Director, South Central Washington
Teach For America - Seattle, WA

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The Role
As the new Director, South Central Washington, you will to lead our new expansion region of the Yakima Valley – South Central Washington where we will place 15 corps members for the 2013-14 school year. You will first and foremost be responsible for managing and developing our 15 corps members in Yakima Valley and Tri Cities communities to fundamentally transform the lives of students and inspire corps members to become lifelong advocates for educational equity. You will also be responsible for building, managing, and strengthening critical relationships in the region with our partner districts, schools, and the broader community. You are an entrepreneur at heart with strong management skills, a particular passion for rural education, and a deep understanding of Teach For America’s mission and theory of change. You will report to the Executive Director and work closely with two Managers of Teacher Leadership Development, the Managing Director of Community and Schools Partnerships, and the Director of Community, Family, and Student Impact.

The Team
Our team, including nearly 30 corps members and over 400 alumni, has built strong and lasting partnerships within the unique communities of the larger Puget Sound area. And, although our experience has been marked by challenges, the momentum of our progress is rapidly accelerating. This coming year, we look forward to joining fellow communities in South Central Washington, forging new relationships, and working alongside our partners across the state to make excellence in education a reality for all students of Washington.

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

Build Corps Member Leadership
  • Establish and maintain a strong South Central Washington corps culture that complements the broader Washington corps culture as well as leverages the unique context of the region
  • Build authentic relationships through multiple touch-points to connect with corps members' diverse styles, strengths and needs
  • Support and foster corps members' leadership development by staying centered on their classroom visions and operating with the important mindsets to be great leaders
  • Provide strategies for corps members to build meaningful relationships with multiple stakeholders within the community (e.g. home visitations, parent nights, etc.)
  • Coach and Empower Corps Members
  • Help corps members diagnose top needs based on student progress and build best practices, through classroom observations, feedback and small group facilitation
  • Build in-depth understanding of the local context to develop a landscape analysis that will inform the regional visioning and strategic planning process
  • Collaborate with the Managing Director of Community and School Partnerships to manage a portfolio of new and existing district, school, and funder relationships in the South Central WA region
  • Collaborate with the Director of Community, Family, and Student Impact to manage a portfolio of students’ parents, as well as new and existing community leaders and organizations
  • Collaborate with the Managers of Teacher Leadership Development in the Puget Sound toexchange best practices, and develop common programming
  • Foster a diverse movement by partnering with people in the communities that may offer differing perspectives such as parents, teachers and school leaders
  • Owning and supporting broader regional and organizational priorities, including selecting new corps members, encouraging alumni and corps members to join our staff, supporting regional alumni initiatives, updating information in our constituent relationship management system, SalesForce.com
  • Build local relationships
  • Lead Across the Movement
Requirements
  • Identify ‘must haves’ for the role along four dimensions: 1) Prior Experience, 2) Work Demands, 3) Skills, 4) Education (Optional) - Follow this template exactly.
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Prior Experience

  • Teach For America corps member experience preferred
  • 5 to 7 years of work experience preferred, at least 3 years required
  • Minimum of two years of experience achieving ambitious outcomes as a classroom teacher in a low-income community
  • Experience with launching a new initiative / program
  • Experience working with communities toward a common goal
  • Familiarity with South Central Washington region preferred
Work Demands
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
  • Ability to travel independently to multiple school sites throughout the day that may be significant distances from one another
  • Ability to navigate school facilities that may not be ADA-compliant
  • Ability to travel to at least two out-of-state Teach For America conferences each year
  • Ability to travel to the Puget Sound every month
Skills
  • Proven ability to build and leverage external relationships toward successful outcomes, build consensus even in the face of competing priorities, particularly in diverse settings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with a strong customer satisfaction approach
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited oversight given the Director will be the only full-time Washington staff member working in the South Central WA region
  • Superb organization, detail-orientation, and project management skills
  • Proven ability to operate effectively in an entrepreneurial and constantly changing environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to grow and continuously improve
  • Demonstrated belief in the importance of working with communities to change student outcomes
  • Demonstrated commitment to Teach For America’s mission and core values
  • Must be proficient in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience in web-based communications preferred
Education Bachelor’s degree required

Apply Now
  • To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the link to the online application.
Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at www.teachforamerica.org/benefitspackage .

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff: www.teachforamerica.org/staff-diversity .

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