Position Description

Location CTA Headquarters (Burlingame, CA)
Department/Region Instruction and Professional Development (IPD)
Salary Schedule Management Salary Schedule
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Position Summary

The California Teachers Association is one of the state’s largest and most dynamic labor organizations committed to advancing the cause of free public education. CTA proudly claims more than 325,000 members devoted to the following mission: to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.

CTA seeks applications for its Manager of Instruction and Professional Development Department (IPD). IPD leads professional practices and leadership development related to teaching and learning, standards and curriculum, instruction, testing and accountability. The IPD manager also oversees and directs the work of the CTA Institute for Teaching (IFT), a non-profit foundation that supports strength-based and teacher-driven change.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, creates and directs CTA’s instruction and professional development programs to advance teaching and learning and promote membership engagement around instructional support.
  • Oversees and directs all operations of the Institute for Teaching, including coordinating IFT Board of Directors meetings, the IFT Grant Program, Teacher Think Tanks, website and social media, and annual budget.
  • Supervises and directs staff in the IPD department and the Institute for Teaching.
  • Identifies, monitors and analyzes emerging educational and instructional issues, trends and public policies.
  • Consults with and provides assistance to CTA governance bodies, including the Board of Directors, State Council of Education and various committees, task forces and workgroups.
  • Represents CTA regarding these education issues with state and national government agencies, other organizations and foundations.
  • Coordinates and supervises development of CTA conferences and training programs related to instruction, professional development and member engagement.
  • Prepares CTA reports, publications and other written materials advising CTA leaders, members and staff regarding various educational issues.
  • Develops and monitors the annual budget for the IPD Department and the IFT.
  • Collaborates with other CTA departments, local chapters, and state and national organizations on public education initiatives.
  • Performs such other duties as assigned.


  • A relevant graduate degree. Master’s degree preferred.
  • An understanding of CTA programs, policies, and priorities; experience working with state educational associations preferred.
  • At least five years of experience in education advocacy, policy, program and training development; online training development experience a plus.
  • Proven ability to supervise, direct, and coach multi-person staff to function in a collaborative team with minimum personal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with executive management, staff, leaders and members of CTA.
  • Proven skills in developing, organizing and sustaining programmatic initiatives and complex projects.
  • Knowledge of change management principles and effective organizational systems.
  • Highly effective skills in decision-making, policy analysis, oral and written communications, including effective presentation skills, interpersonal relations, team building, collaboration and budget management.
  • Broad understanding of the critical issues facing public education and educators in California and the nation, both generally and in the areas of instructional and professional development and social justice.
  • Imagination, ingenuity, and initiative applicable to planning programs in support of CTA goals and objectives.
  • Ability to relate well to other CTA staff, to CTA leaders and members, and to representatives of government agencies and other organizations.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer technology, Microsoft Suite and the ability to and apply the Association’s software programs in the implementation of CTA programs.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid California driver’s license.

* This position is external to the CSO bargaining unit.

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