who are responsible for interviewing selected teachers and writing narratives of 800 to 1,000 words that are driven by teachers’ quotes;
- Work closely with Dalio Education’s Executive Assistant in organizing teacher photoshoots;
- Provide final review of all stories prior to publication, ensuring stories comply with guidelines and providing a final proofread to catch any last errors;
- Map out a monthly editorial calendar that is synchronized with the content production pipeline and delivers at least one new teacher story published weekly on the platform, with variety across weeks in teacher location and subject/grade as well as story focus;
- Work closely with Web Solutions (Dalio Education’s vendor that manages the online platform and digital media) to prepare and publish stories and to oversee and regularly update the platform as needed and to advance the digital media strategy;
- Work closely with Web Solutions in the development and execution of a social media strategy, inclusive of collaborating on an editorial calendar for social media, approving draft posts, and monitoring growth in engagement and followers against goals and benchmarks;
- Work closely with Dalio Education’s Executive Assistant in the preparation and dissemination of communications to email subscribers; and
- Work closely with Dalio Education’s Operations Manager in sourcing vendors and forming engagements as necessary for the initiative’s success.
Connect with public school teachers and other stakeholders to raise awareness about the initiative and further develop its brand and potential (30%)
- Serve as a spokesperson for Teachers of Connecticut and work closely with Roy Occhiogrosso (Dalio Education’s strategic communications consultant) to draft press releases and statements and generate ideas for further developing the initiative’s brand;
- Promote Teachers of Connecticut as a way for PreK-12 public school teachers to tell their stories, have their voices heard, and raise awareness around their experiences and ideas;
- Gather input from public school teachers and other stakeholders about ways to grow the online platform over time consistent with its mission and goals, as set by Dalio Education leadership and the Advisory Group;
- In close coordination with Dalio Education leadership, collaborate with external stakeholders in cultivating opportunities to advance brand awareness and platform reach; and
- Other duties, as assigned.
The ideal consultant will possess the following professional qualifications:
- Retired public school teacher or administrator with deep expertise in education or a communications professional with expertise in content creation and management that includes previous experience producing content covering the field of education;
- Experience successfully managing projects involving many people through collaboration; and
- Experience successfully demonstrating the cultural competency to work across diverse populations and the ability to build excellent relationships with stakeholders from various walks of life (e.g. families, teachers, administrators, district leaders, union leaders, civic leaders, media, etc.).
The ideal consultant will possess the following knowledge, skills, attributes, and values:
- Integrity, transparency, honesty, compassion, and strong ethical orientation;
- Emotional intelligence, creativity, analytical skills, and sound judgment;
- Reliable and resilient under pressure with the ability to thrive in a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial organization;
- Superior organizational skills with tremendous attention to detail;
- Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and deliver high‐quality work in a fast-paced environment;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills;
- Willingness to do whatever-it-takes to ensure the initiative’s success; and
- Highly proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite, with experience using Content Management Systems a plus.
Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter in Word or PDF format to Carolina.Deakins@daliofoundation.org with “Director, Teachers of Connecticut” in the email’s subject line.
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