Job Opportunity for Program Lead at Teach For India in Kolkata

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Teach For India is on a journey to reach an India free of poverty and filled with love by ending educational inequity in our country. Twelve years into our journey we are a movement of 3800 Alumni working at all levels of the education system, who are reaching 1 in 10 children across the country. These Alumni have graduated from our two-year Fellowship Program where they taught in under-resourced classrooms to put 32,000 low-income children on a different life path. Today, we have 970 Fellows and are the largest pipeline of driven, skilled talent into the educational ecosystem in India.

In 2022, we embark on Phase 4, our fourth strategic phase. We have a bold and ambitious ten-year journey ahead of us that aims to grow 50,000 leaders, who will work collectively, and with love, to transform the lives of 1 in 10 low-income children in our regions, through an education that unleashes the potential of self, others and India. In this decade, five key priorities will lead us to this vision.

  • Strengthen our core Fellowship to build strong teacher leaders who provide an excellent and equitable education to our children and continue to do so beyond the Fellowship
  • Scale our impact by strategically introducing additional Fellowships as alternative pathways for leadership development
  • Match the Alumni of our programs at an intersection of their interests and the needs of the system and our children
  • Advocate for key issues that impact educational equity, and engage 3.5% of the population in the movement for educational equity
  • Act collectively with our Alumni to learn about and address key issues in our regions.

Our work will only be completed when we have built a movement of leaders that is large enough to ensure that every child in India attains an excellent education.

We pride ourselves as being a passionate, idealistic, mission-driven team of individuals. We’re committed to learning and excellence in our roles, and to being deeply rooted in our core values.

What Teach For India Can Offer You

  • The opportunity to be part of one of the most established and visionary movements in the education sector in India which is at a pivotal point in terms of expanding its scale and outreach across the nation and working with changemakers across the country.
  • A challenging yet flexible workplace in which every individual employee’s Staff journey is tracked for excellence and leadership development.
  • A work environment in which employees’ holistic well-being is a core priority, enabling people to be their best selves.
  • Access to connections and resources from the global Teach For All network that includes partner organizations spanning 50+ countries across 6 continents.
  • Remuneration that is competitive within the top quartile of the Indian NGO pay scales, and a benefits package that includes extensive medical insurance and maternity coverage for both parents.

Position Summary

The Program Lead will coordinate and lead programmatic activity with the region, thus ensuring progress towards student outcomes, Fellow development, and citywide culture. As the head of a region’s program, the Program Lead will develop a strategic plan that promises to deliver on transformational outcomes for children, by delivering on the development of Fellows. The Program Lead will utilize existing resources to execute that plan. The role not only manages and coaches a team towards outcomes, but it also serves as a culture and movement builder for the region. Finally, the Program Lead will hold a wider commitment to Teach For India’s organizational success, providing thought-partnership and broader leadership to building a sustainable and values-driven organization. 

The Program Vertical is arguably one of the most consequential – and the most complex – verticals at Teach For India. It encompasses the core of our Fellowship program and impacts our 900+ Fellows and 32,000 children directly. When taking into account its indirect impact for future Alumni, the calculation goes up astronomically.

Over the short and long term, Program is attempting to deliver on three impact statements – 

  • Transform the lives of children we serve directly 
  • Develop our Fellows into long-term leaders prepared to lead this movement 
  • Facilitate a strong cohort culture that has Fellows leaving as ambassadors of Teach For India and members of a larger movement.


  • Designs a programmatic annual strategy that includes goals, priorities and timelines, as well as a scope and sequence outlining Fellowship and managerial support. 
  • Designs and creates regional support structures and spaces, available for both Fellows and Program Managers, as well as the monitoring and evaluation to continuously invest Program Managers and Fellows in Teach For India’s culture, building a collaborative and supportive network. 
  • Coordinates the multiple facets of programmatic activity, including student leadership, training, coaching, and partnerships, to ensure coordinated implementation.
  • Manages and coaches Program Managers and Team Members through a variety of individual and group-support mechanisms, including – but not limited to – classroom observations, coaching conversations, group debriefs, team meetings, and training sessions.
  • Communicates with Fellows and Staff Members frequently and consistently, delivering messages that are aligned to regional strategy and organizational culture. 
  • Works closely with the central Training and Impact Team – as well as Program Leads from other regions – to share best practices and collectively inform a national approach to Fellow Development. 
  • Leads team and self through frequent reflections on city-level trends – using data from sources across engagement surveys, student-impact data, and observational inputs – to inform short and long-term strategic decisions. 
  • Contributes to broader organizational priorities such as Recruitment, Selection, and Matriculation. 
  • Works closely with the City Director to thought-partner and advance regional priorities and culture.

Minimum Qualifications, Experiences and Expectations

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • A minimum of two years teaching experience in a low-income school with a strong track record of building academics, values, mindsets, and pathways to opportunity with students.
  • A minimum of 1 year of an instructional leadership role, with strong results in Fellow growth, student growth, team culture, training effectiveness and school partner investment Strategic Planning and Design abilities, used to develop a regional programmatic plan.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving capacities. 
  • A nuanced understanding of Teach For India’s approach to Fellow and Student Impact, including a vision for student outcomes.
  • Demonstrated success in leading teams to ambitious outcomes.
  • Demonstrated success in mobilizing partnerships and building organizational culture. 
  • Fluency in speaking Bengali will be a big plus.

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