"I’m excited for the possibilities this role brings in supporting us in our growth as industry leaders for project-based learning professional development that leads to high student engagement."

Nadia K Selby
Executive Director, Citizen Schools


For nearly 25 years, Citizen Schools has been a pioneer in educational equity. Since opportunity, unlike talent, is not equally distributed, we have provided hands-on learning experiences that ignite curiosity, build confidence and expand horizons for over 50,000 underrepresented middle school students. Together with our partners, including 25,000 career mentors, we have exposed students to ideas and connections, helping them access even better opportunities than previous generations.

Today, we engage underserved students in hands-on learning, in school and after school. Our students are creators and problem-solvers, not just consumers. They become scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, writers, and programmers. We also apply best practices from our direct service work to systems-level advancement of STEM mentorship and learning by working with communities.

Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.


The Catalyst program is a unique opportunity for STEM teachers to explore how Project-Based Learning and Social Emotional Learning are fundamental levers to deepen student learning. Catalyst supports teachers to embed an industry expert into their classroom, offering their students access to exceptional content knowledge while forming mentor relationships for their students.

The Managing Director of Teaching & Learning will be particularly focused on building a comprehensive and engaging learning experience for students, industry expert volunteers, and Catalyst teachers, inclusive of in-person and remote learning environments.


As our Managing Director of Teaching & Learning (MDTL), you will play a critical role in our design strategy to create high-quality and engaging experiences for our Catalyst teachers and STEM volunteers. You will design the professional development content and structures to coach teachers to implement high-quality project-based STEM learning experiences in partnership with STEM industry volunteers. We are seeking a leader that has experience building in-person and remote learning experiences.

As the steward of adult learning, you will set a vision for blended learning and professional development for teachers and volunteers. You will utilize a learning management system to share professional development course material with participants, monitor participant usage, and collect feedback to refine course design. You will lead a team of Program Managers to implement professional development plans for individual teachers based on teacher’s strengths, goals, needs, and school priorities. While also modeling to your team strategies to maintain high expectations for student learning and teacher growth.

The MDTL reports directly to the Executive Director of the Catalyst team. This role is based in a home office with access to a regional office in Boston or NYC. There is flexibility to work from home or report to the office. This position is a part of the national team, directly supporting the Catalyst team.

Serving as a member of the Citizen Schools team means working in a fast-paced environment that values learning and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Citizen Schools is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.


Professional Development Design: (40%)

  • Create a strategic vision for blended adult learning with an equity lens: developing teacher & volunteer training, coaching, and professional development.
  • Lead LMS (Learning Management System) content creation and implementation.
  • Articulate and refine a vision for how professional development and coaching will influence teacher practice over the course of a three-year engagement with Catalyst.
  • Design and curate a library of supplemental resources and tools that can be used to support teachers in building their instructional practices.
  • Work closely with the Managing Director of Curriculum to ensure strong alignment between project materials (teacher, student, and volunteer guides) and professional development offerings; expand and modify professional development library as curriculum library expands.

Program Implementation & Coaching: (40%)

  • Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to improve professional practice.
  • Conduct teacher observations and/or walk-throughs and provide feedback that facilitates teacher reflection and growth.
  • Develop Program Managers’ knowledge and skills on adult Learning and coaching through a variety of professional development targeted topics and designs.
  • Manage a team of Program Managers to deliver high-quality professional development and coaching for teachers.
  • Support Program Managers in providing technical support and maintain strong lines of communication for teachers and volunteers throughout all stages of the Catalyst projects.
  • Work closely with Regional Directors of External Engagement and Volunteer Engagement Managers to monitor volunteer recruitment, onboarding, and teacher-volunteer matching.
  • Assist teachers with resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support classroom instruction and planning and ensure successful implementation of Catalyst projects.

Evaluation: (20%)

  • Work with Program Managers to collect comprehensive impact and implementation data using stakeholder surveys & observations.
  • Work closely with the Director of R&E & the Catalyst team to analyze data and determine participant support needs and improve professional development programming.
  • Ongoing refinement and improvement of professional development and coaching structures.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled relationship-builder and facilitator, have knowledge/experience in experiential or project-based learning, and be someone who is excited to bring real-world learning to life through meaningful connections between all stakeholders. This role will require a willingness to work with ambiguity, collaboration, and a commitment to resource development. You will be an ideal candidate for this position if you are a natural storyteller and have a high level of detail orientation.


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

    • 5+ years of experience in instructional design, professional development and/or adult learning
    • 3+ years of teaching experience in K-12; project-based teaching experience and experience teaching middle school strongly desired; instructional coaching experience is a plus
    • 3+ years management experience; demonstrated strength managing and coaching individuals to reach ambitious goals; ability to motivate and build a strong team culture; ability to delegate effectively and monitor progress toward set targets and goals.
    • Strong understanding of project based learning, culturally responsive instruction, and social emotional learning; familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards is a plus
    • Knowledge of and experience using the principles of adult learning and educational design approaches (e.g. simulation, web-based training, eLearning) to effectively execute virtual training/professional development programs
    • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships across a wide variety of individuals and groups by phone and in person
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail and organizational habits
    • Prior success working across a matrixed organization, balancing the needs of multiple teams and the ability to navigate those needs with savviness
    • Strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
    • Proactive attitude, out of the box thinking, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
    • Desire and excitement to model Citizen Schools’ core values: Confidence, Curiosity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Perseverance and Teamwork
    • The fundamental belief that all students can achieve academic and professional success


Salary will be competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of comparable size, and you will also receive a robust benefits package. We offer medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with a match, paid vacation, professional development stipend, and more.


Citizen Schools helps all students to thrive in school and beyond through hands-on learning and career mentors. Our vision is all students have experiences and career mentors that ignite curiosity, build confidence, and help them develop into the next generation of leaders. Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.

To learn more about our work, please visit www.citizenschools.org.


Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please contact us and we will work to accommodate your needs.