Director, Tennessee
Education Pioneers - Memphis, TN

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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 Director, Tennessee role 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 & 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.

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