• Posted Date: May 7, 2020 Deadline: Jun 30, 2020
  • New York United States

Job Details



Master Teacher


Various locations


  • Must be currently qualified for the Peer Collaborative Teacher role and have served formally in the Peer Collaborative Teacher role for at least one school year during this qualification period
  • Must be a full-time New York City DOE appointed classroom teacher with at least 40% of the school day spent in the classroom
  • In all schools excepting select AP for All schools, principal must gain written Superintendent approval to staff a Master Teacher


  • Leading System-Wide Initiatives
    • Demonstrate ability to identify school-wide or district-wide need(s) and build consensus with school staff to address need(s)
    • Design a plan of action to address identified need(s)
    • Set clear short-term and long-term goals, using benchmarks to measure progress to goal
    • Ability to foster buy-in and collaborative with colleagues, leadership, and other stakeholders to implement school-wide or district-wide plan
    • Identify a method to effectively measure the ongoing impact of this work on a school-wide or district-wide level to define success and inform future planning
    • Ability to advocate for the needs of the school community with both colleagues and leadership, working through productive conflict in order to achieve a shared goal
  • Demonstrate a Growth Mindset
    • Showcase ability to reflect on each aspect of the work, identifying areas for professional growth as well as opportunities to modify plans to better reach goals and increase impact
    • Modify collaboration with colleagues and school leaders, based on ongoing learning through experience and implementation
    • Identify areas for personal and professional growth, including ability to describe how growth in this area will be addressed, in partnership with colleagues and leadership


  • As applicable, knowledge of the Renewal Schools Plan and a desire to be an active part of this program
  • Exemplary experience serving as a Peer Collaborative Teacher
  • Experience planning and executing professional learning for colleagues
  • Experience with one-on-one peer coaching
  • Experience leading teacher teams – by grade level or subject area
  • Prior experience making academic progress with a range of student populations and needs


  • The AP for All program will cover the salary addition of the Master Teacher role in select AP for All campus schools. Only those who have been invited through this initiative are eligible for this funding.
  • Additional schools may elect to establish the Master Teacher position with approval from the District Superintendent. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their principal about the possibility of this position being created at their school prior to applying for the pool
  • At the discretion of the District Superintendent, multiple schools may elect to utilize a Master teacher across schools


Master Teachers will have four (4) main responsibilities within or across school communities:

  • Support the professional learning of other teachers either by grade or subject area.This may include but is not limited to:
    • Working collaboratively with colleagues to understand their individual skills and knowledge related to curriculum and instruction
    • Structuring, designing and facilitating ongoing professional learning sessions
    • Aligning the professional learning agenda with skills and knowledge most needed to enhance student learning
  • Facilitate the development of individual teachers through focused coaching via classroom visits, debriefing, and designing meaningful growth opportunities.This may include but is not limited to:
    • Providing one-on-one peer coaching
    • Modeling best practices
    • Facilitating pre- and post- debrief conversations when visiting colleague’s classrooms in order to identify and clearly explain their strengths and opportunities for professional growth
    • Organizing the work of teacher teams – either by grade level or subject area
    • Creating and supporting ongoing opportunities for shared leadership regarding protocols, team member roles, and collaborative strategies
  • Impact learning initiatives and school-wide decision-making by working with school leadership and incorporating the knowledge-base and work of colleagues. This may include but is not limited to:
    • Meeting with leadership on a regular basis to discuss school goals and plans
    • Developing leadership strategies to influence decision-making within the school community
    • Aligning schedule, resources, and expertise of colleagues to advance teaching and learning school-wide
    • Cultivating and developing partnerships among members of the school community
    • Experimenting with instructional and socio-emotional supports for students
    • Planning and managing ongoing professional learning initiatives
  • Support the professional learning of teachers across one or more schools. This may include but is not limited to:
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues to understand their comfort and skill as related to curriculum and instruction
    • Structure, design, and facilitate ongoing professional learning sessions
    • Align professional learning agenda with skills and knowledge most needed to enhance student learning
  • (As applicable for Renewal Schools) Support the work associated with being a part of the Renewal Schools Plan. This may include but is not limited to:
    • Help coordinate partnerships with community-based organizations, particularly after-school programs and social services
    • Aid in determining and implementing the best use of the extended learning time
    • Prepare school staff for needs assessments across all six elements of the Framework for Great Schools and help identify key areas for additional resources
    • Along with school leadership, aid in the creation and ongoing refinement of a School Renewal Plan and road map for success
    • Keep colleagues accountable to the School Renewal Plan – build consensus and support colleagues in the process of change


As per NYC DOE/UFT agreement, in addition to normal school hours, the Master Teachers will:

  • Be relieved from a minimum of one teaching period per day and will use this time as well as their professional periods to perform responsibilities associated with their position.The Master Teacher’s duties will take the place of all other out-of-classroom “professional responsibilities” during the contractual professional period
  • Teach a minimum program of the equivalent of one period per day
  • Conduct Master Teacher responsibilities (listed above) for a minimum of eight (8) hours per month outside the contractual workday, according to a schedule created by the Master Teacher and approved by the principal
  • Work an additional eight (8) days during the summer break, including the week preceding Labor Day, according to a schedule and plan set and approved by the superintendent. This includes both workdays at the Master Teacher’s school and participation in the teacher leader orientation (held during the week prior to Labor Day for teachers taking on the role prior to the first day of school and during the fall for teachers taking on the role after the first day of school)
  • Attend approximately 6 hours of training during the mandatory annual Teacher Career Pathways Symposium; and
  • Participate in approximately 10 hours of development activities periodically throughout the school year to support development in role as a Master Teacher


Master Teachers receive additional compensation of $20,000 over and above applicable contracted annual salary for one year, contingent upon the selected candidate remaining in the position at the school through the 2020-2021 school year.


  • Qualified Peer Collaborative Teachers (PCT) who have served at least one year in the PCT role interested in interviewing for the Master Teacher role can apply here by Sunday, May 31, 2020.
  • Interviews for the Master Teacher role will be held during the month of June. Interviews are facilitated and scored by a DOE/UFT committee to establish a pool of qualified Master Teachers.
  • Principals will make hiring selections of Master Teacher from the pool of qualified candidates (from their school, or externally hired, if done before the Open Market deadline) during July and August of 2020.
  • Individuals in the pool selected by a principal are not obligated to accept an offer for a Master Teacher position

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please email us at teacherleadership@schools.nyc.gov.

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