Leadership Development Officer

Leadership Development Officer

Status: Full-time, one-year contract (local candidates only)
Salary: USD 800/month (pre-tax)
Report to: Senior Program Manager
Location: Phnom Penh
Start Date: As soon as possible (July 15 at latest)

Application Deadline: June 15, 2024


Established in 2017, Teach For Cambodia (TFC) is an independent local organization fostering collective leadership to ensure all children will fulfill their potential. We believe that a child’s education and future should not be determined by his or her circumstances in life. Yet, thousands of students do not have the opportunity to attain an excellent education because of socioeconomic factors, like how much their parents earn or where they live. 

We recruit and select our nation’s rising generation of educational leaders to teach in high-need public schools where the problem of educational inequity exists. We prepare our participants, also known as Teach For Cambodia Fellows, through five-week residential pre-service training geared at building effective habits and mindsets (e.g. setting vision and goals for impact, planning purposefully, executing effectively). A Fellow commits to teach full-time for at least two years in our public school partners and participate in all core training and leadership development events (e.g. career accelerators, convenings). 

To date, TFC Fellows have impacted the lives of over 50,000 students in urban poor and rural communities. Beyond the Fellowship, our growing network of Alumni are lifelong advocates for education working to expand life opportunities for students and building an ecosystem of solutions as community leaders at all levels of society – from classroom teaching, to education policy, to upskilling teachers and schools leaders nationwide.

We are looking for champions to join our team in this mission of change, who share our vision and core values of: Set High Expectations, Stay Focused, Get Things Done, Work With Others, and the Power of Leadership and Teamwork. All these are the important parts of our culture, to ensure long-term sustainable success and realize our vision: 

One day, all children in Cambodia will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. 

Purpose of The Role

The Leadership Development Officer (LDO) role is at the heart of Teach For Cambodia’s work. This role manages and develops our fellows to fundamentally transform the lives of students and inspires fellows to become empowered, self-aware and reflective leaders for education and society. 

At the end of a successful year of work, LDOs will have built the leadership of fellows in the classroom, community as well as long-term collective leadership. They will see students on a new path of expanded life opportunities, due to major academic and personal growth. They will also be deeply involved in our communities and our schools and engaged with our school leaders, students and families. They are leaders in every sense.

Primary Responsibilities

Fellow leadership development

  • Develop fellows according to our unified approach to collective leadership 
  • Support fellows to deepen their vision in purpose and context and take actions from a place of courage, high expectations, patience and humility
  • Coach and empower fellows for personal transformation towards high performance using different strategies
  • Prioritize indicators of progress throughout the year that give us high confidence that fellows are working towards achieving student outcomes
  • Build fellows’ self-confidence, passion for the mission and support them to identify paths that contribute to the broader good
  • Build space for them to slow down for faster growth and connect with themselves, their peers, and their environment
  • Support them to feel connected, grow support systems and create opportunities for them to learn and grow from TFC and each other
  • Support the preparation and implementation of Teach For Cambodia’s annual five-week residential Institute training for incoming fellows
  • Use student, fellow and alumni data to provide effective feedback to fellows and implement targeted trainings

Program innovations and projects

  • Articulate succinct vision, theory of change and logic of all program innovations and projects to key stakeholders
  • Work together with fellows, students and broader community members to deliver innovative curriculum in schools
  • Create opportunities for and inspire fellows and students to lead and grow through TFC’s innovative program offerings 
  • Develop and manage project plans with key indicators, track progress against objectives and goals, analyze and interpret data, and communicate results and learnings 
  • Work with others to ensure excellent delivery
  • Capture learnings to help us spread innovations

Cross-functional collaborations

  • Own and support broader cross-functional and organizational priorities (e.g. representing program team externally)
  • Manage, co-lead and/or support special initiatives (e.g. sustainability education, AI, digital education)

Note: This role requires occasional travel to schools and flexible work hours to accommodate fellows’ schedules. LDOs also work at the annual Institute, TFC’s 5-week pre-service residential training for incoming fellows in September & October. 


  • Choose the right battles to fight 
  • Stay centered on mission, role and goals
  • Positive and passionate attitude, stay flexible,  and never get stuck
  • 100% follow-through, stay super organized and master recalibration
  • Develop professionally and do it with realistic expectations
  • Be the voice of fellows, students and communities 


  • Belief in Teach For Cambodia’s mission and aspiration to end educational inequity
    • Embodies the leadership and mindsets we wish to develop in fellows and students
    • Record of high academic and/or professional achievements; minimum Bachelor’s degree
    • 2-4 years of relevant leadership experience (can include completion of the 2-year TFC Fellowship program)
  • Proficiency in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and/or Google Workspace Applications
  • Proactive self-starter, ability to manage multiple streams of work and independently prioritize tasks
  • Analyze and make decisions based on relevant data 
  • Strong desire to learn new things and grow professionally


  • Entrepreneurial, fast-paced, results-driven, collaborative and dynamic environment 
  • Flat organizational structure with direct access to senior leadership
  • Emphasis on well-being, psychological safety, and sustaining a values-driven culture 
  • Value professional and skill development and staff’s learning capabilities
  • Business casual work space with open office layout
  • Off-site staff retreats/convenings focused on leadership development (2-3 times per year)


Please send your resume with two references listed and a one-page cover letter answers to the two questions listed below to sreyleap.taing@teachforcambodia.org  and cc: kalin.kim@teachforcambodia.org with the subject line of the position.

  1. What motivates you to join Teach For Cambodia? 
  2. What strengths and experiences will allow you to be successful in this position? 

We will look at all candidates’ resumes and cover letters with extreme detail. Given the number of applications we receive at Teach For Cambodia, we will only have the chance to contact candidates who pass to the first round of screening. Thank you for your understanding.

If hired, employees are required to abide by Teach For Cambodia’s Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational policies and procedures. TFC is committed to ensuring a workplace that safeguards and protects all children, including preventing their sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as preventing the sexual exploitation and abuse of its staff, partners, and program participants.