Headquartered in NYC, The New Teacher Project recruits on college campuses and most of these positions are in Communications or Operations

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Are you interested in a job in education, but teaching in a classroom just isn’t for you? Entry-level jobs in education that are done outside of the classroom are tough to find, but they’re out there. The New Teacher Project is a fine example. The New Teacher Project is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains teachers to put them in classrooms where they are badly needed.

The New Teacher Project (TNTP) focuses on four main elements to achieve success: teaching fellows programs, staffing initiatives, teaching certification, and policy and research. The New Teacher Project founded The New York City Teaching Fellows program and many others like it around the country. From there, TNTP partners with school districts to help improve the flow of qualified teachers into the schools that need quality teaching the most. This is partly to ensure that schools open fully-staffed; however, TNTP is also involved in developing and implementing many levels of professional training to help teachers become, and stay, certified to teach. Lastly, TNTP conducts targeted research, which allows them to identify the obstacles that school systems are facing and make realistic recommendations that will improve the quality of education that students receive.

TNTP occasionally recruits on college campuses, and hires about ten entry-level employees every year. Most entry level positions fall into either the Communications or Operations Associate category. Judging from other people’s experiences, if you are a hard worker who shows dedication and enthusiasm for TNTP’s cause, you can move up very quickly. Here is an overview of TNTP’s hiring process and expectations for applicants. One downside to TNTP is that they do note on the job listings that these positions may require “non-traditional” work hours, including weeknights and weekends. Nonetheless, TNTP has been named by Princeton Review as one of 2007’s Best Entry Level Jobs and also offers above average salaries for non-profit work.

The New Teacher Project allows you to for specific positions through their job listings. You can also inquire about jobs by e-mailing jobs@tntp.org. Be sure to include a detailed cover letter when you apply.

Note: On April 27th we revisited entry-level jobs at The New Teacher Project.

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One response to “The New Teacher Project”

  1. Jen Moon says:

    For more recent information about opportunities at The New Teacher Project, please go to: http://www.tntp.org/join.html. Information about current job openings, how to apply, and profiles of our staff are included.

    Below is more information about our organization – if you have any other questions, you can contact jobs@tntp.org.

    Overview of organization:
    The New Teacher Project is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving teacher quality in high-need schools. Our goal is to help school districts and states close the achievement gap that disadvantages poor and minority students. We do this by creating innovative programs that hire or train thousands of teachers every year and by breaking down the policy barriers that keep schools from hiring the best teachers possible.

    Specifically, we currently have 5 unique business lines focused on different aspects of the teacher effectiveness continuum. We operate on a fee-for-service basis with our district clients that allows us to both foster client investment in our programs and ensure the organization’s financial sustainability.

    Teaching Fellows Programs – run high-quality alternate route programs that bring in a new pipeline of talented teachers in high need subject areas within our partner districts.

    Training and Certification – in states where we are an approved certification provider, this business line runs a high quality certification route in which participants attend seminars in their content area. Successful completion of these seminars – which focus on ensuring student achievement in high-need schools – results in initial teacher certification.

    Staffing Initiatives – provide support to principals at a subset of schools (typically the hardest-to-staff or lowest performing in the district) to ensure that they have access to high-quality teachers and can open each school year fully staffed.

    Policy – identify the policy barriers that prevent high-need schools from hiring and retaining effective teachers, and recommends pragmatic reforms.

    Teacher Quality Innovations – research and implement new ways of meeting critical human capital challenges in district and charter schools.

    We also have 5 internal teams – Finance, Human Capital, Communications and Development, Research and Evaluation, and Information Technology – each focused on supporting the business lines in their efforts to attain their goals.

    Since its inception, TNTP has trained or hired approximately 33,000 teachers, benefiting an estimated 4.8 million students nationwide. It has established more than 70 programs and initiatives in 28 states and published four seminal studies on urban teacher hiring and school staffing.

    Organization culture:
    The New Teacher Project is an incredibly driven, results-oriented organization. Yet, we have a relaxed, supportive culture in which individual contributions are celebrated and valued. TNTP staff members come from a variety of backgrounds – including former classroom teachers, school district leaders, strategic consultants, or policy analysts. They range from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals.

    Staff members who come to TNTP from other environments – even traditional consulting firms – tend to comment on the speed of the pace, the high expectations for deliverables, and the frequent feedback on their work. TNTP is highly virtual. National-level staff members are spread across the country and many meetings are conducted through conference calls. A small number of our staff works from our central office in Brooklyn, NY, and other staff members work in school district offices or from home offices across the country. Because many staff members work on small teams, staff members often have significant freedom to drive increased results on their contracts.

    TNTP staff members interact with a wide range of constituents: school district staff (Human Resources staff, assistant superintendants, superintendents), principals, teacher applicants, and union officials.

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