Talent Together Educator Development Specialist - Southeast MI

Southeast, MI
Full Time
Talent Together
Mid Level

Who We Are

Talent Together is a consortium of all 56 of Michigan’s Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) and Regional Educational Service Associations (RESAs). The consortium has committed to working closely together and with key partners, including colleges and universities, the Michigan Department of Education, the Department of Labor, and the Michigan Educator Workforce Initiative to design and implement a suite of programs that provide pathways into the teaching profession. 

Talent Together seeks to provide equitable access and opportunity to the teaching profession by eliminating barriers and providing multiple levels of support to ensure candidates can complete a high-quality teacher preparation program. We acknowledge and respect participants’ diverse identities, cultures, and traditions and create environments where participants feel a sense of belonging so that, ultimately, children across Michigan learn from a more diverse and well-prepared teacher workforce.

What We Do

The Talent Together consortium has pledged to significantly increase access to the teaching profession by innovating to overcome common barriers such as the cost of coursework and the need to earn a living wage while seeking certification. By creating a Registered Apprenticeship Program that includes job-embedded coursework and comprehensive on-the-job support and learning from expert teachers, our consortium will create more opportunities for people in communities across our state, many of whom are already working and serving students in our schools, to successfully join and remain in the teaching profession.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate for this role:

  • Is skilled at developing others. This person approaches coaching and management of others thoughtfully and strategically, differentiating supports to align with individual needs.
  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit. This person enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and does not get easily overwhelmed by shifting priorities and projects. 
  • Can build trusting and authentic relationships quickly with a variety of stakeholders who have diverse life and work experiences. 
  • Is self-directed and independent. This person will work independently to build systems from the ground up which requires discipline,focus, and a problem solving mindset.
  • Has excellent communication skills. This person is skilled at both written and verbal communication and can adapt communications for different audiences.
  • Believes there is more than one right way for someone to be successful. This person knows that overcoming challenges in order to achieve education and career goals often involve creative problem-solving. This person believes that every candidate can be successful, with the right combination of customized support and advocacy. 
  • Can navigate and excel within the complexities of a virtual workplace. This person quickly builds skill with online tools (including the Google workspace), while establishing trusting relationships with colleagues and contributing to a positive team culture.
  • Takes ownership of their work while operating within a feedback-rich culture.  This person puts ideas and solutions forward, and then adapts based on feedback and input from colleagues, driving towards effective execution.
  • Operates well in multiple teams (regional and role) and upholds behavioral and performance expectations in all settings. This person understands and commits to the value of cross-team work and can adapt to guidance and expectations of multiple members of a management team. 

What You’ll Do

As an Educator Development Specialist, you will play a critical role in supporting Talent Together candidates to develop into excellent educators. Educator Development Specialists will manage a portfolio of schools in their assigned region to ensure the candidate experience in their portfolio is executed with quality and fidelity. Educator Development Specialists will drive the work of Mentor Teachers and Model Teachers, designing and facilitating learning experiences and providing job-embedded coaching. Educator Development Specialists will work through layers and collaborate closely with varied stakeholders to ensure the success of program participants. Educator Development Specialists will also provide direct coaching to current teachers of record, preparing them to become highly effective..

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university
  • At least 3 years K-12 teaching experience
  • Understanding of the K-12 Michigan Standards across content areas, assessment, and curricula being used in various teaching setting
  • A commitment to educational equity and demonstrated success with diverse groups (including identities, cultures, and traditions)
  • Previous experience designing and facilitating adult learning including professional development, peer observation, and instructional coaching practices
  • Previous experience and a proven track record of success managing staff (preferred)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Manages a portfolio of Talent Together schools by:
    • Assessing the needs of Teacher Candidates at assigned schools, focused specifically on Apprentice Teachers and teacher candidates who are acting as teachers of record while they pursue their certification or add-on credential
    • Creating and executing differentiated support and coaching plans for candidates at assigned schools, working with assigned Mentor Teachers and virtual Model Teachers to examine practice, set goals, and provide job-embedded coaching; pushing in to provide direct coaching supports to candidats as needed
    • Collaborating with Success Navigators to co-create (with candidates) Michigan Test for Teacher Certification study plan that outlines the differentiated small group supports each candidate needs to be prepared for the relevant MTTC exam(s), including small group study sessions and online resources
    • Implementing ongoing cycles of collaboration with school leaders, post-secondary institution faculty and staff, and assigned Mentor Teachers
    • Providing regular status updates on teacher candidate progress to internal Talent Together staff members and external stakeholders, including school leadership
  • Taking ultimate responsibility for each apprentice’s successful completion of the apprenticeship program, including 100% completion of all apprenticeship standards over the course of a year
  • Design and lead cycles of learning (such as professional learning community cycles) for Mentor Teachers to ensure consistent and high-quality models of instruction for participating Apprentice Teachers
  • Conduct regular site visits to assigned schools to observe candidates and collaborate with school-based staff members to ensure systems of support are provided consistently
  • Establish and execute a vision for assigned specialty area (e.g., specific content area or special project)
  • Support the portfolio completion process for program candidates 
  • Alongside team members, execute Talent Together’s annual process of selecting, matching, enrolling and supporting each teacher candidate from the beginning of their participation in the program, ensuring their ultimate success
  • Collaborate with other Talent Together staff members and external stakeholders to ensure excellent and equitable experiences for program participants
  • Contribute to Talent Together’s program evolution and expansion by completing special and priority projects as determined jointly with manager 
  • Provide excellent customer service to a number of stakeholders in a wide variety of roles
  • Maintain strong record keeping for federal and state programs and grants, including monitoring progress towards Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program standards in CRAFT data system, monitoring candidate program progression and communications in Salesforce, and monitoring progress and data in all required Talent Together systems
  • Other duties as assigned by program leadership and/or direct supervisor

Salary and Benefits

Salary range of $86,605-$99,482 based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include: health, vision, and dental insurance; paid time off; employee assistance program, long term disability insurance; life insurance; and retirement benefits through the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System (MPSERS).

Terms of Employment

Full time, non-union position; hybrid work environment. This position reports to the Talent Together Regional Program Director. This role is based in a home office. All Talent Together staff members are required to live in Michigan and will be required to travel to various locations in the state. The Educator Development Specialist, Southeast Michigan will support schools and candidates in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Monroe counties and is required to live in the SE Michigan region or an adjacent county. 


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