Over the past decade, New Orleans has witnessed unprecedented growth in student performance, including dramatic increases in ACT scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates. While we have moved beyond a state of crisis, New Orleans still has a long list of systemic challenges, gaps, and inequities. NSNO estimates that approximately 16,000 students in New Orleans are in unstable or low-performing schools. We must do better. New Schools for New Orleans’ (NSNO) mission — delivering on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans — drives everything we do. To achieve this mission, NSNO invests in proven, promising, and new charter organizations to open new schools, turnaround low-performing schools, or expand existing high-quality schools. NSNO uses data around academic performance and growth, systemwide capacity needs, equity practices, and other quality indicators to ensure that NSNO’s investments will have maximum, long-term effect in improving the life outcomes of New Orleans’ students.


Role and Responsibilities 

The Director of University Partnerships will work with NSNO’s talent team and partner with the University of New Orleans to build out systems and structures that will allow for local universities to funnel teacher talent into the city.  This role will focus on building strong partnerships between UNO and public schools in the city and recruiting students into teaching.


This role will be responsible for three main outcomes:

  • Recruiting more teacher candidates for Orleans Parish Schools from secondary schools, undergraduate programs, and those seeking a career change.
  • Developing a strong partnership between the University of New Orleans, Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), NSNO, and the schools in Orleans Parish.
  • Developing systems and structures for university teacher recruitment that can be sustained into the future.


This role is an excellent fit for someone who is deeply familiar with the New Orleans educational context and understands post-secondary education and is passionate about getting more educators into public schools in the city of New Orleans. Start date for the role is flexible, beginning now through July.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Creating formal partnerships: develop and secure formal partnerships between Orleans Parish public schools and UNO to increase the number of teachers who start their careers in Orleans Parish. Developing trust and managing relationships across multiple stakeholders including the University of New Orleans, OPSB staff, public schools in Orleans Parish, and NSNO


  • Creating systems and structures: develop and implement protocols and procedures regarding financial compensation to increase teacher recruitment such as tuition reimbursement and stipends for undergraduate and MAT teacher candidates choosing to student teach or intern in Orleans Parish public schools.


  • Building internal university pathways: work closely with internal teams at UNO (athletic department, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, etc.) to build a stronger, more robust pipeline of interested candidates entering the education department and, ultimately, New Orleans public schools


  • Operating as recruiter: including, but not limited to, recruiting new school sites for clinical placements, ensuring mentor teachers have the required training, building pipelines for uncertified teachers to become certified, increase dual-enrollment participation to attract students to teaching, operate as a recruiter (job fairs, connecting with prospective teachers, etc.), provide teacher candidates with professional development opportunities, and other duties as they arise.



  • Experience teaching in K-12 classrooms, working in public schools, and operating in higher education settings.
  • Master’s or other advanced degree related to skills above
  • Ability to build and maintain systems for collecting, organizing, and using data to guide program development
  • Skill in building relationships, creating systems, communicating to many stakeholders, and managing data
  • Ability to embrace an uncertain future, both in terms of day-to-day nature of the role, as well as the ever changing New Orleans education landscape with a professional demeanor and utmost discretion
  • A demonstrated track record of success and achievement involving complex projects and/or overcoming significant challenges
  • A commitment to NSNO’s values and diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • Experience building relationships in and navigating systems in the New Orleans public education system and/or with local universities


How to Apply

Please send a tailored cover letter and a resume to Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Priority application deadline is Sunday, May 5th. 

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team. As such, it is the continuing policy of NSNO to consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.