Executive Director (Kansas City, MO)
Teach For America - Kansas City, MO

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Teach For America seeks an Executive Director (ED) for its Kansas City region. Our ED will work relentlessly to maximize Teach For America's impact in the region, both in the short term as we work to achieve our ambitious growth goals, and in the longer term to drive the vision and plan to end educational inequity in Kansas City. The work of the ED is grounded in the ability to invest and partner with community stakeholders as vital colleagues in this work and to effectively hire, manage and develop a diverse team of high performing individuals to reach ambitious goals.

The Kansas City ED will be deeply committed to diversity and inclusiveness and will present a record of dedication to working and partnering with diverse constituencies, including low-income communities and communities of color. S/he will set the region's vision and direction for how TFA will strive to play a critical role to eliminate educational inequity in the Kansas City area.

Teach For America's 46 Executive Directors are a part of the national senior leadership team at Teach For America and operate at the forefront of the movement to eliminate educational inequity in this country. The Kansas City Executive Director is supported by a local advisory board, reports to a Senior Vice President of Regional Operations, and manages a team of approximately 20 staff members.

Team Overview

In Missouri's biggest city, more than 30,000 children lack access to a quality education. Through Kansas City's well-known spirit of entrepreneurship, foundations, non-profits, and schools are building a community intent on creating innovative solutions to our city's historic injustice. Among these leaders are more than 200 corps members and more than 100 Teach For America alumni dedicated to providing all Kansas City students with the education they deserve.



Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Set overarching regional vision and direction to establish Teach For America as an integral partner in the Kansas City education reform community

Be the face and voice for Teach For America in Kansas City

Chart our course in the region, to maximize our impact in the short and long run, and to take our region from good to great by maximizing the power of our alumni, increasing corps member impact on student achievement, and building sustainable partnerships with communities in the fight for education equity

Build staff capacity and infrastructure and manage relationships with key stakeholders to grow to a $6 million entity by 2015.

Build political capital to ensure Teach For America becomes part of the social and educational fabric of the region

Work effectively with local media outlets and national communications team to elevate our presence in the Kansas City region

Engage and cultivate diverse stakeholders

Value and build relationships with community leaders and members to ensure our work is aligned to needs of schools and communities serving primarily low-income students of color

Cultivate strong relationships with current partner school districts to place corps members and alumni leaders with an eye toward maximizing scale, sustainability and impact

Help build relationships with new districts and geographic areas in line with the regional growth plan

Establish relationships and communications with corps members, alumni and staff members across teams to build a strong culture and inform our plans

Grow and maintain a sustainable, diversified state-wide funding base that will include gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations; district and public funding

Continue to engage and enlist board members that will help us maximize our impact in the region. This includes seeking a diverse group of board members who have the influence and networks necessary to support the effort to reach our goals, ensuring we maximize each board member's potential contributions, and that the group as a whole is strong

Support teacher leadership development to create a force of transformational teachers impacting thousands of students throughout Kansas City on their path to and through college (grounding this work in concrete student outcome benchmarks and teacher proficiency data)

Build and manage a team

Build a strong team and ensure staff members are maximizing their individual potential as organizational and regional team leaders, with explicit professional development priorities

Steward a strong culture based on our core values and our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

Cultivate and seek the talent we need for staff positions in the Kansas City region and throughout Teach For America

Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Skills and Mindsets

Demonstrates a deep commitment to and belief in Teach For America's mission and theory of change

Consistently operates with the organization's core values in mind (transformational change, leadership, team, diversity, respect & humility) and guides the regional team as an organizational and culture leader

Desire and orientation to navigate complex situations; desire and ability to understand people dynamics and networks

Demonstrates excellent judgment, and operates with a high level of personal responsibility, optimism, and entrepreneurialism

Gets results by managing through others and across multiple layers and lines of difference

Skilled at and invested in coaching others and playing a role in their long-term professional development


Proven ability to set an inspiring vision and motivate others to reach ambitious goals and outcomes in support of that vision

Experience formally managing others and managing a team of direct reports is highly preferred

Bachelor's degree required

Application Requirements and Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.

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