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Head of Program

Position: Head of Program

 

The Role

In Thailand today, there are over ~10 million students in our public school system, and yet ~50% are leaving our school system without basic reading, writing and critical thinking skills, contributing to a growing injustices and lack of strong human capital in the newer generations for Thailand remain relevant and competitive as she moves into an aging population society within the next 10 years. At Teach For Thailand, we are working to change this. We believe in the potential of all children and are working to create a different future for kids growing up in low-income communities in Thailand. Today, we have 69 participants in our two-year leadership development program, 78 alumni, and 15 team members who are committed to expanding educational opportunity through their leadership in schools and across all sectors. Over the next 2 years, we aim to grow our movement to 150 participants, who collectively will have the potential to impact 30,000 children in classrooms every day, with 200 alumni and 25 staff serving as leaders to address systemic causes of educational inequity from across all sectors. To achieve this, we need a Chief Program Officer to lead the effort in evolving our experiential leadership development program to be deeply rooted in the Thai culture and history, and increase the depth of impact with our alumni network.

 

An ideal candidate is a natural leader of excellence with a strong track record of leading teams and a knack for bringing order to ambiguity. Over time you will be responsible for evolving the structures and roles on your team to match what is required to achieve our vision as we grow. This is a hands on executor role that require exceptional leadership and management skills, strategic thinking and  ability to roll up your sleeves to be in the trenches and coach junior team members on a daily basis.

 

You will keep expectations high and knit all of our program teams together so that we can fulfill our mission and make a lasting impact. The Chief Program Officer will report directly to CEO.  

 

Outcomes and Responsibilities

  • Lead Teach For Thailand’s program team to achieve our vision and goals by developing and implementing a strategic plan to:
    • Achieve ambitious growth target for number of participants, which is expected to grow an average of ~20% annually over the next three years
    • Evolve and refine our transformational for students and system change to impact more than 30,000 students over the next few years  
    • Evolve training and professional development programs for participants to the highest quality in order to achieve our vision of impact for students and prepare our alumni for leadership
    • Establish mechanisms for mutual learning and collaboration between programmatic teams to ensure that all teams are working together in an aligned and integrated way toward our transformational vision for students and system change
  • Coach team leads and build a strong team culture
    • Manage a team of ~3-5 high-performing functional heads/managers to be successful and engaged in a student-first environment
    • Coach and develop team members on management skills and cultivate them as future leaders of our organization
    • Build a strong team culture so that staff working within the program continuum have an inspiring, fulfilling and sustainable experience that leads to delivering their best performance
  • Contribute to and shape Teach For Thailand’s overall organizational strategy
    • Partner with the CEO and other teams to help create organization-wide strategies around growth, student, school and community impact, and long-term areas of focus
    • Provide leadership for the organization by representing the vision, mission, and core values of the organization, both internally and externally
    • Work on key strategic initiatives and issues to optimize the operations of the organization as well as maximize impact

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 10+ years of professional full time experience with a particular focus in managing junior teams to achieve great results in a goals driven environment
  • Experience creating/facilitating adult learning preferred

 

Skills, Knowledge and Mindset

  • A deep commitment to education equity - a belief that all children can succeed regardless of their background  
  • Ability to work effectively in ambiguity in an organization transitioning out of its start-up phase, including willingness to operate outside formal role to ensure success of the broader organization
  • Ability to authentically and respectfully form relationships across lines of difference with people who have diverse perspectives
  • A learning orientation - commitment to learning and development and openness to feedback
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - ability to influence and mobilize others
  • Exceptional organizational skills - ability to manage multiple complex projects at once to achieve results
  • Exceptional reasoning and strategic thinking skills

 

Compensation

Salary is competitive in the Thai context and depends on prior experience. Benefits include medical insurance, a generous leave policy, and possible opportunities for travel. Additionally, there is ample opportunity for professional development and mobility within the organization, as well as access to professional development through the global network Teach For All.

 

To Apply

Please send your resume and a one-page cover letter to careers@teachforthailand.org with the subject line of the position you are applying for.

 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Contact : careers@teachforthailand.org


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