Managing Director, Community Engagement — Central Virginia
Growth, Development, & Partnerships
Teach For America is laying the groundwork now to expand into Central Virginia by fall of 2014, and we are beginning the search for a Director of Community Engagement to lead the launch of our new site.
The Director of Community Engagement will have an unparalleled opportunity to plan strategic growth into new schools and districts, create a regional funding base by developing partnerships with key community leaders, expand our local alumni impact, oversee corps member effectiveness, and lead the effort to make educational justice a priority for all decision-makers within the region.
The Director of Community Engagement works to catalyze a movement of champions, including corps members, alumni, donors, district partners, and community leaders to ensure that Teach For America becomes a critical lever in the education reform landscape. To do so, s/he exercises an innovative spirit and strong performance management to aggressively pursue our goals and maximize our impact in the community. The Director of Community Engagement also builds a team of leaders on their staff and inspires and motivates his/her team, creating a culture of excellence to ensure we do our best work always balancing the short and long term.
Once successfully launched, the Director of Community Engagement will become the region's Executive Director responsible for bringing in the region's charter corps. Teach For America's executive directors are part of the national senior leadership team at Teach For America and are at the forefront of improving the state of education in this country, impacting the future of thousands of children. The Director of Community Engagement will report to the New Sites team and once fully launched, the Executive Director will report to a Regional Operations Senior Vice President.
Teach For America is seeking entrepreneurial individuals from all racial and ethnic backgrounds to apply for the position of Director of Community Engagement.
Teach For America's vision is to get all kids access to a great education. When "all kids" are the goal, we've got to grow - both quickly and smartly. That's where we come in. We are broken into three subteams. The first builds partnerships with schools, districts, governments, communities, and other allies. The second develops our strategy for expanding to new communities and growing in current ones. And the third raises the financial support to make the rest possible. We love that we can literally count our successes, and we make sure to celebrate as the numbers roll in. This past year we raised nearly $300 million and grew to more than 10,000 corps members nationwide.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Create vision for the region and make Teach For America a critical lever in education reform in their community
Chart our course to establish the region in Central VirginiaCentral Virginia, to maximize our impact in the short and long run, and to evolve our plan as necessary given changes in the environment and internally
Build critical relationships with school district superintendents, instructional coordinators, educational cooperatives, principals and local site-based hiring councils within a geographically-diverse area to ensure confidence in our ability to secure positions for new teachers
Build the staff capacity and infrastructure and manage relations with key stakeholders to sustain scale
Build political capital to ensure Teach For America becomes part of the social and educational fabric of the region
Build a board 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
Maximize the opportunity to deliver external speeches across Central Virginia
Work effectively with local media outlets and national communications team to elevate our presence in Central Virginia
Engage and cultivate stakeholders
Grow a sustainable, diversified local funding base that will include gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations; district and local public funding; and possibly an annual benefit dinner
Cultivate and ensure the ongoing engagement and support of a portfolio of influential individual, corporate, and foundation donors
Develop and evolve a strategy for maintaining and growing our public support, from district, local, and state sources
Establish relationships with school districts and charter management organizations to place corps members and alumni leaders with an eye toward maximizing scale and sustainability
Establish relationships and communications with corps members, alumni and staff members across teams to build a strong culture and inform our plans
Build and manage a team
Build a strong team and ensure direct reports are maximizing their individual potential as team and organizational leaders, with explicit professional development priorities
Steward a strong culture based on our core values and reflective of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
Cultivate and seek the talent we need for staff positions in their region and throughout Teach For America
Manage region towards ambitious goals
Set annual goals that are in line with our strategic plan and at the right intersection of ambitious and feasible
Ensure strong strategic planning and execution of the program continuum of matriculation, placement, orientation and ongoing professional development for all corps members to meet goals
Ensure strong strategic planning and execution of:
- a strategy to accelerate the engagement and leadership of our alumni as a force for change
- development operations to ensure continued growth, diversification, and sustainability
- efficient office operations as staff grows
Meet the Requirements to Launch a New Region
Secure 3 years of private funding from a diverse donor base (individuals, corporations and foundations)
Secure 3 year hiring agreements for a minimum of 30 corps members with local districts and charter partners that serve low income students
Partner with a local university for certification/graduate degree opportunities for corps members
Invest community leaders, others in the education space, parents and families in our work and seek opportunities for synergies across the landscape.
Hire the founding staff
Matriculate a talented, diverse set of charter corps members that meet the needs of the community that are grounded in the challenges and opportunities for kids in their community
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites
Skills and Mindsets
Thrives in achievement-oriented and fast-paced environment
Operates with a high level of personal responsibility, optimism, and entrepreneurialism
Demonstrates sound judgment
Gets results by managing through others and across multiple layers of an organization
Cultivates internal and external constituencies and builds long-term relationships to achieve broad, mutually satisfying goals
Builds a successful team, including a pipeline of talented and diverse potential team members
Coaches others and plays a role in their long-term development
Demonstrates deep commitment to and belief in Teach For America's mission and theory of change
Central Virginia context and passion for local education reform strongly desired
Teach For America corps member experience preferred but not required
Proven ability to set an inspiring vision and motivate others to reach ambitious goals in support of that vision.
Bachelor's degree required
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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
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethic 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:
This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
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