Director, Tennessee
Education Pioneers - Memphis, TN

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About Education Pioneers Education Pioneers is a groundbreaking national nonprofit organization that accelerates education reform by attracting and developing top leaders, managers, and reformers with diverse backgrounds and professional skills to ensure a public education system in which all students receive a quality education. Founded in 2003, Education Pioneers is building an extensive network of education change agents who work primarily outside of the classroom. We know that a thriving public education system needs great people at all levels - from the classroom to the district office to state and federal government. By creating a broad, deep bench of top talent to accelerate reforms outside the classroom that will transform the system, Education Pioneers ensures high student achievement and success.

Through our Fellowship programs, Education Pioneers identifies the best and brightest graduate students and early career professionals, and connects them with the most impactful organizations and promising initiatives throughout the education sector. Education Pioneers is also committed to developing a pipeline of diverse future leaders including those whose backgrounds reflect the students and families we ultimately serve through our partners.

Position Overview Education Pioneers seeks a Director to lead its Tennessee launch efforts to dramatically improve outcomes for Tennessee's neediest students through outside-the-classroom talent. The Tennessee State Director serves as the primary agent to implement a powerful and transformational experience for the local cohort of Fellows, to support local education organizations (Partners) in meeting their strategic talent needs, and to provide support and programming for locally based Alumni throughout the year. Successful candidates will be entrepreneurial, highly-motivated and goal-oriented, and will possess proven project management and relationship-building skills.

This Director role will require someone with a strong presence to serve as the "face" of Education Pioneers in Tennessee's dynamic education sector. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience and a natural excitement in building from the ground up and can function as a "jack-of-all trades" while leading our growth efforts in Tennessee.

Primary Responsibilities This position will report to the Executive Director, Southern Region (Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Washington, DC). In addition, he/she will collaborate closely with the other members of the Southern Region team. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Lead the successful programmatic launch of transformative Education Pioneers Fellowship programs in Tennessee

Recruit partnerships with education reform partner organizations across Tennessee to host 17 Fellows across our Fellowship programs (Graduate Student Fellowship, Analyst Fellowship) in 2013 (a total of 80+ over the next 3 years)

Match organizations with Fellows and support them throughout the Fellowship programs

Facilitate and assist with the coordination of all signature elements of the Tennessee fellowship programs

Serve as a skilled coach, mentor and guide for Fellows providing direct and targeted support regarding their fellowship experience, ongoing professional development and long-term career planning

Maintain ongoing communication with Partners to ensure support and clarity throughout the fellowship period

Effectively monitor and evaluate the success of the Tennessee Fellowship Programs

Represent Education Pioneers at events in the broader community to build our brand and presence in Tennessee

Support our national strategy to recruit, select, and place a diverse group of talented individuals into our Fellowship Programs

Recruit and select a diverse group of 17 talented candidates into Education Pioneers' Fellowship programs (Graduate Student Fellowship & Analyst Fellowship) in 2013 (a total of 80+ over the next 3 years)

Represent Education Pioneers at local recruiting events and generate excitement for our program among prospective applicants

Conduct in-depth interviews with applicants to assess their candidacy for our program

Work closely with the Southern Region team to make final decisions regarding admissions into the Graduate School Fellowship and Analyst Fellowship

Nurture a vibrant network of local Alumni and Partner organizations

Enhance the effectiveness of Tennessee Alumni by helping them become impactful change agents at high-impact/high-potential education organizations through connecting them to local education leaders, leveraging events and gatherings, providing one-on-one career counseling, and offering other relevant supports

Build a strong Alumni network amongst the growing Alumni base in Tennessee

Connect Partner organizations with Alumni talent and identify opportunities to provide Partners with year-round human capital support

Create and lead a local Alumni Advisory Board

Engage locally based Alumni in aspects of the Fellowship Programs to serve as Partners, speakers/panelists, and mentors to support the fellowship experiences

Experience and Qualifications

Graduate degree strongly preferred

Five or more years of relevant professional experience including sales, recruiting, teaching, coaching/mentoring, professional development, program management strongly preferred

Strong facilitation, networking, and presentation skills required

Strong knowledge of the current K-12 education reform landscape strongly preferred, significant education reform experience in Tennessee preferred

Extensive skill in relationship building with team members and external partners

Experience successfully managing a program in a fast-paced, goals-oriented environment

Personal Characteristics

A strong commitment to Education Pioneers' mission and core values of courage, optimism, collaboration, and action

Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter

Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player

Flexible, resourceful, and persistent change agent

Creative, imaginative, and innovative problem solver

Principled leader with high ethical standards

Equal Opportunity Employment and Commitment to Diversity Education Pioneers believes it is critical for leaders in urban education to reflect the urban communities they serve. We actively recruit people of color to join our team. We support equal opportunity for all people and we strongly encourage people of color to apply for positions in our organization.

Duties and responsibilities may change. All Education Pioneers employees are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in scope of duties.