Managing Director of Talent Development

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Ascend Network
Ascend Learning
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At Ascend, we’re excited about professionals who are fired up about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serve all students. Join us as we foster innate curiosities, encourage discussion and debate, and guide students to think their own way through to answers.


The managing director of talent development will have overall responsibility for the development of educators at Ascend. He or she will establish the network’s bold vision for adult development, and will building and continually refine Ascend’s systems and practices for developing talent and leadership at Ascend schools.

The managing director will establish the vision for all Ascend’s talent development programs, including the professional development of school leaders, the Resident Director program, and the Teaching Fellow Program (including mentor teachers), and will determine and codify Ascend practices for adult training and development.


The managing director of talent development will collaborate closely with the chief curriculum officer, curriculum design team directors, managing directors of schools, and school directors, and will report to the chief schools officer.


This role is an ideal opportunity for a dynamic and visionary educator, known for exceptional adult training skills, to grow and shape the leaders and teachers of Ascend.


Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend


Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students’ natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.


To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.


You can learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting our website.


The managing director of talent development will


  • work collaboratively with the chief schools officer, chief curriculum and innovation officer, managing directors of schools, school directors, and curriculum directors to develop a distinctive Ascend philosophy of professional development of leaders and teachers in our schools, and systems and practices aligned with this philosophy
  • in close collaboration with the chief schools officer, chief curriculum and innovation officer, managing directors of schools, curriculum design team directors, and school directors, plan the annual Leader Institute and Teacher Institute, including determining their content, trainers, and agendas
  • in close collaboration with the chief schools officer, chief curriculum and innovation officer, managing directors of schools, curriculum design team directors, and school directors, develop the network-side annual professional development calendar for school directors, resident directors, deans, and teaching fellows/mentor teachers, and determine the content of their trainings through the school year
  • train network staff on the effective planning and facilitation of adult learning
  • build and manage partnerships with external trainers of commercial programs deployed at Ascend, including STEP, Fundations, and Responsive Classroom 
  • conduct short-term, intensive development of specific school leaders, as requested from time to time by school directors and their managing directors 
  • design and lead a Resident Director Program that prepares future school directors over a one- or two-year period 
  • advise the chief schools officer on the hiring and placement of resident directors in Ascend schools
  • advise the chief schools officer on the promotion of resident directors to school director 
  • manage and refine the Ascend Teaching Fellows Program, Ascend’s bold new teacher hiring and development initiative
  • observe and assess the quality of leader professional development at Ascend and its schools, in partnership with managing directors of schools and the chief schools officer 

Staff and reporting relationships


The managing director of talent development shall report directly to Ascend’s chief schools officer and collaborate closely with network departments and Ascend’s schools team.


  • At least two years as a principal in a school with exceptional achievement results, preferably in an urban school
  • At least three years of teaching experience at either the elementary, middle, or high school level, with a proven record of raising student achievement, preferably in urban schools
  • Extensive record of leading effective trainings of teachers or school leaders
  • Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree preferred

Skills, Traits, and Beliefs

  • Outstanding, dynamic, and engaging trainer of adults, known for the efficacy, clarity, and effective instructional design of his or her adult trainings
  • Models a growth mindset with a hunger and humility to improve; seeks and receives feedback in a spirit of continuous improvement
  • Customer service orientation; works relentlessly to cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across all levels of the organization
  • A bold, tireless and engaging change agent and culture-creator; a visionary; a leader who inspires and motivates adults
  • Exceptional self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit and team orientation
  • Strong problem-solving skills, with a combination of confidence and humility
  • Effective and winning communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Collaborative decision-making style, with a proven record of working with individuals at all levels to drive decision-making and results
  • Treats all members of the professional community with respect; identifies and taps the strengths of colleagues
  • Self-aware; knows his or her strengths and weaknesses
  • Absolute integrity
  • Relentlessly committed to preparing every student for college
  • Driven to improve the minds and lives of students from underserved communities; dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all the schools’ students achieve academic success
  • Passion for liberal arts education and insistence on academic excellence and rigor at all times
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend



Ascend Learning offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.


Ascend Learning is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity.


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